When Kwese Pay TV met it’s untimely death last year and even well before that, one of the things we lamented was the lack of local content on the platform. Kwese’s crash came down to a combination of factors and not just ultimately down to local content but looking at the role localised content plays in DStv’s current content lineup shows you that DStv’s success is not only built on bhora (the English Premiership as many speculate). When looking at the importance of local content to DStv its important to consider that when the Pay TV service was launched in 1996 their addressable market were the people who wanted “a combination of the best local and global content”. 14 years and millions of subscribers later, are they still delivering on that promise? How much local content is
In an unexpected turn of events, DStv has announced that Netflix and Amazon Prime will come preinstalled on future Xplora Decoders. Beyond just preinstalling the services they will actually offer the service as part of the DStv offering and if you had predicted this a year ago many would’ve laughed in your face. Do I smell beef? Previously, Multichoice had a pretty hostile relationship with Netflix as the administrative arm of Multichoice viewed Netflix more as a threat than anything else and certainly far from a partner. In 2016 when Netflix moved into SA, Multichoice welcomed them into the market and emphasised that they were working on their VoD offerings as well and so they would not worry. 2 years later, the stance had changed and the last time Multichoice’s CEO spoke about
Local movie “Cook Off” has been announced as one of the new slate of titles coming to Netflix soon. The release date is yet to be revealed, but Cook Off becomes one of many African shows and movies coming to the streaming platform, with other African shows such as the critically acclaimed Queen Sono debuting earlier this year The film produced by Joe Njagu follows the story of a single mother whose life is turned upside down when her son enters her into a reality TV competition. advertisement A refreshing view of contemporary life in Harare, Zimbabwe, told through the lens of a classic romantic comedy. Cook Off IMDb https://twitter.com/CookOffZim/status/1259142342990278658 Released in January 2018, the movie has been screened in over 10 coun
THE Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) board on Sunday appointed non-Executive Director Ms. Helliate Rushwaya as acting Chief Executive Officer. A communications and media training specialist with over 20 years industry experience, Ms Rushwaya has worked with media organisations in Namibia, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. She was appointed to the ZBC Board in July 2019 and chaired its content, programming and technical Committee. Reads a statement from the public broadcaster; "The Board of Directors of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation have resolved to second Non-Executive Director, Ms. Helliate Rushwaya, to the post of A/CEO on a rotational basis till a CEO is appointed in a substantive capacity. "This decision came about due to the fact that the incumbent had...
DStv recently added two new channels to its viewing roster. Africanews and Mindset Pop Africanews is a pan-African multilingual news service that is allied to the existing, popular Euronews channel and would have a focus on content from across the whole of Africa. Africanews was originally launched in 2016 from Pointe-Noire, Congo, and now reaches 20 million homes across the African continent. In the current Covid-19 crisis, Africanews has a mission to help people access realtime, up-to-date information, helping them to make sense of what’s going on in the world by presenting a diversity of viewpoints. We are thrilled the MultiChoice group is able to offer DStv viewers access to Africanews so soon after Euronews was launched on DStv in November.
When the National Budget was announced last November, the proposed setting aside of resources for the launch of a satellite raised a lot of eyebrows. Whilst there wasn’t much in the way of updates, the Minister of Higher & Tertiary Education, Innovation Science and Technology Prof. Amon Murwira recently confirmed that TelOne’s Satellite Centre is set for a $25 million upgrade; We hope that as we start the next quarter, work will have begun. The work will be done by staff from our ministry. More than $25 million has been allocated to us for the setting up of infrastructure at the centre in Mazowe. Prof Amon Murwira Why satellites? One of the biggest questions raised at the time was whether or not the money that would be invested in this
Recently, there was a voice note circulating on social media and WhatsApp and the person behind it claimed to be an Econet employee who had been informed that at some point this week the telecoms company will close down its shops. An Econet spokesperson refuted the message and said their shops will remain operational as they take measures to safeguard against the virus; While we are taking all the necessary steps and precautions to protect our staff and customers at this time, there is no truth whatsoever in claims that we have ‘declared a national shutdown. It is not our place or responsibility to make any such public healthcare pronouncements which we believe are the prerogative of the government and public healthcare experts. Our shops will be ope
Buddie Beatz has been around for a long time now. 11 Months now if we’re being precise. Since it’s launch the monthly packages price was reduced but so was the data you get to stream music using the application. For a monthly package, you now part with $3 instead of the launch price of $5, and when I saw the price I knew this was as good a time as any to take the service for a spin. So I paid the ZW$3 for the monthly package and started my listening journey, and whilst there were many things to like there were some pretty disconcerting flaws as wells – as with any product/service to varying degrees. The Good One of the things I appreciated after accessing the full catalogue for Buddie Beatz was the fact that there are so many local songs from back in the day with artists like Afr
Seedstars is one of the biggest events for startups pitching their ideas to get funding and it’s been one of the most helpful events for local startups with Seedstars Harare having been hosted annually since 2016. Seedstars Summit which is taking place next month in Switzerland is the latest of many events to be affected by the Coronavirus, with the organiser announcing that the event will now be hosted online. The announcement sent to media houses intending to cover the event reads: As you might be aware, the outbreak of the COVID-19 in Europe has caused several international events around the world to be cancelled to maintain public safety. The Swiss authorities are also putting specific measures in place to avoid further contamination.
The Daily News took to Twitter (the tweet has since been deleted) to announce that readers would now be able to access their content on the internet: VISIT OUR WEBSITE AND READ ALL THE NEWS FOR FREE!! https://dailynews.co.zw Even though the tweet was taken down, I did manage to access Daily News and I have no subscription. Publishing online and understanding what the audience wants Over the past few years, we’ve seen a number of publications flirt with different approaches regarding how they roll out content online. At one point, Herald, NewsDay and Daily News all decided that they would stop publishing full stories online in order to stop other publishers from stealing their stories. This was a terrible move because it didn’t focus on the reader at all. In fact, publicatio