Zimbabwe: ZBC TV goes live on the Internet
Friday, July 13th, 2007

Zimbabwe’s state television has entered into a deal with a Dubai-based internet technology firm to beam its programmes live on the Internet. JumpTV began streaming Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) TV live on 22 June, at no expense to registered users of their service. The company said it would charge US$9.95 per month for the service beginning 15 July. But viewers in the United States would continue to access the live stream for free, the company said.

“JumpTV delivered on its promise to bring news and information to thousands of Zimbabweans living overseas. This marks a historic step in ZBC TV’s efforts to maximise the value of local content by attracting an international audience”, said Henry Muradzikwa, Group Chief Executive Officer of the ZBC.

There are plans to make ZBC’s radio network available online before the end of July. The stations include National FM, Power FM, Radio Zimbabwe and SFM.

ZBC TV’s live internet stream can be accessed via www.jumptv.com . It will also become available on any third party web sites and IPTV platforms interested in a sub-licence to carry ZBC TV, officials said. ZBC is expected to share revenue raised from subscriptions to the channel.

(Source: NewZimbabwe.com)