By Alois Vinga
TELONE’s online television has kicked off programming by offering a number of local content drama programs including several other exciting packages which will be rolled out in partnership with Zollywood.
In a statement, TelOne managing director Chipo Mutasa confirmed the latest development.
“We are excited to be launching our first local content catalogue, as a key milestone in making the Digital Entertainment on Demand (DEOD) platform useful in promoting local productions.
“We have opened up to more local content producers and aggregators and we are confident this will strengthen the local arts industry in a big way,” Mutasa said
DEOD is an online television service which offers a choice between renting the latest movies pay per title and subscribing to a catalogue of popular TV shows, kids programs, music videos, and live news and sports TV channels.
The channel’s programs are now available for viewers within and beyond the country’s borders.
At the same time, Zollywood has also agreed to bring in content on the platform after the realisation that there was no particular outlet for Zimbabwean films in the diaspora, resulting in productions from other African markets dominating.
“We really excited with the partnership that we have established with TelOne DEOD, such a strong brand.
“We couldn’t have found a better partner to enhance the Zollywood limited mission to bring Zimbabwean content to viewers worldwide. We are promising exciting times ahead for Zimbabwean Film lovers. This is only the beginning of bigger things to come”, Tony Mliswa, Zollywood chief executive said in a statement.
Movie titles already available on TelOne DEOD’s streaming platform include Mwanaskana 1 and 2 directed and produced by Beauty Nakai Tsuro. Sores of Emmanuel, directed by Edmore Ndhlovu, Joe Njagu, Rufaro Kaseke and Zollywood’s the in-laws.
Other titles include Neria, Through the Night 1, When the Voice Sings, Sabhuku Vharazipi, Tariro The Voice Within, More Time and State of Malambia.