After a year of celebrating 25 years of enriching Zambian lives, Multichoice Zambia has unveiled a year of exciting television content during the hosting of the MultiChoice Content Showcase. The content showcase revealed exciting and thrilling content likely to make your TV screen a first companion for entertainment in 2021 and beyond.
The 2021 content showcase which highlights MultiChoice’s new product offerings, updates on technological innovations and local content investments, is a start of an exciting journey that comes with more captivating ways to excite viewers with content and innovations that resonate with their interests.
“MultiChoice has played a significant role in developing the local film industry through introduction of local channels as well as infrastructure investments,” said MultiChoice Zambia, Managing Director, Kobus Bezuidenhout. “Our footprint consists of 357 installers, 65 Agencies and over 700 touchpoints across the country. Through these investments, we have continued to be leaders not only in entertainment but in telling the African story.”
Speaking at the same occasion, MultiChoice Zambia, Chief Customer Officer, Mrs Leah Kooma said, “It remains essential that MultiChoice addresses consumer needs, create excellent content that Africans love and deliver it to our customers in a way that reflects their viewing needs and what they want to watch, with the best-in-class technology and a personalised and compelling streaming experience.”
“We launched Showmax last year and provided our customers with the opportunity to access more exciting content. Our premium customers can access Showmax at no additional cost while our Compact Plus, Compact, Family and Access customers can access Showmax at a discount of 50% through Showmax Add to Bill,” said Mrs Kooma.
This year’s showcase which was held at MultiChoice Zambia head office, attracted special guests, filmmakers, artists, journalists, influencers and creative industry leaders. The attendants both physical and virtual were taken on a MultiChoice Zambia journey through the past, present and future of the company’s investments.
During the event, several MultiChoice achievements were highlighted which included the launch of Mwatipanga Campaign celebrating 25 years of MultiChoice, the launch of Absa Cup tournament in partnership with Absa bank, and an increase in new and exciting content channels in local productions on Zambezi Magic and One Zed as well as the newly launched HONEY, an Africa Lifestyle channel.
“The past year had its challenges but as a business, we learned to adapt to these challenges. I must proudly say that despite that, we as MultiChoice through our dear customers and the media achieved a lot,” said Mrs Chilufya Mwelwa, Head of Corporate Affairs, MultiChoice Zambia.
During the event it was announced that brand-new seasons were coming on Zambezi Magic and One Zed. Zambians can look forward to watching their favourite shows such as Makofi, Tuvwange, Uncle Limbani, Shi Mumbi and My Kitchen Party coming back to their screens.
On the list of achievements highlighted were notable investments in supporting the film industry through the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF). This year, MTF graduated seven students from Zambia. MTF inspires and nurtures talented young people to work in local creative industries, thereby generating local content. The students’ academic course was extended from 12 month to 18 months due to the pandemic. This additional time translated to the students walking away with not one but two qualifications, making them even more sought-after as they re-enter their respective local film and TV sectors as highly qualified industry professionals.
Speaking at the same function and giving highlights on local content, Chikombo Handahu, Head of Marketing, MultiChoice Zambia said, “On GOtv, we have our subscribers covered with premuim local content on One Zed with Shows such as Mpali, Tuvwange, Land Lady Meets Land Lord, Zuba, Shimumbi, Umutenge and Dorika. This year, we plan to continue exciting our customers with local content through One Zed on GOtv as well as our Access and Family Bouquet subscribers on DStv.”
“Other great shows to look out for include, Survivor South Africa Immunity Island S8 this April, which will be airing on MNet” and Carte Blanche, which is the award-winning magazine and actuality programme which goes into its 33rd season this June.”
“We have also a Brand-New Original Show this July called Reyka which follows a flawed but brilliant criminal profiler, Reyka Gama.” said – Handahu