Of Coffee, Rogue Elements and Blood Moons

If you were having coffee with me, well we woudnt be having coffee we would be trying out some freshly blended mango juice….

Good thing there’s mango trees in the backyard otherwise I would be unable to offer you much else, have a mango and wash it down with juice

 It’s been a traumatic week, strange how only last Sunday was calm but deceptively more like the calm before a storm; as the country burned the next day, following protests that turned violent and an even deadlier response by security forces that has left a bloody tally of death, destruction and ruthless victmisation.

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you about the internet shutdown that resulted from a directive from the government to Internet Service providers ostensibly as security measure to stop protestors who were co-ordinating via social media and the internet but under whose cover, a violent crackdown of suspected protest instigators was carried out.

The way the internet was shutdown you would think they did  not realise it’s is a whole eco-system and switching it off not only disrupts the digital economy but denies people access to affordable communication and stifles freedom of expression or maybe they do and it scares them, to quote Game of thrones

“When you tear out a man's tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you're only telling the world that you fear what he might say.”


“When you tear out a man’s tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you’re only telling the world that you fear what he might say.”


Tyrion Lannister; Game Of Thrones

If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that the way the internet has been switched on and off in the past week is reminiscent of a toddler discovering the power button on the remote control and keeps pressing it, you would they found a new toy.

This shutting down of the internet seems to be the new trend, as governments figure out that if you cant control it, shut it down.

“It is not even the second month of the new year and we have had significant internet shutdowns in four African countries,”


Berhan Taye, who leads the #KeepItOn campaign for global digital rights group Access Now.

I used to think my government would never do that but nope I was wrong, as Zimbabwe joined the list with the DRC, Gabon and Sudan. They read from the same Book Of Tricks it seems from contested elections to violent crackdown of opposition its not unique to one country.

At least for now the internet has been restored after a second black but partially (again) with limitations to social media sites who knows for how long?

Telone advises restoration of internet after shutdown
Zimbabwe
internet restoration after shut down

I can predict its going to be tough for internet dependent enterprises when parliament finalises the Cyber Security Bill to minimize threat that is the internet; who knows maybe they will even throw in stringent licensing and registrations requirements like they tried to do for bloggers in Tanzania and all sorts taxes along the lines of Uganda’s social media tax…

Oh no! Maybe I am giving them ideas right now!!…….

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that during a joint press conference of the police and army a statement was issued that basically blamed what happened in the past week as being perpetrated by army deserters, and wait for it rouge elements who stole army uniforms and were masquerading as security forces but how does it explain them having standard issue military guns or using state vehicles, its all very confusing cause earlier they had blamed labour movements, civic organisations and the opposition and for the second time again #ThisFlag movement charged with trying to subvert a constitutionally elected government…

 Looks like we should brace ourselves for more raids as they try to flush out the rogue elements and probably more internet disruptions, unless an appeal to the constitutional court set for Monday accomplishes anything but I have long since lost faith in the ability of the judiciary to uphold the constitution, waiting for them to surprise and as for people trying to reach out to SADC and the AU, did you know Zimbabwe’s president is the incoming Deputy Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security

Mnangagwa deputy chairman security sadc organ security

If you were having coffee with me, we would be having mango juice I think it tastes great though somewhat pulp

Are you staying up to watch the blood moon tonight ? I would not miss it for the world, the moon and I have an arrangement, wherever you are looking at the moon know I will be looking at the same moon too

~B

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Of the fuel hike that fueled protest

When I wrote my last post, Coffee and the domino effect I was merely speculating on how the close to 145% fuel price increase would have a domino effect; resulting in the eventual rise of everything else.

The Domino effect

With the government insisting that the surrogate bond currency is 1:1 with the United States Dollar we could easily have the most expensive fuel in the world.

global fuel prices as at 14 january 2019

The fuel price hike announced on Sunday the 13th, also fueled a wave of unrest, as a planned three day peaceful protest by workers union and civic activists to shutdown the country, calling upon citizens to do mass stayaways, to send a message to the government of their plight in the current economic climate turned violent, with clashes with police and destruction of property, lootings.

The are conflicting reports on the actual numbers but several people have died and scores others injured from the onset of the protests (on Monday 14th of January.)

I wonder if we will have another commission of inquiry again like the one we had after the August 1 killings when people were shot during a protest; this time the blame will be placed on civilians shooting at each other as there is footage of a casually dressed individual with an assault rifle.

Word on the street is that they are members of security forces dressed as civilians for deniability

Meanwhile; the president chartered a Dreamliner 787-8 (which I hear charges a pretty penny by the hour) aircraft on a visit to Russia, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and then attend the Davos World Economic Forum in Switzerland

Its Day 2 of the #ShutDownZim protest and there is an uneasy unrest, practically deserted CBDs, what happens next……

After looking at reports of people who were posting messages of missing school children who had not made it home in the evening last, it just reminded me on the importance of kids knowing their home addresses and phone numbers of next of kin, maybe move around with a note in their bag with contact details of their guardians and relations.

Do call  up on your friends and family and just check in; as we wait for normalcy to prevail; though I am not even sure what normalcy is anymore.

I have had to read and re-read this post to make sure I am not stepping on any toes, maybe normalcy means simply persevering in silence and trying to not talk about the politics that creeps into every aspect our lives where democracy simply means picking who will loot the country next,

Bad things have a way of happening to those who dare act or speak out ……..

~B

PS I have been failing to upload this post all morning, I don’t know if the government has carried out its threat to shutdown the internet…..

Update: The Internet got shutdown in Zimbabwe; Tuesday 15 January 2019 at approx 10am CAT

Note: images from the protests are not mine nor do I own any rights to them

Of Coffee And The Domino Effect

If you were having coffee with me I would ask you if you knew that a shadow appears something is in the way of light, before you answered quickly yes you knew that; I would stop you and say you think you know but have you really thought about it, a flame casts no shadow……

A flame casts no shadow

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that these are type of conversations we had in a fuel queue, to pass time during the over 3 hour wait in a fuel queue to get petrol.

Fuel queue in zimbabwe
Super chibuku in a fuel queue

I have heard people joke that Zimbabwe might be in the Guinness Book Of Records for having the longest fuel queue, well it might not be a true fact but we have had some pretty crazy fuel queues.

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that we stuck it through with a very long fuel queue because word on the streets was that effective midnight (13 January) the fuel price would go up and true to the word the president was on national TV announcing that fuel was going to go up by over 100% from about $1.50;
Petrol now cost $3.31 per litre and diesel $3.11

Even though the president assured the nation that the prices for everything else would remain the same, you wont need to be an economic analyst to predict the domino effect; how the fuel price hike will probably trigger an increase in transport driven services and by extension an increase in the prices for services as everyone simply passes on the cost along their chain and pretty much everything else will go up too; even things that are not affected directly by the fuel price increase will rise courtesy of an entrepreneur trying to cushion themselves from the rising consumer bucket.

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that the civil servants sector in the past week refused a proposed 10% pay increase by the government. With the least paid government employee earning about $400 then that would translate to a $40 pay increase which would barely cover anything especially now in light of the 100+% fuel price increase. Its interesting noting how different newspapers phrased the headlines for the civil servant pay increase.

If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that now looks like a good time to start looking into ways of alternative transport or even alternative fuels for vehicles, we have a tremendous amount of sunshine this side of the world, yet I have never seen a solar powered vehicle, where are all these genius ideas and concepts…..Maybe I should have a chat with Elon Musk if you know how I can contact him please holla at me.

solar powered car 
green energy

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you I am grateful that once you learn how to ride a bicycle you can never forget because looks like a bicycle might just become my preferred economic mode of transportation

Riding a bicycle

“A bicycle is curious vehicle. Its passenger is its engine.”


John Howard

What’s going on in your neck of the woods? Here’s to an awesome week ahead

~B

PS would the price of internet access be affected by a rise in the fuel price, it shouldn’t right?…..

Of Coffee And Back to….

If you were having coffee with me, I would ask you if there is a standard number of days into the year, in which it would still be acceptable to wish someone a HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Here is a clip of my dreadful brothers and welcoming you to a 2019.

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that on New Year’s Eve we did the thing we do every year and sang the sun up into the New Year.

dread singing the sun up

Because the New Year’s sun wont rise until we sing it up…..

We are seven days into the New Year and it doesn’t feel that new; feels pretty much like the last one but older and starting off like a video game cranked up to the hardest difficulty level.

video game difficulty level

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that January is usually known as an austere month after having overspend during the holiday season resulting in the dreaded January Disease.

January disease

Compound this with a runaway economy were prices can go up by +300% from the last time you checked but strangely enough people’s salaries (for those fortunate enough to be employed) remain the same; corporates seem to be looking out for number one and the government seems to be only good at making promises, threats and compromises.

Earlier in the past week a local beverages firm, Delta Beverages released a communication about changing their pricing to accept only hard currency and not the surrogate bond currency or local electronic transfers as they needed to source forex to pay for imported supplies.

delta beverages

The long arm of the government was prompt to point out “the error” of their ways on how such a move ran counter productve to the multi-currency economy that the country runs and how if they were facing challenges, they should have honoured their social contract first and approached relevant stakeholders first instead of just making public announcements (that unsettle and confuse the citizens)

Delta corporation and RBZ agreement

If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that the government seems to have “difficulties” coming to an understanding with the striking doctors but find it curious that it had to take over a month before any sort of progress had been made yet they resolved the Delta Corporation case within 24 hours one wonders about priorities…..

Politicians should use government hospitals

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you growing up one of the things I hated the most were those back to school adverts especially at the beginning of the year reminding you that the holidays are over and its time to learn…….

Image result for back to school chalkboard

Sending kids to school is also quite the hustle with the way the pricing of school uniforms an fees is set up and all the accessories that go with, and it doesn’t help that some schools only accept uniforms from the accredited suppliers (read that as the more expensive ones like its some sort of cartel)

If you are having coffee with me, I would tell you, it also looks like school teachers are also gearing up to start a strike of their own maybe schools wont even open on schedule….

But hey in a country with 10% formal employment everyone is a hustler and entrepreneurs will tell you that while you only see difficulties they are seeing opportunities and raking it in; sometimes I think the whole country  has misplaced priorities, look out for number one seems the order of the day..

Compliments of the New year;

feeling the warmth of the New Year’s sun

behind closed eyelids,

dreaming of brighter days……..

Ras beaton 
dreaming of brighter days

Have an awesome week and year and thanks for dropping by……… and get back to whatever it is you do during the year when not holidaying!!!

~B

PS RESOLUTIONS FOR WHAT ????????

Of Free Web Hosting #2018BOTY

Day 16 of 25 Days of Blogmas celebrating The Best Of The Year #2018BOTY

If you do not know by now you must know that I am passionate about self-expression, embracing the digital media to add your voice to the world. I am builder of local blogging communities

afrobloggers

Africa has so many untold stories, some almost magical and others well not so beautiful and I watch how people are quick to complain how only a certain kind of story or people get media coverage and funding, well thats what happens when you wait for someone to tell your story they will skip over to the things they want to talk about.

The blogging scene has evolved a long way from where it started, its no longer simply a past-time hobby, its tool that can open up worlds, even change perceptions and gives you the power to write your own history while you are witnessing it…

Sometimes I feel like we are the generation, the past will die with, as we lose ourselves to the future, that is why I write.

If you Google the word marooro the first search result is my blog post on the Zimbabwean traditional marriage ceremony, and just like that even Google thinks I am the go to person, its not because I am an authority on all things culture but because not enough people wrote or tagged it.

In light of this you understand way I was quite excited at what the Free Web Hosting guys are trying to do; offer free Web Hosting services to Zimbabwean Bloggers 

Zimbabwean Bloggers free web hosting

“Our main aim as Free Web Hosting Zimbabwe is to make sure that an online presence is available to any and all who need it, beginning with our creatives and more so the bloggers”

What Is Free Hosting?

The standard 100% free web hosting package comes with:

1G Diskspace

5G Bandwidth

1 Sql Database

5 Emails

*  Domain registration of a .co.zw on our platform costs $8/yr & a .com $13.50/yr. Payments in EcoCash

** offer is available only for local Zimbabweans

I am sure the first thing you will think is there’s got to be a catch right? That whole despise free lunch because well nothing is for free…. or whats in it for them

They are able to offer this package because their holding company Nivacity offers paid hosting packages in South Africa and they had servers laying idle and thought hey why not……..

And watch this space might soon be giving bloggers digital skills to be visible and  survive in the digital space 

~B 

Of Coffee With Colour #2018BOTY

If you were having coffee with me, we would be hanging out with nothing more than a paint brush and a dream…….

I usually stay away from the news because it seems nothing good ever happens only violence, corruption, politricks, crime, inflation, disasters,  outbreaks, floods, droughts, war and death……..
You watch the news and you ask yourself so many questions; if nothing good ever happens

Then I saw this article:

“We want to add colour the city”

we want to add colour to the city
The Herald 17 November 2018

Its the story about a duo with a simple passion, “To Bring Colour Back To The City”  and remind people how amazing paint is…..

Calgraph Done differently

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that Marcus and Nyasha run CaliGraph; a new age advertising agency focusing on township media and meaningful design.

They use graffiti murals to beautify the city, adopting graffiti as medium of advertising, they are giving the city some colour and doing things differently through various collaborations.

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that their work resonates with me, I love art, I see the ugliness in the world and I try to paint over it with words;

If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that I had a quick chat with them, since I am fan of street art and the literal interpretation of bringing back the colour to the sunshine city by one mural at a time.

If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that, their favourite colour is gold;

“in everything we do we put the gold standard and in our opinion it is an inspirational colour”

They are willing to work and collaborate, to paint public spaces, to raise awareness and spread messages, colourful park benches, precast walls; if you let them, I bet they would paint even roads……

If you have an idea or space or just want to tell them you support their dream you can check out their website

Day 10 of my 25 days of festivities was about a news story that made my year #2018BOTY

~B

Of Coffee With Bees

Of coffee with B

If you were having coffee with me I would thank you for the visit and ask you if preferred tea or coffee and it will have to be without sugar and milk because I don’t have any that besides a true coffee connoisseur drinks there’s black, hot and no sugar please. Maybe I can offer you some water have a seat and let me tell about my past week.

If you were having coffee with me I would tell that I finally met in person Bruce one of the people I have been working with for the past two years to connect, collaborate and promote the showcasing of bloggers and have a place where the world meets Africa; Afrobloggers.  I also met a fellow blogging connection Sparkles. I have known her for close to 3 years but had never met and the three of us had a lovely lunch brainstorming the future of Afrobloggers.

lunch with the B's
Bruce
Beaton
Lunch with the B’s

Bees were hanging around our table like we were literally made of honey and it turns out that Sparkles’ perfume is infused with real honey extracts, I think it should come with a warning label that ATT: BEES WILL FOLLOW YOU

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that our Afrobloggers Platform was selected to be in the pilot group of the Connect.Hubs program run by Hivos, British Council, Nesta, Enthuse Afrika, Electric South connecting together 44 creatives from Southern Africa; in Harare and Cape Town to come connect and go create

Beaton Mabaso representing Afrobloggers

Our group the Harare cohort was made up of 22 creatives from Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe.

connect.hubs
connect.hubs

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that one of my favourite experiences was a session where after chatting and getting to know fellow creatives in a speed dating like setup you would assign them a label that showed what summed up your thoughts on them and this was a great way in figuring out how to best map future collaborations with each other

“Collaboration is the new innovation”

Thulani Mpofu

Over the past week we  did a crash course covering everything from communication, anatomy of a hub leader to coming up with a sustainable hub model. During one of these sessions I brainstormed a concept of how we could possibly deal with the high internet cost;

brain storming

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that the Harare WordPress WordCamp on Friday, I missed most of it because I was at the Connect.Hubs; fortunately I was slotted in as the last speaker of the day so I was able to do a flying visit and drop a lightning presentation on how a blog means community.

A blog means commuity
Beaton Mabaso
my blog a gentleman because it opens doors for me

At the end of my presentation there was a brief question and answer segment and someone from the audience asked me what we could do about the low reading culture problem and my suggestion was simple that we must “catch them young” instill a culture of reading writing and self-expression into the curious minds of the young and watch them write their own histories, and to that effect I am collaborating with other flip leaves heroes to write books for children

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that the minister of finance presented the 2019 National Budget themed “Austerity for Prosperity” and included a quote a quote from the 19th Century Philosopher,

Zimbabwe 2019 budget speech

“I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them”.


John Stuart Mill 

Then used a whole lot of fancy terms to basically say the governments needs more more and they are going to do it the only way the know how “widening the tax base” and squeezing the life and money out of  the public.

Austerity for posterity

That’s my past week how has yours been?

Cheers to a great week ahead

~B

blog comment thread

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Photo credit: Connect.Hubs

                       WordCamp Tariro Chagwiza

                                             FitnessbaeInt 

                 Minister of finance Budget 

Of Harare WordCamp 2018

Of WordCamp Harare 2018 

WordCamp Harare

In a few days theWordPress local community of Harare brings you the 2018 WordCamp Harare. 23-24 November 2018

wordcamp harae 2018 Zimbabwe

A WordCamp is a conference organized to host WordPress practitioners ranging from the occasional blogger to digital experts and those curious about dipping their toes in the interwebs.

If you are reading this post (which is on a blog powered by WordPress and you have website or blog which runs on WordPress) you should be asking yourself why you aren’t attending a WordCamp near you; look them up.

This will be the third WordCamp to be held in Harare and its growing bigger and better; now it’s a two day event including a contributor’s day and even a junior workshop.

The highlight of WordCamp is presentations from volunteer speakers who are simply ordinary WordPressers such as you, sharing on topics they are passionate about, you can have a look at the speaker line up here and the schedule here

The first WordCamp I attended changed my life and I was inspired to apply to be a speaker at the next one, and this year guess what; I know one or two people who were inspired by my presentation that they too have decided to step up.

On contributor’s day you can actively contribute to the WordPress Community by working on the following activities:

  • Translation of WordPress into Shona
  • Add subtitles to videos from previous WordCamps
  • Gutenberg testing
  • Community planning for 2019

Did I mention The WordCamp Juniors Workshop, so for the 9 and 15 range here’s bootcamp for them to learn to express themselves in blogs and also a foundation they can build on to be expert users of the WordPress platform. Its for free too but the are limited places only 20 available seats and when I last checked there were only 7 left so register quickly click here!!

WordCamp Kids workshop kidcamp Zimbabwe

Have you ever been to a WordCamp do share your thoughts? Will you be there??? Cause I will and yeah I am speaker too and I will be speaking on how A Blog Means Community ^_^

~B

PS Oh yeah and there’s an after party!!!! Be there and get the TShirt ^_^

Of Coffee With A State March Of Mind

Of Coffee And A State March Of Mind

If you were having coffee with me, I would be glad to have you visit and tell you that I think I am slowly becoming a coffee connoisseur; that is black coffee, no sugar,no cream. A cousin “with connections” managed to buy some sugar at wholesale price and let me buy a packet from them “for a reasonable price”  Long story short, I put sugar in my coffee for the first time in 21 days and it tasted so horrible I poured it away and quickly regretted it as I brewed another cuppa.

A moment of silence asI weep for the wasted sugar, coffee and the gas used in the brewing of that monstrosity of a hug in a mug. I live in a time when I literally cant afford to waste not a single thing. I used to wonder how long you could keep leftovers in the fridge before you felt guilty of the culture you were keeping, the answer is the guilt never stops, not even as you clean out moldy Tupperware.

Anyway these days I hardly ever get leftovers to throw away even the stray cat that had adopted me has stopped coming around to visit and scrounge for scraps, and the rats are  having a field day, the cat is away.

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that it’s funny how exactly this time last year we had a world changing march which pretty changed everything and nothing and probably might have made things worse. (read my post Solidarity March)

Zimbabwe Solidarity Military

“The People” Marched to the State House in solidarity with the Army after the historic coup that was not a coup that resulted in president Robert Mugabe’s “resignation” from office after 37 in power.  I remember the day 18 November 2017 it was quite easy to get swept up with the euphoria of the day even the older generation folk who witnessed the Independence Day celebrations 18 April 1980 said even those were subdued compared to this.  

APC Harare

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that, yes I marched to the State House, mostly because by some freak chance I was there when it happened and it was easy to get swept up with the mood of the day, if you were there you would have marched too; it was like a street party, it was the most historic gathering of Zimbabwe and I witnessed it. Most people probably realized that they were simply a pawn in power games to endorse a coup that was not coup, that the people had spoken,but hope does strange things, it’s a fire once lit it burns beyond rhyme and reason.

Fist pump military man in tank

Fast forward to a year later and the flames of hope seem to have been snuffed out, elections with contested results, post-election violence and runaway inflation.

Zimbabwe Military 1 August

The president swore in a seven member  Commission Of Inquiry chaired by Kgalema Motlanthe (former South African president) back in September to find out what transpired on 1 August 2018

Commission of Inquiry sworn in
President Mnangagwa congratulates members of the Commission of Inquiry into the post-election violence (from left) chairperson and former South African President Kgalema Motlanthe, former Commonwealth secretary-general and Nigerian national Chief Emeka Anyaouku, and UK-based Queen’s Counsel Rodney Dixon (right) after their swearing in ceremony at State House in Harare yesterday. —(Picture by Tawanda Mudimu)

President Mnangagwa congratulates members of the Commission of Inquiry into the post-election violence (from left) chairperson and former South African President Kgalema Motlanthe, former Commonwealth secretary-general and Nigerian national Chief Emeka Anyaouku, and UK-based Queen’s Counsel Rodney Dixon 
Picture by Tawanda Mudimu

Two months later they are still at it; during an interview with the Commission, a Brigadier General Sanyatwe of the Zimbabwe National Army denied that the army shot members of the public. The brigadier is on record for saying in the video in question (of the soldier firing) “if you check properly you will see that rifle was being fired at an angle of 45 degrees in the air and not direct….

Shooting at a 45 degree angle

If you were having coffee with me I would ask you what’s happening in your part of the world, I would also tell you that today is hair washday and if you know me by now you should know it rains when I wash my hair, sometimes I suspect I am a Rain God, if you live in my neck of the woods carry an umbrella I predict rain in the coming week.

Wash day beaton

Have an awesome one

~B

PS And yeah if you just wound up on my blog welcome and do drop a link to a post you want me to check out and I will, if also check out other people in my comments cause I roll with good people

where the world meets Africa

Of Telone’s DEOD: A Review

Telone launched a VOD service (Video On Demand) beginning of October; DEOD (Digital Entertainment OnDemand). It’s something similar to Netflix or Kwese’s iFlix (read my iFlix review here)

telone-top-banner
DEOD,  is an online television service offering you a choice between Renting the latest movies (pay per title) or Subscribing to a package of popular TV shows, Kids programs, music videos, Live News and Sports TV channels, documentaries, cooking shows and so much more!

Initially, I had not given it much thought, as I had assumed that it being a streaming service I would need a ridiculous amount of internet to enjoy on demand video streaming, but it turns out that streaming is zero-rated if you have an active Telone broadband subscription.

I decided to check out their website zw.deod.tv and register my account. The registration process is ridiculously easy; email address password and confirm a verification email.

On Demand Daily, weekly, weekend or monthly subscriptions allow you access to TV shows, Movies, Music Videos, and Kids Shows.

Rent: The Rent option is a DVD shop that lets you hire out the latest releases (made available three months after their cinema release) or choose from a movie library. From the first time you press play you have a 48 hour access window to your rent selection

They were offering a 7 day DEOD Premium trial subscription for $1 so I tried I decided to try it out………

What I loved about DEOD

>Streaming is zero-rated on a Telone Adsl package

>The payment options: pay via EcoCash or Pay Pal

Pay via Ecocash

>The on demand packages: On demand has various packages such that you could subscribe simply over the weekend or for a day although the monthly subs give better value.

What I did not like:

>The available titles and the selection of TV shows is rather limited most of what they have to offer if you are an avid movie watcher you probably have seen.

>Also the lack local content, Telone have a platform they could use to showcase local content creators and it would possibly cost less than securing rights for the latest blockbuster releases and might even appeal more to local audience their increasing subscriber base.

>There’s no subtitles option. I like watching movies with the subtitles on that way I can pretend its as good as reading a book and also wont miss out on great dialogue and quotable quotes.

Overally if you are on Telone internet you should try it, it’s definitely something to do especially over a lazy weekend considering how out of reach the other options have become and with others shutting down and if they tweaked up their content it could actually be a go to thing.

Have you tried it out? Would you try it out? what are your thoughts on Video On Demand

~B