5 Things you didn’t know about Showmax

2017-08-28 06:00

We are now in what seems to be the true golden age of television, with series that seem almost blockbuster-like in production value like Game of Thrones and other highly acclaimed series such as Downton Abbey and Insecure. Production companies are making new must-watch television every week and it can be difficult to keep up to date with them all.

That’s why streaming is like a gift from the gods: it is the chance to have a large collection of series and movies at your fingertips to watch when it is most convenient for you. No need to rush home on a Sunday evening for the movie of the week: now even if you get home at 9pm, you can stream it straight from your television screen, your laptop, your tablet or even your phone.

The greatest thing about streaming is that it is a service that is constantly developing and improving. On that note, you may think you know everything that there is to know about Showmax - you’ve seen a couple of adverts, you know a friend that has it - but you might not know all you need to know about this great South African streaming service.

Here’s what you should know:

1. There are a range of ways you can pay for Showmax other than a credit card

It can be difficult to shop online without a credit card, and many people are wary of paying with their credit card online for various safety reasons. Showmax makes it easy to get your entertainment fix by offering these other payment options:

  • Showmax voucher: You can buy prepaid Showmax vouchers at selected Pick n Pay, CNA, Game, Makro, HiFi Corp and Incredible Connection stores. After you have bought the voucher, you can enter the unique code at www.showmax.com/voucher to redeem it.
  • Pick n Pay Smart Shopper card: You can use your Pick n Pay Smart Shopper points to switch R198 for a three-month Showmax voucher, which is worth R297. You can do the switch on the Pick n Pay mobile app, at the in-store Smart Shopper kiosks or online
  • FNB e-Bucks, Standard Bank UCount and ABSA Rewards vouchers: Use your loyalty points from FNB, Standard Bank and ABSA and redeem them for a Showmax voucher, and put the unique code in at www.showmax.com/voucher
  • Add to your DStv account and pay via debit order: If you have a DStv account already, you can link your Showmax account to it and pay for both items in one debit order. Also, if you have a DStv Explorer, you can just launch Showmax using the DStv remote.
  • Add to your Telkom account: You can add your Showmax subscription fee to your Telkom account and pay for both at the same time. You can also get an amazing deal from Telkom with a bolt-on entertainment package with up to 100GB data for Showmax for only R99 per month.
  • Add it to your Vodacom bill: Pay for your Showmax subscription by adding it to your Vodacom bill at www.vodacom.co.za/vodacom/services/showmax
  • Add it to your MWEB account: Add Showmax to your existing MWEB account using the activation code from your MWEB account to activate your Showmax account.
  • PayPal: You can pay for your subscription with your PayPal account. Note that you will be charged in US dollars, so the amount might fluctuate from month to month depending on the exchange rate.

2. You can download series and movies to watch offline

Have a long commute coming up or desperately want to watch the next episode of something but you know you won’t be in a Wi-Fi zone? Why not download what you want to watch when you are on Wi-Fi so that it is readily available to you when you want to watch it? Showmax allows you to download up to 25 items and keep them on your device for 30 days. Find out how to download here.

3. Get all the local is lekker

There has been such a large collection of local television series, movies and soap operas that have graced our television screens over the past few years, from Boer Soek ‘n Vrou, Binnelanders, Home Affairs and The Wild to classics like Egoli. If they went off air before you could watch them all, or if you want to relive some of your favourite moments, check out the large selection of locally made content on Showmax.

4. Exclusively on Showmax

One of the biggest draws about Showmax is the international series that are available only on Showmax in South Africa. Series such as the MMA drama Kingdom, the historical Harlots, the Jude Law drama The Young Pope, the Doctor Who spinoff Class, the Hilary Duff comedy Younger and the Tom Hardy drama Taboo can only be found on Showmax, and nowhere else on the African continent.

5. You can watch on two devices at the same time

What if your child wants to watch Dora the Explorer or Paw Patrol but you are halfway through a movie? Well, with Showmax, you can watch on two different devices on the same account. You just need to log into the account on the two devices and stream to your heart’s content without bothering the other person.

Don’t miss out on the amazing collection of shows, movies and documentaries. Sign up for Showmax today and you get a 14-day free trial!

Did you know if you're a DStv Premium customer, you now get Showmax at no extra cost? Find out more at here 

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