TV to the max with ShowMax

2016-09-06 13:42

Cape Town - Imagine TV the way you want to see it: no ads, no interruptions. Pick what you want to see, when you want to see it. If you like a show, you can see the next episode – no waiting. If you get interrupted, it’ll be waiting for you when you get back, exactly where you left off.

Your TV, your choice. And yes, it’s 100% legal. Internet-based video on demand service ShowMax has South Africa’s biggest library of TV series, movies and documentaries (20,000 TV show episodes and movies, making more than 15,000 hours of viewing) available for streaming right now…


How hot? Like, dragon hot. ShowMax has all six seasons of Game Of Thrones. Other hit shows on ShowMax include include Big Bang Theory, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, House of Lies, Criminal Minds, Scrubs, The Flash, Mr Robot, Boardwalk Empire,True Blood, Banshee, The Knick, Girls, Entourage, The Sopranos, True Detective, The Good Wife, The Affair and much much more.

There are even shows that have never aired before in South Africa, like fantasy series Good Witch, British fantasy mini-series Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, thriller And Then There Were None, and British crime cleaner drama Spotless.


ShowMax’s fast-growing local selection is (naturally) lekker.

• kykNET: There’s an entire kykNET section where you can see everything from classic comedy like Nommer Asseblief to season 1 of red-hot new crime drama Die Byl.
• Telenovelas: You can see season 1 (all 208 episodes) of isiZulu and English telenovelas like Isibaya and iNkaba. Plus, there are two seasons of Sepedi drama Skeem Saam to catch up on.
• Drama: And three seasons of the brilliant multilingual Shakespeare In Mzansi are available, and there’s so much more.


ShowMax is kid friendly and kid safe. You can set up a multiple profiles tailored for adults, toddlers, kids and teens. Your kids won’t even see the options for grown-up TV shows, so you’ll be able to let them pick their own viewing.
• Kids: There’s a huge selection for little kids like the adorable Shaun The Sheep. And there’s loads for six and ups to laugh at like Lilo & Stitch: The Series.
• Tweens: Older kids can enjoy favourites like Ever After High and Max Steel.
• Kids forever: and you can even show off some of the TV mom and dad used to watch, like all 39 episodes the 1980 puppets-in-space series Interster.

It’s easy to ShowMax - here’s what you’ll need:

• An internet connection at 2MB per second (minimum), or (recommended) 4MB per second, ideally uncapped or with a large data allowance, for streaming the shows. If you don’t have great internet, don’t worry! With the ShowMax app on iOS and Android, you can download up to 25 shows over Wi-Fi (like at the office or your favourite coffee shop) and watch them offline later.
• You can register up to five different devices on your account and even watch different shows on two different devices at the same time. You can use:

- A PC or laptop connected to the internet with a browser. If your laptop and TV has an HDMI cable, you can connect and watch on the big screen;
- A smartphone, tablet, Apple TV or smart TV with the free ShowMax app downloaded,
- A DStv Explora,
- Or a Google Chromecast dongle or Apple AirPlay which you can use to “cast” shows from your smart device or laptop to your TV.

• A Twitter or Facebook account or an email address to sign up for the service.
• R99 a month. You can pay via debit or credit card, a PayPal account, a ShowMax voucher (available at CNA, Pick n Pay stores and more), use FNB eBucks vouchers, or add it to your DStv account. With your R99 per month ShowMax account you can watch as many of ShowMax’s series as you like with no restrictions. You can pay one month and not the next, then sign back on again. It’s up to you!

The library will keep changing as new material is brought in and older shows’ licenses expire. So binge on your must-see shows first.

Go to now to sign up for a free seven-day trial!

*This article is sponsored. Channel24 is part of Media24, a subsidiary of Naspers.

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