ShowMax extends big-screen viewing options with AirPlay

2016-03-01 21:00

Johannesburg - ShowMax, the internet TV service with the largest subscription video catalogue in Africa, has added new functionality to its iOS app for iPhones and iPads. The app now supports AirPlay, making it possible to broadcast TV shows and movies direct from iOS devices to an Apple TV, which in turn displays the content on a big-screen TV. This is part of an ongoing drive to add a wide range of ‘lean back’ viewing options, making ShowMax accessible on the big screen, perfect for watching from the couch.

Owners of iPhones and iPads will need an Apple TV, which plugs into the HDMI port present on most big-screen TVs, in order to use this functionality. The Apple TV receives the video stream from the iOS device and then displays it directly on the TV.

Mike Raath, Chief Technology Officer for ShowMax said:

“Not everyone has a smart TV and this is the first of a number of solutions we’re introducing that mean you don’t need to change your TV in order to use our service. We’re on a mission to get ShowMax on to as many TV screens as possible.”

To access this new AirPlay functionality, owners of iOS devices will need to update the ShowMax app to the latest version. Second, third, and the new fourth generation Apple TVs are all supported. A WiFi router is needed to connect iOS devices to Apple TV, and internet connectivity is needed to stream ShowMax.

“Smartphones and tablets have evolved into highly sophisticated devices. Many people don’t realise quite how powerful they are. With the support we’ve added to our mobile apps, you can now connect to ShowMax, find the content you want, play and pause at will, and stream it directly to your TV - all without ever having to plug in a wire or get up from the couch,” concludes Raath.

To sign up for ShowMax and experience a seven-day risk-free trial, visit via web browser on a laptop or desktop computer. Once signed up, download the ShowMax app on your favourite Android and iOS devices and log-in using the same email address and password.

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