Monday, 26 September 2016

Press Release: Missing your mates overseas? ShowMax has a plan to get them back

What’s more South African than koeksisters? Try Binnelanders and Boer Soek 'n Vrou. ShowMax has launched a whole new way to give your mates overseas a taste of home -  send them a free 30-day voucher online. No more crazy shipping costs to get a present to your tjommie, no more praying the package isn’t “lost” on the way. Have a slice of home delivered to them instantly with ShowMax.

Karen Zoid sending her maatjie AB de Villiers (based in UK) a voucher.
26 September 2016

Your mates are working overseas. You miss them like crazy and want them back. How’s this for a plan - send them something that makes them so homesick they’ll be on the plane in no time.

What to send? Ever tried getting biltong through customs? You’d think it was radioactive the way those guys react. Rusks should rather be made of gold and diamonds judging by how much they cost to ship (and you just end up with crumbs once the postman has delicately drop-kicked them into touch).

ShowMax has your back. Go to and enter in your name and email address and we’ll send you a one-month ShowMax voucher on the house to send to your maatjie.

Why send them ShowMax? For the shows! Give them a proper taste of home with shows like The Wild, Binnelanders, Boer Soek ‘n Vrou, Die Byl and many more.

The ShowMax engineers have pulled of a cunning coup. Sign up and watch ShowMax in South Africa and you get more than 25 000 episodes of the best TV series and movies from Hollywood, the UK, and of course home.

But if you sign up and watch in one of 28 countries overseas, ShowMax becomes a different animal. Our service for South Africans overseas is focused on one thing and one thing only - the best shows from home. And by best, we mean the latest episodes of Binnelanders, Isibaya, Jan Braai vir Erfenis, Republiek of Zoid Afrika and many more are on ShowMax within 24 hours of them airing in South Africa. There’s no better way for your friends overseas to stay connected to home.

The voucher is free and can only be redeemed by users outside of South Africa. Forward the voucher code we send you to your maatjie and they can activate the code at It’s quick, painless and worry-free.

ShowMax works on smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, Apple TV, and is also compatible with Chromecast and AirPlay. Your mates can even download shows onto their mobile tech and watch while on the plane back to you.

For more information on ShowMax visit The international service is available in the following countries:

Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States.


ShowMax is an internet-based subscription video on demand service supplying an extensive catalogue of TV shows and movies to 65 countries. By leveraging relationships with major production studios from across the globe, ShowMax delivers both world-class international content as well as the best local content.

ShowMax is accessible across a wide range of devices from smart TVs, media players and computers to smartphones and tablets. To experience ShowMax, visit

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Like internet TV but data costs too much? #DataMustFall isn’t the only answer

Mobile data usage is exploding in Africa, and one of the key drivers of that is streaming video. Unfortunately, disposable income isn’t growing at the same rate, making social media storms like #DataMustFall almost inevitable. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce data usage while still watching TV shows and movies over the internet.

Number of smartphones in Africa. Source: GSMA

Mobile data usage is exploding in Africa, which is hardly surprising given the skyrocketing number of smartphones. According to the GSMA Mobile Economy Africa 2016 report, at the end of 2015 around 225 million smartphones were in use across the continent. That’s set to increase by almost another 500 million by 2020.

What’s that doing to data consumption? Monthly usage per subscriber is set to increase from 0.3 GB in 2015 to 4.3 GB in 2020. That’s an increase of 12x in just five years.

Monthly mobile data usage per subscriber, Africa & Middle East. Source: GSMA

A major driver of that increase is video traffic. Cisco predicts that internet video traffic across both mobile and fixed connections will account for 79% of global internet traffic by 2020. In the Africa and Middle East region, 169 billion minutes (around 320 000 years) of video traffic will cross the internet each month.

So what’s Plan B if #DataMustFall doesn’t quite pan out?

Here are some top tips on how to manage your ShowMax data usage to squeeze more hours of viewing out of every GB:

1.      This is cheating, but skip mobile entirely. If you’re in a free Wi-Fi hotspot or your techie mate has an uncapped connection, just get connected with your smartphone or tablet, fire up the ShowMax app and start downloading shows to watch later. You can download up to 25 shows at any one time, which is enough to satisfy even the biggest binge session.

2.     Sticking with downloads, how about using up that nighttime data? You’ll need to set your alarm, but if you’re quick picking what to download you’ll be back to sweet dreams in no time.

3.     Change the size of those downloads – ShowMax has four file sizes to choose from. Depending which you pick, a 20-minute episode of something like The Big Bang Theory could use anything from around 75 MB to more than 300 MB.

4.     Use bandwidth capping. Almost all ShowMax apps have the option to set a cap on how much data is used. The higher the setting, the higher the video quality. Do the kids really need to watch those cartoons in super crisp hi-def? The low setting limits data usage to 300 MB per hour, the medium setting to 700 MB per hour. Leaving ShowMax uncapped can use up to 1.4 GB per hour depending what device you’re on and how fast your internet connection is.

ShowMax bandwidth calculator

5.     Buy the right size data bundle. A bigger bundle means lower priced data, but nobody wants to go so big that they lose unused data at the end of the month. How do you know how much data you’ll need? Simple – use the ShowMax bandwidth calculator.

For a risk-free seven-day trial, visit If you cancel within the first seven days, we won’t bill you. Simple.

- Richard

Richard Boorman is the head of communications for ShowMax

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Press release: Telkom and ShowMax partner to provide zero-rated data for streaming content

Telkom and ShowMax today announced a partnership offering customers more value and convenience when managing their ShowMax subscription. 

From 20 September, ShowMax subscribers are eligible to purchase bolt-on packages from Telkom which would effectively zero-rate the data consumed by the streaming service.  Customers also have the option to add the R99 monthly ShowMax subscription charge directly to their Telkom bill. This means the ShowMax subscription and Telkom data bolt-on charges are both conveniently located in one place.

(note from the editor: skip the rest of the release and get to the good stuff here:

Last year, the launch of ShowMax made it possible for consumers to stream thousands of movies and TV shows whenever they want in their own homes.

ShowMax, which can be viewed across a wide range of devices including smart TVs, media players, computers, smartphones, tablets, and the DStv Explora, has the largest SVOD catalogue in Africa. With more than 25,000 episodes of TV series and movies adding up to around 15, 000 hours of viewing, ShowMax’s video collection draws from local content, as well as international favourites from almost all major studios.

Now, to make this process even more convenient, Telkom and ShowMax have partnered to manage the cost of the data consumed through streaming services.

“Subscription video on demand is changing how we watch TV. No ads, no waiting for a specific time for your show, just pick what you want and start and stop at will on your mobile device or TV. Watch entire seasons of shows like the Emmy Award record-breaker Game of Thrones back to back.

“It’s great to be partnering with Telkom – we’ve now got the perfect combination of content and connectivity in one simple package,” said ShowMax South Africa General Manager, John Kotsaftis.

The partnership is an ideal fit for the two businesses, as the cost of data is something that has deterred customers from embracing Subscription video on demand (SVOD).

“SVOD is the future of content and Telkom is committed to offering our customers the latest and greatest in technology,” said Attila Vitai, CEO of Telkom Consumer. “Telkom customers can use our fast and reliable internet services like Boltspeed Fibre to watch world class content through low priced packages tailored to them.”

Telkom customers using ShowMax can purchase an entertainment bolt-on package, depending on their current Telkom service. For R99 a month, in addition to a ShowMax subscription cost, customers on Fibre or DSL receive up to 100GB of data while LTE customers receive 10GB of data, to effectively zero-rate the data required to stream ShowMax. Telkom customers can also have their ShowMax subscription fee added to their Telkom bill to consolidate their spend in one easy package.

For pricing information and to sign up for these products, visit  To learn more about ShowMax or to sign up for a free seven-day trial, visit

Monday, 19 September 2016

ShowMax on CNBC!

Techbusters' Toby Shapshak jets off to Prague to visit Showmax's engineering hub and chat to Antonin Kral, Head of Engineering and R&D at ShowMax. View the video here »

Interested in working with people like Antonin? Check out all the latest jobs at ShowMax here » 

Friday, 16 September 2016

What to watch this weekend: 16 September

From the complete collection of House to Brad Pitt and David Attenborough, here’s what to watch on ShowMax this weekend.

For a Sunday series session:

Heroes Reborn

Fans of the original Heroes series won’t have to wait for the next chapter anymore as Noah Bennet, along with new and returning heroes, is back. Want to catch up on the original Heroes? The complete Heroes series is also available on ShowMax.


House: the complete series

As addictive as Vicodin, get your House fix with all eight seasons of this smash-hit show starring Hugh Laurie as the Dr Gregory House. House may be rude, cranky, insulting, and a bully, but he’s also a medical genius. With every season now available, all his witty wisecracks and baffling cases can be enjoyed from the very beginning.

For a big night in:

Meet Joe Black

Even death can’t resist love in this cult classic movie. Brad Pitt is Death, visiting a successful businessman (Anthony Hopkins) to bring him to the afterlife.

What To Expect When You're Expecting 

Enjoy the ups and downs of pregnancy in this brilliant ensemble comedy about five couples expecting their first children.

Life Happens

Unexpected motherhood changes life for a 20-something woman still looking for love in the big city.

Lady Chatterley’s Lover

The wife of a disabled and distant aristocrat finds love with their gamekeeper. But will their secret be discovered?

Emmy-nominated Collection

ShowMax presents: The Emmy-nominated Collection. Open the door and step into the home of Emmy-nominated shows on ShowMax. All the critically acclaimed shows that audiences around the world love.

For David Attenborough fans:

David Attenborough Meets President Obama

Two extraordinary minds discuss the future of our planet in this remarkable interview.

David Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities

David Attenborough introduces us to the curious creatures who continue to fascinate scientists with the strange ways they’ve evolved.

Attenborough’s Birds Of Paradise

Humans throughout history have been fascinated by birds of paradise. Celebrate their beauty and discover the scientific truth behind it.

For the kids:

Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa S3

Timon and Pumbaa team up yet again for a series of silly capers and mischievous mishaps in Africa and across the globe.

All these movies and series are available on ShowMax. Go to to sign up for a free trial. Don't have great internet all the time? Don't worry! You can download up to 25 shows using the Android and iOS apps and watch offline wherever you are.

Monday, 12 September 2016

Game of Thrones dominates Creative Arts Emmys

Fantasy series Game of Thrones won nine awards at this year's’ Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

The Creative Arts Emmy Awards celebrate outstanding technical and creative achievements in television. At Saturday night’s event in Los Angeles, Game of Thrones took home nine awards - it was nominated for 15 - making it the most awarded show at the event. It will look to continue its small screen dominance at the Primetime Emmys – South Africans can tune into the live broadcast on M-Net at 02:00 on 19 September. The fantasy series has been nominated for a total of 23 Emmys.

Game of Thrones won a range of awards including outstanding casting, production design, costumes, makeup, sound mixing and took the award for outstanding special visual effects for the fifth time in a row and is sure to win at least a few more at the Primetime Emmys. A full list of winners and nominees is available on the Emmys website.

All six seasons of Game of Thrones are available on ShowMax.

More Creative Arts Emmy winners on ShowMax:

  • The Late Late Show with James Corden - Outstanding Interactive Program 
  • Fargo - Outstanding Sound Editing for a Limited Series, Movie or Special and Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series or Movie 
  • The Big Bang Theory- Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series 
  • Downton Abbey - Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series and Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Period Program (One Hour or More) 
  • Mr. Robot - Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score) 
  • Shameless  - Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Comedy Series or a Variety Program 

Watch all the Emmy-nominated shows on ShowMax’s Emmy Collection. Did you know? You don’t need to be connected to the internet to watch ShowMax - you can download up to 25 shows over Wi-Fi and watch them offline on your smartphone or tablet.