Friday, 26 August 2016

New content coming to ShowMax in September

Africa’s biggest online entertainment collection keeps getting bigger with new shows added every week. From Hollywood blockbusters to international exclusives and local favourites. Here’s what’s coming to ShowMax in September

NEW SERIES


The Magicians S1
After being recruited to a secretive academy, a group of students discover that the magic they read about as children is very real - and more dangerous than they ever imagined.
Cast: Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor
Planned Release Date: 02/09

Nurse Jackie S1 -7
A drug-addicted nurse struggles to find a balance between the demands of her frenetic job at a New York City hospital and an array of personal dramas.
Cast: Edie Falco, Merritt Wever, Paul Schulze
Planned Release Date: 02/09*

Devious Maids S1 -2
Four Latina maids with ambition and dreams of their own work for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills.
Cast:Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez, Roselyn Sanch
Planned Release Date: 05/09

The Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce S1 -2
A best-selling author of a self-help book series is secretly hiding her separation from her husband as she starts to navigate her life as a single woman in her 40s in Los Angeles.
Cast:Lisa Edelstein, Beau Garrett, Paul Adelstein
Planned Release Date: 05/09

Atlantis S1 -2
Far from home, Jason washes up on the shores of the ancient and mysterious city of Atlantis.
Cast:Mark Addy, Jack Donnelly, Robert Emms
Planned Release Date: 09/09

House MD S5 -8
An antisocial maverick doctor who specialises in diagnostic medicine does whatever it takes to solve puzzling cases that come his way using his crack team of doctors and his wits.
Cast: Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard
Planned Release Date: 14/09*

Heroes Reborn
A year ago, a terrorist attack in Odessa, Texas, left the city decimated. Blamed for the tragic event, those with extraordinary abilities are in hiding or on the run from those with nefarious motives.
Cast:Jack Coleman, Zachary Levi, Robbie Kay
Planned Release Date: 14/09

Top of the Lake
When pregnant, 12-year-old Tui tries to kill herself in a freezing New Zealand lake, Detective Robin Griffin has plenty of questions for the girl. But when Tui suddenly disappears, Griffin finds herself knee-deep in small-town secrets.
Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Thomas M. Wright, Peter Mullan
Planned Release Date: 19/09

Parks and Recreation S1 -7
Enjoy the absurd antics of an Indiana town's public officials as they pursue sundry projects to make their city a better place.
Cast: Amy Poehler, Jim O’Heir, Nick Offerman
Planned Release Date: 21/09

Grantchester S1
A Cambridgeshire clergyman finds himself investigating a series of mysterious wrongdoings in his small village of Grantchester.
Cast: James Norton, Robson Green, Morven Christie
Planned Release Date: 23/09

Blue Bloods S6
Tom Selleck stars as Frank Reagan, the New York Police Commissioner, and patriarch of the Reagan clan, a multigenerational family of cops.
Cast: Tom Selleck, Donnie Wahlberg, Will Estes
Planned Release Date: 28/09

Carnivale S1 -2
During the Great Depression, an Oklahoma farm boy and a charismatic minister learn that they are key players in a proxy war being fought between Heaven and Hell.
Cast: Michael J. Anderson, Adrienne Barbeau, Clancy Brown
Planned Release Date: 30/09

NEW MOVIES


Ronin
A freelancing former US intelligence agent tries to track down a mysterious package that is wanted by both the Irish and the Russians.
Cast: Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor
Planned Release Date: 05/09

Down to You
A young man wins and loses the first serious love of his life. Al Connelly falls in love with the girl of his dreams. After the summer she breaks up with him. As he tries to recover, Al goes to desperate measures.
Cast: Freddie Prinze Jr., Julia Stiles, Selma Blair
Planned Release Date: 02/09*

Hav Plenty
Lee Plenty is an almost broke would-be novelist and Havilland Savage is a rich and very beautiful woman and his friend. When she invites him to her home for New Year's Eve, they start to build up a romance.
Cast: Christopher Scott Cherot, Chenoa Maxwell, Tammi Katherine Jones
Planned Release Date: 02/09

The Importance of Being Earnest
In 1890s London, two friends use the same pseudonym ("Ernest") for their on-the-sly activities. Hilarity ensues.
Cast:Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Frances O’ Connor
Planned Release Date: 05/09

Saved!
When a girl attending a Christian high school becomes pregnant, she finds herself ostracised and demonised, as all of her former friends turn on her.
Cast:Jena Malone, Mandy Moore, Macaulay Culkin
Planned Release Date: 07/09

All Dogs go to Heaven 2
Charlie and Itchy return to Earth to find Gabriel's Horn, but along the way meet up with a young boy named David, who ran away from home.
Cast: Charlie Sheen, Sheena Easton, Dom DeLuise
Planned Release Date: 09/09

Hello Ladies
Stuart has recently split up with his girlfriend. When his girlfriend comes to visit him in Los Angeles, Stuart pretends to have a relationship with his tenant to make his ex feel jealous.
Cast: Stephen Merchant, Christine Woods, Nate Torrence
Planned Release Date: 09/09*

Rain Man
Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.
Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino
Planned Release Date: 12/09

The In Crowd
A young man of the rock and roll generation is in his senior year of high school. When he successfully earns a spot on a popular teen dance television show, he becomes a star.
Cast: Jennifer Runyon, Donovan Leitch Jr., Joe Pantoliano
Planned Release Date: 12/09

Lady Chatterly’s Lover
In 1913 Connie Reid marries wealthy Nottingham colliery owner Sir Clifford Chatterley but he returns from the Great War disabled and in a wheelchair. Connie is loyal but begins to feel alienated as he engages a nurse.
Cast: Holliday Grainger, Richard Madden, James Norton
Planned Release Date: 12/09

Meet Joe Black
Death, who takes the form of a young man, asks a media mogul to act as a guide to teach him about life on Earth and in the process he falls in love with his guide's daughter.
Cast: Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Claire Forlani
Planned Release Date: 14/09

What to Expect When You’re Expecting
Follows the lives of five interconnected couples as they experience the thrills and surprises of having a baby, and realise that no matter what you plan for, life does not always deliver what is expected.
Cast: Cameron Diaz, Matthew Morrison, J. Todd Smith
Planned Release Date: 16/09

L!fe Happens
A comedy centered on two best friends, Kim and Deena, who fight to maintain normalcy in their lives after Kim gets pregnant and has a baby.
Cast: Krysten Ritter, Kate Bosworth, Rachel Bilson
Planned Release Date: 16/09*

Hollywoodland
A detective examines the mysterious death of George Reeves, the star of the television series Adventures of Superman.
Cast: Adrien Brody, Ben Affleck, Diane Lane
Planned Release Date: 16/09

Into the Blue 2: The Reef
A pair of professional divers are hired to find Columbus' hidden treasure.
Cast: Chris Carmack, Laura Vandervoort, Marsha Thomasson
Planned Release Date: 19/09

The Lookout
Chris is a once promising high school athlete whose life is turned upside down following a tragic accident. As he tries to maintain a normal life, he takes a job as a janitor at a bank, where he ultimately finds himself caught up in a planned heist.
Cast:Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeff Daniels, Matthew Goode
Planned Release Date: 19/09

I Give it a Year
Newlywed couple Nat and Josh are deliriously happy despite their differences, though friends and family aren't convinced that they can last. With their first anniversary approaching and attractive alternatives in the mix, can they last?
Cast:Rose Byrne, Rafe Spall, Alex Macqueen
Planned Release Date: 21/09

The Last of the Mohicans
Three trappers protect a British colonel's daughters in the midst of the French and Indian War.
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Russell Means
Planned Release Date: 21/09

One for the Money
Unemployed and newly divorced Stephanie Plum lands a job at her cousin's bail-bond business, where her first assignment puts her on the trail of a wanted local cop from her romantic past.
Cast: Katherine Heigl, Jason O’Mara, Daniel Sunjata
Planned Release Date: 23/09*

The Pledge
A retiring police chief pledges to catch the killer of a young child.
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Benicio Del Toro, Patricia Clarkson
Planned Release Date: 23/09

French Kiss
A woman flies to France to confront her straying fiancé, but gets into trouble when the charming crook seated next to her uses her for smuggling.
Cast: Meg Ryan, Kevin Kline, Timothy Hutton
Planned Release Date: 26/09

The Flintstones
In this live-action feature of the cartoon show, Fred Flintstone finally gets the job he's always wanted, but it may just come at a price.
Cast:John Goodman, Rick Moranis, Rosie O’Donnell
Planned Release Date: 26/09

The Flintstones: Viva Rock Vegas!
In this live-action prequel to the 1994 comedy hit, the Flintstones and the Rubbles go on a trip to Rock Vegas, where Wilma is pursued by playboy Chip Rockefeller.
Cast:Mark Addy, Stephen Baldwin, Kristen Johnston
Planned Release Date: 26/09

Gone
A woman is convinced her kidnapper has returned when her sister goes missing.
Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer Carpenter, Wes Bentley
Planned Release Date: 28/09

Bratz
During their first year of high school, four best girlfriends face off against the domineering student body president who wants to split them up into different social cliques.
Cast: Skyler Shaye, Janel Parrish, Logan Browning
Planned Release Date: 30/09

Sleepover
Four best friends, desperate to improve their social status, enter into an all-night scavenger hunt against the popular clique in their school.
Cast: Alexa PenaVega, Mika Boorem, Scout Taylor-Compton
Planned Release Date: 30/09


NEW KIDS SHOWS



Smurfs S1- Final episodes
Age 4+. The Smurfs are little blue creatures that live in mushroom houses in a village, warding off their sworn enemy Gargamel And his cat Azrael
Planned Release Date: 02/09

Curious George S4-6
Age 3+. The curious monkey from the book series and hit film of the same name is back to take on more adventures with the Man with the Yellow Hat.
Planned Release Date: 02/09

Popples S1
Age 5+. In this reboot of the popular 80’s cartoon and plush toy range, the Popples – Bubbles, Sunny, Lulu, Izzy and Yikes – pop in and out of trouble, saving the day in their own POP-tastic way!
Planned Release Date: 05/09

Stanley S3
Age 3+. Based on the book series by Andrew Griff, Stanley is an inquisitive kid fascinated by all animals. With the help of Dennis, the goldfish, Stanley really is a pint-sized Dr Doolittle
Planned Release Date: 07/09

Imagination Movers S2
Age 3+. The Imagination Movers are a rock band who live in the Idea Warehouse where they solve crazy problems through song, stories and skits.
Planned Release Date: 09/09

W.I.T.C.H. S1-S2
Age 8+. Five teenage girls discover their destiny as magical Guardians of another world and have to cope with everyday teen dramas and saving the universe.
Planned Release Date: 12/09

I’m In The Band S2
Age 8+. Tripp Campbell dreams of being the next Jimi Hendrix, and when he wins a contest to meet his favourite band Iron Weasel, his dream comes true.
Planned Release Date: 14/09

Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa S3
Age 5+. Timon and his best friend Pumbaa are back, as they travel beyond Pride Rock to explore China, Russia, Kenya and other far flung places across the globe
Planned Release Date: 16/09

Phil of the Future S2
Age 8+. Phil Diffy and his family from the year 2121 get stranded in the present day. Now, while they wait to return home, they must find a way to fit in.
Planned Release Date: 23/09

Aladdin S1
Age 5+. The adventures continue with Aladdin and the gang in this series based on the classic cartoon feature film.
Planned Release Date: 30/09

Tron: Uprising S1
Age 8+. Following on the success of the 2010 feature film Tron: Legacy, comes this animation series where a young programmer named Beck leads a revolution against a corrupt regime.
Planned Release Date: 02/09

Marvel’s Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes S1
Age 8+. Join Mr. Fantastic, The Invisible Woman, The Human Torch and The Thing, otherwise known as Marvel's most famous family, the Fantastic Four, as they battle their most famous villains including Dr Doom.
Planned Release Date: 16/09

Marvel’s Hulk And The Agents Of S.M.A.S.H. S2
Age 9+. Marvel's strongest superheroes team up to fight threats that are too great for other heroes, while they try and get along under one roof where A-Bomb is producing a reality-based web series about their adventures.
Planned Release Date: 19/09

Marvel’s Wolverine And The X-Men S1
Age 8+. This animated series is set in the world of X-men, where Wolverine must back the once united X-Men to stop the onslaught of the brotherhood of Mutants.
Planned Release Date: 21/09

Marvel's Avengers Assemble S2
Age 8+. The Avengers, all living and training together at their new headquarters, must find a way to team up and battle threats that no single hero could withstand. When Avengers assemble, villains don't stand a chance.
Planned Release Date: 23/09

Marvel’s Iron Man Armored Adventures S1
Age 8+. In this series, Tony Stark is a teen genius who uses his newly invented Iron Man armour to save the world from threats while attending high school with his friend Pepper Potts. All the while, he is intent on unravelling the mystery of his father’s death.
Planned Release Date: 26/09


NON-FICTION ADDITIONS


Biography: Charlie Sheen –Bad Boy on the Edge
A close-up look at the wild years of Hollywood celebrity Charlie Sheen and the gleeful self-destruction of a "frickin' rockstar from Mars”.
Planned Release Date: 02/09


Death on a Factory Farm
This doccie chronicles an investigation into alleged abuses that took place at a hog farm in Ohio and received two Emmy® nominations, including Best Documentary.
Planned Release Date: 02/09


We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks
The inside story of Bradley Manning, Julian Assange and the largest intelligence breach in U.S. history
Planned Release Date: 05/09


Diagnosis Bipolar: Five Families Search For Answers
Delving into the lives of families living with pediatric bipolar mood disorder (once called manic depression), this film reveals the daily heartbreaks, failures and triumphs of these five families.
Planned Release Date: 12/09


I Am An Animal: The Story Of Ingrid Newkirk And Peta
A candid and introspective look at the extreme beliefs and motives of Ingrid Newkirk, the co-founder of the world's largest animal-rights organisation: PETA
Planned Release Date: 21/09


Larry Kramer In Love And Anger
An in-depth look at the legendary author, activist and playwright who emerged as one of the most important and controversial figures in contemporary gay America.
Planned Release Date: 28/09


David Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities
David Attenborough explores the stories of animals that continue to intrigue him. From the zebra’s stripes to the egg-laying platypus. Each episode explores the stories behind two natural curiosities.
Planned Release Date: 09/09


David Attenborough’s Birds Of Paradise
David Attenborough offers his own personal take on the mystery and obsession of the elusive birds of paradise, tracing their evolution of beauty back to sexual rituals.
Planned Release Date: 16/09


David Attenborough’s Fabulous Frogs
Sir David Attenborough narrates this film that pieces together the story of the frog and toad kingdom where more than 5000 species thrive.
Planned Release Date: 23/09


LOCAL ADDITIONS


Boer Soek 'n Vrou S7-8
Planned Release Date: 05/09

SKILPOPPE
Planned Release Date: 05/09

AFL: OUMA SE SLIM KIND
Planned Release Date: 05/09

Alie Barber S1-2
Planned Release Date: 12/09

Die Fortuinsoekers
Planned Release Date: 12/09

AFL:DIE SPOOK VAN DONKERGAT
Planned Release Date: 12/09

EENDAG VIR ALTYD
Planned Release Date: 12/09

Jacob's Cross S3-5
Planned Release Date: 12/09

Jan Braai vir Erfenis
Planned Release Date: 19/09

Toks En Tjops
Planned Release Date: 19/09

PALJAS
Planned Release Date: 19/09

Copposites
Planned Release Date: 19/09

Black Butterflies
Planned Release Date: 19/09

Die Nataniël Tafel
Planned Release Date: 26/09

Thomas @
Planned Release Date: 26/09

Tussen Die Lyne
Planned Release Date: 26/09


*Titles and release dates may shift and change due to issues out of our control. The dates provided give you the planned release dates for new content. Source: IMDB.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Press release: Cost of data holding back adoption of internet TV

Classic PR tactics at work here - outline the problem and then present the solution:

  • Problem - the cost of data is stopping people using services like ShowMax

See press release below for details.

Warm regards,

Richard

(PS. I got some grief for using the word ‘oodles’ in a previous note, so yes I upped the ante and went with ‘snazzy’)


Richard Boorman is the head of communications for ShowMax




PRESS RELEASE


Cost of data holding back adoption of internet TV


With an extensive catalogue of TV shows and movies, ad-free internet TV services like ShowMax are rapidly gaining popularity. A recent study, however, found the cost of data to be the main concern holding back potential users. ShowMax has addressed this by launching a bandwidth capping feature on most of its apps, and also a bandwidth calculator to quickly estimate weekly and monthly data usage.


24 August 2016


In a recent consumer survey commissioned by ShowMax, the most common reason cited for not signing up to internet TV services is the cost of data. The amount of data needed to stream TV shows and movies can be one gigabyte (GB) per hour or more. To help manage this, ShowMax has introduced bandwidth capping functionality that can reduce data consumption by as much as 75%. ShowMax has also introduced a bandwidth calculator to help customers estimate how much data they need.


“We knew anecdotally that people were worried about internet costs, but the results of the survey were stark. Forty percent of respondents said the main reason they don’t use internet TV services is the high cost of data. Twice as many people chose this over the next most common concern, which was not understanding how to set up internet TV,” said Barron Ernst, Chief Product Officer at ShowMax.


ShowMax has been actively addressing the data cost challenge, first by introducing the ability to download TV shows and movies to take advantage of Wi-Fi hotspots, and now by introducing user-selectable bandwidth capping on most of its apps. Subscribers can select either a low bandwidth cap of 0.3 GB/hr, a medium cap of 0.7 GB/hr, or leave usage uncapped.


Watching five hours per week, which is enough for 15 episodes of The Big Bang Theory or 7 episodes of Suits, the maximum amount of data used would be as follows:


Low bandwidth cap (0.3 GB/hr): 1.5 GB / week
Medium bandwidth cap (0.7 GB/hr): 3.5 GB / week
Uncapped (1.4 GB/hr): 7.1 GB / week


The low usage setting equates to a resolution of 360p, the medium equates to standard definition 480p, while uncapped can deliver up to 720p high definition. All ShowMax apps feature dynamic streaming with active monitoring of the connection speed and automatic adjustment of resolution to the make the most of the available bandwidth, up to the selected cap.


To help estimate data usage, ShowMax has created a bandwidth calculator. Simply choose the required quality level and the number of hours watched per week, and the calculator gives an estimate of weekly and monthly data usage. The calculator is accessible here: https://www.showmax.com/eng/go/bandwidth-calculator.


“We purposefully made bandwidth capping applicable at the individual app level rather than have a blanket setting for the account. This way, it’s possible to chose a lower usage cap for smaller screens – perhaps for the kids watching cartoons on a tablet – while still having the full HD experience on a big screen TV.


“The data cost challenge is greater in Africa than almost anywhere else and ShowMax has been at the forefront of tackling this, first with downloads and now with bandwidth capping. The key to success in Africa is tailoring your service to local needs,” concludes Ernst.


ShowMax apps are available for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, Apple TV (4th generation), and selected Samsung and LG smart TVs. ShowMax apps support both AirPlay and Chromecast. The service can also be viewed on laptop and desktop computers via web browser.


Bandwidth capping settings can be accessed either via the settings / app preferences menu on most apps, or by using the settings button on the play bar if connecting via a web browser.


For more information and to sign up for a seven-day risk-free trial, visit www.showmax.com.


ENDS




About ShowMax


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 of specialised 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 www.showmax.com.


For more information, contact:


Richard Boorman, Head of Communications

Richard.boorman@showmax.com

+971 56 477 9627

+27 82 990 4080

Monday, 22 August 2016

Win a tablet plus a 3-month ShowMax subscription


Is your boss an idiot? 
Are ballers killing your game?
Do you hack your neighbour's wifi to get online?

No matter the situation, There’s A Show For That. #TASFT

To make sure you have every show you need no matter what life throws at you ShowMax will be giving away 20 Samsung tablets along with three month ShowMax subscriptions to lucky listeners on KFM, 702 and 947 over the next four weeks.

Simply visit the competition pages on KFM, 702 and 947 and tell us about your ‘There’s a Show For That’ moment and you could win yourself a tablet plus a three month ShowMax subscription to get your binge on.

Whether it’s your sexy-time being interrupted or you’re too hungover to hit Pilates, whenever you need a little break from life, just remember. There’s a Show For That.

Check out our latest commercials below for some inspiration for your #TASFT moment.


Friday, 19 August 2016

Here are the 15 best short-films screening at the Silwerskermfees. And they are coming to ShowMax.

Each year kykNET’s Silwerskermfees gives South Africa’s hottest filmmakers, producers and actors in the Afrikaans entertainment industry an opportunity to showcase their best content. But this year, for the first time, all the feature films, documentaries and short-form content will be available to stream and download on ShowMax to local and international viewers.

Here are the 15 best short-films that will be screened during the festival which runs from 24 to 27 August in Cape Town.

1. Koue voete (Cold Feet)


A criminal comes in many shapes and forms. He won’t necessarily be wearing a balaclava. He’s not a specific colour and doesn’t belong to a specific class. A beggar, a couple who are engaged to be married, two worried parents, and a drunken couple…

Koue Voete follows seven different characters whose lives are dramatically changed over the course of a single evening.










2. Die Bok (The Goat)


This short film is based on the short story “Die Bok” (1961) by Ingrid Jonker. It only has a cast of four characters (including the goat) and is set on a remote farm in the early 1960s. It’s produced by the Pretoria-based production company David & Goliath Films.

Susan has a baby on the way and her older husband is away from home more often. The gardener and the cleaner spend more and more time together, and Susan is increasingly overwhelmed by the loneliness of her life on the farm. To make matters worse, a stray goat is moving closer and closer to her beloved rose garden.






3. Onthou (Remember)


When a young, carefree hippie applies for the job to nurse a strict and fussy old lady, there is tension from the get-go.

But they unexpectedly develop a deeper friendship as they get to know one another, as well as learning how to accept someone unconditionally. Age is just a number, but deep friendships become a part of our existence.











4. Vlees van my Vlees (Flesh of my flesh)



Vlees van my Vlees tells the story of how a married couple’s relationship and marriage changes irrevocably after a car accident claims the life of their young daughter and leaves the wife a quadriplegic.

Twelve years after the accident, Magnus (James Alexander) is helping Anneli (Erica Wessels) to get ready for the celebration of their anniversary. Both of them have apparently dealt with the accident and adapted to their circumstances. Or have they?









5. Arts (Vet)



Estelle is not like the other girls. She still lives with her mother; she is extremely fussy; she likes routine and specific colours; she fixes watches as a hobby and she struggles to handle emotions and read social situations.

She falls in love with André, the local vet, and realises that she can spend time with him if she finds injured animals and brings them to him. Although he is wary at first, André discovers someone remarkable in Estelle who restores his purpose, and their relationship is built on their shared love of animals.








6. Merk. Sny. Stoor. (Mark. Cut. Save.)


Merk. Sny. Stoor. investigates the psyche of a deranged young man and the experiences of his unsuspecting female victim.
The reality of Chris’ obsession with his female victim is partly obscured by flashbacks to his influential mother, who died in the bath as he watched. 

Years later, Chris has deep psychological problems and finds his perception of reality is overshadowed by memories of his mother when he begins stalking a young woman named Karlien.









7. En die wiele van die bus gaan om en om… (And the wheels of the bus go round and round …)



Based on a true story, Freddie Venter is a lazy bus driver who transports 10 patients from one psychiatric institution to another, but then he loses his cargo and must make a plan to save his bacon.


One by one, he picks up random strangers at bus stops. Completely unaware of what Freddie has planned, they climb on the bus, each with their own urgent business to attend to, leading to hysterical and unimaginable consequences.









8. Kolskoot (Pot shot)


Fanus Niemand, weary of his existence and being alone, is incapable of taking his own life. His difficult caretaker, Aunt Tilla, isn’t making things easier, as she constantly asks for rent and looking for an apartment for her wheelchair bound son, Percy.

In a moment of desperation Fanus hires an anonymous killer to take him out – but then he meets a girl from his past who messes up his plans. Will he find his killer in time?









9. Spoor(loos) (Without a trace)


Have you ever wished you could be a superhero? Or stop a moment in time? Johnson’s DNA has always been wired to save everything and everyone.


Life hasn’t dealt him an easy hand, but his outlook remains unchanged. When a prostitute, Juliet, makes an unexpected appearance in his life, he tries to save her from her dark and difficult life.









10. Oom (Uncle)



After Oom Johan loses his job, he decides to do what most people would do: he heads to the ocean.

At a deserted roadside café, he meets Chris, a young guy who looks over his shoulder slightly too often. Oom Johan is hesitant but agrees to give Chris a ride. And soon they both learn that the road can be bumpy if you don’t choose your companions well.










11. Hum 


Thomas has been hearing a paralysing hum for so long that he can hardly remember when things started going wrong for him. To make matters worse, no one else can hear it, and eventually Thomas agrees to go for shock therapy.


This leads to memory loss, and with the help of his psychiatrist, Thomas has to try and regain his memory so he can win back the love of his life, Jana.









12. Die muse (The muse)


Jeanie is a young nurse who arrives for a job interview in the middle of nowhere, only to find that it isn’t an interview. She signs a contract with Chanel (like the perfume) and meets her patient Anton, a writer with Asperger’s syndrome.

Anton is a nightmare, but Jeanie is transported by one of his books. It fuels her obsession with sex, and they sleep together. But all is not as it seems.










13. Plankekoors (Stage fever)



Fear is nothing other than expected failure. Anxiety is to experience fear on repeat. What a waste of time. We all know these feelings well. But there’s a fine line between excitement and fear.


Emerging young actress Lily Brink and veteran actress Maria Fouché must make the choice between excitement and fear on the opening night of their show. This comedy is about what actors go through in the moments before they step onto the stage.







14. Die Biker (The Biker)



Die Biker is based on an award-winning short story about a biker who takes a wrong turn, and ends up on the farm of a biker-hater.


Paul du Toit plays the biker, who has to endure some extreme trials and tribulations, while Ian Roberts plays the helpful farmer who tells the biker his sad story and sees to it that the biker has an unforgettable night on his farm. But in the morning he must ask himself: was any of it real?








15. Beloofde Land (Promised Land)



Lodewyk “Lood” Mouton is the naïve ruler of the dictatorship Anskroepolis. He is also the country’s foremost pop star and his terrible music is forced on the people.

On the eve of a musical spectacular to honour his 10th year as ruler, a group of socialist rebels arrive at his home and threaten a coup. And for the first time, Lood is confronted with the bubble of his existence and the suffering of his people.









All these short films will be premiering at the Silwerskermfees and will then be available on ShowMax thereafter. Head over to ShowMax.com to start your trial and get your binge on with the best South African entertainment.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

New ShowMax Logo

The eagle-eyed amongst you might have noticed that we’re in the middle of rolling out a revised ShowMax logo.



Why the logo refresh? Don’t get me wrong – we loved the old logo, but given how fast we’ve been growing and that we’re now available in 65 countries, we’ve decided to modify it to give us more flexibility in terms of colours and usage.



It’ll take a few weeks for us to complete the rollout, so please bear with us if you’re still seeing the old logo.

Thanks and happy ShowMaxing,

Anna



Anna Vaulina is the head of marketing for ShowMax

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Press release: ShowMax expands service connecting South Africans across the globe




For South Africans living abroad, being away from home no longer means being out of touch. Launched in December 2015, ShowMax’s overseas service supplies kykNET content to 28 countries popular with South African expatriates. Based on the success of this service, ShowMax has now expanded the content catalogue to include the best South African TV shows and movies from Mzansi Magic, M-Net, Vuzu, as well as kykNET.

16 August 2016

Travel almost anywhere on the globe, and chances are that sooner or later you’ll hear a familiar South African accent. Catering to South Africa’s intrepid expats, ShowMax started supplying kykNET content to five countries in December 2015. This was subsequently expanded to 28 countries. Based on the success of this service, ShowMax has now expanded the content catalogue to include TV shows and movies from Mzansi Magic, M-Net, Vuzu, as well as kykNET.

Costing US$ 8.99 per month, this service has the added benefit of featuring many popular shows within 24 hours of them airing in South Africa.

Jeanne van Zyl, who heads up the expat service for ShowMax said:

“Shows like Our Perfect Wedding, The Wild, Isibaya, Binnelanders and Suidooster are as uniquely South African as bunny chow and biltong. Our plan is simple – put all the best South African shows in one spot and give expats a taste of home wherever they’ve ended up. In total, we’ve got around 14, 000 TV show episodes and movies.”

The ShowMax service featuring South African content is available in the following 28 countries popular with expats:

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 United States.

To access ShowMax while in any of these countries, visit www.showmax.com and sign up for a risk-free seven-day trial.

“The challenge for South Africans abroad isn’t so much about fitting in; we’re a confident and resilient bunch who thrive almost anywhere. Where expats, especially those with kids, can struggle is keeping the language and cultural link to home. This is where ShowMax comes in,” said van Zyl.

ShowMax has apps for smart TVs, Apple TV (4th generation), smartphones, tablets, and most web browsers. ShowMax is compatible with both AirPlay and Chromecast.

An added feature of ShowMax is the ability to download up to 25 TV shows and movies to smartphones and tablets for watching while offline. This is perfect for long journeys or keeping entertained when there’s no WiFi available.

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About ShowMax

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 of specialised 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 www.showmax.com.

For more information, contact:

Richard Boorman, Head of Communications
Richard.boorman@showmax.com
+971 56 477 9627
+27 82 990 4080