Friday, 21 October 2016

What to watch this weekend: 21 October

Not sure what to watch this weekend? Here's our pick of the week

New series: Little Britain S1 - S3

Comic duo David Walliams and Matt Lucas star as a variety of zany and downright disgusting characters in this comedy cult classic.


New series: Chicago Med S1
Courageous doctors and nurses tackle Chicago's most difficult medical cases, as well as the ills of their own private lives.

New documentary: Mondays at Racine
Women whose cancer treatments have stripped them of their dignity gather at a special beauty salon every Monday in this touching and emotional documentary.

Mondays at Racine

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Thursday, 20 October 2016

Press release: ShowMax delivers VIA’s best shows to Afrikaans viewers worldwide


ShowMax delivers VIA’s best shows to Afrikaans viewers worldwide

20 October, 2016

ShowMax has added eight hit shows from Media24’s Afrikaans lifestyle channel VIA.

From 20 October, Media24’s Afrikaans lifestyle channel VIA (DStv channel 147) has joined forces with video-on-demand subscription service ShowMax. Eight of the channel’s most popular shows will be available to ShowMax subscribers both in South Africa as well as in 28 countries outside the continent popular with South African expats. A bonus ninth show will be available exclusively to ShowMax viewers outside Africa.

Izelle Venter, channel head of VIA, said:

“VIA and ShowMax are the perfect partners. Both are young, fresh platforms entertaining audiences in a new way. VIA is one of Afrikaans DStv viewers’ favourite lifestyle channels and ShowMax is a great way for people who love a proudly South African lifestyle to watch VIA whenever and wherever they want.”

The eight VIA programmes added to ShowMax are centred around food, style and relationships:

Vrydag 4 Uur (seasons 1-3): an unconventional travel show featuring the young couple Alti Fouche and Dirk Smit.

Pasgetroud (seasons 1-2): a wedding show where we see if couples’ dreams for their big day come true.

Padkos (seasons 1-2): a funky food truck show where presenter Leroux Botha cooks his midlife crisis away.

Driekuns (season 1): three famous people who have made a name for themselves share stories about their lives and careers.

’n Halfuur met Hanlie (seasons 1-3): South Africans of note have an intimate conversation with Rapport’s celebrated journalist Hanlie Retief.

Die Kliek (season 1-3): VIA’s popular dating show will have viewers in stitches as comedian Schalk Bezuidenhout helps a group of women find love with the help of social media.

Op Pad met Dana (season 1): writer Dana Snyman travels across South Africa in search of stories of hope.

Brood en Botter (season 1): super-chef Bertus Basson leads the search for new culinary talent.

ShowMax subscribers living outside Africa get an added bonus –  VIA’s hit show, Kom Ons Braai. On this show three couples try to impress each other with their braai skills in a bid to be crowned king of the coals.

Jeanne van Zyl, Head of Diaspora at ShowMax said:

“VIA’s lifestyle shows are full of the energy and passion that makes South Africa great, so we’re confident they’ll be a hit with our subscribers no matter where they might be in the world.”

ShowMax is priced at R99 per month in South Africa. The service is available to South African TV fans living in any of the following 28 countries outside the African continent for US$8.99 per month:

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

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Thursday, 13 October 2016

What to watch this weekend: 14 October

NEW Series: Silicon Valley S1 - S2

Want to know what it takes to be a tech billionaire? There’s a show for that.

  • Rated 98% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes
  • Hollywood Reporter said: “The pilot is flat-out brilliant ... It’s the best, most wide-appeal show that HBO has had in ages.”

Meet six young men who founded a startup company in Silicon Valley. In today's high-tech gold rush, these geeks are the most qualified to strike success. But they are also the ones least equipped to handle it.

This HBO show has been universally acclaimed, and is the winner of several awards, including Emmys and Golden Globes. Its writing is super-smart, and the laughs come from places you least expect in a broad satire of Facebook, Google, Apple and all the other new "disruptors".

Watch season 1 and 2 from the very beginning with ShowMax from 14 October.

NEW SEASON: Girls Season 5

Time for a girls night in? There’s a show for that. 

Don’t miss the latest season of award-winning series Girls, created by Lena Dunham. It’s a candid, comic take on the crises faced by smart but naive 20-somethings featuring an array of characters you’ll be rooting for.


Need inspiration? There’s a show for that. 

Freedom is worth fighting for - a moving and powerful film based on the true story of a group of slaves who break free of their chains and take over the slaveship La Amistad in 1839. Led by Cinque, they have one aim: to go home as free men. After being captured by the American navy, the men are sent to the United States and put on trial for murder. In the high-profile court case, its the issue of slavery that goes on trial. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the star-studded cast includes Djimon Hounsou, Anthony Hopkins, Matthew McConaughey and Morgan Freeman.

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Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Press Release: ShowMax pioneers new approach to mobile video in Kenya

I'm willing to bet that the first press release ever written included the words 'new and exciting'. It's fair to say that we PR types have overused this phrase to the point it's gone beyond a cliche and is now just press release wallpaper. Which is fine until you actually do have something genuinely new and exciting to talk about...

I'll try to introduce the release below another way. We've launched something in Kenya we've not tried anywhere else, and if we get it right it'll become a blueprint for how to become a local service in every country we operate. It also means we might just put a dent in piracy and get more people on the internet TV bus.

- Richard

Richard Boorman is the head of communications for ShowMax


ShowMax pioneers new approach to mobile video in Kenya

TV viewing habits are changing with more than 100 million people worldwide subscribing to internet TV services. These services allow users to pick exactly what and when they want to watch, and do this without intrusive advertising breaks. Usage levels in Kenya, however, have been low. ShowMax, in conjunction with Safaricom, is set to change this with today’s launch of a new mobile video concept that directly addresses the needs of Kenyan customers. 

5 October, 2016

ShowMax, a subscription video on demand service, has today launched a two-tier service for watching TV shows and movies via the internet. This is a first-of-its-kind video concept that directly addresses the needs of Kenyan internet TV consumers.

ShowMax Premium, priced at KSh 880 per month, has a full range of international and local content.

ShowMax Select, priced at KSh 330 per month is a mobile-first, data optimised product that offers reduced data consumption with savings of up to 75%, has a specific focus on local content, and is paid for using M-PESA. Kenya is the first country to have this second tier added to ShowMax.

Both tiers allow subscribers to either stream content or to download up to 25 shows to watch offline. Downloaded content is valid for 30 days. Data usage is charged separately and works with a customer’s existing data bundles.

Speaking about this for ShowMax, John Kotsaftis said:

“We don’t believe in one-size-fits-all solutions. Kenya has different needs and tastes to other countries and deserves something designed specifically for Kenyans. ShowMax is the first international internet TV service that’s priced in KSh and paid for using M-PESA. It’s the first to put strong emphasis on local content including having sports clips. It’s the first to be optimised for mobile usage, reducing data consumption by as much as 75%. And it’s the first to deliver all of this at an affordable price point.”

ShowMax features local favourites such as Real Househelps of Kawangware, Churchill Live, Auntie Boss, and Kona, as well as popular series and movies from Hollywood like Mr Robot, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Blue Bloods, and The Good Wife.

Subscribers can choose from a number of different download video quality levels. Using the most data-efficient setting, downloading a 20-minute TV show will use approximately 80 MB. This means that a 7.5 GB data bundle would be enough for more than 90 episodes.

Speaking about the consumer uptake of video on demand services, John Kotsaftis said:

“Kenya has all the right ingredients: tech-savvy consumers, rapidly expanding internet connectivity, and an appetite for quality TV shows and movies. So why hasn’t internet TV taken off yet?

“It doesn’t matter how good your service is if you don’t first solve the data challenge for customers, particularly for the majority of people who rely on mobile internet. That’s why we designed data-saving features and the ability to download content into ShowMax from the outset. With these features and a strong focus on local content, we think ShowMax will finally crack the internet TV model in Kenya.”


About ShowMax

ShowMax is an internet-based subscription video on demand service, also referred to as internet TV, that delivers TV shows and movies via the web. For one monthly fee, users watch as much as they want on a wide range of devices from smartphones and tablets to computers and smart TVs. Customers are able to pick what and when they want to watch, and there are no ad breaks.

ShowMax was originally launched in 2015 and is currently available in 65 countries as a single-tier service. To experience ShowMax, visit

For more information, contact:
Richard Boorman, Head of Communications
+971 56 477 9627

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

New content coming to ShowMax in October

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 up on ShowMax in October.

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Ugly Betty S1 - 4
This comedy drama follows a 22-year-old Mexican-American who, despite her dental braces and lack of style, lands a job at a prestigious fashion magazine.
Cast: America Ferrera, Eric Mabius, Tony Plana
Planned Release Date: 07/10

Girls S5
Don’t miss the latest season of award-winning series Girls, created by Lena Dunham. It’s a  candid, comic take on the crises faced by smart but naive 20-somethings featuring an array of characters you’ll be rooting for.
Cast: Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke
Planned Release Date: 10/10

Silicon Valley S1 - 2
Geeks rule the world in this smart series that shines the spotlight on the latter-day pirates of Silicon Valley.
Cast: Thomas Middleditch, TJ Miller, Josh Brener
Planned Release Date: 14/10

Little Britain S1 - 4
Comic duo David Walliams and Matt Lucas star as a variety of zany and downright disgusting characters in this comedy cult classic.
Cast: Matt Lucas, David Walliams, Tom Baker
Planned Release Date: 19/10

Chicago Med S1
Courageous doctors and nurses tackle Chicago's most difficult medical cases, as well as the ills of their own private lives.
Cast: Nick Gehlfuss, Yaya DaCosta, Torrey DeVitto
Planned Release Date: 21/010

Parenthood S1 - 6
Take a seat at the Braverman clan’s dinner table and tuck into delicious family drama over three generations.
Cast: Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard
Planned Release Date: 28/10


Sammy’s Adventures
This environmentally friendly film aims to teach kids about sea pollution and global warming.
Cast: Melanie Griffith, Kathy Griffin, Tim Curry
Planned Release Date: 05/10

This fun Australian film follows the adventures of a teenager and his computer-literate, talking dog.
Planned Release Date: 05/10

A Monster in Paris
This delightful animated musical shows that even the fiercest of monsters can have the warmest heart – and most beautiful voice.
Planned Release Date: 07/10

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never
Beliebers, get a backstage pass to one of the greatest shows of all time: Justin’s sold-out Madison Square Garden concert.
Planned Release Date: 07/10

Sydney White
A modern-day Snow White story about a freshman who ditches her spiteful sorority sisters for a group of seven geeks.
Planned Release Date: 10/10

Two for the Money
A hotshot sports better gets recruited into the big leagues - but can he handle the pressure?
Planned Release Date: 10/10

The Iron Lady
Meryl Streep stars in this gripping and brilliant biographical movie about the great and controversial Margaret Thatcher.
Planned Release Date: 12/10

Artificial Intelligence: AI
A fascinating sci-fi film featuring a robotic boy struggling to find acceptance in a world that doesn’t think he deserves the same respect as a real boy.
Planned Release Date: 12/10

Angel Eyes
When a cop is rescued by a stranger, it kicks off a romance that goes far deeper than either had expected.
Planned Release Date: 14/10

Along Came Polly
A man who takes too few risks starts dating a woman who only lives to take risks. Features a star-studded cast including Alec Baldwin, Ben Stiller, Debra Messing, Jennifer Aniston and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Planned Release Date: 14/10

Killing Them Softly
A simple heist kickstarts a series of events that threaten to destroy a criminal syndicate - and only one man can stop it.
Planned Release Date: 17/10

Thelma & Louise
A much-watch movie classic! Two women set out to find new lives and freedom, but instead become targets of an unfair world.
Planned Release Date: 19/10

A father takes matters in his own hands after the police fail to find his missing daughter.
Planned Release Date: 21/10

The King and I
Experience the famous musical about love and life in a king’s court as a pitch-perfect animated movie.
Planned Release Date: 21/10

A Beautiful Mind
Genius can lead to madness as a brilliant mathematician’s mind collapses under the pressure of cold war espionage and paranoia.
Planned Release Date: 24/10

Return to the Bates motel and its horrors in this frame-for-frame remake of the Alfred Hitchcock classic.
Planned Release Date: 26/10

On the Line
A man tried to find a woman he only met once, but attracts a whole lot of attention he didn’t want!
Planned Release Date: 26/10

Exorcist: The Beginning
Discover the history behind the priest and demon who fought each other in the classic horror about demonic possession.
Planned Release Date:28/10

American Pie 2
The team of hormone-raging teens are back for their first college vacation and a party to end all parties.
Planned Release Date: 28/10

The Others
A mother must protect her children from strange hauntings inside an old and isolated mansion in this frightening tale.
Planned Release Date: 31/10

Wes Craven’s Dracula 2000
Dracula is released from a coffin prison and quickly unleashes his reign of terror upon the people of New Orleans.
Planned Release Date: 31/10

The Lovely Bones
A girl, existing between the real world and afterlife, tries to lead her family to her murderer in this compelling remake of the best-selling book of the same name.
Planned Release Date: 31/10


Tom and the Slice of Bread with Strawberry Jam and Honey
Follow Tom’s adventures as he goes looking for a slice of bread with strawberry and honey.
Planned Release Date: 12/10

My Little Pony: Friendship Games
The much-loved Equestria Girls films from My Little Pony are back as the two rival schools take each other in the Friendship Games!
Planned Release Date: 07/10

Angry Birds Toons
Watch how the angry birds take on their pig rivals in this popular cartoon series, suitable for all ages and fans.
Planned Release Date: 10/10

Angry Birds: Piggy Tales
Stella and her friends take on Gale, the queen of the pigs, in this fun animated series for the young and old!
Planned Release Date: 17/10

Angry Birds Stella
Watch the pigs from Angry Birds do everyday tasks and turn them into incredible disasters in this fun show for the whole family.
Planned Release Date: 24/10

Transformers: Robots in Disguise
The famous Transformer called Bumblebee returns to Earth to stop a new threat that could undo galactic peace.
Planned Release Date: 19/10

Transformers: Rescue Bots
The Rescue Bots return to Earth in this animated series and help human first responders stop disasters, accident and evil criminals through amazing adventures.
Planned Release Date: 28/10

The Next Step S3 – S4
Sing, groove, laugh and cry with the dancing teens of A Troupe in this fun and feisty musical drama.
Planned Release Date: 03/10 (S3), 24/10 (S4)

Total Drama Action
The second season of Total Drama heads to an abandoned film lot, but the craziness still steals the show.
Planned Release Date: 14/10

Littlest Pet Shop
Can Blythe and her pals – Pepper the skunk, Minka the spider monkey, and others – save the Littlest Pet Shop?
Planned Release Date: 12/10

Total Drama All Stars
The world’s craziest animated reality show takes its biggest stars back to the island where it all began!
Planned Release Date: 21/10

Total Drama: Revenge of the Island
The Total Drama animated reality show heads to a remote holiday camp that also happens to be a toxic dump...
Planned Release Date: 31/10

Total Drama: Pahkitew Island
A new island and new contestants, but it’s the same crazy world of Total Drama, the word’s best animated reality show!
Planned Release Date: 26/10

Total Drama: World Tour
The contestants from the Total Drama animated reality show travel the world… and suffer challenges from every corner of the globe!
Planned Release Date: 31/10


Life According to Sam
At 17, Sam Berns looked 70. His bravery in the face of his condition, a rare genetic disorder, was inspirational.
Planned Release Date: 05/10

Mondays at Racine
Women whose cancer treatments have stripped them of their dignity gather at a special beauty salon every Monday.
Planned Release Date: 19/10

Mann vs. Ford
The gripping story of Wayne Mann and the Ramapough Indians who filed a mass-action law suit against Ford in 2006.
Planned Release Date: 12/10

This riveting and disturbing documentary seeks to explain why Tilikum, the largest orca in captivity, killed his trainer.
Planned Release Date: 24/10

One Last Hug: Three Days at Grief Camp
Welcome to Camp Erin, where bereaved children come to meet others like them and to open up about their feelings.
Planned Release Date: 26/10

*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.

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