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We have shows for when you’re under the weather, shows for when you’re hungry, shows to keep the kids entertained on holidays and even shows you won’t see on any other streaming service. With our huge range of content, it’s hard to believe that Showmax has only been around for three years.

Here are 8 reasons you should be jumping on the Showmax bandwagon.

1. Showmax is the only place to stream HBO (and more) in South Africa

Demola Adetona on Twitter

All seven seasons of Game of Thrones are available on #Showmax right now in HD. #GameofThrones #DStvPremium #ILoveDStv #12GoodReasons

To say that Game of Thrones has a cult following is an understatement. It hasn’t only popularised sayings like “beyond the wall” and “winter is coming”, but there are even T-shirts now that say “Targaryen on the Streets, Dothraki in the Sheets”. Insane! Just as well Showmax has GoT and other talked-about HBO and Hulu titles, like HarlotsWestworldHandmaid’s Tale (speaking of cults), and loads more. It’s legit the only place that you can stream HBO without a DStv subscription in Africa. For real.

2. It’s free for DStv Premium customers, R49 for DStv Compact customers and just R99 for everyone else

Though the petrol price and food prices keep going up, we have kept the subscription price of Showmax the same since 2015, and have even given DStv customers huge discounts – and for Premium customers, it’s actually free. Yes, you can get Showmax for free if you’re a DStv premium customer. Or for only R49 if you’re on DStv Compact or Compact Plus. For everyone else, it’s still just R99. So even if you’ve had to cut down on going out to save money, you’ve still got ways to turn up right in front of your TV at home. (Here’s how to connect your DStv account and get your freebie.)

3. Data hasn’t fallen but…

The struggle is real with data costs in SA. However, over the past few years there’s been a big drive towards bringing fibre to a lot of neighbourhoods and the prices are competitive.  We have also been campaigning for lower data costs and made some serious inroads to ensuring customers get some good deals on data. Don’t forget our built-in data-saving tools that let you select how much data you want to use to stream or download.

4. Watch it anywhere

Did you know that there are over 1.7 million more apps in the Google Play store since 2015 (and about 800 000 in the Apple App store)? We’ve made sure that Showmax doesn’t lag behind the wide number of apps and devices. Showmax is available on laptops, phones, smart TVs, Apple TV, Telkom’s LIT box, Sony PS4, Xbox One as well as the DStv Explora. Plus, the Showmax app for iOS or Android phones or tablets lets you download up to 25 series episodes or movies to watch later when you’re offline, so it’s really handy when you want to watch your shows on the go.

5. Watch Marvel-lous international shows, now-now

Showmax on Twitter

It’s all fun and games until you get caught… Younger S5, first & only on Showmax 💋 #YoungerTV

These days, it’s more important than ever that we get the latest episodes of our favourite series pretty much immediately, so we can tune into the hype on social media without worrying about spoilers. Showmax has made serious progress in bringing you the freshest episodes of Doctor WhoYoungerMarvel’s Cloak & DaggerMr RobotThe Crossing and South Park just 24 hours after their international broadcast.

6. The only place to stream South African series

Mrs Linda M on Twitter

TheRiver1Magic is now available on Showmax 🥂🍾

Over the past few years, SA’s film industry has rivaled Nollywood with world-class and entertaining shows. We have not only upped its range of local shows to watch but we’ve also got the likes of The River, The Queen, Isithembiso, The Housekeepers and Fynskrif arriving express from their DStv broadcast. All so you can add your semi #delayedTweet into the conversation.

7. Showmax isn’t just old stuff – series and movies available on Showmax first

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It’s not just Friends and other long-running series boxsets on Showmax (no judging if that’s your binge.) Last month, Twitter folk caught on to the riveting HBO family drama Succession, fresh off the press on Showmax, and now we’ve also got the brand-new Doctor Who Season 11 streaming only on Showmax. Have a look at all the other shows you can watch exclusively on Showmax.

8. OMG! Showmax Originals

Lee-Roy Wright on Twitter

I’m totally BINGING on Tali’s Wedding Diary right now on @ShowmaxOnline!!!!! 😂😂😂😂😂🎉🎉🎉🎉

People were never ready for the success of Tali’s Wedding Diary. It ticked the boxes on ratings, talkability, and entertainment. Who could forget the ridiculous lengths Tali would go to to have the perfect wedding, or her fiance Darren’s “salt of the earth” business partner Rael Rosen and his catchphrases?! This was just the first Showmax Original, with more in the pipeline.

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