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The epic story behind Band of Brothers is epic

A blockbuster 10-part series that depicted one of the greatest units of soldiers ever is one of the greatest ensample cast series ever produced. This really is television at its best.

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The beginner’s guide to streaming

Whether you’re looking to listen to the latest chart-topping music or want to watch series and movies wherever and whenever you want without ads, streaming services are the way to go. And thankfully, South African consumers now have plenty of options to choose from.

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Why Shameless is so hopeful

As much as we hate an alcoholic father for abandoning his kids in Chicago, their fortitude and resilience are reminders of how great humanity can be. Start watching Shameless now on Showmax.

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A tribute to trailblazing Burkina Faso filmmaker Idrissa Oudraogo

Tributes have been pouring in for Burkina Faso filmmaker Idrissa Ouedraogo, who passed away on Sunday, aged 64. His international breakthrough, Yaaba, is available to stream only on Showmax in Africa.

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How Showmax runs a growth team across 70+ global markets

Showmax is an interesting business because it hasn’t followed your typical playbook of international expansion for growth.

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Buyer Beware! Are you sure it’s not an illicit streaming device?

With the increased professionalism of pirates, some consumers may not realise they’ve bought an illicit streaming device.

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Check out the TVPlus editor’s pick of 2017

TVPlus editor Lucia Swart-Walters shares her TV highs and lows of the year.

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The state of play: how to choose a games console

Choosing a games console is tough, especially when all three of the big-name manufacturers have so much to offer.

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Like 3D TVs, curved ones are doomed

Big-name TV manufacturers would have us believe curved screens are set to be the next big thing. Sadly, their collective optimism and investment doesn’t change the fact that they’re wrong, writes Craig Wilson.

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The biggest bang

Inheriting the Earth was never geekier than it is today.

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Narrow appeal – the secret to a larger audience?

Have we finally reached FX Network president John Landgraf’s Peak TV?

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How to turn your customers into your biggest fans

Barron Ernst shares his thoughts on the tech developments that allow businesses dispersed around the globe to have regular and meaningful interaction with their customers … though face-to-face contact remains invaluable.

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Is the tide turning against online pirates?

Pirates move at internet speed. Unhindered by rules and regulations they continually adapt, leaving the content owners, media industry and legal institutions to play catchup … But in the last month or so there are more examples of how the tide might be starting to turn against the pirates.

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The show that started the binge-watching revolution

The Collins word of the year in 2015, now not only is binge-watching part of the dictionary, but it’s also a big part of our lives.

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Algorithmic content: Designed to delight

Computers could be creating video tailored to your specific preferences for genre, plot and even actors sooner than you think.

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Internet TV: can we all just get along?

What’s attracting people to internet TV? Amongst other things, binge-watching is a big deal. 73% of US consumers, and nearly 90% of Millennials and Gen Z, say they binge-watch content.

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7 keys to mobile success in high-growth markets

To deliver successful mobile services in emerging markets, understanding local nuances and developing suitable business models are key.

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I’m a series junkie. Here’s why I love internet TV.

Tvplus editor Lucia Swart-Walters talks about the ever-evolving television landscape.

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Does size matter?

Though going to the cinema is magic, the experience of watching series or movies on smaller screens has become much more convenient, while the quality has improved exponentially, writes poet, editor and blogger Kojo Baffoe.

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TV’s golden age

We live in a golden age of television, with an abundance of excellent shows that reveal and explore human nature as once novels used to.

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Introducing the Showmax Soapbox. SFW?

We’ve added an opinion section to our blog. SFW?

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HDR content: Why you’re going to want it

Content creators and distributors are as excited about HDR as TV manufacturers are. But should you be paying attention, or is it just another marketing gimmick?

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How fibre has changed my life

When I first heard my neighbourhood was getting fibre, I filled out a pre-order immediately. I followed the time frames, sent emails, made follow up calls… everything you can think of to show my interest. After months of waiting, I was finally connected in July 2016.

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Infographic: When it comes to piracy – the world needs a tutor

New data from the largest consumer piracy survey ever conducted found that 52% of consumers around the globe watch pirated video content.

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