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Once you’ve signed up to Showmax on the website, you’re now ready to binge on the massive catalogue of over 25 000 South African and international series, movies, documentaries and kids’ shows.

You can do this online via your computer’s web browser, or by downloading the Showmax app to your phone, tablet or Smart TV.

One of the best things about the Showmax app on your smartphone or tablet, is it allows you to download up to 25 different shows to watch offline; or you can stream whatever you like while you’re connected to the internet. The app for your Smart TV, Apple TV and Chromecast/Google Cast receiver, however, does not currently support downloads and is only for streaming.

Here is a breakdown of the different devices that support the Showmax app, and how to download it on your device.

Apple devices

iPhones and iPads:

If you have an Apple iPhone or iPad running iOS 8.4 or higher, you can download the Showmax app for viewing on the go. The Showmax app is available for download from the App Store »

All you have to do is search for “Showmax” in the App Store and install the Showmax app that appears in the search results.

Apple TV:

If you have a TV that is not a Smart TV but want to cast Showmax onto your big screen, an Apple TV device is an option. It’s basically a small box that connects to the internet, and then to your TV, so that you can stream content onto a TV that can’t connect to the internet.

If you have the latest Apple TV – the 4th Generation version – then you can download the Showmax app directly on the Apple TV device by following the same process as for your iPhone or iPad.

But if you have an earlier version of the Apple TV, then you’ll need to use AirPlay to stream the shows from the app on your laptop, iPhone or iPad to your TV when both the Apple TV and your phone or iPad are connected to the same Wi-Fi connection.

Read more about how AirPlay works »

Android devices

Phones and tablets:

If your phone or tablet runs Android 4.1.0 or higher, you can download the  Showmax app to stream or download shows to watch on your device on the go.

Search for “Showmax” in the Google Play Store and select the app that appears in the search results.

Google Cast (Chromecast) receiver:

Do you have a regular TV but want to watch shows and movies on your big screen without having to upgrade to a Smart TV? With a Google Cast/Chromecast receiver, you can stream shows from your phone or tablet to your TV screen.

The following Google Cast receivers are compatible: Google Chromecast (1st and 2nd Generation) and the Google Nexus Player.

All you have to do is make sure that your Android phone or tablet has the latest version of the Showmax app, and that it is connected to the same Wi-Fi connection as your Chromecast receiver.

For more info on how Google Chromecast works, read this post »

Smart TV apps

The following Smart TVs support the Showmax app:

  • Samsung Smart TVs (2012 and later)
  • Samsung Tizen Smart TVs (2015 and later)
  • LG NetCast Smart TVs (2012 to 2014)
  • LG WebOS Smart TVs (2014 and later)
  • Hisense Vidaa 2.0 Smart TV (2016 and later, South Africa only)
  • Android TVs (NVIDIA Shield, Sony BRAVIA, Sharp AQUOS and the Philips Android TV: Go here to find out for sure if your Android Smart TV supports the app).

Your Smart TV must be connected to the internet either by Wi-Fi or ethernet.

Make sure that your TV’s firmware is up to date (which you can do either on the website of your TV’s manufacturer or through the TV itself, depending on the brand – more info here).

Then search for “Showmax” in the App Store on your Smart TV and install the app that appears in the search results.

Did you know? The Showmax app comes pre-installed in all new supported models of Hisense TVs.

(Due to manufacturer differences, the application may not work on all devices.)

Xbox One

  • Go to the Store tab on the Xbox One.
  • Go to the Search tab on the right-hand side of the screen and search for Showmax.
  • Install the app.
  • Sign in to the app using the same email and password you used to sign up for Showmax.
  • To pin the Showmax app to your home screen, highlight the app tile, press the menu button and then select “pin to home”.

PlayStation 4

  • Go to the PlayStation Store on the PS4.
  • Search for “Showmax”.
  • Install the app.
  • Sign in to the app using the same email and password you used to sign up for Showmax.

Read more about the various Showmax apps here »

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