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Signing up to Showmax is so easy – and it’s so affordable. For only R99 per month, you get unlimited access to over 30 000 series episodes, movies, documentaries, local content and kids’ shows, from brilliant HBO titles like Westworld, Insecure, Ballers and Here and Now to exclusive series you won’t find anywhere else, including HBO’s Succession, all seasons of Younger, and Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, to express episodes of local fan favourites like The River straight from their DStv broadcast, and boxsets of your favourite shows from Friends to Frasier to Sex and the City.

Watch Showmax on up to five different devices, from your Xbox or PS4 to your laptop, tablet, smart TV or smartphone. Watch on one device while your kids or spouse watches something else on a different device at the same time. No more bickering over the remote control!

Plus, if you’re a DStv subscriber, you’ll pay even less. DStv Premium customers get Showmax for zero extra cost, and DStv Compact and Compact Plus subscribers pay only R49 per month. All they have to do is sign up to Showmax and add it to their DStv bill.

Follow these steps to sign up so you can start streaming asap.

I’m a DStv Premium customer

Got DStv Premium? How to add Showmax to DStv at no cost

  1. Go to www.showmax.com.
  2. Sign up to Showmax with your email address.
  3. Create a password.
  4. Choose “DStv Add to Account” as your payment method. This will add Showmax to your DStv bill.
  5. Enter your SA ID number.
  6. Confirm your mobile number.
  7. Enter the OTP received on the mobile number you entered to verify your account.
  8. Start watching your favourite shows now, either through your connected Explora, on your laptop or PC, or through the app on your smartphone or tablet.

I’m a DStv Compact or Compact Plus customer

How to add Showmax to DStv Compact

  1. Go to www.showmax.com.
  2. Sign up to Showmax with your email address.
  3. Create a password.
  4. Choose “DStv Add to Account” as your payment method. This will add Showmax to your DStv bill.
  5. Enter your SA ID number.
  6. Confirm your mobile number.
  7. Enter the OTP received on the mobile number you entered to verify your account.
  8. Start streaming now on any device with the Showmax app, on your connected Explora, or your laptop or PC. You’ll pay only R49 per month!

I’m not a DStv customer

How to get Showmax without having DStv

  1. Go to www.showmax.com/signup.
  2. Sign up with your email and create a password.
  3. Select a payment method to start your 14-day free trial. If you cancel within those 14 days, you won’t be charged. After the 14 days are up, you’ll be charged R99 per month.

How do I get the Showmax app?

How to get the Showmax app

Once you’ve signed up to Showmax, you’ll be able to download the Showmax app for iOS and Android phones, for smart TVs, for the Xbox One and the PS4. The process is quick and simple. Here’s a rundown of how to download the various available apps.

  • Showmax app for iPhones and iPads running iOS 8.4 or higher: download here.
  • Showmax app for 4th Generation (ie the latest version) Apple TVs: download directly through the App store. (For earlier versions of Apple TV, use AirPlay and your iPhone or iPad to stream Showmax on your TV – read more here.)
  • Showmax app for Android phones and tablets running Android 4.1.0 or higher: download here.
  • Google Chromecast: Showmax is compatible with Google Chromecast (1st and 2nd Generation) and the Google Nexus Player. Make sure 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. Read more here.
  • Smart TVs: Check the list of smart TVs that are compatible with Showmax here. If your smart TV is on the list, search for Showmax in the App Store and download the app that appears.
  • Xbox One: Search in the Xbox Store for the Showmax app and pin it to your home screen. Read more here.
  • PS4: Search for Showmax in the PlayStation Store and install the app. Read more here.
  • Laptops and PCs: No app is necessary – stream in your web browser on www.showmax.com.

How do I get Showmax on my connected DStv Explora?

Your guide to Showmax and the DStv Explora

If you live in South Africa, are a Showmax and DStv subscriber and have an Explora that is connected to the internet, you will be able to stream Showmax directly onto your big screen TV. Here’s how.

  1. Make sure your Explora is connected to the internet.
  2. You need an uncapped connection with a minimum speed of 2Mbps, with 10Mbps recommended for the best picture quality. (For more details, go to dstv.com/getconnected and select “DStv connected Explora”.)
  3. Push the blue DStv button on your Explora remote (or if you have an Explora 2, simply push the Showmax button).
  4. Scroll to Watch Now and select Showmax.
  5. Find what you want to watch and push OK on the remote.
  6. You’ll be prompted to sign into your Showmax account.
  7. Wait for the 30-second countdown, and then start watching.

And the question on everybody’s lips: what about data?

While you will need data to stream on Showmax, there are some great built-in ways to manage your data usage and make sure you don’t spend too much. Read the blog post below to find out how to save on data, and to get some tips and tricks that will let you watch movies and series without spending a cent.

Do I need data for Showmax?

 

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