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Got DStv Compact or Compact Plus and Showmax and not sure what to watch? Here’s our pick of some local favourites.

Newsflash: From 7 February 2019 until 7 April 2019, DStv Compact and Compact Plus subscribers who add Showmax to their DStv bill will receive a two-month-long no-cost test-drive of the streaming service. This offer is reserved for first-time Showmax add-to-bill subscribers in South Africa. Once the two months have passed, customers will be charged the discounted Showmax rate of R49 per month.

DStv Compact and Compact Plus subscribers save R50 on their Showmax subscription by adding Showmax to their monthly DStv bill. Find out how here »

With Showmax, watch what you want, when you want, and say goodbye to ad breaks and week-long waits between episodes of your favourite shows. It’s TV on demand, wherever you are. All you need is a subscription and a device that can connect to the internet – a smartphone, tablet, laptop, gaming console, connected DStv Explora or smart TV.

What to watch on Showmax

Out of the tens of thousands of series, movies and documentaries on Showmax, we’ve picked some fan-favourites from right here in South Africa to get you started.

From telenovelas and fan-favourite soaps to Comedy Central Roasts, Showmax has a huge catalogue of South African series and movies. Check out the full catalogue here »

The River

Get all the latest drama between the Dikanas and the Mokoenas, even if you don’t have DStv Premium. The hit 1Magic telenovela comes to Showmax subscribers’ screens every weekday within 15 minutes of the DStv broadcast! Watch now »

The Queen

The Queen is on Showmax

Find out what Harriet Khoza’s been up to by catching every episode of The Queen on Showmax, express from the Mzansi Magic broadcast. Watch now »


Housekeepers is on Showmax
Image: Mzansi Magic

This drama made its name as one of the most shocking series on South African television. Watch them kill your darlings in every single episode of Housekeepers, which you can binge-watch on Showmax. Watch now »


Isibaya on Showmax
Image: Mzansi Magic

The drama about the Zungus and Ndlovus and their competition for control and power is on Showmax. Catch up on Seasons 1 to 5. Watch now »


Is'Thunzi is on Showmax
Image: Mzansi

This harrowing teen drama never fails to shock us and often brings us to tears – and we just can’t get enough of “the ninjas”. Seasons 1 and 2 are ready for your next girls’ night in. Watch now »

The Comedy Central Roast of Somizi

The uncut, uncensored Roast of Somgaga is available only on Showmax – don’t miss the brutal, quickfire barbs from Skhumba, Kurt Darren, DJ Fresh and more! (This one should keep you going until the uncensored Roast of AKA arrives on 12 March 2019.) Watch now »

Becoming Mrs Jones

It’s the most magical day of her life, but Minnie Dlamini is not keeping it to herself. Enjoy this fly-on-the-wall series as Minnie plans her day to say “I do”. Watch now »

The Girl From St Agnes (Showmax Original)

The first Showmax Original drama is a murder mystery set in the Midlands of KZN at a prestigious all-girls school, where the body of popular student Lexi Summerveld is discovered on school property. Stream all eight episodes now »

Tali’s Wedding Diary (Showmax Original)

Catch up on the first Showmax Original, launched in December 2017.

Go to to add Showmax to your Dstv subscription. DStv Premium subscribers get full access to Showmax at no additional cost. DStv Compact and Compact Plus subscribers get full access for R49 per month.

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