Showmax is a new streaming platform from Multichoice providing access to live sports and afro-centric content at a fraction of a cost compared to DSTV.
The good news, however, is mobile subscribers across the continent will pay on average 20% less for access to the full Showmax catalog on a single mobile device.
Speaking about the price change, Yolisa Phahle, MultiChoice Group CEO for Connected Video, says,
“We know that consumers are under pressure at the moment and we believe this change will be appreciated by our mobile customers as will the decision not to increase any of our other prices. We have our most exciting slate of Showmax Originals this year and look forward to more of our subscribers enjoying our proudly African stories.”
Here are the revamped new prices for Showmax mobile across Africa;
|Showmax Mobile WAS||Showmax Mobile NOW||Showmax Pro Mobile|
|Kenya||KSh 300||KSh 1050|
|Nigeria||NGN 1200||NGN 3200|
|Ghana||GHC 16.99||GHC 59.99|
|Uganda||11,499 UGX||33,600 UGX|
|Rest of Africa||USD 2.99||USD 8.99|
Showmax Content in 2021
So far this year, the company has already released four originals;
- The follow-up to the very popular Tali’s Wedding Diary, Tali’s Baby Diary.
- The small-town psychological thriller DAM, the Kenyan police procedural Crime, and Justice, a co-production with CANAL+.
- Reality series I Am LAYCON, Nigeria’s first originals, featuring Big Brother Naija Season 5 winner, Lekan Agbeleshe aka Laycon.
Other Originals on the way in 2021 include the Cape Flats, neo-noir murder mystery, Skemerdans. Babes Wodumo and Mampintsha’s reality series Uthando Lodumo. A second co-production with CANAL+, Blood Psalms, an epic series based on ancient African mythology and its first international reality TV series format, Temptation Island.
The mobile version of Showmax and Showmax Pro are designed for users who only watch on a mobile device like a phone or tablet.
Standard versions are ideal for subscribers who use more than one device to watch, like a laptop or computer, or a smart TV, or for families who want to stream two shows concurrently.
The Pro plan bundles the existing entertainment offering with music channels, news, and live sports streaming from SuperSport. Live sport featured includes all Premier League, Serie A, La Liga, and PSL games as well as a wide range of live sports events including athletics, professional boxing, and the world’s biggest marathons.
Showmax Pro also includes a selection of live news channels, such as SABC News (South Africa only), Euronews, Africanews, and Newzroom Afrika.
|Video quality||Standard Definition (SD)||High Definition (HD)|
|Which devices?||Smartphones & tablets||Smartphones, tablets, computers, smart TVs, media players, and gaming consoles|
|Number of streams||1 stream||2 devices can stream at the same time|
|Number of devices||Mobile only is limited to one registered device.||Up to 5 devices can be registered, with 2 able to stream at the same time|
|Catalogue||Full access to everything on Showmax/Showmax Pro.||Full access to everything on Showmax/Showmax Pro.|
Streaming is the future of visual content. Netflix has dominated the space for so long. Now, Mulitichoice wants a piece of the pie with the introduction of Showmax. It’s a gamble that might work for them being that they bundle the most in-demand content of live sports.
For now, let us know in the comment section if you have been using the service and your honest opinions about showmax.