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4 Things About ShowMax You Probably Didn’t Know

ShowMax, an African subscription video-on-demand service. Want to get in on the action? Today, we share five things about the video streaming service that you probably didn’t know.

1. You can watch two different shows or movies at the same time

Your ShowMax Premium subscription allows you to watch on two devices simultaneously. This means that you could be watching Arrow on your Smart TV and your roommate can watch Real Housewives of Kawangware on their phone, using the same account, at the same time. ShowMax also remembers the progress of your recently watched content across devices, which means you can start watching on one device, then pick up where you left off on another.

2. There are so many ways to access ShowMax on the go

Speaking of accessing ShowMax on multiple devices, the ShowMax service is available on the following platforms:

  • Web browsers
  • Android devices including phones, tablets and Smart TVs (running Android 4.1 or higher)
  • iPhone/iPad (running iOS 8.4 or higher)
  • Apple TV (4th Generation)
  • 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)
  • AirPlay
  • Google Cast (casting from the ShowMax app for Android or iOS)

3. There are two pricing options, and different ways to pay

ShowMax has two packages: ShowMax Select and ShowMax Premium.


ShowMax Select gives you selected international and local content – more than 3,000 shows – that you can choose to stream or download, and is optimised for mobile, so you can watch in SD (Standard Definition) on your smartphone without using loads of data.

ShowMax Premium, on the other hand, has the full international and local catalogue of over 12,000 shows, lets you stream on two different devices at the same time, lets you download up to 25 shows to watch offline through the ShowMax app, and you’ll also get HD, high-quality streaming, perfect for Smart TVs or your computer.


4. Parental control is easy-peasy thanks to family profiles

Users can create multiple ShowMax profiles (up to 11) for the members of their household under a single account. Each profile has its own watch lists and personalised recommendations based on viewing behaviour. Profiles have a parental control level to filter out content above the age limit you’ve set, and an optional PIN to manage access. Users can switch between profiles using the account menu on the website or the side menu in the mobile app.

You create a profile by following these simple steps:

  1. On the web or mobile apps, select “My Account” then “Profiles”
  2. Select “Add Profile” (or select a profile to edit)
  3. Enter a profile name
  4. Enter an optional numeric PIN – whenever this profile is selected, you’ll have to enter this PIN
  5. Select a parental control level – “Adults” is the default

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