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Showmax Subscription Packages, Channels & Prices (2022)

If you’re a Showmax subscriber in South Africa or you want to know what it’s all about you’re at the right place. In this guide, we’ll be sharing with you details about Showmax subscription packages, channels and prices in South Africa 2022.



Showmax is an internet-based subscription video-on-demand service that allows you to watch TV shows and movies. There are international content as well as localized content. Officially launched in 2015.

You can access thousands of hours of local and international movies and series, with a wide range of devices from smart TVs and computers to smartphones and tablets.

Showmax is available on multiple devices (5 devices) so you can enjoy the best entertainment at home or on the move. There are different plans and subscriptions.

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Showmax in Africa

Showmax is available across almost 45 African countries and territories. These countries are Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, and Equatorial Guinea. Others include Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Reunion, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.


Showmax in South Africa

The Showmax is available as a monthly subscription after a 14-day trial period and pricing varies by country. Pricing is available in different currencies.

Before you subscribe to any service of any kind, you are required to know the price and cost of that service. Showmax has both “Standard Plan, Mobile-Only Plan, Showmax Pro Plan and Mobile-Only Pro Plan”.

Showmax ‘’Standard’’ Plan

  • Showmax‘s standard offering gives you access to thousands of series and movies, both international and local to stream.

Showmax Pro

  • Showmax Pro is a new service available for Showmax subscribers in Africa that bundles the existing Showmax entertainment offering with music channels, news and live sports streaming from SuperSport.
    Live sport featured on Showmax Pro 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. Available sports differ between countries. When your live match is over, enjoy magazine shows, sports documentaries and recent sporting highlights.
    Showmax Pro also includes a selection of live news channels, such as SABC News (South Africa only), Euro News, Africa News and Newzroom Africa.

Showmax Mobile and Showmax Pro Mobile

  • Showmax Mobile and Showmax Pro Mobile are perfect if you prefer to stream Showmax on one mobile device (smartphone or tablet). You get the same great content at around half the price.
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Showmax Subscription Package in South Africa

Country Showmax Showmax Mobile Showmax Pro Showmax Pro Mobile
South Africa ZAR 99 ZAR 49 ZAR 449 ZAR 225
Kenya KSh 760 KSh 380 KSh 2100 KSh 1050
Nigeria NGN 2900 NGN 1450 NGN 6300 NGN 3200
Ghana GHC 45.99 GHC 22.99 GHC 119.99 GHC 59.99
Rest of Africa USD 7.99 USD 3.99 USD 17.99 USD 8.99

Where to Watch Showmax

Showmax can be enjoyed across TVs, smartphones or tablets through their native apps across various app store. Here’s a list of all the devices you can watch Showmax on.

  • Note that if you have a Showmax Mobile or Showmax Pro Mobile subscription, you will only be able to watch Showmax on one mobile device. 
  • Live streaming on Showmax Pro is not supported on all devices.

Showmax is available on these devices:

  • Apple and Android smartphones and tablets using the Showmax app.
  • Laptops and computers through your web browser.
  • Google Chromecast and Apple TV, including Airplay
  • DStv Explora – make sure you connect it to the internet. Showmax Pro is not supported on the DStv Explora.
  • Gaming consoles: Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4 (South Africa only). Showmax Pro is currently not supported on any gaming consoles.
  • Smart TVs, including:
    • Samsung Smart TVs (2012 and later)
    • Tizen Smart TVs (2015 and later)
    • LG NetCast Smart TVs (2012 to 2014)
    • LG WebOS Smart TVs (2014 and later)
    • Hisense Smart TVs (Selected models, Africa only)
    • Android TVs (e.g. Sony, Philips, Sharp)
    • Note that live streaming on Showmax Pro is only available on these models: Samsung Tizen Smart (2017 and later) and LG WebOS Smart TVs (2014 and later)

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

How to Sign Up on Showmax

Sign up to Showmax with your credit or debit card and get 14 days of access to the entire catalogue for free. The free trial is not compatible with live sport, so Showmax Pro does unfortunately not have a free trial.

  1. Go to, sign up with your email address and create a password.
  2. Choose cheque or credit card as your payment method. If you cancel within the 14-day free trial, nothing will be deducted off your card.
  3. Stream your favourite shows for free for 14 days.
  4. Once your trial has expired, your card will be charged each a month for continued access to Showmax. (There is no contract and there are no penalties for cancelling at any time.)

How to Add Showmax to your DStv account

DStv customers can opt to pay for Showmax as part of their monthly DStv bill. If you’re a DStv Premium subscriber in South Africa, Kenya or Nigeria, there’s no cost for Showmax once you’ve added it to your DStv account.

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For DStv Premium subscribers

  1. Visit the DStv self-service website.
  2. Sign in with your Connect ID.
  3. Select My Products.
  4. Choose the DStv Premium package.
  5. Click Add Showmax on the Showmax banner.
  6. Accept the quotation.

Once you’ve activated Showmax on the DStv Self Service website, you’ll be redirected to the Showmax website to sign up or sign in and start watching.

For DStv subscribers on other packages

DStv Compact and Compact Plus customers in certain countries qualify for a 50% Showmax discount, whereas DStv customers on Family, Access and Easyview have the option to add Showmax to their DStv bill, but pay the standard Showmax price.

  1. Visit the DStv self-service website.
  2. Sign in with your Connect ID.
  3. Select My Products.
  4. Choose a DStv package.
  5. Click Link Showmax on the Showmax banner.
  6. Accept the quotation.
  7. Click Add Showmax to proceed.

Once you’ve activated Showmax on the DStv Self Service website, you’ll receive confirmation that you’ve been successful. Then you’ll be redirected to the Showmax website to sign up or sign in and start watching.

What if I am already a Showmax subscriber?

  1. Sign in to the Showmax website.
  2. Select My Account.
  3. Manage Subscription.
  4. Add to DStv.

And that’s it. Now you will get unlimited, free access to the entire Showmax catalogue. There are currently no special deals for Showmax Pro for DStv subscribers.

How to Watch Showmax on your Phone

Here’s a step-by-step guide to getting you streaming or downloading the best series and movies right now using the Showmax app on your phone.


How to watch Showmax on my Android phone

1. Download the Showmax app from the Google Play Store.
2. Open the Showmax app and sign in with your email and password.3. Select the show you want to watch and tap the play icon to start watching.

Not a Showmax subscriber? Sign up now at

How to watch Showmax on my iOS/Apple phone

1. Download the Showmax app from the App Store.
2. Open the Showmax app and sign in with your email and password.3. Select the show you want to watch and tap the play icon to start watching.

How to download series and movies with the Showmax app

1. Open the Showmax app and sign in with your email and password if necessary.2. Select the show you want to watch and tap the download icon.

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Pro-tip: Make sure you download your shows when connected to Wi-Fi so you don’t use your precious mobile data.

You can download up to 25 series episodes or movies on your phone using the Showmax app. Once you hit play, the show will automatically delete itself after 48 hours to save space on your device.

How to Pay for Showmax Subscription

You can pay for your Showmax subscription either with your credit card, online or PayPal.

Showmax vouchers in store

Prepaid vouchers for Showmax are available to buy at selected branches of these stores:

  • Pick n Pay
  • CNA
  • Dis-Chem
  • Game
  • Makro
  • HiFi Corp
  • Builders Warehouse
  • Incredible Connection

Once you’ve bought your voucher, simply enter the unique code to complete your sign-up at

Showmax vouchers online

Buy vouchers online via these platforms:



You can choose to pay your subscription using your PayPal account. Go to the Manage Subscriptions option under My Account (once you’ve signed in at and select the PayPal option. Remember, though, you’ll be charged in US dollars, so you may pay a little more or a little less from month to month, depending on the exchange rate.

How to Cancel Showmax Subscription on Web

Please note that you must cancel your subscription on or before the next monthly billing date. Otherwise, monthly fees would be deducted by Showmax as agreed.

  • Login to your Showmax account.
  • Click on your profile name on the top right corner of the homepage.
  • Then click “my account”.
  • Click on “Manage Subscriptions”.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Cancel Subscription”.

How to Cancel Showmax Subscription on Mobile

  • Login to your profile on the app
  • Tap on the “more” hamburger icon located at the bottom right corner of the homepage.
  • Under settings, choose “My Account”.
  • Choose “Manage Subscription”
  • Scroll further down and tap on “Cancel Subscription”.

Channels on Showmax

The live TV channels offered on Showmax are

  • Mindset: an educational channel targeted the younger segment of the population
  • SABC News: the news arm of SABC, the national broadcaster
  • CNN International: an American-owned global news network
  • Sky News: a British news service
  • BBC World News: the global news arm of the British Broadcasting Corporation
  • Newzroom Afrika: South African news and current affairs channel
  • AlJazeera English: a Qatar-based global news network
  • Euronews: a pan-European news channel
  • Africanews: a Pan-African news channel owned by same promoters behind euronews
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