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Guide to ShowMax My hubby is into IT and knows his way around computers, devices and the internet. It’s his job. So whenever I need to set anything up, I usually hand it to him and listen to whatever instructions I need to follow once it’s all set to go. He was the one excited when ShowMax announced their launch and signed up to the online subscription service the day it became available. After he explained ShowMax offered series and movies on-demand – without adverts – I was sold on the idea too. Most importantly, for an affordable monthly subscription we could watch the latest international shows, legally (we don’t do illegal downloads and recommend you don’t do either).

When we set up ShowMax, my hubby assured me it would be easy and that I could do it too. He even showed me how to do it myself (so I wouldn’t keep asking him for help, I’m guessing). Here’s my easy guide to using ShowMax and answers to my questions when signing up:

How to get started with ShowMax

ShowMax offers over 20 000 episodes of local and international series and movies for the whole family. Watch online, on-demand at home or on the go, from your smartphone, tablet, laptop or smart TV. Follow these 3 steps to get started:

Step 1: Get a subscription
Step 2: Internet Access
Step 3: Set up your devices

Step 1: Get a subscription

Guide to ShowMax

What’s the cost? R99 per month. Get a free 14 day trial when signing up for recurring billing.

Where do I sign up? You can sign up and subscribe on the ShowMax website.

How do I pay? You are spoilt for choice as ShowMax keep making it easier to sign up. Choose whichever option suits you best and follow the links on their website to buy your vouchers.

  • Credit card: MasterCard and Visa
  • ShowMax vouchers: available at selected Pick n Pay and CNA stores, Game, Makro, HiFi Corp and Incredible Connection stores.
  • Pick n Pay Smart Shopper
  • FNB eBucks vouchers
  • Standard Bank UCount Vouchers
  • ABSA Rewards Vouchers
  • Add to your MWEB account
  • Add to your DStv Account via debit order
  • Add to your Telkom account
  • Add to your Vodacom bill
  • PayPal

Can I cancel? Yes, anytime. There are no fixed contracts or penalties. You will still have access to ShowMax for the remainder of the month that you have paid for.

Step 2: Internet access

Besides your monthly subscription fee, you will need to pay for data. How much you spend will depend on your usage and video quality. ShowMax have created a data usage calculator, so you can work out how much this could cost you. This video shows you have to cap your bandwidth to limit data use under the app settings menu, if needed. You should have a minimum speed of 2 megabits per second though an uncapped 4Mbps connection or faster is recommended for the best experience.

Step 3: Set up your devices

Guide to ShowMaxWhich devices can I use? ShowMax works on laptops (via web browsers), smartphones (via app), tablets, Apple TV (4th Generation), Smart TVs  and via AirPlay. Go to your device’s app store, download and sign in to the ShowMax app.

Can I use ShowMax on multiple devices? Your subscription allows you to watch on 2 devices simultaneously on up to 5 registered devices.

What’s currently showing on ShowMax? If you want to know about more the latest series and movies on ShowMax, please visit and Like their Facebook page.

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