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[SPONSORED] A review of the Showmax platform

March 23, 2021 · 4 min read
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There are only 24 hours in a day, and life is too short to spend time on anything that is not productive. Whether it’s work, attending social events, or just staying home to watch TV, people love to feel that they made the best use of their time.

There are multiple TV networks that host lots of shows, and on the surface, it seems that viewers are spoilt for choice, but the truth is that sometimes, choosing the best shows can be a real gamble: nobody wants to wish that they could get back two or three hours of their lives spent watching an uninteresting movie or TV series, so they need a platform that strikes a balance between multiple options and quality. There is also the issue of access: people can’t always be at home to fiddle with their remote controls, and they need to be able to tune in to their favourite shows on the go.

This is where Showmax comes in. Since 2015, this platform has held itself out as one of the premium video-on-demand (VOD) services in the world. With top-tier coverage across 40 countries in Africa, as well as Australia, Germany, and parts of Europe, Showmax has made it possible for entertainment lovers to have a wide variety of shows to choose from, while at the same time ensuring that viewers are treated to only the highest quality of programming content. The best part about the platform is that it is tailor-made for smartphones and tablets so that people can go about their daily business without having to worry that they have missed their favourite shows.

Supported Devices

Showmax works on smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, gaming consoles and DStv decoders. For a full list of supported devices, check here.

Bandwidth

Showmax has a bandwidth-capping tool that allows users to choose different quality levels. When streaming a series on your phone or tablet, the default is 100mb per hour, leaving you to decide whether you want to up to increase the video quality, while using more data per hour, of course.

The Packages

Viewers have the option of choosing from either the basic Showmax or Showmax Pro packages. The basic Showmax package goes for N2900 per month, while Showmax Pro goes for N6300 per month. 

Both packages give you access to stream with HD quality and allow you to register up to 5 devices on the account. You can also stream two shows at the same time on different devices. However, while Showmax Pro gives you access to 24-hour news channels, the basic Showmax package does not. Also, Showmax Pro allows you to stream live football matches while the basic Showmax package does not have that feature. 

The mobile versions of Showmax and Showmax Pro are 50% cheaper; subscriptions are N1450 and N3200 respectively. This is for users who only want to use their smartphones, and not personal computers and other devices like smart TVs, to watch. You can only stream on 1 device using the mobile version of Showmax, in SD quality.

There is a 14-day free trial with the standard Showmax packages, but not with Showmax Pro.

Live Football 

With Showmax Pro, football fans are able to stream live matches on whatever devices they choose to log in with. This means that even if you are on the road on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, you don’t have to miss watching your favourite football club in action, because Showmax Pro has got you covered. Whether you cheer for Chelsea, Real Madrid, Juventus or Kaizer Chiefs, you can be sure of catching all the live action, wherever you are. 

Movies and Shows

With Showmax, movie enthusiasts have access to some of the best local and foreign content. Thanks to collaborations with premium networks like HBO and Africa Magic, as well as several original channels, viewers can catch up on what is trending, take a pick from some of the best movies and series to watch, and not feel left out when the hottest shows are being discussed on social media.

Showmax gives you access to currently trending Africa Magic originals like Riona, Enakhe, My Flatmates, My Siblings & I, Shoot Your Shot, The Johnsons, Tinsel, and Battleground, among others. These shows are generating heated conversations on Twitter right now and getting to watch them means that you no longer feel lost when the hashtags pop up.

Under both packages, you also get to see both new and evergreen Nigerian movies. Some of these include Night Bus to Lagos, Paycheck, Dirty Laundry, Her Match, and Enemy’s Den. Some of the best movies don’t make it to the cinema, and furthermore, coronavirus restrictions could make you less eager to step outside, so Showmax makes sure that you don’t miss out on anything good.

Viewers also have access to the best foreign shows, whether they are currently airing or they have run their course. If you want to refresh your memory of Game of Thrones, or you want to catch up on what is going on in Brooklyn-Nine-Nine, then Showmax is the right platform for you.

The app is not just a place that curates content provided by other networks. Subscribers also get to enjoy several Showmax originals, including I Am LAYCON, DAM, Rogue, The Girl From St. Agnes, Black Tax, Funny People Africa and many more. 

The best thing about checking out shows on Showmax is that they are categorised for easy navigation. You don’t necessarily have to look for long search bars; if you are searching for an HBO original, a Nollywood comedy flick or something on Nickelodeon, all your entertainment needs are easy to find.

ConclusionWhen it comes to a VOD service that provides premium content across the board, Showmax stands twice as tall. Subscription rates are affordable, it is adaptable to a wide range of devices, and viewers get to choose from the best of what is out there. It’s original, it is African, and it is specifically engineered to suit the needs of people across all demographics. Check it out at www.showmax.com.

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