Despite smart devices getting cheaper, many people can’t get access to video-on-demand services like ShowMax because they don’t have a credit card with which to sign up and pay the recurring, monthly subscription, or because the monthly premium is too expensive. Vodacom and ShowMax have decided to address both obstacles head-on with a new service offering.
Vodacom subscribers can now get a lower-priced internet TV service called ShowMax Select for R49 per month and have it billed directly to their Vodacom bill – no credit card required. The service gives them access to a massive selection of local and international TV series, movies, children’s show and documentaries, and lets them watch what they want, when they want. No more waiting for your favourite show to air, or staying home to watch it. Instead, you can take your favourite content with you.
ShowMax Select is also focused on reducing customers’ mobile data consumption and allows users to choose from three different quality settings for streaming and two different quality settings for downloads. The standard quality setting for both streaming and downloads is standard definition, which uses substantially less data than high-definition content, and requires less storage space on devices.
With ShowMax Select, customers can also opt to download content for offline viewing, which can greatly reduce their data consumption by allowing them to stock up on content when they’ve got access to a Wi-Fi connection. Depending on the quality of the files downloaded, a 20-minute episode can be as small as 80MB.
Users can download up to 25 episodes at a time, and downloads are valid for up to 30 days. Of course, if a download expires without a user having watched it they can always download it again. Say goodbye to boring commutes, post office queues, or any other places where you have to wait or kill time.
The new service is half the price of ShowMax’s Premium service – which costs R99/month – and has more of a focus on local content. With ShowMax Select, the content mix is 50/50 local and international fare, while the Premium service offers a 30/70 split.
While the ShowMax Select catalogue will continue to expand – with new content added weekly – from the outset it offers more than 10 000 episodes of TV, including local shows like Isibaya, Shaka Zulu, Binnelanders and Dineo’s Diary, and international ones like Teen Wolf, Merlin, The Driver and Line of Duty.
Users can opt to view content using either the Android or iOS ShowMax apps, or via any internet browser on a laptop or desktop computer. Downloads are only available via the mobile apps, though, which work on both mobile phones and tablet computers.
To subscribe to ShowMax Select and watch your favourite shows wherever you want, whenever you want, head over to Vodacom online.