How Much Data Do You Need To Watch Showmax

How Much Data Do You Need To Watch Showmax?

How long is a piece of string, neither of these questions have a definitive answer it depends on a number of variables, but we have tried to give you a few guidelines and measuring sticks so that you can have an idea of how much data you need and what you can watch.

The below table gives a pretty good estimate of how much data is used to watch Showmax.


DataViewing Hours
1 GB3 Hours
2 GB9 Hours
5 GB16 Hours
*This data has been taken directly from the Showmax website.
How Much Data Do You Need To Watch Showmax HD vs SD

With Showmax you get the option to watch in SD or HD resolution. Streaming in SD will use less data than in HD, so if you are concerned about data usage or have a slow line speed, choose SD. SD is 576i (+-633MB per hour) while HD content is 1080i (+-2.2GB per hour).

Another source has slightly different stats and was measured using Netflix. measured their data consumption as: “watching movies or TV shows on Netflix uses about 1 GB of data per hour for each stream of standard definition video, and up to 3 GB per hour for each stream of HD video.”

Again these are just estimates and it depends on the quality of the video you are streaming and if you watch it in SD or HD.

We advise you to watch movies and TV on the internet using uncapped Wifi as much sa possible, but we know this is not always the case. Another way to save on your data costs is to download your movies and shows between midnight and 6 am on your midnight data and then watch them later when you want to. remember this is possible on Showmax.

Happy viewing.

How Much Data Do You Need To Watch Showmax Channels
How To Connect Showmax To Your DStv Account FI

How To Connect Showmax To Your DStv Account

If you are a DStv subscriber on one of the DStv Packages then you have the option to connect your Showmax to your DStv account as well as your Explore and watch Showmax through your DStv decoder. This means that you can opt to pay for Showmax as part of their monthly DStv bill.

Depending on what package you subscribe to you can either get Showmax for Free or pay the full amount.

All other DSTV package subscribers below DStv Compact need to pay the full amount for their Showmax account, but they can still connect it to their account and decoder.

It is quick and easy to connect your Showmax to your DStv account.

How To Connect Showmax To You DStv Account

  1. Go to

    Click here to go to

  2. Log In

  3. Go To “My Account”

    Click on your profile in the top right hand corner and select “My Account”How To Connect Showmax To Your DStv Account

  4. Click On Manage Subscription

    Choose the “Manage Subscription” option on your My Account page.How To Connect Showmax To Your DStv Account - Manage Sub

  5. Choose Your Subscription

    If you have not already click choose your subscription.How To Connect Showmax To Your DStv Account - Manage Sub

  6. Choose Standard Option

    Choose the Standard option. We do not believe this works with the mobile only option and you will not be able to connect it to your Explora, so we do not advise it.Sign Up For Showmax Get Started

  7. Select “DStv Account” As Your Payment Choice

    How To Get Showmax Payment Options DSTV account

  8. Enter Your RSA Id Number or Smartcard ID Number

    Enter your South African ID Number and then click “Next Step”. Showmax will advise what discount you qualify for.How To Connect Showmax To Your DStv Account - RSA ID

  9. Confirm your mobile phone number. A one-time pin (OTP) will be SMSed to this number to verify your account.

  10. Enter the OTP and accept the T&Cs.

    Yay once you enter the OTP and accept the T&Cs you are connected and you can start watching straight away.

How Do I Connect  Showmax To My DStv Account If I Am Already A Showmax Subscriber?

If you already have a Showmax subscription and you pay via a credit, cheque card or Paypal subscription, then login to your Showmax account and change your payment method to “Add to DStv Account”.

Note: If you have added your Showmax subscription to another partner account or bill such as Telkom, Vodacom or MTN, you will need to cancel the current payment method and then reactivate your subscription by selecting “DStv add to account”.

How To Get Showmax

Showmax is a South Africa series, movie and video streaming service similar to Netflix. It is DStv’s offering to compete with Netflix.

Showmax has some fantastic series and movies available on their service. One of the best features is that whole seasons of series and shows are kept on Showmax where they often disappear from DStv Catch Up after a week or two.

You can either watch the shows or movies online or download them to watch later.

How To Get Showmax
A selection of the series available on Showmax

Showmax is quick and easy to get access to, simply follow the step by step process below to enjoy hours of entertainment.

Cost: R49 P/M – R99 P/M

There are currently two promotions running for new Showmax subscriptions.

A. Get 3 Months of Showmax for only R 149 – That means you save 50%

B. Try out Showmax with their free 14 day trial.

  1. Go To

    Click this link to be directed to

  2. Click On The Offer You Prefer

    Choose either the 14 day trial or the 3 month offer. Click on that button.How To Get Showmax Deal Options

  3. Sign Up for Showmax

    Complete the form with your email, password and optional phone number.
    Sign Up For Showmax

  4. Pick The Plan That Works For You

    Choose from Mobile Only – R49 P/M or the Standard option – R 99 P/M. Scroll down to see the difference between the two options.

  5. Click “Get Started”

    Click “Get Started” On the option you want.Sign Up For Showmax Get Started

  6. Select Your Payment Method

    You can choose to pay via Credit or Cheque Card, Paypal, A Showmax Voucher, Your DSTV Account, Add It To Your Telkom Bill, Add It To Your Vodacom Bill or Add It To Your MTN Bill.

    In order to be eligible for the 14 day trial you need to select a recurring bill option which includes, credit cards, PayPal, DStv account or your Vodacom bill.
    How To Get Showmax Payment Options

  7. Complete Your Payment Details

    Enter your payment details and then hit “Start Your 14 Day Trial”.How To Get Showmax Payment Details

I the process gets interrupted your profile with have already been created using your email address and password. You can simply log in and you will be prompted to “Update You Payment Details” which will take you straight to step 4.

If you choose to go for the 3 month deal instead you will be taken directly to the deal option once you have created your account in Step 3.

How To Get Showmax For Only R149 For 3 Months


Once you click “Get my deal” you will be directed to straight  to the credit or cheque card payment details page. Complete your details and hit “Submit”

You now have access to hours and hours of high quality entertainment. Enjoy.

You can also connect Showmax to your DStv account for even more hours of great shows and movies. Click here to read our post on how to connect Showmax to your DStv account.

Keep reading below to find the answers to our most commonly asked questions about Showmax.

Showmax Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Does Showmax Cost?

Showmax has two plan options – Mobile-Only and Standard.

Mobile-Only Plan: R49 P/M
Standard Plan: R 99 P/M

If you choose to pay with Paypal then you will be charged US$ 7.99 P/M

Is Showmax Free With DStv?

It depends on which DSTV Package you are on. If you are on the Premium package then Showmax is included free with your subscription along with JOOX music streaming.

If you are a DStv Compact or Compact Plus subscriber then you can add Showmax for only R49 P/M.

Click here to read how to do this.

How Can I Watch Showmax On My TV

It is possible to watch Showmax on your TV. There are three ways to do this.

1. You can connect your Showmax account to your Explora
2. If you have a SMART TV then you can login and access your Showmax account directly from your TV.
3. If you do not have a smart TV you can buy a Chromecast which allows you to stream TV and access your Showmax account from a normal TV using your tablet , phone or computer.

For full details on how to do this click here.

Do I Need WiFi For Showmax?

You need an internet connection of at least 2Mbps to watch Showmax effectively. You can also use your phones data to watch movies or series.

Please be aware that downloading or streaming video consumes a large amount of data so please be aware of your data package limits and costs.

Does Showmax Use Data?

Yes. If you are watching Showmax on your phone or tablet or if you are using your phones internet connection to watch and connect to Showmax it will use up your data. What is more it will use up your data fast. Downloading or streaming video consumes a large amount of data so please be aware of your data package limits and costs.

How Can I Get Showmax For Free?

Showmax offers you a 14 day free trial to try out their service. However you need to complete your payment details on a recurring monthly plan in order to take advantage of this deal. If you cancel your plan before the end of your 14 days then you will not be charged.

DStv premium subscribers also get Showmax for free included in their service and they can even connect their Exploras to their Showmax account. DStv Compact and Compact Plus subscribers have the option to add Showmax to there account for only R49 P/M