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

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