Showmax Hacks: How to save data
Keep your data spend low with these surefire Showmax features.
If you’re worried about your data spend while using streaming video-on-demand services, take advantage of Showmax’s unique features to manage your data while streaming and downloading.
Streaming video can use up to 3GB of data per hour, unless you utilise one of these tips.
Use bandwidth capping
When streaming on most versions of the Showmax app, you will have the option to put a cap on your bandwidth. This will help you to use less data.
On your tablet or smartphone, simply go to Settings, and select Bandwidth Capping.
Select Low capping to use the least data while streaming – as little as 0.3GB per hour – or Medium capping, to use only 0.7GB per hour. No Capping will use as much as 3GB per hour.
Stream in VAST Wi-Fi hotspots
At 83 spots across South Africa, most of which are in malls, airports and hospitals, you can stream or download on Showmax for free. VAST Networks gives Showmax customers unlimited Wi-Fi access to stream or download shows without paying a cent for data. Here is a full list of the sites where you can access the free VAST Wi-Fi network: www.showmax.com/eng/vast
Download series or movies onto your tablet or smartphone using the Showmax mobile apps for Android and iOS devices to watch offline for free at a later time. This is an especially handy feature if you’ll be somewhere without the internet, such as in a plane or a car.
Download up to 25 shows or episodes of a series at a time, and you’ll have 30 days in which to watch them. (Once you start watching a show, however, you need to finish it within 48 hours.)
Download in a free Wi-Fi hotspot
Rather than streaming shows on your tablet or smartphone, download your movies and series while you’re in a free Wi-Fi hotspot. As mentioned above, the VAST Networks Wi-Fi hotspots offer completely free access to Wi-Fi for Showmax customers.
Download on mobile data at a lower quality
If you have to use your mobile data to download shows on Showmax, or if the storage space on your device is running low, make use of the Showmax quality settings for downloads.
Showmax gives you the option to download on four different quality settings. The lower the quality you select, the less data you will use and the less space the file will take up on your device.
Download on Low Quality, Standard Quality or Good Quality as opposed to High Quality to save on data.
Standard or even Low Quality are sufficient for kids’ shows, especially on small screens, and Good Quality is perfect for your own series or movies downloads.