How to watch the FIFA World Cup in 4K on Showmax Pro

15 November 2022

How to watch the FIFA World Cup in 4K on Showmax Pro

Every single moment of every game of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will stream live on Showmax Pro across Africa, courtesy of SuperSport, from 20 November to 18 December. For the first time, Showmax Pro subscribers will be able to stream all games in 4K.

What is 4K?

The ultra-high-definition screen resolution that comes with 4K is 3840 by 2160 pixels. Most 4K devices have around 8 million pixels, meaning every moment of every match will be displayed in brilliant detail.

The 4K stream will have up to 50 frames per second (fps), double the standard 25 fps.

What do I need to stream the FIFA World Cup in 4K?

You’ll need a 4K compatible device, such as a 4K-compatible TV, an AndroidTV, tvOS or the DStv Streama. Note that both the streaming or media-box device (for example, the AndroidTV) as well as the monitor (for example, the TV the streaming device is plugged into) have to be capable of 4K playback.

You’ll also need an internet line speed of minimum 15Mbps.

4K streaming will use about 90MB per minute.

Find out if your smart TV supports live streaming on Showmax Pro »

My device is 4K enabled, but I’m not getting 4K

Sometimes, even though you have selected the option to stream 4K on your device, it turns out that your device is adaptive. This means that it adapts to your line speed in real-time.

You might have a 50mbps line and a 4K device, but sometimes that line drops to 20mbps and your 4K device adapts by dropping the video quality.

It’s also possible that your 4K-enabled device is not compatible with the Showmax app. Due to an incompatibility in the software, you can unfortunately not stream 4K via the Showmax app on Hisense or on LG smart TVs. However, you can stream via a device like an Explora Ultra or Streama connected to a Hisense or LG TV.

What about other resolutions?

The 4K stream itself will go as low as 216p. The HD stream will have standard parameters (216p to 1080p).

Can I stream in 4K on Showmax Pro Mobile?

No, because Showmax Pro Mobile is only available on a mobile device, such as a smartphone or a tablet. Showmax Pro Mobile subscribers can stream every FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 game live in HD.

What other sports can I stream in 4K on Showmax Pro?

At this stage, 4K is only available for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 on Showmax Pro.

Are there lower-data usage options for streaming FIFA World Cup games on Showmax Pro?

Yes, with Showmax, you can choose the data streaming option that best suits you: in addition to the new 4K and High Definition (HD) options, there are Low, Data Saving and Max Data Saving modes that use just 300MB, 100MB and 50MB per hour respectively.

How do I activate 4K on my 4K-compatible device?

To start streaming in 4K, you will need to select it on your device.

On your compatible device, you will see a round button that says “4K” when you have started watching a match.

When you click on that button, you will have switched to 4K. You can also switch 4K streaming off by clicking on that button.

What else can I watch on Showmax Pro?

Showmax Pro also gives football fans access to all the Premier League action, as well as LaLiga, Serie A, UEFA Champions League, the DStv Premiership and more live games, all streaming courtesy of SuperSport. Other sports such as tennis, marathons and pro boxing matches are readily available for all sports fans.**

Showmax Pro has the added advantage of showing wildly popular sports documentary series such as Moment of Truth, which recounts the most iconic moments of the FIFA World Cup; HBO’s Emmy-winning 100 Foot Wave, about big wave surfing; the SAFTA-winning Chasing the Sun, about the Springboks’ latest Rugby World Cup win; and Tiger, the Critics’ Choice nominated look at the life, success and scandals of golf legend Tiger Woods.

For those who prefer good old-fashioned fantasy and fiction, content on Showmax won more Emmys and SAFTAs than any other streamer in Africa. This November, watch out for the record-breaking third season of Showmax Original telenovela The Wife; brand-new episodes of the Emmy darling The White Lotus; and the Oscar-winning blockbuster Dune.

How do I subscribe to Showmax Pro or Showmax Pro Mobile?

To stream the World Cup 2022 live on Showmax, all you need to do is sign up or sign in to Showmax, go to My Account > Manage Subscription, select Showmax Pro (either mobile or standard), and that’s it. You’re all set for FIFA World Cup live streaming! Select the specific matches you want to watch and set reminders. If you miss a game, highlights will be available to stream on demand.

Pause the game at any time and rewind for up to five minutes to make sure you don’t miss a moment, and then return to live streaming.

**Available sports differ per country. UEFA Champions League games are only available on Showmax Pro in South Africa, Lesotho and Mauritius.

Why Showmax Pro?

Showmax Pro is a streaming service available for Showmax subscribers in Africa that bundles the Showmax entertainment offering with music channels, news and live sports streaming from SuperSport.

Subscribers can live stream the latest seasons of the English Premier League, LaLiga, Serie A, UEFA Europa and UEFA Conference leagues, as well as FIFA World Cup qualifiers, every game of the FIFA World Cup Qatar and more. Subscribers in selected regions can stream the UEFA Champions League.

The platform also offers a wide range of other live sports events including athletics, professional boxing, and the world’s biggest marathons. Visit to learn more or to subscribe to Showmax Pro.

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