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2016 expand

January 2016

Partnership with MWEB
Showmax named Stuff Magazine's App of the Year
Downloads added to iOS

February 2016

Vouchers introduced to Game and CNA stores

March 2016

AirPlay support added to iOS
Chromecast support added to Android app
Vouchers introduced to Makro
Apple TV (4th gen) app launched

April 2016

Vouchers introduced to Incredible Connection and HiFi Corp

May 2016

Bandwidth capping introduced across all apps
Showmax expands to 36 more countries in Africa, taking total to 65 countries world-wide

June 2016

Showmax added to DStv Explora decoder

July 2016

10 million views milestone

August 2016

Profiles launched
Showmax International launched
Logo revised

September 2016

20 million views milestone

October 2016

Showmax Select launched in Kenya
M-PESA payment integration in Kenya
Add to bill introduced with Vodacom
Standard Bank uCount rewards partnership

November 2016

Peering agreement with NAPAfrica
Vodacom VOD agreement announced

December 2016

Android TV app launched

2017 expand

January 2017

Partnership with SEACOM in East Africa

February 2017

Showmax launched in Poland

May 2017

Deal with Polish mobile network Play
Showmax added to T-Mobile Poland uncapped video product

June 2017

Filming starts on 1st Showmax Original series, Tali's Wedding Diary
Partnership with Vodafone Ghana launched

August 2017

Free Wi-Fi partnership with VAST Networks
Xbox One app launched

September 2017

Showmax free to DStv Premium customers in South Africa

October 2017

PS4 app launched in South Africa

December 2017

Premiere of Saturday Night Live Polska
Premiere of Tali's Wedding Diary (Showmax Original - Africa)

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May 2018

Premiere of Mafia Women (Showmax Original - Poland)

June 2018

PS4 app launched in Poland

August 2018

Connected Video unit formed, Niclas Ekdahl named as CEO

December 2018

Premiere of Roast of AKA in conjunction with Comedy Central

2019 expand

January 2019

Premiere of Showmax Original drama The Girl From St Agnes

February 2019

Premiere of Showmax Original comedy Trippin With Skhumba

June 2019

Sport live streaming launched

July 2019

New Nigerian service kicks off with Big Brother Naija

November 2019

Showmax Mobile launched

2020 expand

24 February 2020

Premiere of Showmax Original reality show Somizi & Mohale: The Union

7 July 2020

Showmax Pro launches in Kenya and Nigeria

6 August 2020

Premiere of Showmax Original reality show Life With Kelly Khumalo

19 August 2020

Showmax Pro launches in South Africa

November 2020

Showmax Free launches in South Africa

2 December 2020

Premiere of Showmax Original reality show Lebo M - Coming Home

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February 2021

Premiere of Showmax Original reality show I Am Laycon
Premiere of Showmax Original series DAM
Premiere of Showmax Original series Crime and Justice
Premiere of Showmax Original series Tali's Baby Diary

April 2021

Premiere of Showmax Original series Skemerdans

May 2021

Premiere of Showmax Original series Life with Kelly Khumalo S2

June 2021

Premiere of Showmax Original reality series Uthando Lodumo

July 2021

Premiere of Showmax Original Documentary series Devilsdorp

August 2021

Premiere of Showmax Original reality series Temptation Island South Africa

October 2021

Premiere of Showmax Original West African comedy-drama series Ghana Jollof

November 2021

Premiere of Showmax Original telenovela The Wife

December 2021

Premiere of Showmax Original Afrikaans romcom Troukoors (Wedding Fever)
Release of Showmax Original Kenyan movie Baba Twins

2022 expand

January 2022

Release of Showmax Original The Real Housewives of Durban Season 2
Premiere of Kenyan Showmax Original Single Kiasi

February 2022

Premiere of Sex in Afrikaans, a Showmax Original docuseries
Release of Season 2 of Kenyan Original Crime and Justice
The Wife Season 2, Showmax's Original telenovela, landed

March 2022

The first Ghanaian Showmax Original, ENO, landed
Season 2 of Showmax Original romcom Troukoors (Wedding Fever) premiered

April 2022

Showmax Original The Real Housewives of Lagos premiered

May 2022

Living the Dream With Somizi Season 5 landed exclusively on Showmax

June 2022

Release of Showmax Original horror series Pulse
Nigerian Showmax Original Journey of the Beats launch

July 2022

Season 3 of Showmax Original Life With Kelly Khumalo released

August 2022

Mohale: On the Record, the Showmax Original tell-all interview, is released
BBNaija Season 7 lands, streaming live on Showmax
Exclusive talk show BBNaija S7: The Buzz lands on Showmax
Weekly release of Showmax Original The Wife: Behind the Veil begins
Launch of Kenyan Showmax Original County 49

September 2022

Filming of The Wife Season 3 began, slated to land in November 2022
Filming of Season 2 of DAM began, to be released in 2023
First-look trailers of Showmax Originals Blood Psalms, Steinheist and Diiche released, all set to land on Showmax in the month of September
Showmax Original docuseries Steinheist lands on 22 September
Showmax Original African epic Blood Psalms lands on 28 September
Nigerian Showmax Original limited series drops on 29 September
Season 2 of Uthando Lodumo, the reality show about Gqom superstars Mampintsha and Babes Wodumo, lands on 1 September
The finale of Life With Kelly Khumalo Season 3 drops on 27 September

October 2022

Showmax announces that 4K will be available on Showmax Pro for all 64 games of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

November 2022

The first season of Showmax Original reality series This Body Works For Me lands on Showmax, following seven women who work in the South African adult industry.
Tali's Baby Diary lands on Showmax, the third instalment of the SAFTA-winning Showmax Original comedy series.

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January 2023

Showmax announces that the FIFA World Cup Qatar set new live-stream records on Showmax Pro, peaking on the day of the final, 18 December 2022.
Season 3 of The Real Housewives of Durban launches, featuring eThekwini queens Maria Valaskatzis, Mbali Ngiba, Slindile Wendy Ndlovu, Annie Mthembu, Jojo Robinson, Nonku Williams and Sorisha Naidoo.

February 2023

The first season of Showmax Original The Real Housewives of Abuja lands on Showmax, featuring Arafa, Comfort Booth, OJ Posharella, Princess Jecoco, Samantha Homossany and Tutupie.

March 2023

Showmax announces a partnership with Comcast’s NBCUniveral and Sky. When relaunched, Showmax will combine MultiChoice’s accelerating investment in local content with a unique pipeline of international content licensed from NBCUniversal and Sky, third party content from HBO, Warner Brothers International, Sony and others, as well as live English Premier League (EPL) football, all powered by Peacock’s globally scaled technology.
Adulting, a new Showmax Original scripted drama series filmed and set in South Africa, about four gents dealing with life's ups and downs, lands on Showmax.

April 2023

Showmax and Moja Love partner on their first reality show, KuRuff, about South Africans dealing with the burden of black tax.

June 2023

Rosemary's Hitlist, a Showmax Original docuseries by the makers of Devilsdorp, this time focusing on a policewoman's killing spree, lands on Showmax.
The Mommy Club, a reality series following influential "yummy mummies" in South Africa, launches exclusive to Showmax.

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Press releases

The best SAFTA-winning local content to stream now

The best SAFTA-winning local content to stream now

Stream all the best SAFTA-winning content now on Showmax, from Tali’s Joburg Diary to Donkerbos and Life With Kelly Khumalo.

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Ntsiki Mazwai gets interviewed on Unfollowed, now streaming on Showmax

Unfollowed episode 6: Twitter vigilante Ntsiki Mazwai

Ntsiki Mazwai tells Unfollowed host Thembekile Mrototo why she’ll never stop being spicy online in episode 6 of the Showmax docuseries.

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Lehlohonolo Mayeza as Leruo Ts'eole in Outlaws now streaming on Showmax

“Showmax changed my life”- Lehlohonolo Mayeza of Outlaws

Mosotho actor Lehlohonolo Mayeza talks about his breakout role as Leruo Ts’eole in the Showmax Original Outlaws, and how it has changed his life. New episodes land Wednesday.

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Zoe Mthiyane gets interviewed on Unfollowed, now streaming on Showmax

“This interview is going to get me in s**t” – Zoe Mthiyane on Unfollowed

In episode 5 of Unfollowed S1, Generations: The Legacy actress Zoe Mthiyane speaks to host Thembekile Mrototo about Lebo M, Robert Marawa, Rapulana Seiphemo and more. New episodes land Wednesdays on Showmax.

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Boetie Boer: Inside the Mind of a Monster on Showmax

Watch the trailer for Boetie Boer: Inside The Mind Of A Monster

See the chilling first trailer for the Showmax Original true-crime series Boetie Boer: Inside the Mind of a Monster, coming 18 October 2023.

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Adulting Season 1 on Showmax

Showmax renews Adulting for a second season

Find out more about Adulting Season 2 episodes and the cast, and watch the trailer for Season 1 or binge-watch all episodes while you wait.

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Stream the UEFA Champions League on Showmax Pro

UEFA Champions League 2023/2024 kicks off on Showmax Pro

Showmax Pro will be live streaming all UEFA Champions League games in South Africa, Mauritius, and Lesotho, courtesy of SuperSport, from 19 September.

Nirvana Nokwe-Mseleku as Sihle Biyela in Outlaws now streaming on Showmax

Outlaws star Nirvana Nokwe-Mseleku on her breakout role

Rising star Nirvana Nokwe-Mseleku talks about working on Outlaws, and her artistic family. New episodes land Wednesdays on Showmax.

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