Showmax pricing update sees no increase to Premier League plan

10 July 2024

Showmax pricing update sees no increase to Premier League plan

African streaming service Showmax announces pricing update for its unrivalled content effective 01 August 2024, to kick in six months after their relaunch in partnership with Comcast’s NBCUniversal.  

Showmax Premier League pricing remains at R69 a month, giving subscribers access to every match of the 2024/25 Premier League season and exciting new shows like Robert Marawa’s Quantum Football series, exclusive Premier League content and exciting offers for customers. The new season starts off with a bang, with an early title contender showdown between Man City and Chelsea. But there’s no resting for the other big guns, with Man Utd taking on Fulham, Liverpool taking on Ipswich Town, while Arsenal take on Wolves in the opening weekend. 

“As a lifelong football fanatic, I can’t tell you how excited I am for the return of the greatest football league in the world. Pricing is something that all businesses have to review regularly, and we launched with attractive pricing on the new Showmax platform. We are thrilled that we’ve been able to keep Showmax Premier League and bundled Showmax plans unchanged, bringing all 380 Premier League matches to millions of football fans in Africa and continuing to focus on making streaming affordable and effortless,” says Showmax CEO Marc Jury. 

Showmax Entertainment will continue to offer an unbeatable selection of everything from the latest of HBO to The Real Housewives of Durban, Lagos, and Nairobi. “No other streamer has this range of the best international and local content at an incredible price,” says Jury. 

A key differentiator for Showmax is being a leading investor in local original content, such as drama series Adulting; iconic documentaries like Tracking Thabo Bester; and trending reality shows like The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip – South Africa. Since its relaunch in February, a record 40 Showmax Originals have been added to the platform, from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.    

Showmax Originals continue to generate widespread acclaim. Spinners became the first African series ever to screen at CanneSeries, before going on to beat the Emmy-winning final season of Succession to win Best Foreign TV Series at the 29th Shanghai TV Festival’s Magnolia Awards, one of the biggest accolades in Asia. Similarly, Catch Me A Killer was the first South African series ever to screen at Series Mania. At Kenya’s Kalasha Awards this year, The Real Housewives of Nairobi was named Best TV Show, while Pepeta took home Best TV Drama and the Viewer’s Choice Award. And at the upcoming kykNET Silwerskerm Awards for Film and TV, Koek is the most-nominated drama series overall.  

Showmax also focuses on delivering top international content, including the three biggest films of last year – Barbie, The Super Mario Bros. Movie, and 2024 Best Picture Oscar winner Oppenheimer – as well as hit series like HBO’s House of the Dragon. July highlights include two of the biggest hits of 2024 so far: The Beekeeper, with Jason Statham, and the musical remake of Mean Girls, not to mention Anyone But You, the biggest romcom at the global box office since 2016.  

Showmax Entertainment will revert to its original R99 per month, which was the launch price in 2015, while Showmax Entertainment Mobile will be priced at R45, at the low-end of mobile streaming prices globally.  

The overall viewing experience of Showmax continues to be enhanced in collaboration with the global Peacock team.     

Showmax updated pricing   
Country  Showmax Entertainment  Showmax Entertainment Mobile  Showmax Premier League  Showmax Entertainment + Premier League  Showmax Entertainment Mobile + Premier League  
South Africa  ZAR 89
ZAR99  
ZAR 39   
ZAR 45  
ZAR 69  ZAR 140  ZAR 99  
      Showmax Entertainment   All devices     Showmax Entertainment Mobile    Showmax Premier League     Mobile  Showmax Entertainment Mobile + Premier League Mobile bundle    Showmax Entertainment All devices + Premier League Mobile bundle        
All Premier League     live matches + extra Premier League content       –    –    ✓    ✓    ✓    
Series, movies, kids’ shows, documentaries incl. Showmax Originals, MultiChoice Originals, Universal Pictures, NBC, Peacock, Sky, DreamWorks Animation, HBO, Paramount, Lionsgate, Sony, Warner Bros. Discovery, BBC, ITV, Telemundo, Banijay, eOne, Fremantle and more.        ✓    ✓    –    ✓    ✓    
Number of concurrent streams       2    1    1    1 stream Entertainment   1 stream Premier League  2 streams Entertainment   1 stream Premier League  
Mobile apps      ✓    ✓    ✓    ✓    ✓    
Smart TV, laptop, Android TV, Apple TV apps      ✓    –    –    –    ✓  (only for Entertainment content, no access to Sport section)  
Maximum video resolution      HD (1080p)   HD (1080p)  HD (1080p)  HD (1080p)  HD (1080p)  
Downloads available for offline viewing    ✓  ✓   ✓ (only for VOD content, not live streaming)  ✓ (only for VOD content, not live streaming)  ✓ (only for VOD content, not live streaming)     
Data saving settings    ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓  

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