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eBucks goes to the movies



FNB customers can now use their eBucks to buy monthly ShowMax vouchers.

ShowMax, the internet-based subscription video on demand service which claims Africa’s largest collection of TV series and movies, is offering a new prepaid voucher option. First National Bank’s rewards programme, eBucks, is the first partner to distribute the vouchers, electronically via the eBucks Shop on FNB’s online banking website.

The vouchers come in one-, three-, and six-month denominations and can be debited directly from a customer’s account, or paid for using eBucks. Depending on a member’s rewards level, a discount of up to 40% is applicable on the six-month voucher.

“We’re really pleased to get FNB’s eBucks on board as our first partner. It’s a trusted brand and a well-established electronic retailer,” says Chris Savides, Head of Payments and Partnerships for ShowMax.

Plans are also underway to distribute physical vouchers via a number of major retailers, which would be another first for the subscription video on demand industry in South Africa. ShowMax has introduced the voucher solution specifically for the South African market, where credit cards are among many payment methods commonly used.

“Getting payments right is a key to building your customer base in South Africa, and we’ve had a lot of requests to add additional payment methods,” says Savides. “Having multiple voucher options gives ShowMax an advantage over other services.”

The launch of ShowMax vouchers in conjunction with eBucks has been timed to coincide with the festive season, as more and more shoppers go online to find gifts.

“ShowMax vouchers will definitely come in handy when you’re looking for a gift for that hard to buy for partner or relative. The great news is that one subscription can be used to watch two different shows at the same time on separate devices, so this is a gift that can work for you and for your loved ones.”.

A one-month ShowMax voucher costs R99, the three-month voucher is priced at R297, and the six-month voucher is R594 with a discount of up to 40% available at the eBucks Shop.

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