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ShowMax loads onto DStv

From today, DStv customers with internet-connected DStv Exploras will be able to access ShowMax, which offers a library of box sets of international and local TV series in Africa.

While DStv offers fresh local and international content directly from Hollywood, as well as live sport and news, through live television and DStv Catch Up, ShowMax offers complete box sets of previous seasons of series so customers can watch from the first episode.

“Our customers have told us they would like to see the previous seasons of shows that are currently on DStv,” says Mark Rayner, CEO of MultiChoice South Africa. “Adding ShowMax to the DStv Explora puts the entire history of the best TV shows in one place for you to watch from the very beginning – you see the latest season on DStv, and can binge on previous seasons on ShowMax. For example, the latest season 6 of Game of Thrones is showing now on DStv and DStv Catch Up, whereas previous seasons 1-5 are available as box sets on ShowMax.”

The DStv Explora will now offer a varied and comprehensive video on demand experience, comprising of a movie rental service through BoxOffice, which offers fresh blockbuster movies; an extensive Catch Up service (further enhanced when the Explora is connected to the internet); and a library of box sets from the ShowMax service.

“The DStv Explora is our flagship decoder, manufactured entirely in South Africa,” says Rayner. “It was built with the future in mind and when we launched it, we committed to continuously push the innovation envelope and grow the functionality to enhance our customers’ viewing experience. Since its launch in 2013, the DStv Explora has been changing the way South Africans watch television. Adding ShowMax to the DStv Explora is an extension of this vision.”

How to get ShowMax on your DStv Explora

The first thing you’ll need to do is connect your Explora to the internet, which can be done either by Ethernet cable or using our WiFi Connector. For more info, go to Connect your DStv Explora

The updated software to accommodate ShowMax will be rolled out to all active DStv Exploras over the next week.

Then you’ll need to sign up to ShowMax. Go to and sign up – you can opt for a free trial to see if you like it before you commit.

ShowMax costs R99 per month. Payment is through PayPal, credit card payment or through a DStv account.

Because it’s streamed content, data usage charges will apply. A high data cap or uncapped data service (streaming at 4 Mbps or higher) is recommended.

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