Showmax drops mobile-only pricing to R39

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  • Showmax has dropped its monthly mobile subscription plan to R39.
  • All the other subscription prices remain the same.
  • "We know that consumers are under pressure at the moment, and we believe this change will be appreciated by our mobile customers", says Yolisa Phahle, MultiChoice CEO for connected video.


Showmax has dropped the monthly subscription fee of the Showmax Mobile plan by 20% from R49 to R39 per month in South Africa; the mobile-only plan's price has also decreased across Africa.

While Showmax is reducing the cost for its mobile-only plan, all other prices remain unchanged. The standard Showmax plan remains R99 per month, while Showmax Pro costs R445 and Showmax Pro mobile remains pegged at R225 per month. 

Showmax Pro bundles the existing Showmax entertainment offering with music channels, news and live sports streaming from SuperSport, and also includes a selection of live news channels, such as SABC News (in South Africa only), Euronews, Africanews and Newzroom Afrika.

Yolisa Phahle, MultiChoice CEO for connected video, says, "We know that consumers are under pressure at the moment, and we believe this change will be appreciated by our mobile customers, as will the decision not to increase any of our other prices".

"We have our most exciting slate of Showmax Originals this year and look forward to more South Africans enjoying our proudly African stories."

Showmax Originals on the way in 2021 include the upcoming Cape Flats neo-noir murder mystery series Skemerdans. Babes Wodumo and Mampintsha's reality series Uthando Lodumo. A second co-production with CANAL+ entitled Blood Psalms, an epic series based on ancient African mythology and Showmax's first international reality TV series format, Temptation Island.  

So far this year, Showmax has released four Showmax Originals: the follow-up to Tali's Wedding Diary entitled Tali's Baby Diary; the small-town psychological thriller DAM; the Kenyan police procedural Crime and Justice that is also a co-production with CANAL+; and the reality series I Am Laycon as Nigeria's first Showmax Original.

Showmax says that it will continue to bring the best of HBO, international series, movies and kids' shows to Africa first.

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