Showmax Pro launches in South Africa

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  • MultiChoice has announced that it is launching Showmax Pro.
  • In a note, to subscribers, the streaming service said that it will be offering a new subscription plan from 19 August.
  • The new plan bundles the existing Showmax entertainment service together with music channels, news, and live sports streaming.
  • Showmax Pro will cost R449 per month, and Showmax Pro Mobile will cost R225 per month.

MultiChoice's subscription video-on-demand service on Wednesday morning announced that it's launching its Showmax Pro.

In a note, to subscribers, the streaming service said that "from 19 August 2020, we'll be offering a new subscription plan - called Showmax Pro - in your territory".

Showmax Pro launched in Nigeria and Kenya on 7 July, and a week later expanded to 40 more countries across sub-Saharan Africa excluding South Africa.

It is an extension of the existing SVOD service, bundles the existing Showmax entertainment service together with music channels, news, and live sport streaming from SuperSport, and is the first major brand delineation since Showmax launched in 2015.

The additional content offered through Showmax Pro features all Premier League, Serie A, La Liga and PSL games, and other live sports events.

Other sports include UEFA Champions and Europa Leagues (South Africa only), Premier Soccer League, motorsport (not available in SA) like MotoGP, Dakar Rally, NASCAR Cup and tennis (not available in SA): All Grand Slams and ATP Tour events.

Showmax Pro will also show athletics (Diamond League, World Challenge League and more), running: Berlin, Boston, London, NYC, Soweto Marathons and more), boxing (selected IBF, WBA, WBO, WBC and African Boxing events), and in South Africa only - swimming, extreme sports, eSports, basketball, triathlon, horse racing, EFC, netball and hockey.

It won't show cycling in South Africa at launch, but it will show the Tour De France and World Tour events in other territories.

Due to the nature of sport licensing MultiChoice is offering no free trial on its Showmax Pro or Showmax Pro Mobile plans.

The Showmax Pro subscription plan includes a high definition (HD) quality video stream with access to selected sports, news and entertainment content offering; available on various devices; offers two simultaneous viewing streams; enabled for five registered devices.

The Showmax Pro Mobile subscription plan offers only a standard definition (SD) quality video stream, with selected sports, news and entertainment content offering; available only on smartphones and tablets; offers only one viewing stream, and enabled for one registered device.

Showmax Pro will cost R449 per month, and Showmax Pro Mobile will cost R225 per month.

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