You can now stream Showmax for free

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Showmax launches a free version for non-subscribers.
Showmax launches a free version for non-subscribers.
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  • Non-subscribers can now watch Showmax for free.
  • Users of the free version will see adverts during playback.
  • TV shows and films that will be available include The River, Gomora, Life With Kelly Khumalo and iNumber Number.

Showmax has introduced a subscription-free streaming service in South Africa. The new service features a hand-picked content slate that allows customers to sample some of Showmax's award-winning entertainment.

At launch, titles on the service include local movies, series and sports shows. Users will be able to stream films and binge-watch the first few episodes of available series for free.

Expect early episodes and some full seasons of many of South Africa's most-loved series, including telenovelas like The River; Gomora; record-breaking reality shows like the Showmax Originals Somizi & Mohale: The Union and Life With Kelly Khumalo; Lokshin Bioskop movies and SAFTA-winning dramas like Lockdown, Hotel, iNumber Number and more.

Users of the subscription-free offering will see adverts during playback and be prompted to upgrade to Showmax paid plans. Customers will be able to easily upgrade to the full ad-free Showmax entertainment catalogue to access complete seasons of the latest local and international series, blockbuster movies and kids' content. For live sport, users will need to subscribe to Showmax Pro.

"Ad-supported streaming services are a growing trend internationally. The great thing about this is you don't need a credit card, or to make any payment; you can literally try before you subscribe. We're proud to have an extensive collection of the continent's most-loved original African content to share with our customers and introduce them to the world of streaming on Showmax."
-- Yolisa Phahle, CEO for General Entertainment and Connected Video at MultiChoice Group.

You will not need an account to stream the ad-supported service, which is currently only available in South Africa. Ad-supported Showmax features a limited content slate and doesn't include all the functionality available with a paying subscription, like downloads and watchlists. It's currently available on web, Android and iOS apps. Users will need internet access to use the service.

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Compiled by Leandra Engelbrecht

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