Showmax Subscription Packages, Channels & Prices

If you’re a Showmax subscriber or you want to know what it’s all about you’re at the right place. In this guide, we’ll be sharing with you details about Showmax subscription packages, channels and prices.

Showmax is an internet-based subscription video-on-demand service that allows you to watch TV shows and movies. There are international content as well as localized content. Officially launched in 2015.

You can access thousands of hours of local and international movies and series, with a wide range of devices from smart TVs and computers to smartphones and tablets.

Showmax is available on multiple devices (5 devices) so you can enjoy the best entertainment at home or on the move. There are different plans and subscriptions.


Showmax in Africa

Showmax is available across almost 45 African countries and territories. These countries are Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, and Equatorial Guinea. Others include Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Reunion, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Showmax in Europe

Outside Africa, Showmax is available mostly in western European countries. These are Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and United Kingdom.

Showmax Subscription Plan

The Showmax is available as a monthly subscription after a 14-day trial period and pricing varies by country. Pricing is available in different currencies.

Before you subscribe to any service of any kind, you are required to know the price and cost of that service. Showmax has both “Standard Plan, Mobile-Only Plan, Pro Plan and Mobile-Only Pro Plan”.

Showmax ‘’Standard’’ Plan

Below is the current Showmax subscription for Standard plan.

South Africa
Pricing from R49. Cheque and Credit Cards, Pre-Paid Showmax Voucher, Add-to-Bill (DStv, Vodacom, Telkom, Mweb, MTN) and PayPal

Pricing from N2,900. Credit and Debit cards, PayPal


The Showmax Standard plan in Ghana is GHC 45.99. You can pay for Showmax in Ghana using MTN Mobile Money.


The Showmax Standard plan in Uganda is UGX 30,300. You can pay for Showmax in Ghana using MTN Mobile Money.Showmax Mobile: UGX 15,200

  • Showmax Pro: UGX 67,200
  • Showmax Pro Mobile: UGX 33,600

Showmax ‘’Mobile Only’’ Plan

Currently, the Showmax “Mobile Only’ Plan is only available in Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, South Afrcica and Kenya only. In Nigeria, the current Showmax mobile-only plan subscription costs 1450 NGN per month for new users on credit card payments. Remember that this is limited to smartphones and tablets only.

In Ghana, the Showmax “Mobile Only” Plan subscription cost GHC 22.99 per month.

For Ugandan subscribers, the Showmax “Mobile Only” Plan subscription cost UGX 15,200 per month.

In Kenya, the subscription costs 375 KSH per month for new users on credit card payments in Kenya.

Showmax ‘’Pro’’ Plan

Showmax Pro features all Premier League, Serie A, La Liga matches and a wide range of live sport including pro boxing, international marathons and IAAF athletics on top of the full Showmax entertainment catalogue.

How Much is Showmax Pro?

CountryShowmaxShowmax MobileShowmax ProShowmax Pro Mobile
South AfricaZAR 99ZAR 49ZAR 449ZAR 225
KenyaKSh 760KSh 380KSh 2100KSh 1050
UgandaUGX 30,300UGX 15,200UGX 67,200UGX 33,600
NigeriaNGN 2900NGN 1450NGN 6300NGN 3200
GhanaGHC 45.99GHC 22.99GHC 119.99GHC 59.99
Rest of AfricaUSD 7.99USD 3.99USD 17.99USD 8.99

Showmax Service in Ghana

This table gives details of the Showmax service in Ghana.

ShowmaxShowmax MobileShowmax ProShowmax Pro Mobile
Football: all Champions League (South Africa only), Premier League, Serie A, PSL and La Liga games
Athletics, pro boxing, major international marathons, & more
Music channels Trace Urban, Trace Gospel
News channels Africanews, Euronews, Newzroom Afrika, SABC News (SA only)
Series, movies, kids’ shows, documentaries
Number of concurrent streams2121
Smartphone and tablet apps
Smart TV, laptop, Android TV, Apple TV apps✓**
Maximum video resolutionHDSDHDSD
14-day trial

Linking Your Showmax Account To DStv Account

There’s an option you can also link your Showmax account to your DStv account since DStv is available to all African countries.

  • Billing: You can link your Showmax account to your DStv account and pay nothing if you are a Premium package subscriber or pay for Showmax through your DStv account for other packages.
  • Content: While there is exclusive Showmax content, most of the content is programming that had already been broadcast on DStv channels.

Where to Watch Showmax

Showmax can be enjoyed across TVs, smartphones or tablets through their native apps across various app stores.


It is available on select LG or Samsung Smart TVs or you can connect a streaming media device to your TV. These devices are DStv Explora, Xbox One, Apple TV or Google Chromecast.

Smartphone or Tablet

It is available on Apple’s App Store for iOS devices like iPhones and iPads in addition to Google’s Play Store for Android smartphones and tablets.

For these mobile devices, you can stream on two devices at once or download up to 25 shows on each device to watch when offline.


You can stream from Showmax using any modern web browser without any apps or plugin being a requirement.

How to Sign-up on Showmax

This is the first step to set-up Showmax on your device, and that is to sign-up. Sign-up comes in different ways, registering with Showmax exclusive or with Showmax on DSTV Premium Plan.

Showmax Only Service

You can watch Showmax on iOS, Android, Chromecast, Apple TV, Samsung & LG Smart TVs. To get started:

1. Go to Showmax official website and click on “Try it free for 14 days

2. Sign up by entering your details (Username and Password)

3. Enter your debit card details

4. Since it’s 14 days free trial, Showmax will charge a little fee for confirmation.

5. That is all, you can now watch on PC, or download the app and watch on your phone, either iPhone or Android.

Have it in mind, that after the 14 free trial, you will be charged N2900, GHC 45.99, UGX 30,300, R49 or $7.99, unless you switch to mobile-only plan (Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda and Kenya). You can still cancel your plan after the 14days or any other time.

How to Download Showmax App

You can watch either Showmax Standard or Mobile Only plan on either PC or Smartphone device such as Apple iPhone or Android mobile phone. The support includes:

1. Apple iPhones and iPads running iOS 9.3 or higher

2. Android phones and tablets running Android 4.4.0 or higher

You can download the Showmax app on iPhone from Apple Appstore or on Android phone via Google Playstore.

How to Pay for Showmax with MTN MoMo

It’s easy to pay for Showmax using your phone and MTN MoMo. Here’s how to do it. When signing up for Showmax at, select MTN MoMo as your payment method and follow the steps:

  1. Enter your MTN mobile number
  2. Click ‘Pay with MTN MoMo
  3. Check your phone for payment request
  4. Enter your MTN MoMo PIN (MM PIN) to approve payment
  5. You’ll receive an SMS or email confirming payment
  6. Start watching your favourite shows

How to Cancel Showmax Subscription on Web

Please note that you must cancel your subscription on or before the next monthly billing date. Otherwise, monthly fees would be deducted by Showmax as agreed.

  • Login to your Showmax account.
  • Click on your profile name on the top right corner of the homepage.
  • Then click “my account”.
  • Click on “Manage Subscriptions”.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Cancel Subscription”.

How to Cancel Showmax Subscription on Mobile

  • Login to your profile on the app
  • Tap on the “more” hamburger icon located at the bottom right corner of the homepage.
  • Under settings, choose “My Account”.
  • Choose “Manage Subscription”
  • Scroll further down and tap on “Cancel Subscription”.

Then you’re good to go

How to Remove Payment Card From Showmax on Mobile

  1. After choosing “Manage Subscriptions“, locate “Payment Methods
  2. Click on the “X” button to remove your card.

This seems quite easy and straightforward.

Channels on Showmax

The live TV channels offered on Showmax are

  • Mindset: an educational channel targeted the younger segment of the population
  • SABC News: the news arm of SABC, the national broadcaster
  • CNN International: an American-owned global news network
  • Sky News: a British news service
  • BBC World News: the global news arm of the British Broadcasting Corporation
  • Newzroom Afrika: South African news and current affairs channel
  • AlJazeera English: a Qatar-based global news network
  • Euronews: a pan-European news channel
  • Africanews: a Pan-African news channel owned by same promoters behind euronews

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Showmax

  • How much does Showmax cost per month?

This varies by country. Pricing starts from GHC 45.99 in Ghana, UGX 30,300 in Uganda, R49 in South Africa or N2,900 in Nigeria. If you are a DStv subscriber, you can even get Showmax for free.

  • Is Showmax free with DStv?

If you are a DStv Premium subscriber, Yes. Else, you’d need to pay for this service.

  • What is showing on Showmax?

This varies from one month to the other but as of February 2020, the service carries over 1,000 movies and TV series.

  • How much is Showmax per month in South Africa, Nigeria & Ghana?

Showmax is R49 per month in South Africa, 2900 NGN per month in Nigeria and goes for GHS 45.99 in Ghana.

  • Do you need WiFi for Showmax?

Not necessarily. While it is better to enjoy the service over WiFi, it would work just fine over a cellular network. More so, you can adjust the streaming quality – in other to save on data costs where you are not on an unlimited data plan.

  • How much data does Showmax use monthly?

This would depend on how much content you enjoy over the service. You can configure the streaming quality in other to use less data but be aware that the experience on lower-stream qualities may not always be best.

  • How do I get Showmax on my TV?

You can easily install the Showmax TV app on recent LG or Samsung smart TVs or make use of other devices like DStv Explora, Xbox One, Apple TV or Google Chromecast.

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  1. Last week when I scrolled through Showmax packages I came across an annual plan for approximately R550, which I tried to convert to but I could not get the payment processed. Please point me in the right direction.

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