I recently checked out Showmax’s 31-day free trial, and let me just say that I was amped to see the volume of content – both all time classics and brand-new, exclusive shows – they have for all their subscribers.
How I got started
I was searching for an old series online last week and once again, in my search results, I saw Showmax pop up. I also saw they had a 14-day free trial and decided I would give it a try. All I can say is: I couldn’t be more ready to give them my money when I sign up at the end of my trial. I can hardly believe it’s taken me so long to try it out.
So how does Showmax work, exactly?
Having Showmax is like having every show you ever loved all in one place, online, on your smartphone, laptop, tablet or smart TV. You can stream episodes of shows or whole movies back to back if you want, or you can download them to the Showmax smartphone or tablet app when you’re in a free Wi-Fi zone, and then watch them offline. So you can choose to use your mobile data if you absolutely must watch something immediately (by streaming)! Or, if you’ve got patience and a passion for pinching your pennies, you can choose to download and watch offline. But even if you stream shows, Showmax lets you choose how much data you use, depending on the quality you want – which is great for those of us who don’t want to spend all our hard-earned Randelas on data.
How much does it cost, and what do you get?
The Premium subscription costs R99 per month, which will give you access to Showmax’s entire library. And you can cancel at any time – there’s no contract. If you’re a fan of The Late Night Show, you can enjoy their comprehensive collection, which Showmax gets within a day or two of the US broadcast, that means you can immediately indulge in a couple of hours of Karaoke Carpool.
Besides offering a massive library of classic and contemporary content, Showmax also houses a number of series not even available on South African TV, such as the hit comedy Younger – they’ve got the full set of three seasons. There’s also a huge selection of local content, from Die Byl to Ubizo: The Calling, which you won’t find on any other video-on-demand service in the world and, to make the deal even sweeter, you can register up to five devices under one account so you can watch and catch up anywhere you go.
What else is new?
Some fresh series making their debut on Showmax in March are Jack Parow’s Dis Hoe Ons Rol, the BBC’s epic miniseries War and Peace, and Marvel’s Agents of Shield. There are also new movies premiering, including Meet the Fockers, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and RED.
What about the hidden gems?
I’m only eight days into my trial and so far I have loved getting to revisit some of my favourite classic movies (plus some newer films that I never got around to watching)!. I think these are the best hidden gems currently available on Showmax, and when you see the list, I’m sure you’ll agree that they are not to be missed!
1) Reservoir Dogs (1992)
2) Silence of the Lambs (1991)
3) Gladiator (2000)
4) Bowling for Columbine (2002)
5) Drive (2011)
6) Be Cool (2005)
7) Lord of War (2005)
8) Without a Paddle (2004)
9) The Lovely Bones (2009)
10) Prisoners (2013)
And that’s just squeezing a few in here! There are countless classics I would love to watch again, and for just R99 a month, I think that’s a damn good deal.