On August the 19th of 2015, Showmax Kenya, which is one of the most affordable online video subscription platforms, was launched. Showmax has since grown in leaps and bounds to compete against global giants such as Netflix in African markets.
What is Showmax Kenya?
Showmax is an online subscription video-on-demand service which launched in South Africa.
It is employing a localization strategy to take on established video on demand competitors with a focus on local content and partnerships with mobile Telcos.
Showmax Kenya packages
Currently, Showmax Kenya has 3 packages that are priced differently but they also come with mind-blowing offers.
Still, if you buy the DSTV premium package in Kenya, you get free access to Showmax content.
Here are the three premium Showmax Kenya subscriptions that you can opt for.
Three months subscription for Ksh 250: This has to be the most affordable subscription compared to what is offered by the competition.
Monthly subscription for Ksh. 880
6 Months subscription for Ksh. 5280
With these subscriptions, you get unlimited access to shows, movies, comedies and so much more for the respective duration.
How to pay Showmax Kenya Subscription
Paying for your Showmax subscription is as easy as ABC. Here is the step by step process of how to pay for your subscription via Mpesa.
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For beginners, you will have to create an account with Showmax first. To do so, follow these steps before paying
- Go to Showmax.com
- Sign up with your email and create your password
- Enter your Phone number (The one you use for Mpesa transactions)
- In the Payment Section, select Mpesa
You’ll then make the Mpesa Payment as Follows.
- Go to your Mpesa menu
- Select Lipa na Mpesa
- Choose Paybill option [Paybill number 852552]
- Use your Mobile number as the Account Number
- Amount [Enter the amount depending on the package you want e.g. 250/=, 880/=, or 5280/=]
- Complete the Transaction.
After making the payment, go to the Showmax website and click on the Validate Mpesa button in the bottom right corner of the website.
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Advantages of Showmax Kenya
Recently, the subscription model of video-on-demand services has become very competitive where local startups like Viusasa are also looking to get a share of the pie.
Showmax despite having a global footprint has employed a localized strategy where they show videos that Kenyans can relate to.
This is unlike Netflix which is so westernized. That said, here are some reasons why you should subscribe to Showmax Kenya!
Local caching of content
Local caching of content is the ability to watch video content that is close to home and relatable.
Local caching also comes with less buffering time and fast response since the servers are located in Nairobi.
Showmax partnered with Seacom to host the caching servers in Nairobi hence improving Showmax services in Kenya.
Data saving tools
If you are not connected to the Wi-Fi then you know that streaming videos can be a data hogging process. Luckily, Showmax allows you to have total control, of how your data is used.
You can choose the right setting that suits you from the provided range: Low, Medium, and No Capping. You can also download videos and save them for offline viewing.
Showmax Kenya includes Local Content
Local content makes up for a significant percentage of the more than 20,000 TV shows and movies in the Showmax Kenya catalog.
Most subscription on-demand video platforms like Netflix have content produced from other countries.
Showmax has gone the extra mile to include locally produced shows for local audiences.
Showmax Kenya offers world-class entertainment for less compared to the competition.
You get the best of international content, the likes of MMA Drama Kingdom, Jude Law’s drama, The Young Pope, the Doctor Who Spinoff Class.
You can also catch up with award-winning shows like Game of Thrones, West World and The Night Of.
Dedicated content for Kids
If you have kids in the house, Showmax has got you covered. They have curated content dedicated for your kids to keep them entertained and informed.
It is separate from the general timeline as a dedicated tab on the desktop and on the mobile app.
Through the parental control settings, you can also tailor the sort of content that should be shown under your subscription.
You can customize the account such that adults get access to the whole catalog of videos while kids get access to censored content.
Try Showmax Kenya today and see for yourself. Take advantage of the free 14-day trial and get access to unlimited entertainment.