The new Showmax Pro offering, which bundles the existing Showmax entertainment offering with music channels, news, and live sport streaming from SuperSport, will be made available from 19 August 2020 in South Africa with prices starting at R225 per month.
It is also reported that Showmax Pro Mobile also offers selected sports, news, and entertainment, but is available only on smartphones and tablets, and grants only one viewing stream and a single registered device.
The SA version
The South African version of Showmax Pro features all UEFA Champions League, Premier League, Serie A, La Liga, and PSL games as well as a wide range of live sports events including athletics, professional boxing, and the world’s biggest marathons. During the DStv showcase on 19 August, it was announced that Showmax Pro will begin to roll out in South Africa from 19 August and is expected to be available to all customers within the next 24-48 hours.
Showmax Pro previously launched in Nigeria in July 2020.
“Our aim is to eventually have Showmax Pro available throughout sub-Saharan Africa,” MultiChoice stated. “Certain markets may require additional language options that may take us longer to accommodate.”
A new way to watch live sport
At the moment Showmax Pro does not feature rugby, cricket, golf, tennis or F1, but is rather focusing on football as it is “the most popular sport on the continent”. They might look at adding new sports or new bouquets in the future.
According to the FAQ document on the Showmax website, Showmax Pro will offer the following sports:
- Football: English Premier League, LaLiga, Serie A, FA Cup, UEFA Champions and Europa Leagues (SA only), and Premier Soccer League.
- Athletics: Diamond League, and World Challenge League.
- Running: Berlin, Boston, London, NYC, and Soweto Marathons.
- Boxing: Selected IBF, WBA, WBO, WBC and African Boxing events.
- Other (SA only): Swimming, extreme sports, eSports, basketball, triathlon, horse racing, EFC, netball, and hockey.
Showmax Pro and Showmax Pro Mobile
- Showmax Pro – R449 per month
- Showmax Pro Mobile – R225 per month