Stream the kids’ boredom away with ShowMax

You know what they say.

Hell hath no fury like a bored child. Or something like that.

I myself was a master alchemist in my youth. Routinely raiding the spice rack to create some toxic potion that usually ended up in the dog’s bowl. No wonder Murphy ran away.

Ultimate indoor passageway soccer, hockey, rugby and cricket were always favourites. Storming in like Alan Donald to bowl a bouncer that would take off my sibling’s head. Or just turn one of the wall paintings into a post-modern-smashed-masterpiece.

There was no respite for my parents. Not even the wooden spoon could get me to behave. That was until I was introduced to the world of kids’ programmes.


Streaming video on demand is here
A new technology to hit South Africa gives parents a cheap and easy way to keep the kids entertained. It’s called subscription video-on-demand, or SVOD. It’s basically internet TV that allows you to watch a massive amount of content from any device as long as you’re connected to the net. Plus it’s a lot cheaper than DStv.

The great thing about SVOD services is that you and the kids can watch your favourite shows back-to-back. Commercial free and uninterrupted from the very first episode.

ShowMax has a massive library
The largest SVOD player in Africa is ShowMax in terms of content. It offers unlimited access to over 20 000 episodes of local and international series and movies for just R99 a month.


Stacks for the kids
It has hundreds of classic and new titles for the kids from Disney and Nickelodeon including The Avengers series, Spiderman and Dora the Explorer. There are also educational programmes like LeapFrog, Bo on the Go and Super Why to help with early stage development.

Look out for Afrikaans favourites like Liewe Heksie, Wielie Walie, Brakkenjan and Maja die By which you won’t find anywhere else.

Stacks for mom and dad
For mom and dad, there is a massive selection too. From Hollywood heavy hitters like Game of Thrones, Grey’s Anatomy and the Big Bang Theory to local shows like Binnelanders and the best of Schuster.

Download and watch later
ShowMax has been customised for the South African market with a unique download function that competitors don’t offer. It allows users to store up to 25 shows and movies on iOS and Android devices. This is ideal for people who have limited access to the internet. You can download your favourite shows at home, work or at a Wi-Fi hotspot and watch when you’re not connected. Perfect for keeping the kids entertained on those long road trips. Even better for burning up 30 minutes on the treadmill at the gym when watching an episode of Breaking Bad.

Watch on multiple screens
ShowMax lets you watch on two devices at the same time. So you can stream Scrubs on the laptop, while the kids watch SpongeBob SquarePants on the tablet.

How to get ShowMax
Signing up is simple and you get a seven day free trial before billing kicks in. Head to the ShowMax website and click on the sign up tab. Enter your email address and create a password. You can then choose from a range of payment options including credit or cheque cards. You can also buy prepaid monthly vouchers online with eBucks or from Pick n Pay using cash or card.

Get ShowMax for free with Telkom and Mweb
ShowMax has partnered with Telkom and Mweb to reduce users’ data costs. Telkom is offering free unlimited data to ShowMax with certain packages and Mweb ADSL customers can get three months free internet and three months complimentary access to ShowMax.

All you need to start streaming is a smartphone, tablet, laptop or smart TV and access to the internet. Worldwide, people are rapidly switching from traditional cable TV to SVOD services that save you money and allow you to watch whenever you want.

Try it out – it might also save your porcelain vase from the next indoor soccer tournament in your lounge.

  • – Thomas Maree
Cath Jenkin

As a mom, Cath raises her daughter with a strong focus on technology, as she believes that digital literacy is as important as learning to read. With a long history of creating content for online and print publications, and in particular as a parenting columnist, Cath brings her curious mind... Read more

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