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Monday, June 20, 2016


Customers with internet-connected DStv Exploras are now able to access ShowMax, a subscription video on demand service, which offers the biggest library of box sets of the best international and local TV series in Africa.

While DStv offers the freshest local and international content directly from Hollywood, as well as live sport and news, through live television and DStv Catch Up; ShowMax offers complete box sets of previous seasons of series so customers can watch from the very first episode.

Mark Rayner, CEO of MultiChoice South Africa, explained the thinking behind adding ShowMax to the Explora: “Our customers have told us they would like to see the previous seasons of shows that are currently on DStv. Adding ShowMax to the DStv Explora puts the entire history of the best TV shows in one place for you to watch from the very beginning – you see the latest season on DStv, and can binge on previous seasons on ShowMax. For example, the latest season 6 of Game of Thrones is showing now on DStv and DStv Catch Up, whereas previous seasons 1-5 are available as box sets on ShowMax.”

The DStv Explora will now offer a richly varied and comprehensive video on demand experience, comprising of a movie rental service through BoxOffice, which offers the freshest blockbuster movies; an extensive Catch Up service (further enhanced when the Explora is connected to the internet); and a library of box sets from the ShowMax service. This gives DStv customers the freedom to watch what they want, when they are ready.

“The DStv Explora is our flagship decoder, manufactured entirely in South Africa. It was built with the future in mind and when we launched it, we committed to continuously push the innovation envelope and grow the functionality to enhance our customers’ viewing experience. Since its launch in 2013, the DStv Explora has been changing the way South Africans watch television. Adding ShowMax to the DStv Explora is an extension of this vision,” commented Mark.

Any DStv customer with an active DStv Explora can access ShowMax, regardless of which DStv package they have.

The first thing to do is connect your Explora to the internet, which can be done either by Ethernet cable or using our WiFi Connector. For more info, go to Connect your DStv Explora

The updated software to accommodate ShowMax will be rolled out to all active DStv Exploras over the next week.

Then you’ll need to sign up to ShowMax – go to and sign up - you can even opt for a free trial to see if you like it before you commit.

ShowMax costs R99 per month. Payment is easy and can be done through PayPal, credit card payment or through your DStv account for greater convenience and uninterrupted viewing.

NB: Because it’s streamed content, data usage charges will apply. A high data cap or uncapped data service (streaming at 4 Mbps or higher) is recommended.