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How to Pay for the new Showmax easily using USSD

Showmax recently announce a new version of its tech platform across its markets with affordable prices, more African and international content, plus the first ever stand-alone Showmax Premier League plan for mobile.

The new Showmax which begins migrating existing customers onto the new globally established Peacock streaming platform from 23 January, introduces exceptional value prices that will see subscribers pay less for more with Showmax Entertainment at Ksh 650, Showmax Entertainment Mobile at Ksh 300 and Africa’s first standalone Showmax Premier League plan at Ksh 500. 

Though users in Kenya, can use Visa and Mastercard credit and debit cards, DStv Add to Bill (where DStv subscribers can add Showmax to their account at a reduced cost or no extra cost for Premium subs), vouchers, they can also M-Pesa via USSD (*375#).

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The company is also looking to embrace new payment methods alongside Moment, its joint venture partner currently working to build the largest payment network in Africa. In-app M-Pesa payments will be integrated into the new platform in the coming months. 

“As an African streaming platform, we’re constantly working to improve the Showmax experience for our customers from Nairobi to Mombasa and across Kenya,” says Showmax Chief Operating Officer Joe Heshu. “We’re pleased to be partnering with many companies in Kenya to make our payments process seamless and are fortunate to have a strong relationship with Safaricom. We have worked with them to integrate M-Pesa via USSD and will also continue that process until M-Pesa is broadly available.” 

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At the relaunch in February, new and existing customers will have access to a record 20 brand-new Showmax Originals including new South African serial killer thriller Red Ink, a new season of Nigerian hit drama Flawsome, a new season of The Real Housewives of Durban, and international hits like Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,Halo S2 and more. 

How to pay for Showmax via USSD  

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  • Dial *375#  
  • Pick a Showmax plan  
  • Confirm the purchase   
  • Insert M-Pesa PIN  
  • Click on the link sent via SMS to activate subscription on www.showmax.com   
  • Sign in OR create your Showmax account  
  • Confirm redemption of voucher on the Showmax platform     


  • Dial *375#  
  • Pick a Showmax plan  
  • Confirm the purchase   
  • Insert your M-Pesa PIN  
  • Upon payment success, you will receive an SMS containing the Showmax subscription voucher code.   
  • Sign in OR create your Showmax account on www.showmax.com  
  • Copy and paste or manually enter the Showmax voucher code received via SMS in the redeem voucher box to activate your Showmax subscription   
  • Once successful, your Showmax subscription will be activated  

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James Musoba
James Musoba
Studying Africa's startup and technology scene. I always look forward to discovering new exciting inventions and vibrant entrepreneurs.

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