Showmax, an online video on demand service with a huge collection of TV series, kids’ shows and movies, is making it possible for everyone in Kenya to watch the international and local content they love wherever they are by offering an incredible discount through M-PESA.Showmax is working with Safaricom’s M-PESA to allow subscribers in Kenya to sign up and watch over 35 000 local and international series episodes, movies, documentaries and more for three months at just Ksh 250 when they pay via M-PESA. This offer is available for Showmax users using PCs, smart TVs, smartphones and tablets.
But how does this price compare to other streaming services in Kenya?
For a start, Showmax’s competitors charge in US dollars, so the Ksh price changes with currency fluctuations, which we all know is not ideal for budgeting.
Netflix charges $7.99 per month for its basic subscription, $9.99 per month for standard and $11.99 per month for premium, while Amazon Prime Video charges an introductory offer of $2.99 with the normal Prime fee of $5.99 per month. Another provider, iFlix, charges $2.60 per month.
Compare this to Showmax’s usual price, charged in local currency, of Ksh 880 per month, which is around $8.80 per month (depending on the exchange rate), and then to the M-PESA Showmax deal. It’s easy to see that getting three months’ worth of unlimited access to Showmax content for only Ksh 250 in total is excellent value, and the cheapest way to enjoy internet TV, whichever way you slice it.
As an existing subscriber, I thought this deal was not open for me and I had to try it out before I deleted the email. So I went ahead and logged into my account, clicked on my name at the top right corner of the Showmax website then selected “Manage Subscription” on the menu on the left of my screen to purchase a new subscription.
I selected M-PESA as my payment method, headed to my Safaricom line, then the M-Pesa Paybill option. I entered Showmax’s business number, 852552, then my mobile number as my account number then proceeded to pay the Ksh 250. After I got an SMS confirmation, I validated the transaction on my phone and then gained access to three months of unlimited content from Showmax for only Ksh 250!
With that process done, we signed up for a new account on a new tab on a different browser using a different email address. It all went through and we made the same payment with M-PESA. This is now our office account for use during working hours. Showmax has no hidden contracts so you can pay for the three months and stop whenever you like, and you won’t be charged anything more.
To help save on your data spend, Showmax allows you to download up to 25 shows on the Showmax app on a tablet or phone to watch offline. Or use less data by adjusting the streaming quality so that you don’t use more than a certain amount of data while downloading or streaming.
Some of the stellar content available on Showmax includes all seasons of Game of Thrones, Seasons 1 to 12 of Keeping up with the Kardashians, the boxset of Girls, all seasons of Mr Robot, plus Channel Zero, American Gothic and loads more, with new series added every month.