Previously only available on Android, iOS users will now be able to download their TV shows and movies while on WiFi and data, to watch when their device is disconnected from the Internet.

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This means that instead of always needing Internet connectivity to watch shows streamed from the ShowMax app, you can now download a set number of shows and movies, and watch them anytime you want, without the need for internet access.

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ShowMax South Africa General Manager, John Kotsaftis explains that:
The internet connection is the challenge for many South Africans. Not everyone has fast internet access throughout the day or can afford to stream using a mobile connection. The beauty of this new download feature is that as long as you’re connected at some point, perhaps using a public WiFi hotspot, at work, or a night-time mobile data bundle, then you can still use ShowMax to get shows and movies
A total of 25 movies and TV shows can be downloaded and stored at any given time, and you will be given 30 days to watch this downloaded content before it is automatically deleted off the device. You can however just re-download any content that gets deleted, as long as it is still part of the ShowMax library. There is also a 48 hour time limit to finish watching anything you started in your download list.
ShowMax iOS downloads 2We don’t subscribe to the one-size-fits-all mentality. South Africa isn’t a carbon copy of the rest of the world – we don’t have the same connectivity options as other countries and we don’t necessarily want exactly the same content.
We’ve gone out of our way to add features making ShowMax accessible to as many South Africans as possible. We introduced vouchers at major retailers so you don’t need a credit card, and we’ve added downloads so you can still use ShowMax even if you don’t have the best internet connection. It’s all about giving local consumers what they need.
To take advantage of this feature on iOS, users will have to just update the ShowMax app to the latest version.