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Subscribers to the premium tier of MultiChoice’s pay-TV platform DStv in South Africa will now be able to access online streaming services from sister company Showmax for no extra charge.

showmax 12 Sept 2017The news follows recent reports that Showmax’s operations in Africa are to be merged with MultiChoice’s DStv Digital Media, after a letter was reportedly sent to staff by Imtiaz Patel, CEO of the video entertainment arm of parent company Naspers.

Previously available for ZAR99 a month, Showmax’ TV and movie catalogue can now be accessed on-demand via the DStv Explora decoder or the DStv Now app, on a range of connected devices.

“More and more customers are telling us they love to binge-watch box sets on DStv Catch Up and Showmax. It’s the way the world is moving and that’s why we're offering all our Premium customers Showmax, so they can enjoy this exceptional experience,” said Mark Rayner, CEO of MultiChoice South Africa.

This may be the start of the reported move for Showmax Africa and DStv Digital Media to be brought together in Africa to create a new digital division.

Series exclusive to the Showmax video-on-demand (VOD) platform include The Young Pope, starring Jude Law and Diane Keaton; Taboo, starring Tom Hardy; and Younger, which has been likened to Sex and the City; MMA action drama Kingdom starring Nick Jonas; and Dr Who spinoff Class. The third season of Mr Robot will be added weekly from October, and all seven series of HBO’s Game of Thrones will be available to view.

The DStv Now app already provides a live streaming service with more than 70 channels to the Premium pack subscribers. Of these channels 12 will deliver live sports streams, courtesy of Nasper’s network SuperSport, and 19 new live channels have been added to the digital service since April. It has also been made available to DStv Compact and Compact Plus subscribers in recent months.

A Showmax subscription provides for access to two concurrent streams on different devices, as well as the option to download up to 25 TV shows and movies to a mobile device for offline viewing later. DStv Premium customers can use up to four mobile devices to access the DStv Now app.