Showmax, a Netflix competitor, has launched in Kenya with M-PESA payments

South African Video on Demand service (VOD) Showmax has officially launched in Kenya. It has however, been available for use in Kenya since last year.

In Kenya Showmax has introduced mobile money payments via M-PESA but customers will also be able to pay via Credit Cards and Debit Cards for the Premium product.

Showmax will have two products in Kenya.

1. Showmax Premium – Ksh. 880 per month

Specs

Video resolution: HD 720p
Watch on 2 devices simultaneously
Register upto 5 devices that you can use the services
Supported platforms: Smart TV (Samsung & LG), Android, iOS, web, Apple TV, Chromecast
Payment methods: Credit Card, PayPal, M-PESA
Downloads: Download upto 25 shows and watch for a month

2. Showmax Select – Ksh. 330 per month

Specs

Video resolution: 526p
Watch on 1 device only
Register upto 5 devices that you can use the services
Supported platforms: Android, iOS, web, Apple TV, Chromecast
Payment methods: M-PESA only
Downloads: Download upto 25 shows and watch for a month

Showmax has over 10,000 hours of content and interestingly a lot of Kenyan and African content possibly sourced from their sister company DStv.

They have servers in data centres in Kenya which should speed up delivery of their content in Kenya. They are also working with Safaricom to launch a Showmax data bundle.

Showmax was launched in South Africa in August 2015 and is available in 36 countries in Africa and 65 countries worldwide.

Showmax will compete with Netflix in Kenya which has a bit of a headstart having launched here earlier.

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