How Netflix compares to Showmax - price and content

Chris

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How Netflix compares to Showmax - price and content

South Africans are spoiled for choice when it comes to streaming video services.

Netflix, Showmax, and Amazon Prime Video each offer thousands of great movies and series to South African viewers.

Aside from these big players, South Africans also have access to Apple TV+, Mubi, Crunchyroll, and Acorn TV.
 

Raphael123

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In what world can Showmax compare to Netflix is the question that begs....
 

bwana

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South Africans are spoiled for choice when it comes to streaming video services.
Hardly. You're missing out on a lot of quality streaming platforms. Hulu, Disney, HBO, NowTV...
 

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Or how about last night when you go to watch sport on Showmax Pro to be met with a screen to upgrade your account. I've never had Netflix deny me access to content I've paid for
 

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Or how about last night when you go to watch sport on Showmax Pro to be met with a screen to upgrade your account. I've never had Netflix deny me access to content I've paid for
Sometimes they prompt you to log in again after a while using the same device... Are you sure they said resubscribe or re-log in?
 

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Sometimes they prompt you to log in again after a while using the same device... Are you sure they said resubscribe or re-log in?

Definitely resubscribe. Took me to their to select a package. As per their email support that was an issue with some users

Movies and series worked just fine, only the sport didn't work
 

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I have both and I watch showmax more at the moment. Next month it may swing in in the other direction when I finish a series or two. Showmax keeps up surprisingly well. If you like BBC productions they tend to have better content than Netflix.
 

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I have both and I watch showmax more at the moment. Next month it may swing in in the other direction when I finish a series or two. Showmax keeps up surprisingly well. If you like BBC productions they tend to have better content than Netflix.
For now. I suspect as soon as their BBC contract expires Britbox will be launching in SA, which should be sometime this year according to MyBB
 

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I'm loving Netflix, Amazon Prime is a distant second.

So many series on Netflix have been great. The Witcher, Lost In Space, Altered Carbon and Black Mirror have all been a blast.

I watched The Expanse on Amazon Prime Video. Very decent production, very nice UHD streaming. Possibly the best sci-fi out there right now. 10/10, worth a second (third, fourth...) watch.

Showmax is okay, meaning if there's a show there you want to watch then it works well enough. The trick though is finding something you like that's not greater than 5 years old, lol.

I feel like Viu is the hobo in the alley nobody talks about with all its SABC soaps and Indian dramas.
 
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Jefferson D'Arcy

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I've junked Netflix and was pleasantly surprised by the Showmax catalogue.

Netflix, at least the ZA instance, has degraded into a tiresome array of woke nonsense shoehorned into every new title which they produce, endless comic book stuff, 3rd tier Spanish and Mexican junk, pre-2010 Hollywood dross and real crime stories dragged out into 12 boring episodes when 3 would tie it up nicely. The odd gem like Queen's Gambit doesn't justify the subscription for me.

Showmax has poor resolution, awful sound and an atrocious implementation on Samsung TVs (I've never known an app to be so poor) but having pretty much the full HBO catalogue is great and you get at least 2-3 primo quality British or American series every month and decent, relatively new films.
 
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