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Downloading TV shows and movies over free Wi-Fi on ShowMax

ShowMax allows subscribers to download a combined total of 25 TV shows and movies using the ShowMax app on tablets and smartphones to watch offline later.

Content stored on these devices is available for up to 30 days, and once viewing of a show or movie has started, the user has a 48-hour window to finish watching it.

You can watch downloaded content as many times as you like within 48 hours of starting the first playback, and the same content can be downloaded again if needed.

This feature is aimed at addressing one of the major hurdles facing South African consumers: the cost and availability of Internet connectivity.

“Not everyone has fast Internet access throughout the day or can afford to stream using a mobile connection,” said ShowMax South Africa General Manager John Kotsaftis.

“The beauty of this download feature is that as long as you’re connected at some point, perhaps using a public Wi-Fi hotspot, then you can still use ShowMax to get shows and movies.”

This ShowMax download feature is particularly suited to free Wi-Fi hotspots, like the municipal connectivity services which are offered to citizens.

  • The City of Tshwane’s free Wi-Fi programme, which already has hundreds of hotspots, is the largest on the continent.
  • The City of Cape Town already has over 200 free Wi-Fi hotspots, and is planning to continue this roll-out this year.
  • The City of Johannesburg already has over 130 free Wi-Fi hotspot locations, and is planning to roll out 1,000 hotspots in the Joburg area.
  • Free Wi-Fi came to residents of Gauteng’s East Rand last year, as the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality started to roll out its connectivity programme at public facilities.
  • In Cape Town MyCiTi has launched a free Wi-Fi pilot on a number of buses in its fleet that operate in the Cape Town city centre.
  • In June this year Nelson Mandela Bay residents received free Wi-Fi services, thanks to a project which aims to make the municipality the first metro in Africa to have full residential Wi-Fi coverage.

Many other projects, including a national plan to increase broadband penetration through Wi-Fi access, are giving South Africans free Internet access.

Not to be outdone, many restaurants and shopping malls are offering free Wi-Fi access to attract customers.

These free Wi-Fi hotspots are a perfect way to download the latest TV shows and movies using the ShowMax app, and save on data costs.

You can sign up for a free ShowMax trial here: Free ShowMax trial.

This article was published in partnership with ShowMax.

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