How much data does ShowMax use ?
When given the option to read a news article or read a how-to manual verses pushing the Play button to watch the same content in a video format, most people opt for the latter.
“Why read and when you can push play ?” is how we think today as we gravitate towards YouTube in order to learn a new skill, understand the latest tech, watch a review or just be entertained with cats doing stupid things. (Check out my YouTube Channel for those things minus the cats)
In order to watch little 5 minutes video clips, a simple internet connection is required. However, when it comes to watching high-definition movies and TV series, broadband is ideal.
As more of South Africa’s streets and sidewalks are being dug up to allow for Fibre cable to be laid, neighbourhoods are finally getting connected to real-internet speed. Telkom is also doing their bit to upgrade exchanges to allow for VDSL which is much faster than traditional ADSL. Coupled with this mass connectivity, are companies who are offering internet services at much cheaper prices than ever before which result in more people being able to afford even the basic but decent internet connection.
Therefore, it is no surprise that the scene is set and the timing is right for localised video services and to answer that call, South Africa’s latest Video on Demand service called ShowMax has entered the market.
What is ShowMax?
ShowMax is a Video on Demand service that allow customers to watch videos and TV series from any device. No need to download the movie or torrent it (coz that’s illegal)
What kind on content does ShowMax have ?
ShowMax has more than 10 000 hours of video content from the latest TV Box series to movies with the Best of British shows, KykNET, kids channel and local South African content.
Is there any sport content on ShowMax ?
Can I watch ShowMax outside of South Africa ?
How can you watch ShowMax ?
You can access the ShowMax system via your computer at showmax.com or you can download the ShowMax app onto your mobile phone or tablet. It is available on Android, iOS and Smart TV devices such as the LG and Samsung
How much does ShowMax cost ?
There are two options:
- ShowMax Basic – This package gives you limited access to the ShowMax library.
- ShowMax Premium – This package gives you unlimited access to your favourite movies and series.
The Basic is FREE and the Premium subscription costs R99 per month and you get 7 day-trial which you can watch everything with no limitation.
You can pay for the service with your credit card or with a PayPal account.
What bandwidth is required to watch ShowMax ?
In order to have a decent experience with ShowMax content you need at least a 1mb line to stream content on one device. If you want to stream content in high-def and on multiple devices you will need a 2Mb or 4MB line. Essentially, the better your line the better the experience.
How much data does ShowMax use ?
This is the big question. I ran some tests on my 8mb ADSL line using my home WiFi and here is what I discovered:
I watched 10 min of Season1 / Episode 1: The Norwood Rapist on the Criminal Minds and it consumed 119mb. A normal TV series episode is around 22 minutes as we are watching it without the adverts and therefore it would be around 250mb. If you watch that in full HD then the data would be around 400mb.
A Movie in High-def would be between 1GB and 1,5GB as an estimate depending on quality and length of movie.
By way of comparison: a 10 min YouTube clip is around 50mb.
note: without a sanitised test-bed environment, these figures are estimates and based on my connection with my WiFi but do offer a representative quantity in a “normal” household. Many factor can sway these numbers such as your internet connection type, how close you are to the exchange, what else is being downloaded on your network at the same time, if you are wired verses using the WiFi etc.