Showmax is now available on Sony’s popular PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro
gaming consoles through a dedicated app, the Naspers-owned video-streaming
company said on Wednesday.
TechCentral reported that the app is currently only available in South Africa.
It supports supports bandwidth capping, allowing subscribers to limit the amount of
data used to watch shows and movies. Bandwidth capping works by reducing video
quality, meaning less data is consumed.
“Our apps team has a very simple mandate: give customers the choice to watch
Showmax however and whenever works best for them. By adding the app for the PS4,
the world’s best-selling gaming console, we’re aiming to broaden the appeal of
Showmax and get even more people using our service,’ said Showmax Africa head
Chris Savides in a statement.
To watch Showmax via the PS4, users need to sign up for the service, then visit the
PlayStation Store on the PS4 and download and install the app. They then sign into
the app using the same e-mail address and password they used to sign up for
Each Showmax account allows for viewing shows on two different devices
simultaneously. Showmax’s smartphone and tablet apps support downloads, meaning
that subscribers can start watching on their PS4 and then continue viewing when on
the move and not connected to the Internet, the company said in the statement.
Naspers launched Showmax, a rival to international services such as Netflix and
Amazon Prime Video, in 2015. It is now available in about 70 countries.