Showmax 2.0 launch details revealed with slew of new shows and movies.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana.
Africa's leading entertainment company, MultiChoice has announced some of the local and international content launching on its revamped Showmax platform when it goes live in February 2024.
The relaunch will introduce three new plans: Showmax Premier League for mobile; Showmax Entertainment; and Showmax Entertainment Mobile.
The new Showmax is being built in partnership with Comcast-owned NBCUniversal and Sky and will be based on Comcast's Peacock streaming technology platform.
"2024 is a big year for Showmax," says CEO Marc Jury. "We will be kicking it off with a content slate packed with world-class entertainment from the world’s biggest brands plus more African Originals than ever before and the first ever mobile Premier League plan for Africa."
Over and above the heavy-hitting entertainment lineup, the new Showmax is launching the continent’s first standalone Premier League plan. Showmax Premier League will live stream all 380 matches, all the goals and all the unmissable drama of the world’s most popular football league - and all on mobile. Showmax Premier League will give individual mobile users in 40+ markets in Africa exclusive live access to every Premier League match, as well as in-depth analyses, highlights and an extensive library of Premier League content on their mobile devices. Powered by SuperSport, Showmax Premier League can be bundled with the Showmax Entertainment plans
"Already home to the three most nominated shows at next week's Emmys and the TV drama winner at last night's Golden Globes, Showmax will continue to draw titles from Banijay, BBC, eOne, Fremantle, HBO, ITV, Lionsgate, Paramount, Sony, and Warner Bros. Discovery," it stated.
At launch, international highlights will include Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning and Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse, two of the 10 biggest box office hits of 2023; the second season of Halo, express from the US; Lawman: Bass Reeves, from Yellowstone co-creator Taylor Sheridan and starring David Oyelowo in a Critics Choice- and Golden Globe-nominated performance; missing persons procedural Found, which was NBC's biggest launch on Peacock yet; Neill Blomkamp's #1 US box office hit Gran Turismo; and box sets of classic NBC comedies like The Office and Parks and Recreation.
Reality TV fans will be spoilt for choice, with Widows Unveiled; Sadau Sisters, led by Nigerian actress Rahama Sadau; Chocolate Kings, about male exotic dancers; Ghana-set dating show What Will People Say?; and new seasons of hits like The Mommy Club and The Real Housewives of Durban.
There's also high school drama Youngins, from iEmmy nominees Tshedza Pictures; university drama Wyfie; an epic drama series set in Igboland, Cheta’m; crime drama Koek; comedy Ekhaya Backpackers; Nigerian documentary series Free Men; and new seasons of hits like Flawsome (Nigeria), Single Kiasi (Kenya) and ENO (Ghana).
Showmax will be releasing four films for Valentine's Day: Forever Yena, Intlawulo and Matilda en Matthys from South Africa and The Counsellor from Nigeria.