Showmax and VAST are currently running a three-month trial at 83 VAST Wi-Fi hotspots across South Africa, which are mainly located at shopping malls and hospitals.
Chris Savides, Head of Showmax Africa, said:
“Thanks to the downloads feature on Showmax, this zero-rated data means much more than just having something to watch while you’re at the mall. Once you log onto one of the VAST Wi-Fi sites, download up to 25 TV shows or movies and the data won’t cost you a cent. Get your groceries at the shops and come home with the week’s entertainment sorted.”
Showmax apps for both Android and iOS smartphones and tablets support the downloads feature. Up to 25 TV shows or movies can be downloaded at once and will remain on the device for 30 days. Once started, viewers have 48 hours to finish viewing a particular piece of content.
Users have the option of four different file sizes, which is useful when memory storage space is limited. At the lowest quality setting, one 20-minute episode of The Big Bang Theory will take up around 80 MB of space.
Grant Marias, CEO at VAST Networks, said:
“Online video consumption, specifically on mobile devices, is growing rapidly in South Africa. With entertainment being one of the most sought-after content types, we are very excited to play a role in addressing this need and providing consumers with wider access to relevant content.
“Our efforts continue to be aimed at our ambition of democratising internet access and we look forward to supporting Showmax and delivering greater value to the South African market.”
A full list of sites is available here: https://www.showmax.com/eng/vast.
The internet TV phenomenon is taking off globally with more than 100 million people now streaming TV shows and movies. The ability to choose from an extensive and diverse catalogue of content, start and stop at will, and do this without interruption from adverts is proving highly attractive.
Showmax launched in 2015 and costs R99 per month. There’s no contract – the service can be cancelled at any time with zero penalty.