TV and movie streaming service Showmax has teamed up with mobile network Vodacom in an interesting scheme to bring internet video subscriptions to the masses: you can now pay for your Showmax sub by adding it to your Vodacom account. What that means, says the company in a statement issued today, is that potential customers without credit cards can now access Showmax.

Importantly, pre-pay customers as well as those on contract will be able to take advantage of this payment method. So long as they have enough airtime loaded when the monthly sub is due, the account will be deducted accordingly.

A similar scheme was previously launched in Kenya.

The option to pay for Showmax’ Premium at R99 a month via your phone bill is being launched alongside a new bundle at half the price called Showmax Select. Select offers a reduced library focussing on local shows, and limits subscribers to standard definition streams (which the firm argues is more appropriate for mobile viewing anyway). Select subscribers can still download shows for offline viewing.

Interested? Go sign up over at

[Image from Shaka Zulu]
Adam is the Editorial Director at htxt media. He has been writing about technology for almost two full decades now. In a previous life, he was the editor of PC Format and Digital Camera Shopper in the UK, before going on to work as a freelance journalist for seven years. His work has appeared in or on Stuff, The Guardian, Linux Format, TechRadar,, PC Gamer, Green Futures, The Journalist, The Ecologist and The Review. Adam moved to South Africa in 2012 and loves 3D printers, MakerFairs and tech hubs. He hates seafood. None of his friends remember this when cooking.