For many, the lockdown (that South Africa is still under) was chance to catch up on some quality programming.
In just a few weeks we managed to plough through every available season of Mr Robot, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and House. Are we a little bit ashamed? Not even a little.
This is partly due to the fact that many South Africans were also binge watch content according to Showmax.
Much like Netflix, Showmax noted a drastic increase in the amount of time locals spent streaming in 2020. During the strictest lockdown, Showmax noted a 50 percent spike in active users and play events (when a user clicks play on a title) doubled.
The streaming platform also noted an increase in the number of movies folks watched during the week stating, “Ordinarily, movies tend to be more popular over weekends when people are at home”.
As for series, there are a number of heavy hitters in the list below. As Showmax is the only place to stream HBO titles in South Africa, legally, it comes as no surprise that Game of Thrones and True Blood appear on the list.
In alphabetical order, the most streamed series on Showmax for 2020 are:
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine
- Game of Thrones
- Good Karma Hospital
- Madam & Mercy
- Modern Family
- New Girl
- Ray Donovan
- Rick and Morty
- Sex and the City
- The Handmaid’s Tale
- The Walking Dead
- True Blood