ShowMax Arrives on Android TV (and some Google TVs)

The media service ShowMax, the “biggest collection of SA entertainment” (South Africa), is an over-the-top streaming service that launched last year. For $9 / month, you will have access to plenty of content.

The app is now coming to Android TV, and is part of a big expansion in the company’s development.

It means that anyone with a compatible Android media player or smart TV running Android software can access ShowMax without having to invest in any new equipment.
-Barron Ernst ShowMax CPO

An article from Memeburn states the app will support as low as Jelly Bean (Android 4.1), meaning it should work on some Google TVs as well. The Leanback library supports as low as Android 4.2, so this app probably uses a custom UI better suited to their customers. The TV app will include an interface suitable for TVs, with DPAD-based navigation, as well as the ability to stream higher-quality video.

The service should be coming to the Xbox and PlayStation later.

As far as the app, it’s free to download on Google Play, though there’s a paid subscription. If you just want to try it out, you can sign up for a free trial.

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Nick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he's not studying, he is a software developer for the web and Android (Felker Tech). He has several open source projects on GitHub (http://github.com/fleker) Devices: Moto G-2013 Moto G-2015, Moto 360, Google ADT-1, Nexus 7-2013 (x2), Lenovo Laptop, Custom Desktop. Although he was an intern at Google, the content of this blog is entirely independent and his own thoughts.

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