Netflix vs ShowMax – the battle lines are drawn

What does South Africa’s main competitor – Naspers owned ShowMax – make of Netflix’s entry into the market?

ShowMax launched its own Netflix-like subscription video on demand (SVOD) service in August last year.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Richard Boorman, Head of Communications for ShowMax.

Scroll down for quotes from the audio below.

ShowMax subscriptions are actually growing on the back on Netflix’s launch.

Richard Boorman, Head of Communications for ShowMax

If you want the latest movies, get DSTV. If you want to gorge on ‘Breaking Bad’ get ShowMax.

Richard Boorman, Head of Communications for ShowMax

We have a lot of local content.

Richard Boorman, Head of Communications for ShowMax

Subscribe to our Business Wrap Newsletter

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Google’s YouTube to take on Netflix and Amazon with streaming service

Google’s YouTube to take on Netflix and Amazon with streaming service

YouTube is aiming to get rights for streaming TV series and movies to compete with the likes of Netflix Inc. and Amazon.com.

Yet another Netflix-like video-on-demand (VOD) service launches in South Africa

Yet another Netflix-like video-on-demand (VOD) service launches in South Africa

TechCentral Editor Duncan McLeod discusses the new players in this space as well as the ones closing down.

Naspers launches Showmax, a Netflix-like video on demand service

Naspers launches Showmax, a Netflix-like video on demand service

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed John Kotsaftis, CEO of DStv Digital Media – Showmax.

Naspers to launch its own streaming service. You snooze you lose, Netflix?

Naspers to launch its own streaming service. You snooze you lose, Netflix?

Naspers will launch its own streaming service more than a year ahead of Netflix.

Is Naspers too dependent on Tencent?

Is Naspers too dependent on Tencent?

We interviewed Naspers CEO Bob van Dijk about the perceived over-reliance of his company on Chinese behemoth Tencent.

Naspers owned Tencent now world’s 11th the most valuable brand (1st in China)

Naspers owned Tencent now world’s 11th the most valuable brand (1st in China)

Internet services company Tencent Holdings, in which Naspers has a 34 percent stake, has surpassed Facebook in brand value.

Naspers owned Tencent buys stake in Kim Kardashian game developer Glu Mobile

Naspers owned Tencent buys stake in Kim Kardashian game developer Glu Mobile

The Chinese tech-firm will pay R1.5bn for a 15 percent stake in the US developer famous for its hit "Kim Kardashian: Hollywood”.

Yet another analyst agrees; Naspers is one heck of a great investment right now

Yet another analyst agrees; Naspers is one heck of a great investment right now

First Avenue Investment Management analyst Nadim Mohamed is the latest in a string of experts to sing Naspers’ praises.

How once tiny Afrikaans publisher Naspers became an emerging market juggernaut

How once tiny Afrikaans publisher Naspers became an emerging market juggernaut

Bruce Whitfield speaks to historian Professor Lizette Rabe about the story of the Nasionale Pers.

Popular articles
An expert guide on 'hotwifing' and 'cuckolding' in the bedroom

An expert guide on 'hotwifing' and 'cuckolding' in the bedroom

Clinical sexologist Dr Eve shares insights into sexual fetishes and how partners negotiate them in their bedroom and relationship.

[Watch] John Maytham shuts down victim shamer on air

[Watch] John Maytham shuts down victim shamer on air

A caller wanted to know what the alleged victim had done in order for Grace Mugabe to assault her.

Cape officials to harvest 500 million litres of new water a day

Cape officials to harvest 500 million litres of new water a day

Mayor of Cape Town speaks to CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies about plans to provide more water amidst the ongoing drought.

LISTEN:  Reformed car hijacker sheds light on hijacking underworld

LISTEN: Reformed car hijacker sheds light on hijacking underworld

This reformed car hijacker was convicted for hijacking, robbery and murder and served almost 16 years jail time. Hear his story.

Journos walk out of Bathabile Dlamini's briefing after 2 hour wait

Journos walk out of Bathabile Dlamini's briefing after 2 hour wait

EWN's Gia Nicolaides says journalists walked out of the media briefing on social grants after waiting for hours for her to arrive.

3 emergency numbers you should have on speed dial and how they work

3 emergency numbers you should have on speed dial and how they work

These are the emergency numbers you should have on your cellphone and this is what you must understand about how they work.