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Finally, a compelling video-on-demand service for SA

It was reported yesterday that Naspers, which owns DStvis now launching its own video streaming service, ShowMax, which will take on the VIDI service owned by Times Media Group.

Stephen speaks to tech expert, Editor of Stuff Magazine, Toby Shapshak about what the entry of ShowMax means for DStv, as well as what the landscape looks like for video streaming in South Africa.

Shapshak clarifies that it offers a service similar to that Netflix, which is more of an obvious competitor than DStv. He says that it is in fact 'a clever video-on-demand streaming service that costs only R99 a month'.

Says Shapshak:

The compelling part of it is that the content of it is going to be very good. There's been a lot of excitement about Netflix coming to the country but the problem with Netflix is that it doesn't have current content (it has a back catalogue). What ShowMax has done is to get a lot of current content and the latest HBO stuff, like Game of Thrones and the Sopranos, as well as local content.

Toby Shapshak, Editor of Stuff Magazine

Aside from having compelling content, it is also cheap, user-friendly and will function off a computer as well as smartphones.

Toby Shapshak, Editor of Stuff Magazine

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