MultiChoice has been a leading content provider and streaming provider in Kenya for decades. DStv and Showmax now cover most of your entertainment needs. Although DStv and Showmax share most of their content, there are differences that distinguish them. Here’s what you need to know when deciding which platform to choose.
Kenya’s Showmax vs DStv – Which Should You Get?
show max Internet TV streaming service accessible at internet connection device Tablets, laptops, smartphones, game consoles, media players, smart TVs, and more.
Anyone can sign up for Showmax. No need to use DStv.
DStv customers can also watch Showmax on their TV via Internet-connected DStv Explora. For DStv Premium customers, Showmax is bundled with the Premium subscription price. This means unlimited access to Showmax’s vast catalog of movies, series, children’s shows and documentaries at no additional cost.
Subscribers with all other DStv subscriptions (Compact, Compact Plus, Access, Family) can purchase Showmax at a 50% discount.
Showmax Pro vs DStv Premium
Showmax has an enhanced version of their streaming service called Showmax Pro. In addition to the existing movies and series offered by Showmax, we also offer a selection of live sports, music channels and news.
The Showmax Pro package comes in two forms, regular form for KES 2100 and Pro Mobile form for KES 1050. DStv Premium is priced at KES 8,900. Currently, there are no special benefits for DStv subscribers with Showmax Pro or Showmax Pro Mobile packages.
Both Showmax Pro and DStv Premium offer a rich selection of sports-related content beyond live games. The Showmax Pro is much cheaper, but the Showmax Pro’s selection of sports isn’t as extensive as his DStv Premium.
Here is the range of sports you can currently get with Showmax Pro:
- Football: English Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, FA Cup, UEFA Europa League, UEFA European Conference League, Premier Soccer League, etc.
- Motorsports: MotoGP, Dakar Rally, NASCAR Cup and more
- Tennis: All Grand Slam and ATP Tour Events
- Athletics: Diamond League, World Challenge League, etc.
- Running: Berlin, Boston, London, NYC, Soweto Marathon, etc.
- Cycling: Tour de France, WorldTour events and more
- Boxing: IBF, WBA, WBO, WBC, some of the African boxing events
- Others: triathlon, gymnastics, squash
DStv Premium includes live sports, commentary, magazine programming and more. These include golf tours, cricket series and Formula One. Most sports enthusiasts will find Showmx Pro content well covered. However, if you are a fan of some other sports, you may be disappointed if you miss them.
not so hard choice
However, given that price difference, I have to say that the Showmax Pro wins. While multichoice is hesitant to cannibalize their products, they are constantly adding new and exciting events to the Showmax Pro catalog. This means that most, if not all, of DStv’s content will soon be available through Showmax Pro.
So are the KES 2100 and KES 8900 pretty much the same? Easy decision.