MultiChoice Uganda Partners With MTN To Offer Mobile Money Payment Options For Showmax Customers

MultiChoice Uganda Partners With MTN To Offer Mobile Money Payment Options For Showmax Customers

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By Spy Uganda

Kampala: MultiChoice Uganda, the home of great Pay TV entertainment and telecom giant MTN have announced the addition of a mobile money payment options for the Showmax internet TV service. The announcement was made at a press briefing held at MultiChoice Uganda head Offices in Kololo yesterday.

Showmax is an internet TV service that boasts of a uni­que combination of hit African content, first and exclusive international series, the best kids’ shows, and live sport.

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This internet-based TV streaming service is available in over 70 countries including Uganda MultiChoice becomes the First and Only International Streaming Service to offer the payment option

During a presser at their Kololo head office, Colin Asiimwe, the Head of Marketing at MultiChoice Uganda noted that the purpose of this partnership is meant to make payments easy for Showmax services.

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“Our commitment to continually drive value, proximity and access to great entertainment remains unwavering, this is part of the reason why it wasn’t just important to launch Showmax in Uganda, but to also work towards making it accessible to as many Ugandans as possible through our partnership with the MTN MOMO service,” Asiimwe Said.

He further revealed that being the first major international streaming service to offer local payment options is also a sign of our commitment to Uganda’s entertainment landscape adding that no other international streaming service currently is integrated to provide this locally at the moment.

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“The Showmax offering has been augmented to include a wide sports offering featuring all 380 English Premier League games, Serie A, La Liga Santander, French and Us Open tournaments, Tour de France and many other documentaries and news services,” he revealed.

In the same vein Asiimwe revealed that unlike previously where Showmax customers used to pay in dollars, multichoice has now converted the currency billing to Ugandan shilling to simplify payments.

“As part of enhancing the Showmax experience as well, we have also converted the currency billing on the website to Uganda shillings (UGX). This is also part of the journey simplification for our customers where their credit and debit card payments will now be billed in UGX instead of the previously used USD currency,” he said.

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“Customers can subscribe to the Showmax service by visiting the www.showmax.com using their smart TVs, smartphones, tablets, computers, media players and gaming consoles.  They can also manage their data consumption using the bandwidth capping feature, download shows to smartphones and tablets to watch later offline among other key unique features,” Asiimwe said.

Platform prices and packages will be as listed below:

View Platform Plan Cost(UGX)
1 Device (Mobile-Only) Showmax (General Entertainment) 15,200
Showmax Pro Mobile (Includes General Entertainment and Sports) 33,600
5 Devices Showmax (General Entertainment) 30,300
Showmax Pro (Includes General Entertainment and Sports) 67,200

According to the Uganda Communications Commission report in 2020, Mobile money accounts have increased to over 25 million. This growth saw the registered accounts grow from 24.7 million in December 2019 to 25.4 million in March 2020, an indication that mobile money is a highly sought channel for conducting transactions and is a worthwhile addition for the brand’s subscribers.

Customers on the Showmax platform can create up to 6 profiles for the members of their household under a single account with each profile having its own watch lists and personalized recommendations based on its own viewing behaviour. The profiles have a parental control level which filters out content above the age limit, and an optional PIN to manage access.

Individuals can personalize their Showmax accounts by editing their profiles, which can be done through signing onto the Showmax website, selecting the account on the top menu bar under your user name, the page will default to overview where one will see all the options related to the account, then select account details on the left-hand navigation menu and make the necessary changes including the name, location, contact details and password.

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