Showmax Brings BBC World News Following Queen Elizabeth II’s Death


Showmax users across sub-Saharan Africa now have access to live broadcasting from BBC World News until 23 September 2022, which will include a live stream of the funeral of Britain’s longest-serving monarch at Westminster Abbey on Wednesday, 19 September at 1 PM.

The live news channel will be available to all subscribers regardless of their plan.

Although Showmax doesn’t usually offer live news channels, the Showmax Pro plan includes live news from Euronews, Africanews, and Newzroom Afrika; KTN News, KBC, NTV, and K24 for Kenya only; GTV, TV3, Adom TV, UTV, and GHOne for Ghana only; and SABC News for South Africa only as a standard fixture.

The Pro plan also has other perks, such as live games streams, including football from major leagues in Europe, such as the EPL and La Liga.

From time to time, Showmax makes additional live channels available to subscribers, including Big Brother Naija. In 2021, Showmax streamed the pop-up tribute channel dedicated to Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.

While the video streaming platform may be expensive for some, Showmax has since partnered with Safaricom to offer mobile plans.

The ordinary plan costs KES 300 and comes with 1 GB of data. Streaming maxes out at SD quality, which is more than enough for watching films and TV shows.

Those who want to access more services, such as news and games live streams can pay KES 1300 for a mobile plan. Safaricom then adds customers 3 GB of data for streaming. It is a cheaper option than paying KES 2100 for Showmax Pro for other devices.

Both plans are limited to one screen.

While I love Showmax, it is high time that the platform bumped up the number of screens from 2 to 4 or higher just like Netflix’s priciest plan (KES 1450, although it doesn’t have live channels), and quality from HD to at least 4K.

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