By Staff Writer
Internet TV service, Showmax, and Africa’s first open access Wi-Fi provider, VAST Networks (VAST), have partnered to zero-rate Wi-Fi data for streaming and downloading TV shows and movies on Showmax.
Showmax and VAST are currently running a three-month trial at 83 VAST Wi-Fi hotspots across South Africa, which are mainly located at shopping malls and hospitals.
Showmax apps for both Android and iOS smartphones and tablets support the downloads feature. Up to 25 TV shows or movies can be downloaded at once and will remain on the device for 30 days. Once started, viewers have 48 hours to finish viewing a particular piece of content.
Users have the option of four different file sizes, which is useful when memory storage space is limited. At the lowest quality setting, one 20-minute episode of The Big Bang Theory will take up around 80 MB of space.
“Our efforts continue to be aimed at our ambition of democratising internet access and we look forward to supporting Showmax and delivering greater value to the South African market,” said Grant Marias, CEO at VAST Networks.