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Showmax introduces mobile money payment option



Colin Asiimwe (L) Head of Marketing at MultiChoice Uganda and Joa Kizza Semanda (R) the Public Relations and Communications Manager at MultiChoice Uganda, displaying a Showmax - MTN Mobile Money payment option placard.

Colin Asiimwe (L), Head of Marketing at MultiChoice Uganda and Joan Kizza Semanda, the Public Relations and Communications Manager at MultiChoice Uganda, displaying a Showmax – MTN Mobile Money payment option placard.

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MultiChoice Uganda has announced the addition of a mobile money payment option for the Showmax internet TV service. The announcement was made at a press briefing held at MultiChoice Uganda head Offices in Kololo on Monday.

Speaking at the briefing, Colin Asiimwe, the Head of Marketing at MultiChoice Uganda remarked that, “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” adding 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. No other international streaming service currently is integrated to provide this locally at the moment.”

“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,” Asiimwe revealed.

A 2020 Uganda Communications Commission report highlighted the growth of Mobile money accounts 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.

Asiimwe further explained that, “As part of enhancing the Showmax experience as well, we have also converted the currency billing on the website to 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.”

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. This internet-based TV streaming service is available in over 70 countries including Uganda.

Users 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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