ShowMax now supports Android TV, PS4 app ‘out soon’


Naspers-owned video streaming service ShowMax has today announced that it now fully supports Android TV devices.

This support comes courtesy of an updated Android app, which now allows users to watch streaming content “through a compatible Android media player or on a smart TV running Android TV software”.

Android TV was a OS launched by Google back in 2014, but doesn’t feature on too many media devices in South Africa. Still, if you happen to have an Android-based device like the CloudGate or Mi Box, the app should now play nice with your large TV.

Speaking of large screens, other additions made to the app include a buffed layout for larger screen use, added remote control support and the ability to play “higher resolution video”.

ShowMax now supports Android TV players and TVs with added support for large screens and remote control

“Our engineering department has been working flat-out to increase the number of devices that can play ShowMax, and this is the fifth major expansion since we launched ShowMax just over a year ago,” explains Barron Ernst, ShowMax’s CPO.

“It means that anyone with a compatible Android media player or smart TV running Android software can access ShowMax without having to invest in any new equipment.”

The app only runs on devices featuring Android Jelly Bean (4.1.0) or newer, so this is irrelevant for older hardware.

Still, it’s a nice addition to the company’s ever growing device support list.

What about those console apps?

According to ShowMax’s head of communications, Richard Boorman, the PlayStation 4 app should be expected soon. This after console apps were first hinted at back in September 2015.

“The PS4 app is currently in testing, so barring anything strange happening it should be out soon,” he reveals in an email to Memeburn.

As for the Xbox One app, it’s a little “further back” in the release pipeline.

“I don’t have an ETA on that yet,” he concludes.

Andy Walker, former editor


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