With all the streaming services around the world, there’s no stopping the streaming war that has been going around for quite some time now. However, there’s a triple threat match in South Africa, consisting of Netflix, Amazon Prime, and none other than Showmax. The South African service has shown to be quite a competitor in terms of quality content and live sports. However, it’s only accessible to a few due to geo-restrictions and one tough proxy blocker, which we’re going to change today. Here’s how you can watch Showmax anywhere in the world.
Showmax has reached global status by expanding its reach to several countries across the world. As of now, Showmax is available in around 36 countries in Africa and the following countries abroad:
With all these countries combined, we can confirm that Showmax is accessible in more than 65 countries globally. However, as the service is available, not all of its content is.
As a matter of fact, Showmax applies geo-blocking, assigning specific catalogs to each and every country on the list above. The channel examines a user’s IP address to determine his/her location. If the user is in a supported country, Showmax will present the corresponding library.
If not, this geo-error message will appear based on the region the streamer is residing in. For example, if the user is in Canada, the error message will be as such:
“Showmax is not yet available in Canada.”
So far, the South African catalog is the richest and it’s the one we’re going to be unblocking today in this guide. We’re also going to be showing our readers how to unblock the channel if it’s not available in their region. But first, let’s talk about another problem they might face.
Showmax – The VPN Blocking Nightmare
A lot of users might state how easy it is to circumvent the geo-restrictions applied by Showmax. However, as of 2020, it’s not a simple task anymore. Showmax has started blocking VPN providers (even the top ones in the industry).
To be exact, we examined South African servers using a couple of big VPN names, all to no avail. Showmax kept blocking our attempt as it has determined that our traffic was coming from a Virtual Private Network’s server.
The moment we visited the website, this proxy error appeared:
“Connection Not Allowed. Proxy or unblocking service detected. Please disable and try again.”
This is a huge problem because, as we mentioned, the best in the VPN business has fallen victim to this blocking mechanism. One would wonder if there’s any service that can unblock the channel now. Well, wonder no more. After a lot of tests, we found the best VPN for the job.
VPN Block Circumvented – Showmax Anywhere
A Virtual Private Network is a tool that applies extra security and anonymity to a user’s browsing activities. With military-grade encryption and top-notch privacy features, web surfing has never been any safer.
However, another thing a VPN is capable of is faking the connected individual’s location. No, it’s not how a fake GPS works. A VPN reroutes the users’ traffic through a server in a country of their choosing. Once connected, the VPN assigns them an IP address in the region, marking them as current virtual residents there.
As a result, they’ll be able to access any restricted channel/website in the territory no matter where they physically reside. For example, if they connect to a South African server, they get an IP address in South Africa, gaining access to the likes of Showmax, DStv, and other South African services wherever they may be.
As we mentioned, we tested a lot of VPNs in order to update this guide and give you what you’re looking for. As of June 25th, 2020, the only VPNs capable of unblocking Showmax outside South Africa are BulletVPN and Unlocator.
The following steps include BulletVPN as its the one we decided to use for this test. Here we go:
First, sign up with BulletVPN. It’s risk-free and guarantees a refund within 30 days of purchase.
Next, download and install the BulletVPN application on the device you’re using. There are dedicated clients on almost any major operating system available.
Activate the app, sign in with your VPN credentials, and open the server list.
BulletVPN has 15 servers in South Africa. Choose any one of them.
Wait for the VPN to establish a connection and launch Showmax.
Stream Showmax anywhere in the world with BulletVPN. Here’s the end result.
As seen in the image above, BulletVPN managed to bypass the VPN blocking technique Showmax is using now. The screen is black because of copyright laws. It’s called HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection), – a system designed to prevent the unauthorized copying of digital video content just like what Netflix, Disney Plus, and Hulu apply.
Moreover, we have to note that the same results were achieved using Unlocator as well. So, whether you choose BulletVPN or Unlocator, you’ll be getting Showmax wherever you are.
Showmax Unblocked – Smart DNS Alternative
Smart DNS proxy is a means to bypass regional restrictions without losing the speed aspect. Whenever a user connects to a VPN (All of them), a drop in the connection speed occurs.
A VPN reroutes user traffic and encrypts it. This takes a toll on the connection speed and if the VPN doesn’t optimize its servers enough, it could ruin the whole streaming experience.
BulletVPN and Unlocator do offer servers capable of maintaining perfect speeds, allowing users to stream content in UHD. However, some of us are very picky, which brings us to Smart DNS:
Both of the services offer Smart DNS proxies, which reroute some of the user’s traffic without changing their IP address or encrypting their data. While that sacrifices the added security, it does allow streaming at maximum speed.
Smart DNS can also be configured on almost any device out there. That includes PC, Mac, iOS, Android, Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick, Smart TVs, and more.
Since Smart DNS doesn’t change one’s IP address, he/she can navigate between their local channels and geo-restricted ones simultaneously.
BulletVPN and Unlocator offer one of the best Smart DNS services in the industry. Unlocator, however, started off as a Smart DNS service and offers it as a standalone subscription for a cheaper fee.
If you wish to unblock restricted channels without the need for an extra layer of security, Unlocator is your choice. On the other hand, if you’re a security-minded user, you’re better off with BulletVPN or Unlocator VPN.
You might ask yourself: What makes Showmax so special? Why would we go through all of this trouble just to unblock a single channel? Well, two words, The Content. Here’s what Showmax offers:
The Plot Against America
Rick and Morty
Game of Thrones
OJ: Made in America
Compatible Devices with Showmax
Aside from Showmax’s rich content library, the service is available on a wide range of streaming devices. That includes:
Samsung Smart TV
Samsung Tizen Smart TVs (2015 and later)
DStv Explora (South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria only)
PlayStation 4 (South Africa Only)
Showmax Anywhere – Final Words
Millions of people use VPN every day to unblock geo-blocked streaming sites like Showmax outside South Africa around the world. Surely there is a learning curve involved, but that is not something you should be overly worried about, even if you are not that tech-savvy.
With a VPN, getting around restrictions and accessing the internet the way it is meant to be is easy. Now, let us know how your experience was with Showmax in the comments below. Also, if you have any more questions, drop them there as well.
About The Author
Streaming gadgets geek. Interested in every little thing there is to know about bypassing regional restrictions. An avid believer in the right to protect online privacy. Charles has also reviewed plenty of VPN service providers and knows how to separate the good apples from the bad ones.
August 31st, 2020 Update: In case you're having trouble accessing Showmax from abroad, sign up with BulletVPN. User feedback and my tests have confirmed that their South African servers are working for both live and on-demand content.