What is it?

NETFLIX, SHOWMAX and Amazon instant Video are the  most popular online streaming services in South Africa,  offering a VAST catalogue of series and movies on demand. and for more information.


What can I watch NETFLIX, SHOWMAX  or Amazon prime on?


Netflix and  Showmax and Amozone Prime are available on most Samsung smart TV’s

On Windows computers

On iPads and android devices

NETFLIX and AMAZONE PRIME is available on Apple TV (which is a small black console that attaches to your TV)

So what do you do if you do not have a smart TV but you want to watch NETFLIX on the TV.

First your TV must be high definition and have a HDMI port.

Then you can add an apple TV box, and then watch NETFLIX through the apple TV.

If you have an Explora DSTV decoder you can connect it to the internet and watch SHOWMAX through the decoder.

What Internet speed do I need?

The media says a 4 Meg line is fine, but I disagree, if you want a decent sharp image you should have a 10 meg line or faster, remember a 10 meg line won’t always actually give you 10 meg, go to and do a speed test, as long as you are getting 5 meg or over actual download speed you should be fine.


How much data do I need?

Well that depends on how much streaming you do.

The other month I binge watched and I reached 100 gig in the third week of the month, I’m with Telkom so I just topped up and I was fine again, Data is constantly coming down in price, so just top up when you reach your cap.

How much does it cost?

SHOWMAX  basic package costs just over R100 per month (at time of writing) BUT IS FREE VIA YOUR EXPLORA DECODER if you are a premium subscriber.

NETFLIX depends on how many devices you want to watch it on. NETFLIX price is determined in $ so it depends in the exchange rate but less than R200

Amazone prime is $3 per month

How can Mr Satellite help.

First you need to ensure that you have internet of at least a 5 meg line, and then ensure that you are either uncapped or are in a position to use 20gig or more a month, phone Telkom or your internet service provider to ensure the above is in place as we cannot help you with this stage.

Once this in place the Mr Satellite can help in the following ways.

We can set up a simple internet connection to your Smart TV.

We can connect your Explora decoder to the internet (hard wire or wireless) and you can then watch SHOWMAX through the explora (requires SHOWMAX subscription.)

Or we can wire up your entire home, providing hard wired internet LAN points as well as WIFI access points as required.

The advantages of having a LAN and WIFI network are far greater than just being able to watch NETFLIX or SHOWMAX.

How much is this going to cost me?

Depends on what infrastructure you require, we are not the cheapest, we pride ourselves on using quality cable and products and providing bespoke custom top class installations, so we may be a bit more expensive in the short term, but the benefit of you having a top class reliable installation, that’s been done by professional installers will far out way the frustrations that you may experience if you had done it on the cheap.

Call me David Shadford on 0832615290 to discuss your requirements.

Email or phone 0832615290 for a free consultation


Customers with internet-connected DStv Exploras will be able to access ShowMax, a subscription video on demand service, which offers the biggest library of box sets of the best international and local TV series in Africa – let the binge watching begin!

While DStv offers the freshest local and international content directly from Hollywood, as well as live sport and news, through live television and DStv Catch Up; ShowMax offers complete box sets of previous seasons of series so customers can watch from the very first episode.

Mark Rayner, CEO of MultiChoice South Africa, explained the thinking behind adding ShowMax to the Explora: “Our customers have told us they would like to see the previous seasons of shows that are currently on DStv. Adding ShowMax to the DStv Explora puts the entire history of the best TV shows in one place for you to watch from the very beginning – you see the latest season on DStv, and can binge on previous seasons on ShowMax. For example, the latest season 6 of Game of Thrones is showing now on DStv and DStv Catch Up, whereas previous seasons 1-5 are available as box sets on ShowMax.”

The DStv Explora will now offer a richly varied and comprehensive video on demand experience, comprising of a movie rental service through BoxOffice, which offers the freshest blockbuster movies; an extensive Catch Up service (further enhanced when the Explora is connected to the internet); and a library of box sets from the ShowMax service. This gives DStv customers the freedom to watch what they want, when they are ready.

“The DStv Explora is our flagship decoder, manufactured entirely in South Africa. It was built with the future in mind and when we launched it, we committed to continuously push the innovation envelope and grow the functionality to enhance our customers’ viewing experience. Since its launch in 2013, the DStv Explora has been changing the way South Africans watch television. Adding ShowMax to the DStv Explora is an extension of this vision,” commented Mark.

Any DStv customer with an active DStv Explora can access ShowMax, regardless of which DStv package they have.

How to get ShowMax on your DStv Explora

The first thing you’ll need to do is connect your Explora to the internet, which can be done either by Ethernet cable or using our WiFi Connector. For more info, go to Connect your DStv Explora<>

The updated software to accommodate ShowMax will be rolled out to all active DStv Exploras over the next week.

Then you’ll need to sign up to ShowMax. Just go to<> and sign up – you can even opt for a free trial to see if you like it before you commit.

ShowMax costs R99 per month. (FREE IF YOU ARE A DSTV PREMIUM SUBSCRIBER)  Payment is easy and can be done through PayPal, credit card payment or through your DStv account for greater convenience and uninterrupted viewing.

Please be aware though that because it’s streamed content, data usage charges will apply. A high data cap or uncapped data service (streaming at 4 Mbps or higher) is recommended

Email or phone me David Shadford on 0832615290 for a free consultation



Amazon Prime Video is now available in South Africa, following its launch in over 200 countries.

“Customers can sign up for a Prime Video membership and enjoy popular new shows like The Grand Tour and award-winning Amazon Original Series including Mozart in the Jungle,” said Amazon.

Customers in new Prime Video territories can access the service for an introductory price of $2.99 per month for the first six months.

South Africa’s pricing is listed at $2.99 per month.

Prime Video can be watched through its app on Android and iOS, Fire Tablets, LG and Samsung Smart TVs, or online at

Users can also download all titles to mobile devices for offline viewing.

“Prime Video members can also control how much data they use when streaming and downloading video by choosing between Good, Better, and Best visual quality settings.”

Amazon Prime Video’s automated and machine learning systems will also select the best streaming configurations for a customer based on their device, location, and ISP, said the company.

Email or phone me David Shadford on 0832615290 for a free consultation

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