BBC Worldwide Secures Package Deal with Showmax in Africa


BBC Worldwide has inked a package agreement for more than 150 hours of natural history, drama and factual-entertainment programming with the African SVOD service Showmax.

The programming will be available to Showmax subscribers in 36 countries across the African continent. Some of the shows covered in the deal are Planet Earth II, seasons four through six of Call the Midwife, the first two seasons of The Durrells, The Collection and the first two seasons of Special Forces: Ultimate Hell Week.

Joel Churcher, the VP and general manager for Africa at BBC Worldwide, said, “I am delighted that Showmax subscribers across the African continent will soon have access to some of the most-loved and much-talked-about shows from the BBC and leading U.K. independents through this new agreement. BBC Worldwide has a deep catalog of premium content, which we can offer across all platforms to ensure African audiences can view our world-class content whenever and wherever they choose.”

Chris Savides, the head of Showmax Africa, added, “BBC shows are a cornerstone of our content lineup and have played a major part in propelling Showmax from a standing start two years ago to one of the most popular internet TV services in Africa. This deal is great news for our subscribers and with their continued support we’re looking forward to adding even more BBC content in the future.”