Kenya's Zuku has entered into a partnership with video streaming service, Showmax, which will see its Zuku Fiber customers get 90 days’ access to Showmax at no additional charge. The new service, which will simply be known as Zuku Fibre plus Showmax, will be available to all all current Zuku Fiber Triple play customers starting on 2 May 2018.

Showmax was launched in Kenya in October 2016, and since then it has grown a competitive catalogue of popular series, movies, documentaries and kids content available on demand.

“Getting content right isn’t something you can do from another country, which is why we set up shop in Nairobi. Some of our most popular local shows include movies such as Marikiti Women, House of Lungula, Veve and local series such as Rush, Auntie Boss and State House. On the international side, we benefit from the content deals made by the wider Naspers group, meaning on a regular basis we deliver episodes express from the US, like Mr Robot Season 3 and South Park Season 21. We also have series that come first on Showmax, such as horror anthology Channel Zero, the controversially acclaimed Young Pope and sci-fi intrigue with Room 104. And we’ve of course got favourites like The Big Bang Theory, full box sets of Friends, Sex and the City, and all seven seasons of Game of Thrones,” said Patrick Mungai, Head of Showmax East Africa.

The partnership sounds like an onboarding exercise which will likely benefit Showmax more given that it is only for 90 days. After that period Zuku customers would need to register for Showmax at normal subscription pricing. This is different to the offer that Multichoice Dstv customers have in South Africa where they automatically get a free Showmax subscription for as long as they are Dstv premium subscribers.