No longer do you need a Cable Subscription to stream Showtime’s Premium Content
Last year the tech world was rocked when HBO announced that it would launch a streaming service that would be accessible without a cable TV subscription. Launched just in time for the newest season of Game of Thrones, HBO Now has been well received by cord cutters and general streaming enthusiasts alike.
In addition to HBO’s standalone announcement, networks like CBS and cable providers like Dish Network also announced that they would be jumping into the fray of online streaming. With ESPN as one of its cornerstones, Dish Network’s Sling TV has made a name for itself; but sadly CBS has had less luck.
However, it’s not all doom and gloom for CBS (CBS All Access 7-day Free Trial) in the streaming world. Following on the heels of HBO’s announcement was news that CBS-owned Showtime would also launch its own streaming service, although it took much longer roll out than HBO Now; mostly because HBO already somewhat had its own streaming with HBO Go.
CBS is Gaining Momentum
However, after months of waiting, Showtime finally launched its streaming last month and already it’s turning more than a few heads. At $10.99 a month (iTunes Link), Showtime’s streaming may be a little expensive as far as streaming services go; but it’s still four dollars cheaper than HBO Now, which is $15 a month.
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Showtime Streaming Shows
For that $10.99 a month, you get access to live streaming as well as on-demand content from Showtime’s considerable content library. In addition to movies, you can watch popular Showtime titles like: Ray Donovan, 60 Minutes Sports, The Affair, Californication, Jim Rome, Penny Dreadful, Weeds, Nurse Jackie, Dexter, Inside the NFL, Homeland, Spartacus, and (eventually) Twin Peaks + lots lots more.
Interestingly enough, Showtime is offering two different live feeds for the East and West coast. That might sounds like a small feature, but it is still unprecedented as far as streaming services go. Not to mention the fact that those on the West Coast probably appreciate not having to Prime-Time content at 4 or 5 pm.
Showtime Device Support
Another interesting aspect of Showtime’s new service is it’s device support. As a standalone application, Showtime is available on your computer, Apple products, PlayStation, and Roku. Most notably absent from that list is Android device; however, Android users can add Showtime to their Hulu subscription for only $8.99 month.
Showtime and Hulu Team Up
If you already have a Hulu Plus subscription, this is great news. If you’re an Android user without Hulu, however, that can be an expensive disappointment. With regard to console streaming, right now the only platform supported by Showtime is the PlayStation 3 and 4. Users can add Showtime through the PlayStation Vue service, much like Android Hulu users.
Sadly PlayStation owners get none of the discount that Hulu users do.
Next Steps for Showtime Streaming
Although Showtime’s limited support is a little disappointing, it is unlikely that it will stay that way. Both Sling TV and HBO Now were originally on a limited number of devices and have since expanded their support; and continue to widen its coverage every day.
I am sure we can expect the same from Showtime.
One of the saddest things I had to do when I cut the cord was give up my favorite premium cables channels, like HBO and Showtime. But thankfully the market has come full circle and now it seems that there is very little that is actually out of the reach of the cord cutter.
If you’re still on the fence about cord cutting, then let not your heart be trouble. I won’t lie, cord cutting isn’t always easy; but the trade off is cheaper prices for entertainment, more competition, and few commitments to get said entertainment. You might have to sacrifice a little time to read up on cord cutting, but one thing you won’t have to sacrifice is the content and shows that you love.