Showtime Review
November 14, 2018 / Hollie Shuttlewood
Showtime Review
November 14, 2018 / Hollie Shuttlewood
Showtime Review
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Intro
Showtime Networks, a subsidiary of CBS Corporation, operates the cable TV networks Showtime, The Movie Channel, and Flix. Its Showtime streaming platform is an over-the-top service that allows subscribers to view all of Showtime’s content without a cable connection. It offers a full back catalog of past and presents episodes, films, documentaries, and sports events. New episodes are made available for streaming on the same day as their original broadcast on Showtime’s cable channel.
Best For
Streaming all Showtime’s TV series, films, boxing, and MMA content without needing a cable subscription.
Pros
  • The only way to access all Showtime content without a cable subscription
  • View content online or offline
  • Download programs to up to 5 devices
Cons
  • Not as much content as the biggest TV streaming providers
  • Subscription only gives you Showtime content, no third-party content
Networks You Can Watch with Showtime
Showtime offers streaming of all programming and films from Showtime’s suite of channels. If you’re looking to view the hundreds of TV series and thousands of films owned by Showtime, this streaming service is for you. However, Showtime doesn’t offer programs or series from any other networks other than its own cable channels.
Top Programs on Showtime
Showtime offers award-winning TV programs as well as films, boxing, and mixed martial arts. With Showtime’s streaming service, you can view some of the best television series from today and the last decade, including:
  • Shameless
  • Homeland
  • Billions
  • Who is America?
  • Kidding
  • Ray Donovan
  • The Affair
  • Escape at Dannemora
  • Dexter
  • Weeds
  • Masters of Sex
  • The Tudors
  • The Borgias
  • The L Word
  • Stargate SG-1
Price
Package From Showtime As an add-on
Description Over-the-top subscription that lets you stream anywhere without a TV connection Add Showtime to Amazon Prime, Roku, or other streaming services
Price $14.99 / month, first 7 days free Varies
Cancel anytime V X
Unlimited streaming V X
Multiple devices V X
There are 2 ways to get Showtime’s streaming service: by purchasing a subscription directly from Showtime or by purchasing the Showtime add-on from streaming services like Amazon Prime.
Showtime’s direct streaming service comes with a 7-day free trial after which it costs $10.99 per month. It includes access to all the same content as you’d get with a subscription to Showtime’s cable channels – but without needing cable.
The add-on is exactly the same, except it’s sold through third-party streaming services and it’s cheaper than purchasing directly from Showtime. You can purchase the Showtime add-on through the following digital streaming platforms: Amazon Prime, Roku, Hulu, DirecTV Now, fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, Sling, Smart TVs, Xbox One, and YouTube TV.
How it Works: Hardware and Devices
First things first, this review is about the Showtime streaming service – Showtime’s over-the-top platform for anyone who doesn’t have cable. It’s not about Showtime Anytime, which is a free app included with a Showtime cable subscription that also allows you to stream content through your mobile and tablet.
The Showtime streaming service can be downloaded and used by anyone with a high-speed internet connection and supported devices. It can be purchased through Showtime.com, Amazon, Android, Apple, or Roku. You can also purchase it through Optimum Online if you use them as your internet service provider. You don’t need a traditional Showtime subscription to sign up to the streaming service (in fact, the streaming service caters to people who don’t have Showtime as part of a cable TV subscription).
Following is a list of supported TV and streaming devices:
  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Amazon Fire TV Stick
  • Android LeEco TV
  • Android Nvidia Shield
  • Android Sony Bravia
  • Apple TV (3rd generation or newer)
  • Chromecast
  • LG Smart TV (with webOS)
  • Roku Streaming Device (2nd generation or newer)
  • Roku TV
  • Samsung Smart TV
  • Xbox One
  • Amazon Fire
  • Amazon Fire HD 6-10
  • Amazon Kindle Fire HDX and HDX WAN
  • Android (4.3+)
  • Apple iPhones, iPods, and iPads (iOS 9.0+)
  • Windows 7 Home or later
  • Mac OSX 10.10 or later
  • VR devices
  • Oculus Go
Cloud Storage
Showtime allows its subscribers to download and store its programs for offline viewing on up to 5 devices. Showtime launched offline viewing in 2017, putting it on the same page as Netflix and Amazon and ahead of the likes of HBO, which still doesn’t enable offline viewing. The download feature is supported on iOS, Android, and Amazon Fire devices. Smartphone users may select video quality from standard definition (540p) or HD (720p), while tablet users may also download to the highest possible definition (1080p). Subscribers may download up to 15 titles on each device (meaning they can store up to 75 titles simultaneously across 5 devices).
Regional restrictions
Showtime’s streaming platform is available in all 50 states, D.C, and U.S. territories. No major regional issues or restrictions have been reported within the United States. If you subscribe to Showtime and find yourself traveling abroad, you can use a VPN service with a U.S. server to connect and view all the usual content.
Customer service
New and existing customers may contact Showtime by live chat or direct contact form (both on the website) or by calling toll-free number 800-SHOWTIME (800-746-9846) between the hours of 9 a.m. – 3.a.m ET, 7 days a week. Showtime’s website has an extensive help section with answers to frequently asked questions about Showtime’s streaming platform, cable channel, and other services.
Summary
Showtime’s streaming service allows anyone with a high-speed internet connection to view all the same content that appears on Showtime’s cable TV channels – without having to purchase a cable subscription. For a small monthly subscription, you can access Showtime’s entire back catalog of hit TV series, films, documentaries, boxing, and MMA events. The service is compatible with most major mobile devices, tablets, computers, and smart TVs, and enable online and offline viewing.
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