Showtime Streaming Service Goes Live on Apple, Roku, Hulu, PlayStation

Showtime Streaming Service
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Showtime has crossed the digital Rubicon, launching today as a stand-alone digital offering with a select group of distribution partners.

The service went live Tuesday morning on Apple, Roku, Hulu and PlayStation Vue platforms. The pricetag is $10.99 a month for on-demand access to new Showtime programs, including a live streaming option for its East and West Coast feeds, as well as an array of library titles.

The launch comes just a few days ahead of Sunday’s third season premieres of drama series “Ray Donovan” and “Masters of Sex.” The four distribution partners are touting a 30-day free trial to pique subscriber interest.

Showtime’s move into digital-only distribution follows HBO’s move with the stand-alone HBO Now launch in April.

There’s no word yet on when the streaming service will be available via traditional MVPDs. Among the larger cable operators, Cablevision was quick to embrace HBO Now as a marketing tool for its broadband offerings, and thus seems a logical candidate to get behind Showtime’s service.

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  1. Shaun says:

    What Hulu does not say is that you cannot live stream on some devices.

  2. nerdrage says:

    Maybe I’ll check out the free trial next year when they have the new Twin Peaks…

  3. Geronimo says:

    Roku’s official blog states that the first month free for Showtime is a limited-time offer during the month of July. I imagine that will be the same across all platforms, so if you want to try it, act now. (When HBO Now launched, they also offered a free month at first but now only offer a free initial week upon sign-up. BTW, isn’t it about time that HBO Now spreads beyond Apple devices?) I just activated the service on my Apple TV. HD picture quality for the live Showtime channel is disappointing — about the same (maybe a little worse) than what I’ve seen on the live channel via the Showtime Anytime app, but definitely worse than what I’m used to on DirecTV. That said, I also selected and streamed the first 20 minutes of an ep of The Affair on the new Showtime app and it looks excellent, as good as Netflix, although I have very fast internet and this is midday on a Tues. when hardly anyone else has even downloaded the app yet. We’ll see how the picture quality holds up on Sunday nights when lots of folks use it. (Hopefully better than HBO Go, which I found to be horrible this past Sunday…)

  4. Bob says:

    Hulu gives you a $24 per year discount!

  5. Robert Minsk says:

    The price tag is $10.99 a month however Hulu customers will be able to add it on to their current subscription for the reduced fee of $8.99 per month.

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