Showtime Sets Early Online Premieres For ‘Billions,’ ‘Shameless’

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Showtime will offer viewers early online access to the premieres of new drama “Billions” and “Shameless” starting Jan. 1.

The premium cabler will make both episodes available to non-Showtime subscribers on a range of platforms, including YouTube, Facebook, Hulu, Roku, PlayStation Vue, iTunes and its own Sho.com website, as well as cable VOD and the Showtime Anytime authenticated streaming service.

“Billions” formally begins its 10-episode run on Jan. 17. “Shameless” returns for its sixth season on Jan. 10.

Online distribution of programs in advance of linear premieres is becoming more common for cable and broadcasters as networks focus on generating early sampling and social media chatter to drive tune-in.

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  1. Milo SD says:

    Billions is swimming with sharks in depths of some of TVs recent most notable and acclaimed productions. A carnivorous social and political drama about Wall streets insatiable appetite. After having just watched the pilot episode my hope is they can keep up this insightful and thought provoking pace. There should be ample material to work with and if successful watch out for this show come awards season. My only wish is there were more than six episodes, I hope that does not hurt them! Thanks Showtime for being bold, can’t wait for more!

  2. What about House of Lies? There’s been ZERO news of a January premiere of season 5, and with the Billions announcement today, that suggests it won’t debut until next spring or summer instead.

    • Cindee L Piccola says:

      So GLAD to hear that they have offered so many areas in which to see this!! I just hope one or some of them have Closed Captions available!!

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