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The cheapest way to watch Showtime without a cable subscription

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Jun 17, 2020, 11:02 am*


John-Michael Bond 

John-Michael Bond

If you want to watch Showtime online, and you don’t subscribe to cable, you’re in luck. Thanks to live TV streamingit’s never been easier to enjoy this premium movie channel from the comfort of your own home. You just need an internet connection and one of these services. Each one has its perks, and the cost differs dramatically, so we’ve broken down the essential information below to help you make an informed decision. 



How to watch Showtime online without cable

1) Showtime

The Showtime app gives you access to all the movies and TV shows the premium cable channel has to offer. This is the only way to watch Showtime without subscribing to another service as well, and therefore the cheapest way to do it. If you just want to watch Homeland, this is the quickest and the cheapest way to do so. Showtime hit shows are also available along with Ray Donovan, Shameless, and countless other great TV shows and movies.

2) Hulu with Live TV

  • Cost: $10.99 a month + Hulu subscription
  • Devices: Hulu supports every major streaming device on the market: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire devices, Chromecast, Xbox 360 and One, PlayStation 3 and 4, Android TV, iOS, Android, and your web browser.

If you already subscribe to Hulu, adding Showtime through the Hulu app makes plenty of sense. You won’t need to learn a new app, and you get the same great content as what’s available via Showtime Anytime. Best of all you’ll save $2 a month. Hulu with Limited Commercials is $5.99 a month and Hulu with No Commercials is $7.99. Both unlock Hulu’s entire collection of movies, showsdocumentaries, anime, and must-see Hulu originalsThe only difference, as you might’ve guessed, are those commercials. You can also add Showtime for the same cost via Hulu with Live TV, the service’s streaming TV option. It’s worth noting that if you’re a new user, Hulu’s interface has a bit of a learning curve, thanks to its often complicated menus, but Hulu provides a great viewing experience once you learn the ropes.

3) Sling TV

  • Cost: $10.99 per month + Sling TV subscription
  • Devices: Sling TV is available on a wide range of platforms: Roku, Amazon Fire devices, Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV, Xiaomi, LG or Samsung smart TVs, iOS or Android, a computer, and Xbox One.

As a streaming cable service, Sling TV is a good deal, offering a small package of 30 premium channels like AMC for just $30 per month. Adding the $8 per month for Showtime brings your costs up to just $38 per month, making it perfect for people who want to watch ESPN and premium movies on the same service. Sling TV has an easy-to-learn interface, and while its channel offerings may be smaller than others, it includes big names like CNN, BBC America, AMC, and more.

4) Fubo TV

  • Cost:$10.99 per month for Showtime ($5 off first three months)$44.99 for your first month and $54.99-$79.99 per month for FuboTV 
  • Devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, Samsung, iOS and Android devices

FuboTV is an international sports-focused streaming TV option, with a surprisingly robust package of entertainment channels that has only gotten better with time. It also has the best local TV coverage of any online streaming TV service. Since its introduction, FuboTV’s biggest weakness has been its lack of premium movie options. That’s changed with the introduction of Showtime to FuboTV. Users who want to watch Shameless and English Premier League should give FuboTV a look. (Here’s the complete FuboTV channels list.) 

5) Amazon Prime

  • Cost: $8.99 + the cost of Amazon Prime
  • Devices: Amazon Prime is available via smart TVs, Blu-Ray players, Roku, Android TV, TiVo, Amazon Fire devices, PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox 360 and One, iOS, Android, and, of course, your desktop browser.

Amazon Prime is a hard deal to beat for many people. After all, what other streaming service gives you free two-day shipping with your movies? At $99 for a year, Amazon Prime can take a bigger bite out of your wallet at once, but it adds up to a little more than $8 a month. Subscribing to Showtime through Prime costs the same as through Hulu, just $8.99 a month. Where Amazon Prime has the leg up on Hulu is its channels interface. Amazon’s menus are simple and clear. Your normal videos are listed in the main menu of Prime, with your extra subscriptions like Showtime or Shudder stored in the clearly marked “Your Channels” tab. We personally prefer Amazon’s interface, but go with the service you already subscribe too.

6) YouTube TV

  • Cost: $11 per month + YouTube TV
  • Devices: YouTube TV is available on an impressive number of devices, with the notable exception of Sony’s PlayStation devices. YouTube TV works with Chromecast, Android TV, some Samsung and LG smart TVs, Xbox One, iOS, and Android devices, Roku and Apple TV.

YouTube TV, which costs $35 a month, is the streaming website’s foray into the world of streaming TV. Showtime is the sole premium movie channel available on the service. Think of it as a cable package you access through YouTube. Channels include Bravo, FX, ESPN, and more. Where YouTube TV sets itself apart from the competition is its sharability, with up to six accounts per household included with each subscription. That makes it easy to share your logins (not to mention the associated costs) with multiple friends if you’re living on a budget. 

Editor’s note: This article is regularly updated for relevance. 

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*First Published: Jan 16, 2018, 6:00 am