If you want to watch Showtime online, and you don’t subscribe to cable, you’re in luck. Thanks to live TV streaming, it’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.
Stream Showtime live: How to watch Showtime
- Cost: $10.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Devices: Amazon Fire TVs, Amazon Fire Stick, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, and iOS and Android devices
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.
|7 Day Trial||FREE|
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+Hulu (no ads)
Hulu Live TV is one of the most popular ways to stream live TV, perhaps because you gain access to a massive library of on-demand content including classic and current TV shows, movies, not to mention Hulu’s original programming. As far as live-streaming goes, you’ll have a ton of local, entertainment, and sports channels to flip through, including HGTV, a full suite of ESPN channels, Cartoon Network, FX, and even deep cuts like Nat Geographic and Syfy.
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, shows, documentaries, anime, and must-see Hulu originals. The 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.
|Sling Orange & Blue||$45|
For a more à la carte service, look to Sling TV. It offers two cable packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, each of which costs $30 per month. If you grab them both (Sling Orange + Blue) you can save $10 per month. Sling Blue offers more bang for your buck with over 40 channels, including sports necessities like FS1, NBCSN, and NFL Network. You’ll also gain access to the usual cable mainstays like Food Network, Discovery, Cartoon Network, SYFY, and FXX. Whichever package you choose, you can save $10 on your first month. Here’s the complete guide to Sling TV channels.
FuboTV was built from the ground up with sports fans in mind. There are different channel packages available whether you’re looking for basketball, soccer, golf, or even outdoor sports like rock climbing. But no worries, all the great cable channels you’re after are here too, including Viceland, Bravo, and IFC.
Amazon Prime Video is one of the most popular streaming services available, in large part because it comes complimentary with every Prime membership. If you’re addicted to 2-day shipping and binging TV shows, it’s one of the best-streaming destinations. There are plenty of exclusives that make having access to the library worth having, including Good Omens, The Man in the High Castle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Transparent, and The Tick. Best of all, if you’re a student, you can get six months free before you commit for the rest of the year.
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.
YouTube TV is a great solution for families because one subscription can add up to six accounts, and each account comes with unlimited cloud DVR. You can’t beat the variety, either: There are sports channels like NBCSN, NBA TV, and four ESPN channels, while Disney, Disney XD, Disney Junior, and Cartoon Network will keep any kid (or kid at heart) busy for hours. It also comes with a few Spanish-language channels like Telemundo and NBC Universo. AMC, BBC America, and IFC are there too, so you won’t miss out on all that prestige TV. (You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)
Premium Streaming Service Guides
|Amazon Prime||CrunchyRoll||Acorn TV|
|CBS All Access||Curiosity Stream||AMC Premiere|
|Disney Plus||DC Universe||BritBox|
|Netflix||Criterion Channel||YouTube Premium|
Live TV Service Guides
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