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How to stream Showtime

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John-Michael Bond


Posted on Aug 10, 2020   Updated on Jan 27, 2021, 1:13 am CST

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. 

What is Showtime?

Launched in 1976, Showtime focuses on theatrical releases and original shows and offers multiplex-style channels like Showtime Family Zone, Showtime Next, and Showtime Women. Best known for original shows Dexter, Weeds, Homeland, Queer as Folk, and Stargate SG-1, the long-running channel currently features a fresh slate of originals including The Chi, Love Fraud, Ray Donovan, The Affair, and more.

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Showtime on the Showtime App

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.


Showtime on Hulu

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 and movies, not to mention Hulu’s original programming. 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.

If you prefer to skip the Live TV option, 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.

Hulu Live TV $69.99
Hulu Live TV
(no ads on
Hulu content)

Showtime on Sling

If you prefer your streaming services more à la carte, 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.

Orange + Blue$50

Showtime on FuboTV

Fubo is a solid pick if you want to watch Showtime, but even more so if you also happen to be a sports fan. 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.


Showtime on Prime Video

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.

If you want Showtime and already have Prime, the news is good: that will cost you only $8.99 a month. Where Amazon Prime has the leg up on Hulu is its channels interface. Amazon’s menus are simple and clear, which is why we prefer them. 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.

Monthly (Prime
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Showtime on YouTubeTV

If you want to watch Showtime but also happen to have a family, YouTube TV is a great solution since 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.)

1 Month$64.99

Broadcast Channel Guides

NBCThe CWTelemundo

Entertainment Channel Guides

A&EAMCAnimal Planet
BBC AmericaBETBravo
Cartoon NetworkComedy CentralDiscovery Channel
Disney ChannelDisney XDE!
Food NetworkFreeformFX
FXXHallmark ChannelHGTV
History ChannelIFCLifetime
MTVNat GeoNickelodeon
Nick JrParamount NetworkScience Channel
TLCTravel ChannelTruTV
VH1WillowThe Weather Channel

Premium Streaming Service Guides

Amazon PrimeCrunchyRollAcorn TV
CBS All AccessCuriosity StreamAMC Premiere
Disney PlusDC UniverseBritBox
HBO MaxShowtimeShudder
HuluStarzRooster Teeth
NetflixCriterion ChannelYouTube Premium

Live TV Service Guides

AT&T TV NOW CBS All AccessFubo TV
Hulu with Live TVPhiloPluto TV
Sling TVVidgoYouTube TV

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

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*First Published: Aug 10, 2020, 3:00 pm CDT

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