Showtime has the best app of all the streaming services, you just don’t know it yet.
Survival is dependent upon evolution, and no one in the streaming market has worked harder to survive than premium cable channels. Starting with HBO and then Starz, pay movie channels have used their independently produced content to retain customers who are fleeing cable contracts en masse. If you’re looking to cut the cord, it’s time to take another look at Showtime. The channel’s streaming app offers a broad range of original programming, hit Hollywood pictures, and unique features the competition can’t provide. Here’s what you need to know about Showtime Anytime before subscribing.
Showtime vs Showtime Anytime
Like HBO Go vs HBO Now, Showtime and Showtime Anything essentially offer the same service. Both unlock the channel’s deep catalog of original content, documentaries, and boxing specials. The difference is that Showtime Anytime is used by traditional Showtime subscribers to access content on the go, while Showtime is the also the name of the channel’s standalone streaming service, which can be acquired a handful of different ways. Making matters more confusing, Showtime tends to use the two terms interchangeably. If you’re still not sure which one is right for you, just focus on how you want to acquire Showtime content and follow our instructions below.
How much does Showtime Anytime cost?
How much Showtime Anytime costs will depend on your cable company. For example, Showtime on Comcast Xfinity currently runs $12 per month, while it’s $13.99 on DirecTV. Verizon FIOS, by contrast, offers Showtime for $15 per month, but you can add another premium channel (HBO, Starz, Cinemax, or Epix) for an additional $10 per month. Showtime Anytime is also available via AT&T U-verse, Bright House Networks, Charter Communications, Cox Communications, Dish, and Time Warner Cable. If you’re signing up for a new cable package, it’s common to receive a free year of one or more of these premium movie channels.
How does Showtime Anytime work?
Once you’ve downloaded Showtime Anytime from the Apple App Store or Google Play, you’ll simply sign into the app using the same username and password combination you received from your cable provider.
Your subscription comes with exactly what you’d expect—free on-demand access to all of Showtime’s programming and movies—but the service also offers two live channels, Showtime East and West, which play whatever is on the main Showtime channels. Showtime is one of two movie channel services that currently allow users to download content to their mobile devices for offline viewing (the other being Starz). For travelers with tight data limits, this lets you stay up to date on Showtime series guilt-free.
Showtime Anytime does not have favorable reviews in the App Store, so if you’re looking to stream via your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, you might want to consider another option.
What about the Showtime app?
If you’re a cord-cutter, fear not: Showtime works with every major streaming option, whether you watch on a smart TV, game console, or mobile device. You can even access its content by subscribing on Hulu or Amazon. No matter what method you choose, the interface is smooth and easy to understand. Here are a few of the most popular options.
Showtime on Apple TV
After a free seven-day trial, you can stream Showtime via any Apple device, including Apple TVs, for $10.99 per month. You’ll download Showtime from the App Store to get started. It’s the same process as with Showtime Anytime, except you won’t be syncing it to a cable provider.
Showtime on Chromecast
If you have Google Chromecast, it’s ridiculously easy to add Showtime as a premium channel. You’ll just download the Showtime app via Google Play and sign-up for $10.99 per month. Then you’ll cast the channel using your preferred Android device.
Showtime on Roku
Sensing a pattern yet? No matter which streaming option you choose, it’s likely going to cost you $10.99 per month, and Roku is no exception. You’ll simply add the channel to your monthly contract.
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The cheapest way to watch Showtime
If you already have Amazon Prime or subscribe to Hulu, then you can add Showtime as a premium channel. Showtime costs $8.99 per month on both Amazon Prime and Hulu, making it the cheapest way to stream all your Showtime favorites. Given Amazon’s flexibility—it works with Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire tablets, computers, Android mobile devices, and iOS mobile devices—it’s a great option. You won’t, however, be able to download programs with either option. But, it’s worth noting, Hulu offers a free 30-day Showtime free trial for subscribers.
Showtime‘s boxing events are starting to draw cards and ratings that rival HBO, long-considered the TV home of boxing. Regardless of whether you access via Showtime or Showtime Anytime, you’ll be able to watch all of Showtime’s non-PPV events. You alternative would be to pay $14.99 for CBS All-Access, which includes a Showtime subscription ($18.99 per month if you want to watch it ad-free).
Showtime original programming
Showtime has an impressive back catalog of shows across every genre you can imagine. It recently brought back Twin Peaks, picking up where the original series left off. Dexter and Penny Dreadful scratch the itch of horror fans, while dramas like Billions and Masters of Sex give most of HBO’s shows a run for their money. Showtime’s reputation for smart programming has attracted stars like William H. Macy (Shameless), Don Cheadle (House of Lies), Paul Giamatti (Billions), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds), and Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan).
Editor’s note: This article is regularly updated for relevance.
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