The cheapest way to watch Showtime without a cable subscription


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) Sling TV

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Cost: $10 per month + Sling TV subscription

As a streaming cable service, Sling TV is a good deal, offering a small package of 30 premium channels like AMC for just $20 per month. Adding the $8 per month for Showtime brings your costs up to just $28 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.

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.


2) Showtime Anytime

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Cost: $11

If you don’t subscribe to any other streaming services and all you want is Showtime, Showtime Anytime is your best bet. This is Showtime’s own streaming service, comparable to HBO Now. For $11 a month you get access to Showtime’s current roster of movies, along with its complete collection of original series. Anytime’s streaming interface is clean and easy to learn, instantly familiar to anyone who’s ever used a service like Netflix before. But Showtime Anytime is cheaper as an add-on to another service—as you’ll see below—than as a standalone service. 

Devices: Showtime Anytime works on almost every major streaming device on the market. It can be used on Amazon Fire devices, Android TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Roku devices, Samsung smart TVs, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices.



3) Hulu Live TV

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Cost: $8.99 a month + Hulu subscription

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 $7.99 a month and Hulu with No Commercials is $11.99. 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, which is exactly what it sounds like.) 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.

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.


4) Amazon Prime

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Cost: $8.99 + the cost of Amazon Prime

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.

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.




5) YouTube TV

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Cost: $11 per month + YouTube 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. 

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, with Roku and Apple TV apps coming in 2018.



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John-Michael Bond

John-Michael Bond

John-Michael Bond is a tech reporter and culture writer for Daily Dot. A longtime cord-cutter and early adopter, he's an expert on streaming services (Hulu with Live TV), devices (Roku, Amazon Fire), and anime. A former staff writer for TUAW, he's knowledgeable on all things Apple and Android. You can also also find him regularly performing standup comedy in Los Angeles.