The home of gripping series like Homeland and Billions, Showtime is one network you won’t want to give up. Luckily, you don’t have to — even if you’re looking to cut the cable cord for good. The popularity of online streaming has convinced the network to develop its own streaming service. Alternatively, you can add a Showtime subscription to plans from a bunch of other streaming services.
To help you make your mind up, we’ve put together a guide to Showtime’s packages, pricing and free trial options. By the end, you’ll know all the ways you can stream Showtime online and how much this premium addition will cost you. Check out our Showtime review for a complete rundown on what the service has to offer.
How much does Showtime cost compared to others?
Want to know how to access every Showtime channel, rather than just the main network? And how much it’ll cost you to stream them? Here’s a quick run-through:
|Showtime||Amazon Prime Video||Hulu (+ ads)||Sling TV Blue||Sling TV Orange||Sling TV Orange + Blue|
|Starting monthly price||N/A||$12.99||$5.99||$30||$30||$45|
|Price of Showtime add-on||$10.99/mo.||$10.99/mo.||$10.99/mo.||$10/mo.||$10/mo.||$10/mo.|
|Number of Showtime channels||2||1||1||9||9||9|
|Number of movies/shows||500+||20,000+||3,000+||70,000+||70,000+||70,000+|
|Number of simultaneous streams||3||3||2||3||1||4|
|Free trial length||7 days||30 days||30 days (on-demand)7 days (live TV)||3 days||3 days||3 days|
|DVR storage||No||No||50 hours||10 hours||10 hours||10 hours|
Showtime packages and pricing
Showtime only offers one standalone streaming package, and it can be paid for monthly or annually. The Showtime price totals $10.99/mo. or $99/yr. Both live and on-demand content from shows like Penny Dreadful and sports like Championship Boxing are available to watch. And you can download entire episodes and movies to watch offline without any ads. (Both Showtime East and West networks are accessible when watching live TV.)
As well as providing a hefty dose of TV gold, Showtime’s service allows three people to stream at the same time. It’s available on a wide range of devices, including Android and iOS phones and tablets, Chromecast, Roku and certain smart TVs. Web browsers, Apple TV, Xbox One and Amazon Fire devices are also compatible.
Showtime as an add-on
If you want more than just Showtime content, you can add the network on to a number of other streaming service plans. Here’s a rundown of the most popular.
Amazon Prime Video + Showtime add-on
The Showtime Prime Video add-on costs the same as the standalone Showtime service: $10.99/mo. But you’ll need an Amazon Prime membership to watch it using Amazon’s platform. That’ll cost an additional $12.99/mo. or $119/yr. Once you’re a fully-fledged Prime member, you and your online purchases can enjoy free two-day shipping. You can also watch Prime originals on-demand and add over 100 other premium networks via Prime Video Channels. The list includes HBO, PBS and Starz, and each network comes with a separate monthly fee.
Of course, if you’re already a Prime member, you don’t need to do much. Simply head to the Channels category on Amazon and select Showtime. Prime Video is available on a vast number of devices: Amazon Fire models, Android and iOS devices, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, certain smart TVs and game consoles like PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Hulu + Showtime add-on
At $10.99/mo., Hulu’s Showtime add-on costs the same as the Prime version. Once again, you’ll have to subscribe to Hulu before being able to watch Showtime content through Hulu’s platform. Hulu’s base plan starts at just $5.99/mo. and provides access to an on-demand library of over 3,000 titles. If you don’t want to sit through commercials, upgrade to Hulu’s No Ads plan — it costs $11.99/mo. The service also has a $54.99/mo. live TV package that features more than 65 major networks. You can add Showtime to any of these plans, and can even record Showtime episodes and movies via Hulu’s Cloud DVR. You’ll get 50 hours for free, but can up the limit to 200 hours for an extra $9.99/mo.
Hulu works on most major devices, including web browsers, Roku devices, Android and iOS phones and tablets, Apple TV and Amazon Fire models. And once you sign up, you’ll have access to the Showtime Anytime app. Use it to watch live and on-demand TV wherever you are and to download your favorite titles for handy offline viewing.
Sling TV + Showtime add-on
Sling TV has three different live TV packages, Sling Blue, Sling Orange, and Sling Orange + Blue. The Showtime add-on works with each and includes nine Showtime channels, including Showtime 2, Showtime Showcase and Showtime Women. Plus, it’s slightly cheaper than the rest at $10/mo.
Record Showtime series with Sling’s free DVR storage. You’ll only get 10 hours for free but can upgrade to 50 for an additional $5/mo. Sling works on almost every streaming device around. Think phones and tablets that run Android and iOS software, Roku and Amazon Fire devices, certain smart TVs and game consoles like Xbox One.
Showtime pricing compared
When it comes to standalone services from premium networks, Showtime’s price falls right in the middle. HBO is a little more expensive, while both Cinemax and Starz are slightly cheaper.
HBO currently has two streaming options: HBO Now and HBO Max. Both cost $14.99/mo., but the Max service offers original content — like the upcoming Gossip Girl sequel — and a bigger library of on-demand movies and shows. Watch titles like Insecure and I Know This Much Is True live as well as catching up with previously aired episodes. HBO is also available as an add-on to the likes of Hulu. Just like Showtime, it costs the same whether you use the standalone service or add the network as an extra. What’s more, three people can use HBO Now or HBO Max at the same time under one account.
Similarly, you can watch live and on-demand Starz content via Starz’s own service or as an add-on to Hulu, Prime and Sling TV. Costing $8.99/mo., Starz’s service offers unlimited high-definition (HD) streaming and downloads of shows like Outlander and hit movies like Spider-Man. Up to four devices can stream Starz simultaneously. These limits may differ when using the add-on option.
Cinemax is one of the few premium networks that doesn’t offer a standalone service. But you can still add the channel to a new or existing Prime or Hulu subscription. It costs $9.99/mo. on top of your chosen service’s usual fees and features titles like Banshee and Crazy Rich Asians. The Cinemax Go app — which allows you to watch content no matter where you are — is free for any Cinemax subscriber.
Note that both HBO and Cinemax are currently unavailable to add onto a Sling TV plan.
Sign-up for a Showtime free trial
Head to the network directly for a seven-day free trial of its own streaming service. To avoid being charged, make sure you cancel before your Showtime trial comes to an end. You can also take advantage of a week-long Showtime free trial via Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and Sling TV.
If you want to try any of those streaming services for free, there’s a way. Hulu offers a month-long free trial of its on-demand service and a seven-day trial of its live TV option. Amazon Prime also gives new customers 30 days free. Sling TV tends not to offer free trials, instead giving subscribers $10 off their first month. But, right now, you can try the service for free for three days.
If you’re only interested in watching Showtime content, then pick the network’s standalone service. It’s the cheapest way to access everything Showtime has to offer — every other method involves signing up for an additional streaming service.
But if you want a better value deal that could fully replace your cable TV, add Showtime as an extra to another service. Whether you want an impressive live TV line-up, hours of recording storage or online shopping perks, platforms like Hulu, Prime Video and Sling TV have tons to offer. The only hard part is deciding.