- Starting at $10.99/mo.
- Available as a standalone service or as an add-on to many top streaming services
- Start a free 30-day trial
Showtime is a television network and video streaming service that has a strong selection of original content alongside on-demand entertainment and live TV. It offers users some of the best new original TV shows, such as Billions, Homeland and Ray Donovan. The service is available directly or through third-party streaming providers like Amazon Prime Video and Hulu as well as cable and TV providers.
Viacom launched Showtime in 1976 as a cable service in California. The media giant introduced the service nationwide as a competitor to HBO and other paid-for cable networks in 1978.
Why Showtime may be the right streaming service for you
Showtime is a great option for getting early access to the latest new dramas. It’s also an effective method for cutting the cord when paired with other premium streaming services and free options such as IMDb TV or Tibo.
Showtime packages and pricing
We took a look at how much it costs for people to sign up for Showtime, both directly and through third-party providers. We also compared the Showtime features and the user benefits each service provides.
Here’s a look at the Showtime packages and pricing:
|Showtime||Amazon Prime Video||Hulu (Ad-supported)||Sling TV||fuboTV (standard)||AT&T TV NOW|
|Starting monthly price||$10.99/mo.||$8.99/mo.||$5.99/mo.||$30/mo.||$54.99/mo.||$55/mo.|
|Price of Showtime add-on||N/A||$10.99/mo.||$10.99/mo.||$10/mo.||$10.99/mo.||$10.99/mo.|
|Free trial length||30 days||30 days||30 days||None||7 days||7 days|
|Number of Showtime channels||25||1||1||9||9||2|
|Total number of titles||600+||26,000+ movies and shows||80,000+ episodes and movies||30+ channels||96 channels||45+ channels|
|Number of simultaneous streams||4||3||2||1||2||2|
|Cloud DVR storage||N/A||N/A||50 hours with upgrade to live plan||10 hours||30 hours||500 hours|
|Ad-free option||Yes||No||Yes, with plan upgrade||No||No||No|
Showtime bundles, deals and free trials
Though the standalone service does not currently offer any special deals, there is a 30-day free trial available for first-time customers. Looking into the services that offer Showtime as an add-on is where you can really find great bundles, deals and plenty of free trials.
The best Showtime offers don’t currently include any bundles, but services like Roku Channel and Sling TV have offered some premium service bundles in the past. Our advice? Keep your eyes peeled for updated offers.
Sign up for Sling, get Showtime and Epix free for one month
Think of this offer like a signup bonus. For a limited time, when you sign up for a Sling TV subscription, you get $10 off your bill (usually $30) plus access to Showtime and Epix free for 30 days.
Heads up, if you decide you’re not into Sling after your first month, make sure to cancel before you’re billed for the next one–Sling doesn’t offer any refunds if you cancel in the middle of the month.
Students get a deal on Hulu and Showtime on Spotify
If you’re a student, you’ll want to investigate a student subscription to Spotify Premium. For $4.99/mo., you’ll get ad-free music streaming, access to the ad-supported version of Hulu and Showtime. Just provide the name of your university and your .edu email address to start saving.
Watch Showtime stress-free with a 30-day free trial
Pretty much every platform that offers Showtime also includes a free trial, but the best ones last a whole month. Showtime itself, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video all offer 30-day free trials to test the premium service out.
Showtime on demand is available through a desktop player and across various devices, including:
- Amazon Fire TV
- Amazon Fire TV Stick
- Android TV
- Apple iOS
- Apple TV
- LG Smart TV
- Samsung Smart TV
- Xbox One
We took a closer look at the features that make Showtime so popular and what you can expect if you sign up.
When you click on the content that you want to watch, the service pops up useful information such as a brief synopsis, rating, release year, duration, actors and director.
Take entertainment anywhere
Subscribers to Showtime directly get free access to Showtime Anytime, which means you can download content to your mobile device to watch whenever and wherever you’d like.The feature is also available through most third-party on-demand providers.
One thing to be aware of: Showtime isn’t available outside of the U.S., so if you’re travelling out of the country, accessing Showtime content is off the table.
Access through an existing streaming provider
If you already have an existing video streaming provider, you can simply purchase Showtime as an add-on.
Showtime provides a closed captioning service through its apps and web player, which is great for watching content in a variety of situations or for hearing-impaired viewers.
What to watch on Showtime
Movies and shows
Showtime’s on-demand selection includes a list of films that took home the Oscar for Best Picture. On this list are Shakespeare In Love, wartime drama The English Patient, Oliver Stone’s star-packed Platoon and Colin Firth leading the way in The King’s Speech. But perhaps the pick of these Oscar-winners is Spotlight, a gripping true story following a newspaper’s investigation into the Catholic Church in Boston starring Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams.
Further movies to add to the watch list include Denzel Washington in American Gangster and Tom Cruise starring in Days of Thunder and Valkyrie, plus a host of cult hits like Mad Max, Point Break and Total Recall. Add to that several timeless classic movies such as Jerry Maguire, Major League starring Charlie Sheen and Stand By Me. For even more top movie picks, read our full list of best movies to watch on Showtime right now.
Showtime’s best content is its original programming. Hit dramas like Dexter, Homeland and Ray Donovan should be at the top of the must-watch list for any Showtime subscriber, along with binge-worthy series like Billions and The Affair.
Other standout Showtime original series include Californication, starring David Duchovny and the critically-acclaimed third season of Twin Peaks. It’s also home to Queer As Folk and The L Word.
Showtime also has a range of niche exploratory shows, including several interesting sports documentaries. This includes 100%: Julian Edelman, a documentary on NFL’s Super Bowl 2019 MVP, All Access: Quest for the Stanley Cup and A Season With Florida State Football.
For more recommendations, check out our list of what shows to watch on Showtime.
Our hot take
Showtime provides a great entertainment package that includes original programming, Oscar-winning movies, cult classics and more. In addition to its on-demand streaming service, it also enables viewers to watch scheduled content across its 16 live channels. The depth and quality of content available make the standalone service a great option, but for those interested in content from other channels and platforms, we recommend getting Showtime as an add-on to another subscription or simply considering a service with more content to choose from.