Showtime has been around in one form or another since the late 1970s, but its original content really started to take off in the ’90s.
The network and video streaming service has a strong selection of original content, on-demand entertainment, and live TV, and it offers users some of the best new original TV shows, such as Billions and Ray Donovan. Shows like Weeds and Dexter launched it into a new category in the 2000s, and since then, some of the channel’s most popular shows, like Homeland and a retake on Twin Peaks, have catapulted the channel into the big leagues.
In this day of cord cutting and a-la-carte viewing, how can you watch Showtime online? The good news is, the channel is available through many great streaming services – plus on its own. Cord cutters rejoice: Here’s a glance at how to watch Showtime without cable.
The Showtime Anytime app is available at no additional cost as a part of a Showtime subscription through tons of participating TV providers, such as AT&T U-Verse, Cox, Spectrum, and dozens more. For a list of all participating TV providers, and to see if yours is on the list, click here.
You can also stream Showtime through streaming services, some with many additional perks to boot:
- Amazon Prime: Sure, you’ll pay more monthly, but with the perks of Amazon Prime, like streaming a ton of music, free and next-day shipping on Prime products, and lots more, you’ll more than get your money’s worth.
- Sling TV
Best streaming services & devices to watch Showtime at-a-glance
|Streaming service/device||Price||Free trial?||Free trial length|
|Amazon Prime||$10.99/mo.||Yes, with Prime||7 days. Prime membership needed.|
|Amazon Fire TV||$10.99/mo.||Yes||7 days|
|Sling TV||$10/mo.||No||Free trial, 14 days for Sling subscription (430)|
|Showtime Anytime, for Android TV, Apple TV, or digital devices||$10.99/mo.||Yes||7 days|
|Chromecast||$30 for the dongle, plus active Showtime subscription||Yes||7 days, then $10.99/mo.|
|LG Smart TVs||$10.99/mo.||Yes||7 days|
|Android TV||$10.99/mo.||Yes||7 days|
|Xbox One||$10.99/mo.||Yes||7 days|
|Samsung Smart TVs||$10.99/mo.||Yes||7 days|
|Hulu||$10.99/mo.||Yes, with Hulu (starts at $5.99/mo.)||30 days. Hulu base membership needed.|
|YouTube TV||$11/mo.||Yes, with subscription to YouTube TV at $64.99/mo.||7 days|
|Fubo TV||$10.99/mo.||Yes, with subscription (range from $29.99-$84.99/mo.)||7 days|
How to live stream Showtime
All you need is high-speed internet and any supported device, and you can access Showtime through the channel’s app. One straight-forward way to watch Showtime on your computer or mobile device is to simply visit Showtime’s website, start a free trial, and then create an account.
You can watch Showtime online through Amazon, Android, Apple and Roku, and if Optimum is your internet provider, you can also opt in through that service.
Live streaming services and devices that provide Showtime online include:
- Xbox One
- Sling TV
Watch Showtime on Hulu
Hulu is one of the major players in the content streaming game these days, with over 30 million users. From popular picks like Outlander and Little Fires Everywhere to mainstays like Family Guy, Hulu has it all. To watch Showtime on Hulu, all you have to do is start a base subscription to Hulu, which gets you full access to many exclusive series, today’s popular movies, Hulu Original content, children’s shows, and more.
Watch Showtime on Roku
On your Roku streaming player, Roku Streaming Stick or Roku TV, just find and launch The Roku Channel, then search for the Showtime channel under ‘Browse Premium Subscriptions.’ Start your free trial here by pressing OK, opening the channel, and creating your Showtime account.
Watch Showtime on Amazon
As it is with CBS All Access, ESPN, and many other channels, Prime Video Channels offers the option to allow you to choose your channels. You must be an Amazon Prime member already, but once you have subscribed, which affords you dozens of other perks, like free shipping, music, etc., you can opt in to watch Showtime on Prime. The good news? It’s pretty much risk-free, as you get a 7-day free trial, and you can cancel anytime and keep your Prime subscription.
Watch Showtime on Sling TV
Access nine different Showtime channels, from Showtime 2 to Showtime Women and Showtime Next for just $10/mo.with this popular option with tons of a la carte channels. Be sure to check out the limited time offers on Sling TV’s site because they often bundle channels together and give a discount off their base price.
Watching Showtime on Chromecast
If you have a Chromecast or Chromecast-enabled device, use the Chromecast feature on iOS and Android to play Showtime programs on your TV while controlling playback from your device. There are some device requirements, though.
For mobile, you will need the latest version of the app running on:
- iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch with iOS 9.0 or higher
- Android phone or tablet with Android 4.4 or higher
For the web, make sure you’ve installed the Google Cast plugin and have downloaded a Chrome browser version 34 or later.
Watch Showtime on YouTube TV
YouTube TV is a subscription service with no long-term contracts, meaning you can drop Showtime or any of the other available channels at any time if you don’t like paying $11/mo. on top of the already existing $64.99/mo. payment.
Watch Showtime on Xbox
Just like with Roku or Apple TV, or other devices, if you have access to an Xbox One, you can simply download the Showtime Anytime app to your device, pay the $10.99/mo. and access Showtime online.
Watch Showtime on fuboTV
fuboTV focuses primarily on channels that distribute live sports but also news, series and movies. To access Showtime, you have to add it on for $10.99/mo. to any of your already existing FuboTV subscriptions, which range from $29.99 to $84.99/mo.
Our hot take
The bottom line? Showtime has been crushing the content game for years. If you’re a true cord cutter, or you’re dipping your toe in the no-cable waters, you don’t have to give up your favorite shows, too. There are plenty of ways to watch Showtime online.