How to watch Showtime live online without cable

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.

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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
  • Hulu
  • fuboTV

Best streaming services & devices to watch Showtime at-a-glance

Streaming service/devicePriceFree trial?Free trial length 
Amazon Prime$10.99/mo.Yes, with Prime7 days. Prime membership needed.
Amazon Fire TV$10.99/mo.Yes7 days
Sling TV$10/mo.NoFree trial, 14 days for Sling subscription (430)
Showtime Anytime, for Android TV, Apple TV, or digital devices$10.99/mo.Yes7 days
Chromecast$30 for the dongle, plus active Showtime subscriptionYes7 days, then $10.99/mo.
LG Smart TVs$10.99/mo.Yes7 days
Roku$10.99/mo.Yes7 days
Android TV$10.99/mo.Yes7 days
Xbox One$10.99/mo.Yes7 days
Samsung Smart TVs$10.99/mo.Yes7 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:

  • Hulu
  • Roku
  • Amazon
  • fuboTV
  • Android
  • Apple
  • Chromecast
  • LG
  • Samsung
  • 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.

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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. 

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With Amazon Prime, get access to an extensive library of on-demand movies and shows, and additional entertainment with Amazon Channels.

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. 

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Sign up for the Orange or Blue Sling TV packages, or get them both to access 50+ channels. Use the add-ons to customize your streaming experience!

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. 

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Enjoy the largest selection of live sports content! Get 100+ channels with up to 500 hours of online cloud DVR storage and the option to stream on multiple devices simultaneously.

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.

Virginia Brown