You can watch Showtime live without cable with one of the following options: fuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TVPlaystation Vue or YouTube TV. In this article, we’ll help you decide which streaming option is best for you. Let’s get started!

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Watch Showtime with fuboTV

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If you’re a sports fan, fuboTV— a cable replacement service that specializes in sports– is one of the best ways to watch Showtime without cable. When you subscribe, you can get not only the main Showtime channel but also Showtime West, Showtime Showcase, Showtime Extreme and more.

fuboTV Pricing and Packages

fuboTV’s core subscription plan costs $55/month. The Showtime Extra channel expansion pack costs just $11/month more and comes with nine different Showtime channels. Other channel add-on packs are available, as well. fubo Extra costs just $6/month more and comes with People TV, the Cooking Channel, DIY Network and more.

Learn more about fuboTV’s subscription plans here.

Standard
7-day free trial
$54.99/ month

92 channels

2 simultaneous streams

30 hours of DVR space

SHOWTIME

Sports Plus add-on

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Family
7-day free trial
$59.99+/ month

92 channels

3 simultaneous streams

500 hours of DVR space

SHOWTIME

Sports Plus add-on

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Entertainment
7-day free trial
$69.99/ month

92 channels

2 simultaneous streams

500 hours of DVR space

SHOWTIME

Sports Plus add-on

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Ultra
7-day free trial
$79.99/ month

113 channels

3 simultaneous streams

500 hours of DVR space

SHOWTIME included

Sports Plus add-on

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*Note that in order to see the Family, Entertainment, and Ultra plans, you need to first press "Start Free Trial." After you create an account, you'll see all of these plans.

fuboTV Channels

Channels that are a part of fuboTV’s Showtime channel add-on pack include Showtime, Showtime 2, Showtime West, Showtime Showcase, Showtime Extreme, Showtime Beyond, Showtime Next, Showtime Women and Showtime Family. Half of the channels that you get with the base plan are sports channels. The other half cover all kinds of categories, ranging from news to lifestyle and more.

You can see a full channel list here.

fuboTV Supported Devices

fuboTV apps are available on Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, iOS/Android and all the other popular TV devices.

You can learn more about fuboTV’s supported devices here.

fuboTV Simultaneous Streams

When it comes to account sharing, fuboTV’s somewhat restrictive. You can only stream to two screens at once unless you purchase a third simultaneous stream.

You can learn more about fuboTV simultaneous streams here.

fuboTV DVR

Without the paid upgrade, fuboTV’s cloud DVR will hold 30 hours of programming. With the upgrade, you can record 500 hours of TV.

You can learn more about the fuboTV DVR here.

fuboTV On-Demand Library

fuboTV’s 72-hour rewind feature lets you catch up with recently aired shows. There are a few movies in the on-demand catalog as well.

Click here to learn more about fuboTV’s on-demand library.

Free 7-day Trial

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Watch Showtime on Hulu with Live TV

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Hulu with Live TV‘s major selling point is its huge on-demand catalog. When there’s nothing interesting on live, you can choose from thousands of TV episodes and movies. In addition to Showtime, Hulu with Live TV carries several other premium cable channels.

Hulu with Live TV Pricing and Packages

Hulu’s main subscription plan comes with over 60 other cable TV staples. The cost is $45/month. The Showtime add-on costs $11/month more.

Hulu + Live TV
7-Day Free Trial
$44.99/ month

67 Channels

2 simultaneous streams

ESPN and Disney

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For more information about Hulu with Live TV’s plans, click here.

Hulu with Live TV Channels

From family entertainment to sports to local broadcast networks, Hulu with Live TV has a lot to offer cord-cutters. In addition to Showtime, other premium channels that you can get through Hulu include Starz, Cinemax and HBO.

Click here to see the full list of Hulu with Live TV channels.

Hulu with Live TV Supported Devices

Hulu with Live TV has above average support for TV devices. Whether your have an Amazon Fire TV or Roku, you’ll likely find a Hulu with Live TV app.

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Certain Samsung and LG televisions as well as some devices based on Amazon Fire TV or Roku.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and Xbox 360.
  • Desktop browsers: Most browsers.

Click here to learn more about devices that work with Hulu with Live TV.

Hulu with Live TV DVR

If you hate commercials, you may want to consider buying Hulu with Live TV’s DVR upgrade. Without it, you’ll have to sit through repetitive advertisements when you watch your recordings.

Click here to learn more about Hulu with Live TV’s DVR.

Hulu with Live TV On-Demand Library

Hulu has one of the largest libraries of on-demand content on the internet. Hulu with Live TV subscribers can watch Hulu originals and all the other shows and movies for free.

Learn more about Hulu with Live TV’s on-demand library here.

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Watch Showtime on Sling TV

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If you like the idea of creating your own TV channel lineup, you may want to look into Sling TV. Sling TV was one of the first streaming services to hit the market and it’s still the leader when it comes to customization. Showtime is just one of several premium channels this unique streaming service offers.

Sling TV Pricing and Packages

Sling TV offers three options for new subscribers. You can choose between two base plans or get both base plans for a discounted price. Both base plans cost $25. The Showtime add-on costs $10/month.

Sling Orange
Free Roku Deal
$25.00/ month

34 channels

ESPN

Free Roku Express

1 simultaneous stream.

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Sling Blue
Free Roku Deal$25.00/ month

49 channels

ESPN

Free Roku Express

3 simultaneous streams

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Sling Orange + Blue
Free Roku Deal
$40.00/ month

56 channels

ESPN

Free Roku Express

4* simultaneous streams

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* You get 1 stream for Sling Orange channels and up to 3 simultaneous streams for Sling Blue channels.

To learn more about Sling TV pricing, check here.

Sling TV Channels

You can get the Showtime add-on pack with either of the two base subscription packages. It comes with nine Showtime channels. These include Showtime, Showtime 2, Showtime West, Showtime Showcase, Showtime Extreme, Showtime Beyond, Showtime Next, Showtime Women and Showtime Family.

To learn more about Sling TV channels, check here.

Sling TV Supported Devices

Sling TV also has great device support:

  • TV streaming media players: Apple TV (4th gen and up), Amazon Fire TV (all versions), Chromecast, Roku (LT and up), AirTV.
  • Smart TVs: LG TV (Web OS 3.0, 3.5, and 4.0, as well as select 2016-2018 models), Samsung TV (2016 through 2018 models), Android TV (4.4 and up), Roku TV, Mi TV.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android (4.4 and up),  iOS (11 and up), Amazon Fire (tablets).
  • Game consoles: Xbox One.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome is recommended for use with Mac and Windows.

Check here for more info on Sling TV’s supported devices.

Sling TV Simultaneous Streams

With Sling Blue, you get three simultaneous streams. That’s more than industry standard (which is two streams), and more than you’d get with Sling Orange (only one stream). 

To learn more about Sling TV’s simultaneous streams, click here.

Sling TV DVR

Sling TV doesn’t come with a free DVR, but you can add recording functionality for $5/month extra. You can’t record any Sling Orange channels, though.

To learn more about Sling TV’s DVR, check here.

Sling TV On-Demand Library

Sling TV does have an on-demand content library, but it’s somewhat limited compared to some streaming services.

Click here to learn more about Sling TV’s on-demand library.

Watch Showtime on PlayStation Vue

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If you’re looking for a more varied mix of channels than what fuboTV offers, you may want to check out Sony’s PlayStation Vue. Don’t assume that it’s a gaming service just because of the brand name. With apps for nearly every cord-cutter device under the sun, best-in-class account sharing features and a huge channel lineup, PlayStation Vue is one of the most underrated streaming services out there.

PlayStation Vue Pricing and Packages

There are four different plans to choose from: Access, Core, Elite and Ultra. Prices range from $45 to $80.

For more information about PlayStation Vue’s plans, click here.

PlayStation Vue Channels

The only PlayStation Vue plan that has Showtime is Ultra. There’s no way to get Showtime with any of the other plans.

Click here to see the full list of PlayStation Vue channels.

PlayStation Vue Supported Devices

Unless you need a streaming service for Xbox, you’ll likely find a compatible PlayStation Vue app:

  • TV streaming media players: Apple TV (4th gen and up), Android TV (all gens), Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick (all gens), Chromecast (1st gen and up) and Roku (firmware 8.0 and up).
  • Smart TVs: Amazon Fire TV (all gens), Android TV (all gens) and Roku (firmware 8.0 and up).
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android OS 5.0 and up, iOS 9 and up, and Amazon Fire HD6 tablets and up.
  • Game consoles: PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Microsoft Edge are recommended (most recent versions will work).

Click here to learn more about devices that work with PlayStation Vue.

PlayStation Vue Simultaneous Streams

One of the best things about PlayStation Vue is its generous account sharing policy. You can use one account to stream to five different screens at once.

Click here to learn more about PlayStation Vue’s account sharing features.

PlayStation Vue DVR

In addition to the generous five-stream simultaneous stream limit, PlayStation Vue users get unlimited DVRs. This combination makes PlayStation Vue very competitive when it comes to features.

Click here to learn more about how PlayStation Vue’s DVR works.

PlayStation Vue On-Demand Library

PlayStation Vue has some on-demand content. Many of the titles it has are recently aired TV shows. Most TV shows expire after a few weeks. There is a small selection of movies in the library, too.

Click here to learn more about PlayStation Vue’s on-demand library.

Watch Showtime on YouTube TV

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If you don’t have a TV antenna, YouTube TV could be your best option for cutting the cord. One of the best things about Google’s YouTube TV is the fact that it has great support for NBC, FOX, CBS and ABC. Showtime and several other premium channels are available.

YouTube TV Pricing and Packages

YouTube TV recently raised its subscription rates. The base subscription now costs $50/month. It comes with around 70 channels. The Showtime add-on costs just $7/month more.

To learn more about YouTube TV’s pricing options, click here.

YouTube TV Channels

Showtime is just one of a handful of different premium cable channels that are available through YouTube TV. Others include Starz, AMC Premiere, Epix and Shudder.

To learn more about YouTube TV’s channel list, click here.

YouTube TV Supported Devices

Now that the YouTube TV app is back in the Amazon app store, YouTube TV has excellent TV device support:

  • TV streaming media players: Apple TV (4th gen and up), Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku (most models).
  • Smart TVs: Android TV (select models), Samsung TV (2016+ models only), LG TV (2016+ models only), Vizio (select SmartCast models), Hisense (select models), Sharp (select models).
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android (5.0 and up),  iOS (9.1 and up).
  • Game consoles: Xbox One (all versions).
  • Desktop browsers: Most Mac and PC browsers.

Click here to learn more about YouTube TV supported devices.

YouTube TV Simultaneous Streams

YouTube TV supports three simultaneous streams.

To learn more about YouTube TV’s simultaneous streams, click here.

YouTube TV DVR

YouTube TV’s has an unlimited cloud DVR. You don’t have to pay extra to use it, either.

Click here to learn more about YouTube TV’s DVR options.

YouTube TV On-Demand Library

YouTube TV has an above-average on-demand library compared to other similar services.

Click here to learn more about YouTube TV’s on-demand library.

How to Watch Showtime on Amazon Fire TV

You can watch Showtime on Amazon Fire TV with one of these streaming services: fuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TVPlaystation Vue or YouTube TV. Free trials will let you find out how you like each service. Just download the apps from the Amazon app store to get started.

How to Watch Showtime on Roku

You can watch Showtime on Roku with one of these streaming services: fuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TVPlaystation Vue or YouTube TV. Go to Roku’s app store and download the app that meets your entertainment needs.

How to Watch Showtime on Apple TV

You can watch Showtime on Apple TV with one of these streaming services: fuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TVPlaystation Vue or YouTube TV. Apple’s app store has all the apps. They all have free trials, so you could even install them all on your Apple TV if you want to compare them.

Showtime’s Stand-alone Streaming Service

Showtime’s streaming service offers more than just on-demand content. It also lets you watch the live feed from its east coast and west coast channels, although you can’t record live programming. That’s not as big a deal for Showtime since on-demand content appears so quickly.

Movies and new episodes of scripted programming appear as on-demand options the minute they air in the eastern time zone. It may take Showtime a day to a day-and-a-half to post the video from sports events and news programming due to the extra processing live events require.

Prices and availability

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Showtime is available across the United States, its territories and possessions. Once you travel outside the coverage region, Showtime detects you’re out of the country and blocks your access.

After a seven-day free trial, you get to choose between one of three subscription options: monthly, annually, or in combination with CBS All Access. The monthly plan costs $10.99. That adds up over the course of a year to more than $130 which makes subscribing to Showtime’s annual plan for $109.90 a better deal.

Showtime + CBS All Access

You can get a better discount when you subscribe to both Showtime and CBS All Access (the same company owns both networks) for a combined $14.99 per month. An upgrade to $18.99 per month eliminates all of the commercials from the CBS programming. The combination subscriptions provide a $2 monthly savings if you planned to get Showtime’s monthly plan. If you get Showtime’s annual plan, however, then the combination deal is only break-even.

Related: CBS All Access Review for 2017 – Free Trial, Pricing, Channels, and Value

Features

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Showtime, as mentioned above, does more than just give you access to on-demand content. You can also live stream the network’s east coast and west coast feeds to watch sports and the latest episodes at the same time as everyone else.

You will find several mobile-friendly features in the Showtime service. Resume Watching, for example, lets you pause playback on one device and resume on another.

Download and Go

The handiest feature for families heading out on vacation is the ability to download content onto smartphones and tablets for offline viewing. This is particularly useful when heading somewhere without internet service or when traveling outside Showtime’s US service area.

Families can download content to as many as five different devices and each device can hold up to fifteen titles.

You can choose the quality level of the downloads (up to 720p on smartphones and 1080p on tablets). You can also change the download path from the Wi-Fi-only default to cellular, although that will quickly eat through your wireless plan’s monthly data cap.

Licensing issues limit the number of titles in the Showtime catalog available for download. Some titles may restrict the length of time you can keep it downloaded.

Devices 

Showtime maintains a wide range of apps across the most popular platforms including:

  • Set-top Boxes and Streaming Sticks: Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Roku, Android TV (NVIDIA Shield, Razer Forge TV).
  • Smart TVs: Android TV (Sony Bravia, LeEco TV) and Samsung Smart TV.
  • Game Consoles: Xbox One.
  • Mobile and Tablet: Android, iOS and Amazon Fire Tablets.

Showtime does not specify the resolution it serves up its high-definition content, adjusting it instead to the quality of your internet connection. It recommends a 3 Megabit-per-second connection for home use and an 800 Kilobit-per-second connection for mobile use.

Alex Munkachy is a freelance writer, game developer and hobby robotics enthusiast. You can find his blog about robotics news and reviews at robotfanatics.com.