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Showtime streaming review: Price and features

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Access live and on-demand TV on almost any device, but its content is limited.

Hit originals like Dexter, Homeland and Shameless may be the thing that brings users to the Showtime streaming platform. Besides its hit series, it doesn’t offer much more. Compared to other services like HBO and Hulu, it’s missing pay-per-view movies and network TV shows. Many users find Showtime as a great addition to other more robust streaming services.

Details

Service typeOn-demand streaming
Free trial30 days
Pricing starts at$10.99
Lock-in contractNo

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Access to live and on-demand TV, including boxing
  • Watch from almost any device
  • Supports offline downloads
  • Optional parental controls

Cons

  • Only offers Showtime programming
  • Pay-per-view programming not included
  • Only available in the US
  • Limited content compared to other streaming services
  • Lack of variety prevents it from replacing cable

What features does Showtime streaming offer?

Download content to watch later or live stream

Access East and West coast programming on-demand with no blackouts. Or you can download to a supported device to watch later.

Watch from any device, and share a household password

While you can be logged into up to 5 devices, Showtime lets you stream from 3 devices at a time.

Option to turn on parental controls

Customize viewing restrictions to protect your kids from violent or graphic content. But managing the settings is tricky, and once the parental restrictions are added, all users are restricted from blocked content.

What devices is Showtime streaming compatible with?

Showtime is compatible with most devices, including:

TV and streaming devices

  • Amazon
    • Fire TV
    • Fire TV Stick
  • Android
    • LeEco TV
    • Nvidia Shield
    • Sony Bravia
    • Hisense TV
    • Xiaomi MiBox
  • Apple
    • Apple TV, 3rd generation +
  • Chromecast
  • Facebook
    • Portal TV
  • LG Smart TV with webOS
  • Roku
    • Roku streaming device, 2nd generation +
    • Roku TV
  • Samsung Smart TV
  • Xbox One

Mobile devices

  • Amazon
    • Fire 2015
    • Fire HD 6 2014
    • Fire HD 7 2014
    • Fire HD 8 2015
    • Fire HD 8 2016
    • Fire HD 10 2015
    • Kindle Fire HDX WAN 2013
    • Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 WAN 2013
    • Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 2014
    • Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 WAN 2014
  • Android
    • Phones and tablets, Android 4.4+
  • Apple
    • iPhone 4S or higher, iOS 9.0+
    • iPod Touch 5 or higher, iOS 9.0+
    • iPad 2 or higher, iOS 9.0+
    • iPad Mini, iOS 9.0+

Computers

  • Windows 10 or later
  • MAC OSX 10.10 or later

VR devices

  • Oculus Go
  • Oculus Quest

How much does Showtime streaming cost?

The service costs $10.99 per month, or $109 annually. It’s 30-day free trial is available if you sign up online.

What can I watch with Showtime streaming?

Showtimes has a slew of featured original series, movies and documentaries and sports to stream. A sample of Showtime’s offerings include:

  • Original series
    • Shameless
    • Billions
    • Homeland
    • Weeds
    • Ray Donovan
  • Movies and documentaries
    • Second Act
    • Peppermint
    • I feel Pretty
    • Molly’s game
    • Couples Therapy
  • Sports
    • All Access: Wilder Vs. Breazeale
    • Below the Belt With Brendan Schaub
    • Quiet Storm: The Ron Artest Story
    • 100%: Julian Edelman
    • Showtime Championship Boxing

How much data does Showtime streaming use?

Showtime recommends a minimum speed of 3 Mbps if you’re streaming from a computer and 0.8 Mbps from your mobile device. But you can save on data by downloading content to watch offline later.

Compare other streaming services

Name Product Service type Pricing starts at Free trial 4K or UHD Number of devices Simultaneous streams
Paramount+
On-demand streaming
$5.99
30 days
No
99
2
The Disney Bundle
On-demand streaming, Sports
$12.99
No
Yes
10
4
Hulu
On-demand streaming
$5.99
30 days
Yes
99
1
Disney+
On-demand streaming
$6.99
No
Yes
10
4
Amazon Prime
On-demand streaming
$8.99
30 days
Yes
99
2
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Expert review

Showtime Streaming is a solid option for those who love the specific shows, movies and sporting events it offers. But with fewer options than competitors like HBO and Netflix, it’s not for everyone. And with limited content, it’s not a good replacement for cable.

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