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Showtime is home to some of the best TV shows one planet, from binge-worthy thrillers like Homeland to high-art masterpieces like Twin Peaks. And all of that good stuff can be yours without cable, because Showtime is available through a ton of great streaming services – as well as on its own. Here's how to watch Showtime without cable.
Here are a few of our favorite ways to stream Showtime:
You can watch Showtime without cable in a few different ways.
First, there are the live TV streaming services. These streaming services work similarly to cable, but their online delivery, broad platform support, and low prices make them more appealing than cable or satellite. In most cases, these services allow you to add Showtime onto your base subscription. They're a good solution for people who want to watch live TV networks besides Showtime, and who want to access their Showtime live stream through the same app that they use to watch the rest of their live TV. These live TV services are listed first.
You can also get a Showtime live stream through other apps: Amazon makes it possible to watch Showtime without cable on its app, and Showtime itself offers a standalone streaming service. You can read more about those options below.
Which way you choose to access your Showtime live stream and watch Showtime without cable is entirely up to you. Those who are determined to get a live TV streaming service regardless may find that the live TV streaming services are the most cost-effective way to add Showtime. Or perhaps your decision will come down to which app you want to use to watch your Showtime live stream. Whatever your priorities, you'll find your options on the list below!
Stream Showtime for free with Hulu
Hulu + Live TV is the skinny bundle offering from streaming service Hulu. It works similarly to its competitors, with a base bundle and add-on options on offer. Showtime is available as an add-on to Hulu + Live TV. For more on this service, check out our review here.
Stream Showtime for free with fuboTV
Like most other skinny bundles, fuboTV combines baseline offerings with a selection of add-ons. To get Showtime through fuboTV, you'll have to add it to an existing bundle. Of course, you won't pay anything at all for the first week, because fuboTV offers a free trial. You can read our review of fuboTV here and can sign up for the service's free trial via the link below.
Stream Showtime with Sling TV
Premium channels are often add-ons in live TV streaming services. But nobody does add-ons quite like Sling TV, which is designed to allow viewers to customize their skinny bundle. Start with a base package and then add on “extras,” which can be bundles of similar channels or premium channels. It's easy to build a skinny bundle that includes Showtime when you sign up for Sling TV. This service is a great way to watch Showtime without cable.
AT&T TV Now is AT&T's live TV streaming service. It was previously known as DirecTV Now. AT&T TV Now offers a couple of premium networks as add-ons, and Showtime is among them. You can read our review of AT&T TV Now here, or you can just take a look at the service for yourself — you can try it for free for a week by clicking on the link below.
YouTube TV, Google's take on the skinny bundle service, is another great way to watch Showtime without cable. You can add a Showtime subscription to YouTube TV's bundle of live network TV channels. You can test out YouTube TV for free by clicking on the link below and signing up for the service's free trial offer. There's no risk.
Amazon's video streaming services involve a lot of on-demand content, and Amazon Prime's streaming library seems designed to compete with Netflix and Hulu's on-demand offerings. But Amazon also offers something that makes it seem a bit more similar to the live TV streaming services: the ability to add premium channels to their subscription. Among the premium channels on offer is Showtime. If you want to be able to flip back and forth between Amazon content and Showtime, this is the way to go.
Last but far from least on our list is The Showtime App, which is owned and run by – you guessed it – Showtime! Yes, the popular premium channel lets super-fans subscribe to it directly, with no middlemen involved whatsoever. You can sign up on Showtime's website and can enjoy Showtime for free for seven days.
Even if you want to watch Showtime without cable, odds are you don't want to watch Showtime without your TV! Getting Showtime content up on your big screen is the job of Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, and Chromecast devices, and they'll all work beautifully with most of the live TV services mentioned above:
Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV all have apps for Roku devices.
Fire TV users can choose between Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV.
Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV all work on Apple TV devices.
Chromecast can stream Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV.
Android TV users get Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV as their options.
Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV each also offer mobile apps and in-browser apps for computers.
Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, and Chromecast are all also good options for watching Showtime without cable via Amazon or Showtime's own app.
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