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What is Showtime? It's a premium channel that has turned itself into a real player in the stremaing video world, much like rival HBO. Showtime has all of the stuff you'd expect from a major content producer, premium channel, and streaming service: original series, standalone streaming options, and ways to watch Showtime on all of your favorite streaming devices. In our guide to Showtime, we'll lay out everything you need to know about subscribing to Showtime directly or through another streaming service. Plus, we'll link you to our coverage of Showtime all over Cordcutting.com. Ready? Then it's Showtime, baby! (Okay, okay, sorry.)

What Shows and Movies Are on Showtime?

Showtime is a premium channel. Like its competitors – including HBO – Showtime's original claim to fame was licensing great movies and creating top-notch original TV that pushed television entertainment further than old-school network television channels could. Showtime has done a lot of distinguish itself lately, but its content remains the number one reason to check the service out. Showtime originals include the very popular Ray Donovan and Homeland.

Below, we've listed some of the highlights from Showtime's catalog.

Shows

  • The Affair
  • Billions
  • Homeland
  • Ray Donovan
  • Shameless

Movies

  • Hell or High Water
  • Meet the Parents
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Rain Main

What Devices Can I Use to Watch Showtime?

For much of its existence, Showtime was available through your TV via your cable or satellite provider – and that was it. Thankfully, we live in a much more civilized era. Showtime now has its own standalone streaming service, which you can subscribe to directly on Showtime's website. Showtime is also available through other streaming services: you can get it through Amazon's streaming subscription platform, Amazon Channels, as well as through skinny bundle services like Sling TV. We've covered all the different ways to get Showtime without cable before.

Which way you get Showtime is up to you, of course. It will cost pretty much the exact same amount no matter how you choose to subscribe to it (more on how much Showtime costs later on in this guide). Ultimately, you're just picking which app you want to use to access Showtime. If you have a strong affinity for a certain streaming app that offers Showtime as a special subscription or add-on, then you might want to go with that one.

The apps that allow you to subscribe to Showtime include plenty of services with amazing platform support. Choose Sling TV, for instance, and you'll be able to watch on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, and tons of other devices that Sling TV supports (for the full list, check out our guide to Sling TV). Amazon has great platform support, too.

Watch Showtime on Apple TV
Apple TV is one of the devices you can use to watch Showtime

For our purposes here, though, let's focus on Showtime's own app. The platform support you'll get when you subscribe to Showtime directly is nothing to sneeze at! Here's the list of devices that you can use to watch Showtime through Showtime's own app.

Streaming platforms and devices

  • Android TV
  • Apple TV
  • Chromecast
  • Fire TV
  • Roku

Video game consoles

  • Xbox One

Mobile devices

  • Android
  • iOS (iPhones and iPads)
  • Fire (Amazon Fire phones and tablets)

Other

  • In-browser app (Windows, Mac, and more)
  • LG Smart TVs
  • Samsung Smart TVs

How Much Does Showtime Cost?

If you choose to subscribe to Showtime directly, you'll pay $10.99 per month for access to all of Showtime's content. To get that deal, click here.

That's a very typical price for Showtime. No matter which way you choose to get Showtime, you're going to end up paying around the same amount. Keep in mind that getting Showtime as an add-on to a skinny bundle will usually require you to have a base bundle to add it to. There are lots of great reasons to get a skinny bundle service like Sling TV, but just remember to factor in that cost.

Deals on Showtime

Showtime fans feel that the service is well worth the asking price, but that doesn't mean that any of us would turn up our noses at a chance to get Showtime for less! That's why we're always on the lookout for deals on Showtime. When we spot ways for you to save on Showtime, we post them on Cordcutting.com. Keep your eye on our website for the latest!

Showtime deals aren't super common, but you can occasionally snag a nice promotion through one of the services that offers Showtime as an add-on. Skinny bundles might offer you a free preview of Showtime in the hopes of getting you to subscribe, for instance.

Speaking of free previews, there's one built right into Showtime's own streaming service. For new customers, a Showtime subscription kicks off with seven free days of service.

Getting a Showtime Free Trial

Yep, that's right: a free trial offer. Everybody likes free stuff, and a free week of premium content from Showtime is a nice treat for a cord cutter. Here's what you need to know about getting a Showtime free trial.

Showtime offers free trials on its standalone streaming service. They last one week, and you can sign up here. You'll have to be a new customer, at least as far as Showtime knows.

Many of the other streaming services and platforms that offer Showtime subscriptions match that free trial offer. For instance, you can test-drive Showtime on Amazon Channels before it becomes a regular part of your Amazon bill.

To sign up for a Showtime free trial, click here.

Showtime Contracts

Contracts are for cable and satellite subscribers, baby. Like any good modern service, Showtime steers clear of that contract nonsense and just auto-renews your subscription on a monthly basis. You can cancel your subscription at any time. If you do, you'll never have to pay for Showtime again. Your last payment will cover your Showtime subscription until the end of whatever month the payment was for, and then your access will end.

All you need to keep in mind is the fact that your subscription will renew towards the end of the month. So if you're done with Showtime, just try to cancel it at the end of a pay period instead of right after you've paid for the next month. Still, all you're ever on the hook for is one month's subscription fee. That's nothing compared to the contracts that cable and satellite saddle us with.

How to Cancel Showtime

Want to know how to cancel Showtime? We can help.

To know how to cancel Showtime, you'll first need to know how you actually subscribed to it. If you subscribed to Showtime through another service, you'll have to use that service to cancel it: for instance, cancelling an Amazon Channels Showtime subscription will require you to log into Amazon, head to your account's subscriptions page, and cancel your subscription there.

It's also slightly more complicated if you signed up on a mobile device or streaming device. Showtime's “direct” subscription still foists billing duties off on the device you subscribe on, so you'll have to cancel Showtime on the same device that you used to sign up.

If you signed up for Showtime directly and used your web browser to do so, things are simpler. Just log in and navigate to Account Settings > Your Subscription, then select Cancel Your Subscription. After a bit of begging, Showtime will let you go.

All About Showtime

That's about as much about Showtime as we can cram onto one page, but we're not done talking about the premium channel and streaming service. You can find much more of our coverage of Showtime on Cordcutting.com. Follow the links on this page or click on the related stories below to read on – or find something else by typing “Showtime” into our Cordcutting.com search bar. We never stop covering streaming services, streaming devices, and other cord cutting essentials here at Cordcutting.com, so keep us in your Bookmarks and check back often for Showtime deals, news, tips, and more.