Showtime Bows OTT Video Service7 Jul, 2015 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Streaming competitor to HBO, Netflix and Amazon Prime is also available at 18% discount when bundled with Hulu Plus
As expected, CBS Corp.-owned Showtime July 7 formally launched a standalone subscription streaming service on Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and the Roku streaming device for $10.99 per month.
The over-the-top video service, which is a significant competitor to HBO Now, Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video, goes live five days ahead of the premium channel’s new seasons of “Ray Donovan,” starring Liev Schreiber, and “Masters of Sex,” starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, both premiering July 12.
Showtime original programming includes “Homeland,” “The Affair,” “Penny Dreadful,” “Shameless,” “House of Lies,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Happyish,” “Episodes,” new series “Billions” and limited series “Twin Peaks,” which will be available online the same day and time they air.
Notably, Showtime is also available via PlayStation Vue’s cloud-based TV service and Hulu Plus — the latter at a $2 discount ($8.99) when combined with Hulu’s $7.99 SVOD monthly fee. It is also available to subscribers via cable, satellite and telecom providers.
Apple, Roku, PlayStation Vue and Hulu are also offering new customers a free 30-day trial subscription to Showtime. Once users create a Showtime account, they can use their account to watch the service across all supported devices, as well as online at www.showtime.com.
PlayStation Vue users can watch Showtime on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and on iPad through the PlayStation Vue mobile app. Apple iOS users can download the Showtime app from the App Store on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch anywhere in the U.S. or on AppStore.com, or via the Roku Channel Store on Roku players and Roku TV models.