You don’t need a cable TV subscription to watch Showtime originals like the new L Word: Generation Q or other popular Showtime Originals like “Billions.” Showtime is available to those without a cable TV subscription.
How to Watch Showtime without Cable
If you have a smart TV or streaming device like a Roku, Amazon Fire TV, or Apple TV. There are plenty of ways to watch Showtime without cable. You can subscribe to Showtime directly. They even offer a 7-day free trial. There is no commitment and you can cancel at any time.
Below are the ways to set up and watch the new Showtime on the various devices and channels. If you chose to take advantage of the free trial, be aware that if you don’t cancel during the trial, you will be charged $10.99 per month until you cancel.
Showtime on Amazon Prime
Amazon Prime is a fantastic streaming service, offers many other benefits aside from streaming. But, they have just jumped way ahead of Netflix in my book as you can now have Showtime as an add-on package to Prime. You can enjoy everything on Showtime for only $10.99 per month.
Showtime on Hulu
Once subscribing to Hulu, Signing up for Showtime is possible through the Hulu channel on your device. You can get Showtime with Hulu Live TV and Hulu on-demand. See our review of Hulu for more details.
Showtime on Roku
If you have a Roku device, you can add the Showtime Channel to your Roku account or install it from the channel store on your Roku device.
Showtime on iPad, iPhone, and Apple TV
Apple TV has already installed it on your Apple TV. It should be available for you to start the channel and sign up. iPad and iPhone users can download the new App from the iTunes store.
Stream Showtime Live and On-Demand
Fans of Showtime Originals like “Homeland” and “Ray Donavan” no longer need to hang on to their cable TV subscriptions. Showtime has made all episodes from every season available to their subscribers. My wife and I have already started binge-watching the last season of “Homeland,” and I’m blazing through episodes of “Penny Dreadful.”
Not only can you watch these shows whenever you want, but Showtime also provides the live feeds from both the East and West coast. Therefore, you will also have access to any Showtime specials live events.
Sure, it seems that the number of services available to cord-cutters is out of control. However, even though carrying multiple subscriptions increases your costs, it’s still a much better deal than most cable TV subscriptions.
For example, if you carry Amazon Prime, Sling TV, Hulu, Showtime, and HBO, it will cost around $60 per month for content. Add another $50 for internet access, and your monthly costs are about $110 per month.
But these streaming services simulate a cable package with DVR/ On-Demand functionality, the top cable and broadcast networks, and the 2 most popular premium channels. Not only is streaming about $40 cheaper after considering device fees and taxes, but you can cancel any service at any time.
That’s the key. There is no contract with these streaming solutions. You could even save more by juggling subscriptions based on what programming is airing at various points of the year.
For instance, carry HBO during Watchman and then drop it for Showtime when you’re ready to watch Billions. The flexibility of streaming is big positive for cutting the cord and waving that big cable bills goodbye.
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