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SHOWTIME Review

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  • Has Offline Downloads
Updated on Jason Gurwin

SHOWTIME offers a subscription video streaming service that gives access to content on Showtime without the need of a cable subscription. With your subscription, you’ll get access to all of their current originals like Yellowjackets, Billions, and American Gigolo. If you choose to bundle Showtime with Paramount+, you can get both services for $7.99/month (with ads) or $12.99/month (ad-free).

With your subscription, you’ll also get access to their critically acclaimed catalog of previous shows like Shameless, Homeland, Ray Donovan, Dexter, Weeds, Nurse Jackie, House of Lies, Californication, Queer as Folk, and The L Word.

SHOWTIME also has new-release films from CBS Films, Amblin Partners, and IFC Films, which appear on the streaming service 7-8 months after they are in theaters. Every month they also have hundreds of additional older movies from major movie studios.

You can subscribe for $10.99 a month either directly from SHOWTIME, or through Amazon Prime Video Channels, Apple TV Channels, or Roku Premium Subscriptions.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Review

We tested SHOWTIME and other subscription streaming services for more than 100 hours. SHOWTIME is compatible with Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Roku, Android TV, iPhone/iPad, Android Phone/Tablet, Mac, Windows, Xbox, LG Smart TV, Samsung Smart TV, Sony Smart TV and VIZIO Smart TV.


Content

Originals

The main reason to subscribe to SHOWTIME is for access to their critically-acclaimed original series. Currently, Showtime’s most popular shows include Yellowjackets, Billions, and American Gigolo.

TV Shows

In addition to new originals, you’ll also get access to their full catalog of shows that the channel has ever released. That means you can stream series like Dexter, Weeds, Nurse Jackie, Shameless, Homeland, Ray Donovan, Black Monday, Kidding, House of Lies, Californication, Queer as Folk, and The L Word.

Movies

While their movie catalog isn’t as deep as Netflix, HBO Max, or Amazon Prime Video — the service receives new release films from CBS Films, Amblin Partners, and IFC. This joins hundreds of older movies that come to the service from major studios every month.

Kids

If you’re looking for kids content, there are better alternatives. But if you do subscribe, expect to have some family-friendly movie options every month.

SHOWTIME
$10.99 showtime.com
30-Day Free Trial

Features

Single Profile Only

SHOWTIME doesn’t currently offer user profiles, so your entire family will have to use the same account.

Parental Controls

With SHOWTIME, you can disallow playback of certain types of shows and movies by rating. You can enter a pin that will allow you to unlock or change the restrictions.

Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+, Disney+, Netflix and Star also have parental control features.

Up to 3 Devices

SHOWTIME can be used on up to three devices at the same time.

Offline Downloads

SHOWTIME offers nearly their entire library available to download.

You can authorize up to 5 devices for download at any given time, but you can switch the devices that are authorized if necessary. On each device, SHOWTIME has a limit of 15 titles that can be downloaded at a time.

International Access

While SHOWTIME isn’t available to stream outside the U.S., you can still watch shows or movies you’ve downloaded offline to your mobile or tablet device.

SHOWTIME
$10.99 showtime.com
30-Day Free Trial

Compatible Devices

SHOWTIME is compatible with these devices:

SHOWTIME is not compatible with PlayStation OR Nintendo devices.

  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Apple TV
  • Google Chromecast
  • Roku
  • Android TV
  • iPhone/iPad
  • Android Phone/Tablet
  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Xbox
  • LG Smart TV
  • Samsung Smart TV
  • Sony Smart TV
  • VIZIO Smart TV

  • PlayStation
  • Nintendo
SHOWTIME
$10.99 showtime.com
30-Day Free Trial

Tech Specs

4K
1080p
720p

1080p HD

Nearly all content on SHOWTIME is in HD. The service doesn’t offer any content in 4K.

Stereo Sound
Some Surround

Stereo/Surround Sound

Most shows and movies on SHOWTIME are available in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. SHOWTIME doesn’t support Dolby Atmos audio.

SHOWTIME
$10.99 showtime.com
30-Day Free Trial

DIRECTV STREAM Cash Back

Let us know your e-mail address to send your $50 Amazon Gift Card when you sign up for DIRECTV STREAM.

You will receive it ~2 weeks after you complete your first month of service.

Sling TV Cash Back

Let us know your e-mail address to send your $25 Uber Eats Gift Card when you sign up for Sling TV.

You will receive it ~2 weeks after you complete your first month of service.

Hulu Live TV Cash Back

Let us know your e-mail address to send your $35 Amazon Gift Card when you sign up for Hulu Live TV.

You will receive it ~2 weeks after you complete your first month of service.