Many of the premium cable and satellite networks have begun launching their own standalone streaming services that do not require a full cable subscription. These premium networks (HBO, Showtime, etc.) were always cable add-ons to begin with, so it makes sense that they would position themselves as separate from other streaming packages much in the same way. The two biggest names in premium cable already have over-the-top streaming services: HBO has HBO NOW, and Showtime has Showtime Anytime. While HBO NOW has been available for some time to cable-cutters using Xbox One as a streaming hub, Xbox users can now finally download the new Showtime Xbox app to open up a whole new world of premium streaming.
Showtime’s Xbox app launched today and is free for download. The service costs $10.99 per month, however, but new users can receive a free seven-day trial. Showtime launched its standalone service back in 2015 beginning on PlayStation game consoles, Roku devices, and iOS devices. Now, the service has added compatibility with Amazon Fire and Kindle devices, Android devices, Samsung TVs, Chromecast, and over web browsers.
A Showtime Anytime subscription lets users stream full episodes of Showtime original series like Homeland, Billions, Shameless, and the new reboot of David Lynch’s enigmatic masterpiece Twin Peaks. In addition, subscribers can watch live streams of Showtime’s East and West Coast feeds, as well as choose from a huge selection of on-demand movies, comedy specials, documentaries and sports programs.