Showtime Will Launch Its Own Standalone Streaming Service in July

It's a tale as old as time: Where HBO leads, Showtime is likely to follow, and after the former successfully launched HBO Now in April, Showtime has announced it will launch its own standalone streaming service in July. 

Also known as Showtime so as to not confuse people, the service will cost just $10.99 per month and will be available to Apple customers through their iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Apple TV. If you haven't yet bowed down to your Apple overlords, don't lose hope, because additional platforms and providers will be announced soon, according to the network. 

Users can subscribe directly through the Showtime app on their phones and have instant access to every single season of every single one of Showtimes' original series, including those currently airing, like Penny Dreadful, as well as shows that have already concluded, like Weeds and Queer as Folk. New episodes of the highly-anticipated Twin Peaks revival, whenever those should debut, will also be available, in case that's something that interests you (and it should). Subscribers will also have access to hundreds of hours of movies, documentaries, and sports programming, as well as the live broadcast of both the east and west coast feeds of Showtime.

The June 12 launch date coincides with the Season 3 premieres of the network's award-winning series Ray Donovan and the critically-acclaimed drama Masters of Sex. And if this new service is what finally convinces you to watch the criminally underrated Masters of Sex or Shameless, then we're all for it! 

If you aren't already a subscriber through your cable provider, will you sign up for Showtime's standalone service? And if you are, will you make the switch?


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Jun 04, 2015
Correction: July 12 start date for the service. Also Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex resume July 12.
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Jun 04, 2015
it would be nice if this encouraged showtime to give the hd treatment and release of their backlogged shows. I wonder if this has had or will have some impact on their digital releases not coinciding with the original airings. showtime is really off the ball in a number of ways IMO.

also no support for apple outside of itunes digital downloads for me.

looking forward to more ray donovan and would swear it's airing new seasons multtiple times a year.
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Jun 04, 2015
If it's not ONLY on iOs like HBO's standalone service, it might do better until HBO learns that not everyone has an iPad, and nobody has an AppleTV.
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Jun 04, 2015
"HBO Now" is only a 3-month exclusive with Apple, so maybe around July 12 for everyone? Usually exclusives are in exchange for providing significant resources to help get a service up and running.
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Jun 05, 2015
Sure it's going to happen eventually, but I've been paying full price for a bunch of channels I don't even watch!
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Jun 03, 2015
Yeah, I'll sign up for it. Once it's available on NON-APPLE PLATFORMS. Sheesh.
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Jun 04, 2015
It doesn't make sense that it's only available on Apple. I know other providers will be providing it, but c'mon!!!
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Jun 04, 2015
Yeah, Linux!
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Jun 03, 2015
Next, Starz will have a standalone streaming service.
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Jun 03, 2015
bit steep for a channel with like 3 shows.
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Jun 03, 2015
If Twin Peaks is literally the only show they air in 2016, I'll be more than happy to pay.
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Jun 03, 2015
I dunno, I'm not very good at math, but this looks like more than three shows to me: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_programs_broadcast_by_Showtime
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Jun 03, 2015
I count 11, 9 of which should be gone in a year, so maybe 3 was too high an estimate.
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Jun 04, 2015
You also get access to their entire back catalog of shows.
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Jun 03, 2015
I was thinking the same thing...Its about the same price for netflix which has hundred 0.o
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Jun 03, 2015
Already have all old and new Showtime shows on HBO GO (Norway) and they launch on the site just 12 hours after they premiere, so why do we need this?
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Jun 03, 2015
Because what you have in Norway we in the states don't have? Showtime and HBO are of two different parent companies and don't go together here. You have to subscribe to one or both separately. Our cable TV companies do offer bundled deals, but still two separate things.
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Jun 03, 2015
Oh, my fault then. I thought you guys had HBO GO aswell, since we have had it for about 4-5 years. You get all of HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, Starz, TNT, History and SyFy's old and new shows, with release of new episodes 12 hours after they have aired in America. And they also have some NBC, FX, AMC, FOX, Sundance, WGN and ABC shows, but only the high rated ones :) Only costs 15$/month, so you get alot for the little amount of money spent.
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Jun 04, 2015
that is a GREAT deal you have. in the usa there is nothing even close to that. i hope you understand and appreciate it.
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Jun 04, 2015
We do have HBO Go but it is strictly just HBO programming, nothing else. But it looks like I am moving to Norway ASAP. I don't even know how much I'm actually paying for all of my subscriptions at the moment.
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Jun 04, 2015
I wondered about that, but then I thought what I was thinking of was ABC's Go. They still have that, no?
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Jun 03, 2015
Wow. Sounds like Norway's the place to be.
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Jun 03, 2015
Streaming services might be the only cheap thing we have in this country though.
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