Cancel your weekend plans: Showtime's standalone streaming service has launched.
that allows you access to programs independent of a cable subscription. A similar online-only service from HBO, called HBO Now, launched in April. But Showtime is the first premium cable network to offer a subscription with and with more devices than just Apple at launch. In addition to Apple devices like the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, it's also available on cloud-based TV service.
This move is the latest in a trend of television networks offering programming to consumers without a cable TV contract.
Showtime is currently offering a 30-day free trial of its service, which allows users to watch shows and movies as they air, as well as view a deep catalog of content on demand. Afterward, the monthly cost is $10.99. That's cheaper than HBO Now's $14.99 per month.
It's cheaper still with a Hulu subscription.can pay an additional $8.99 per month for access to Showtime. (Showtime is owned by CBS, parent company of CNET.)
Comedy Central's app has also launched on Roku. Some of the content will require a paid-TV credentials log-in, according to Variety. However, some shows and standup specials will be available to watch for free.