Just last week we brought you the news that Showtime, the US cable network behind Homeland, Dexter and the forthcoming new Twin Peaks series, is to launch a subscription-based streaming service that will operate independently of the TV station.
The online app was announced in partnership with Apple, which will bring the service to the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV. But that deal was not exclusive and new partners were expected to be announced ahead of the 12 July launch. Now, two more home entertainment platforms have been revealed: Roku and PlayStation Vue.
Customers can sign up to the service, which is confusingly also called Showtime, for US$10.99 per month after a free 30-day trial period. As well as new shows, users will also be able to access some of the network’s hefty back catalogue, and stream movies and live sporting events. The app won’t, however, be available outside the US.
The service is similar to that of Showtime’s great rival HBO, which launched the standalone streaming system HBO Now in April. Showtime appears, however, to be attempting to undercut the competition, with HBO Now costing US$15 monthly.
Cunningly, Showtime is timing the launch to coincide with the premieres of two of its more popular programs, Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex.
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