Earlier this month CBS announced its plans to make Showtime available as a standalone streaming service. When it launches in mid-July it’ll cost you $10.99 a month if you sign up directly through your Apple TV or other device.
But we’ve just found out that Hulu subscribers will have the opportunity to add Showtime streaming for $8.99 a month (a 20% discount). Of course, that’s in addition to their standard monthly Hulu subscription fee of $7.99. A 30-day free trial will also be available. Hulu really wants to sell its base service. So much so, that it’s eating the $2 discount to bring its subscribers this exclusive benefit.
Showtime streaming will be available for Hulu subscribers just before the July 12th premiers of Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex. Hulu users will be able to stream Showtime on hulu.com as well as iOS/Android apps, Apple TV, Xbox One, Roku and other compatible streaming devices. Showtime is home to award-winning TV series, sports, movies, documentaries and more.
Full announcement is as follows:
Hulu subscribers will soon have the ability to add the SHOWTIME service to their Hulu subscription and stream on a wide range of the most popular internet-connected streaming devices. The announcement was made today by Matthew C. Blank, Chairman and CEO, Showtime Networks Inc. and Mike Hopkins, CEO, Hulu. Starting in early July, SHOWTIME will become the first premium service to be offered to Hulu’s nearly nine million subscribers nationwide. Hulu will make SHOWTIME available for purchase prior to the highly-anticipated July 12th premieres of the critically-acclaimed hit series RAY DONOVAN and MASTERS OF SEX. For an early look, go to: http://www.hulu.com/getshowtime.
New and existing Hulu subscribers will be able to sign up for SHOWTIME on Hulu.com. Subscribers will be able to seamlessly access SHOWTIME through the Hulu app and stream programming on Android devices (phones, tablets and TV devices), iOS devices (iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch®), Apple TV®, Xbox One®, Nintendo® Wii™ and Wii U™, Roku® players and Roku TV™ models, PlayStation4 (PS4™), PlayStation 3 (PS3™), Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Chromecast™, and the latest LG, Samsung and Vizio televisions and LG, Samsung and Sony Blu-ray players, as well as online at www.hulu.com, with more devices coming in the future. Hulu subscribers will have unlimited on demand access to every season of award-winning SHOWTIME original series, as well as access to new episodes as they premiere, along with documentary and sports programming, and hundreds of hours of movies, all commercial-free, anywhere in the U.S. At launch, Hulu will offer SHOWTIME across more devices than any other SHOWTIME distributor over the internet. Subscribers will also be able to watch the east and west coast feeds of SHOWTIME live on Hulu.com. SHOWTIME is the only premium streaming service to offer live East and West Coast feeds through all of its internet distributors.
The SHOWTIME premium service complements Hulu’s rapidly expanding library of exclusive content, including groundbreaking licensing deals with other major cable networks, as well as full libraries of hit broadcast and cable shows. In addition to SHOWTIME, Hulu offers more than 88,000 hours of content including current season broadcast network programming, full libraries of popular shows and exciting Hulu Originals.