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Showtime to Offer Streaming Service on Roku and Playstation at Lower Price Than HBO Now
Showtime has decided not to be left out of the a la carte TV subscription revolution and is following HBO's footsteps by offering their programming online for $10.99 a month.
Showtime's subscription, which is just going to be called "Showtime," launches in July and will not only be less than its $14.99 per month HBO counterpart, but will also offer live streaming of their East and West Coast feeds. Something HBO Now does not currently offer. You'll initially be able to stream Showtime on Apple devices, Roku and Playstation Vue. A 30-day free trial of the new service will be offered once it launches.
While it's too premature to say cable TV is a sinking ship, it's definitely becoming a trend to cut the cord and give up on those overpriced cable bills. Sure, you can get a great initial deal fairly easily, but once that promotion is up, your bill can increase drastically. Cable still wins when it comes to convenience and certain programming, such as live sports. However, don't be surprised if the playing field is leveled sooner rather than later.
For now, you and I can finally get some of the channels we actually watch for a lot less than the hundreds of channels we pay for, but have no interest in watching. However, it's important to remember that stand-alone subscriptions like HBO Now, Sling TV and Showtime add up if you subscribe to a lot of them. You'll also need high-speed Internet to stream all these services at a decent quality. If you have three TVs at home watching different programming on cable, you're not going to experience any buffering. But if you're streaming Game of Thrones through an Apple TV while your spouse is watching Homeland on the Roku and your son is watching the NBA Finals via Chromecast, you'll be in for a choppy experience if all you've got is the standard Internet speed. If you have a cheap router and modem, forget about it.
To figure out if it's time for you to cut the cord, this calculator from Slate.com is a great resource to see if you end up spending more or less than you're currently paying for cable. I got rid of cable a few months ago and it looks like I'm currently saving $360 a year. Not bad.
Read more about cord cutting in our Quick Guide to Cord Cutting!
Images courtesy of Showtime, Slate.com
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