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Showtime is a subscription video-on-demand service which carries content from it’s namesake premium television network.
Showtime has been around since the 70s but it’s streaming service which is accessible on all devices to viewers in the United States and Canada was launched in July 2015.
The streaming service is identical to Showtime Anytime with the only difference being that it does not require a television provider login to access it’s content. Showtime requires a direct subscription or a free trial to view their content.
On Showtime, viewers can watch originals, theatrically released movies and shows as well as pay-per-view boxing and MMA fights and more.
There are many ways to sign up for Showtime including your television provider or you could get a free trial of either 7 days or 30 days from one of many streaming TV providers online including Hulu, YouTubeTV or Amazon Prime Video channels.
Below I’ll show you how to get a Showtime free trial. There are lots of ways and you could try them all out and extend your free trial period.
You’ll need a credit credit card to get started and if you’re outside of the United States and Canada, a VPN to unblock geo-restrictions.
How To Get Showtime Free Trial
There are many ways to get Showtime and most of those ways will give you a free trial of either 7 or 30 days.
Getting Showtime through it’s website will give you the longer trial and is the best way to get the service as you won’t be required to sign up for anything else. You can also use the sign up info to log into Showtime’s standalone apps on your favorite device.
The chart below shows some of the ways in which you can get Showtime and their trial duration. Showtime is priced at $10.99/month after the trial period ends.
|Where To Get It||Trial Duration||Price After Trial||Trial Link|
|Showtime.com||30 days||$10.99/m||Visit Showtime|
|Hulu||7 days||$10.99/m||Visit Hulu|
|Prime Video Channels||7 days||$10.99/m||Visit Amazon|
|Apple TV||30 days||$10.99/m|
|FuboTV||7 days||$10.99/m||Visit FuboTV|
|YouTubeTV||5 days||$11/m||Visit YouTubeTV|
|The Roku Channel||30 days||$10.99/m||Visit The Roku Channel|
|DirecTV Stream||7 days||$11/m||Visit DirecTV Stream|
|Sling TV||7 days||$10/m||Visit Sling TV|
Signing Up for Showtime Free Trial
In this section, I’m going to show you how easy it is to sign up for a Showtime Free Trial using some of the services above.
Some of the services also give a free trial and then you’ll have to find Showtime in the addons or premium channels list and then start their free trial.
Sign Up Directly With Showtime.com
There are a few advantages to signing up for Showtimes free trial directly through their website.
- You get the longer free trial of 30 days
- Use the credentials to log into the Showtime app
- No other trials to worry about or services to pay for
Visit the website and click on the “Start Your Free Trial” or “Try 30 Days Free” button to get going.
1. Enter email and create password
The first step is to enter your email address and create a password. These credentials will be used to log into the website and to log into the app on your favorite device.
2. Enter your billing info
The next step is to enter your credit card info. You can also use PayPal if you prefer.
At the top of the form, some information about your free trial is displayed. You’ll see the date when your trial expires which is the date you should cancel by if you don’t want your subscription to automatically renew.
You have two choices – either subscribe monthly or save some money by subscribing annually.
On this page you’ll also get to apply any promo codes if you have one or redeem a gift card.
Click on the “Start Your Free Trial” to continue.
3. Download the app or log in to start watching
You’ll receive this welcome from Showtime as soon as your billing info is submitted successfully.
From here all you need to do is get the app or click the “Watch Showtime” button to start watching.
Get Showtime With Hulu
If you already have Hulu or you’re planning to get it, you can add Showtime and other premium channels as addons.
This allows you to watch Showtime and Hulu content all in one place although you can watch using the Showtime app as well.
Showtime on Hulu costs $10.99 after a 7 day free trial. This fits right inside of Hulu’s own 30 day free trial so if you’re new to the streaming service, you can get two trials in one.
Here’s how to add Showtime on Hulu once you’re a Hulu subscriber.
If you’re new to Hulu, you can get a 30 day free trial here.
Then follow the steps below.
- In the top right hand corner of the site, click on your name.
- Click on “Account”
- Click on “Manage Addons”
- Find Showtime and click the button to add it to your subscription.
You’ll be taken to a confirmation page where you’ll see details of your free trial and costs after the trial expires.
Confirm and continue to start watching Showtime on Hulu with your free 7 day trial.
Add Showtime on Prime Video Channels
This includes Showtime which you can watch right inside your Prime Video account or the app.
To add Showtime on Prime Video, you’ll need to have a Prime or Prime Video subscription. Then just follow the steps.
- Go to the Showtime channel page in Prime Video
- Click on the “Learn more” banner at the top to get started or mouse over any video and click “Watch with a free 7 day Showtime trial”.
- Click on “Start your 7-day free trial”.
- Confirm your details on the next page.
- Click on the “Start Watching” button to start watching Showtime.
You’ll wouldn’t be charged until your free trial expires and you can watch all of Showtime’s content and live feeds.
Get Showtime with FuboTV
If you want to watch Showtime on FuboTV, you’ll get a 7 day free trial before you’re charged the subscription fee of $10.99/month.
You can get a 7 day free trial to FuboTV if you aren’t yet a subscriber and you’ll be able to add Showtime during the sign up process. You can see how to do that here.
If you’re already subscribed then you can follow the steps to add Showtime.
1. Go to your account page
On this page, just click on Manage Add-ons to get to the premium channel addons.
2. Add Showtime
Click on the +Add button next to Showtime to get your 7 day free trial and start watching Showtime content.
Get a Showtime Free Trial on YouTubeTV
YouTubeTV is yet another provider where you can get a free trial to Showtime. However, you can only get a shorter 5 day free trial.
You can add the channel on sign up and it will be billed along with the base price if you decide to keep both YouTubeTV and Showtime.
If you’re new to YouTubeTV, check out here how to signup and get your 14 day free trial and you’ll see how to add Showtime in the process.
Subscribers of YouTubeTV can get Showtime by going to their account settings and managing their addons within the Membership tab.
Showtime is available in YouTubeTV to free trial for 5 days before you’re charged $11/month.
How To Cancel Showtime Free Trial
Showtime gives a free trial of either 7 or 30 days depending on where you subscribe from. Each platform requires your credit card so that you will be automatically billed for the full subscription fee after the trial expires.
To avoid charges, you will need to cancel the trial before it expires. You’ll still be able to watch for the duration of the trial but you will not be charged when the trial ends.
If you plan to keep Showtime, there’s no need to cancel. If you’re unsure whether you’ll keep Showtime, you can always cancel and then reactivate your account when the time comes.
Cancelling Showtime during your trial differs from platform to platform. Each one lets you manage your subscription in your account settings so it should be easy to find.
Here’s how to cancel Showtime if you subscribed through their website.
1. Go to your account settings page
On the Showtime dashboard, click on the profile icon in the top right hand corner of the page to show your “Account” menu. This is also where you can go to find your list.
2. Go to your Settings page
Click on Settings to go to your settings page.
Scroll down to “Your Account” section to manage your subscription and find details of your free trial.
Click on the “Cancel Your Subscription” link.
3. Select a reason for cancelling
Like most companies, they’ll ask you why you’re cancelling and give you the option to stick around.
Just pick a reason to continue. I clicked “Changing Providers” to continue.
4. Keep cancelling
Click on “No thanks, I want to cancel” to keep on cancelling.
5. Complete the final survey
Your subscription is cancelled at this point and they reassure you that you can watch until the trial expires. You can also restart your subscription at any time.
The survey is optional but you can complete it any way to give your feedback. There is no other way to exit the page without clicking the submit button.
That is, until you get here. You can then continue to watch Showtime or return to the Settings page. I normally like to go back to the Settings page to confirm everything is cancelled.
6. Confirm that your trial is cancelled
Back in your account settings, there are about 4 tell-tale signs that you’ve cancelled your subscription.
Across the top, there is now a banner telling you to “Reactivate your subscription” so you wouldn’t miss the action.
Your subscriptions to Showtime says ‘canceling’ or “cancelled” depending on when you’re checking.
The “Cancel your subscription” link now says “Reactivate your subscription”.
Finally, your next billing date says “None” which means you wouldn’t be billed after your trial expires.
You can keep watching Showtime until your free trial expires.
What’s On Showtime?
What can viewers expect to see on Showtime?
Showtime has a lot of content which includes older original series like Dexter, Californication and Weeds and newer ones like Billions, American Rust and Yellowjackets.
The streamer also carries theatrically released movies as well as originally produced movies. Some titles on Showtime right now include: Bitchin’: The Sound & Fury of Rick James, I,Tonya, 21 Bridges, Dark Waters, Pixie & Winters Bone.
New content coming to Showtime includes a sequel to Dexter called Dexter: New Blood and a new series called Yellow Jackets.
If you’re into boxing and MMA then Showtime is a good place to catch some fights as they do have live Showtime Championship Boxing fights and Bellator MMA matchups. You can see past fights as well as new fights on the channel.
There are also some sports shows and documentaries available.
Showtime has some entertaining content you wouldn’t find anywhere else so it’s worth taking the free trial. You might find your new favorite show.
Whether you take the 5 day trial because you already have YouTubeTV or you take the 30 day trial through the Showtime website, the decision is in your hands of whether or not to keep subscribing to Showtime.