The era of à la carte TV may finally be here—ready or not. Today, you can officially stream Showtime over the internet, without a cable subscription, for $11 a month. You can get it through Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, iPod, on a Roku, via Hulu, or through Sony’s PlayStation Vue—another cord-cutting service.

Is Showtime worth $11 a month? Particularly if it’s not the only channel you watch, and might also see yourself paying $15 a month for HBO Now, and shelling out for Netflix, Hulu, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, or any other number of cord-cutting options? That’s a more difficult question. You can definitely create your own programming pastiche, but it might wind up costing you as much as cable.

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But you don’t need to figure that out before you give it a go: like HBO Now, you can get a free 30-day trial of Showtime a la carte to see whether it’s worth your money. And if you do decide to pay, it’s worth noting that Hulu subscribers only pay $9 a month—a $2 monthly discount.


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