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.
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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