The Roku Channel, currently a library of free ad-supported movies and TV shows, will soon grow to include paid subscription services including, most notably, Showtime and Starz. The savvy business move will draw in more channel viewers and likely boost ad revenue, as well as allow the company to play a more active role in the content that runs on its devices. From a user perspective, there are two main benefits: easier, consolidated content searching in one channel, and the ability to pay for multiple subscriptions through one monthly bill.
There are a few ways to get streaming access to Showtime's content on your Android devices, but now it's more than just streaming. The network has announced that users of the Showtime standalone streaming service and Showtime Anytime can now download content to watch offline.
You would think that a streaming video app for a TV channel would support Google's TV platform, but before today you'd be mistaken in the case of Showtime Anytime. There is finally a version of the app with Android TV support.
Watching TV doesn't mean what it used to. Not only can you choose which streaming services to commit to, but you now have multiple ways to subscribe to them. Amazon is adding another option for the likes of Showtime and Starz via its new Streaming Partners Program.
You can now stream Showtime to your Android device for $11 a month. You don't need a cable subscription. All you need is a credit card, a compatible device, and the newly-released app.
For years now, customers who wanted to stream the likes of Showtime or HBO over the Internet have only had the option to do so if they paid for access in addition to an expensive cable plan. Fortunately 2015 has seen a shift. The option to pay $15 a month to get HBO Now without dealing with all that other tomfoolery launched on iOS in Spring before coming to Android this summer. During those hot months, Showtime announced it would let you do the same for $11―just not on Android yet.
Watching Hulu already feels more like cable than Netflix. You have access to shows shortly after they air, and you still have to sit through commercials. Starting next month, you will also be able to expand your subscription with premium content.
Hulu is partnering with Showtime to let subscribers stream the latter's large selection of shows. But the option to do so will cost more than Hulu itself. After a 30 day free trial, you will have to pay $9 on top of your $8 Hulu subscription.
HBO Now got a mention at this year's Google I/O. After ending Apple's period of exclusive access, the service will soon run on Android phones, tablets, and Android TV.
Now Showtime is ready to follow in its competitor's footsteps. Today it announced that it's launching a similar service, and it will also begin with a period of Apple exclusivity. Starting in early July, customers will have the option to stream to their iPhones, iPods, iPads, and Apple TV for $10.99 a month.
Why are we covering this now? Well, Showtime says that it will announce additional platforms soon. So, chances are we'll get it eventually.
Showtime Anytime is how people with an appropriate cable subscription can peruse the channel's content on their phone or tablet. Unfortunately, the app doesn't work on just any internet connection. Your provider has to make the list, and starting today a couple more have joined the ranks. Now people who rely on Time Warner Cable or Bright House Networks to get online can take advantage of Showtime's Android app.
In addition to support for new ISPs, the new update also lets users remain signed in for longer. This should stop you from having to log in every 24 hours.
Support for Time Warner Cable
Support for Bright House Networks
Support for longer sessions—no need to log in every 24 hours!
I hope you've been paying attention to Harry's teachings for the last six years. You're going to need the code if you hope to avoid getting caught in Dexter the Game 2, which has just been released to the Play Store today. We first heard about this one back in July, before season 7 got underway. Now it's more than half over. Right around the time the story starts to lull before ramping back up to the finale. What better time to unleash your own monster?
The free-roaming environment seems like a neat idea, and from the screenshots it looks like many of your favorite locations have been lovingly recreated.
"Serial killer" and "Simulator" aren't words that usually appear together. But in the case of Dexter, Showtime's prima donna of premeditation, it might just work. This fall, Showtime and Ecko|Code (Marc Ecko's game development studio) will bring Dexter Morgan to Android. It's labeled "Dexter The Game 2", since the original is a web-based affair. The second time around seems to be taking a Grand Theft Auto-style open approach.
As a major fan of Miami's favorite compulsive vigilante, I'm both excited and worried about Dexter The Game 2. It looks like the developers are taking the right approach, making an open-world, investigation-based game that emphasizes stealth and deduction over action.