Prime members can now get Showtime for $0.99/month for 2 months as part of Amazon’s Prime Day early bird deals. Amazon put a dozen Prime Video Channel subscriptions on sale last week for the same $0.99/month, but Showtime was not included at the time. Epix was probably the best deal out of the original 12 channels, but with Showtime normally costing $10.99/month, it’s now easily the one to pick if you’re looking to unlock a bunch of content for very little money. Remember, Prime Video Channel subscriptions are easy to cancel online in a few clicks and canceling will not cut off access until your next renewal date. So, you can subscribe for $0.99 and cancel immediately to get 1 full month of access, or set a reminder to cancel in just over 1 month to get 2 full months of access for $1.98. All channels available for $0.99/month for 2 months are: Showtime, Epix, PBS Masterpiece, PBS Documentaries, Urban Movie Channel, UP Faith & Family, Lifetime Movie Club, Pantaya, Sundance Now, Motortrend, History Channel Vault, A&E Crime Central, and Movie Sphere
UPDATE: Starz is now also available for $0.99/mont for 2 months. It normally costs $8.99/month.
In a move mirroring HBO Now, Showtime will be launching a new standalone subscription service next month. The new service, simply named Showtime, will undercut HBO by $4 and cost $10.99 per month. Unlike the current Showtime Anytime app, the new service will not require a subscription or cable service. The service will initially be available on Apple devices and online only. No word yet on when Apple’s exclusivity will end or when the service will be available on Fire TV devices. Showtime being available on the Fire TV at launch indicates the company has a good relationship with Amazon, so I’d expect the new service to be available on the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick shortly after Apple’s exclusivity deal ends.
When HBO Go arrived on the Fire TV last december, the celebration for Comcast customers was short lived when they quickly learned that Comcast was not included in the approved list of cable service providers that granted access to the app. Amazon immediatly began negotiating with Comcast to allow Fire TV customers access, and now those talks have paid off. Comcast Xfinity customers who pay for HBO or Showtime can now activate the HBO Go or Showtime Anywhere apps on the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. With HBO Now, the stand-alone service that doesn’t require a cable subscription, just around the corner, it feels like this gesture from Comcast comes too little too late.
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