Showtime Networks have made brave cord cutters across the nation happy that they can now watch new episodes of “Ray Donovan” this season. The premium cable network has made its content available through the online streaming service Hulu.com for an additional monthly fee. Showtime is following in the footsteps of rival network HBO by making its content available without having to subscribe to a cable or satellite provider.
Showtime on Hulu.com will cost an additional $8.99 a month; that’s on top of the Hulu subscription price of $7.99 per month. Showtime subscribers will have access to the network’s library of original programming which includes popular series “Ray Donovan,” “Homeland” and the upcoming series “Twin Peaks” just to name a few. Subscribers will be able to stream live feeds of the network as well accessing Hulu’s more than 88,000 hours of content from a variety of providers.
Hulu’s streaming service is available on connected computers, laptops, various mobile devices, gaming systems and TV devices. The streaming service offers a one month free trial which also includes a one month trial of Showtime as well.
For years cable networks had threatened to make its content available as a standalone service after multiple disputes with cable and satellite providers over licensing and fees. HBO was the first premium network to break the chains and bypass the cable companies by partnering with Apple. Cord Cutters or people who have ditched pricey cable and satellite subscriptions in favor of over-the-air broadcast and streaming content which is far less than cable with premium channels. For these savvy consumers, internet service may be the biggest expense.