How to watch Showtime in the UK

Showtime is a premium cable TV channel from the United States and shows some of the most popular US TV shows such as Homeland, Dexter and Masters of Sex to name a few. They’re also responsible for airing premium boxing fights such as classics like the Mayweather vs Pacquiao hit.

The US is now full of what is known as “cord cutters” which is a term that describes viewers who have cancelled regular TV subscription services to rely solely on online streaming solutions be it free or paid for. Just like the latest offering from Showtime.

Showtime recently launched their stand-alone streaming service which became available on July 12th. The service is available directly via the Showtime website or via the popular free streaming service Hulu.

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More and more Americans are cutting the cord on their expensive cable subscriptions

How to watch Showtime in the UK

Like most online streaming services around the world, Showtime is restricted to viewing within the United States only. Even if you sign up via Hulu it’s still only available to US residents.

Showtime and Hulu check your internet connection when you’re about to view a TV show to determine your location. If they discover you’re outside the United States then they’ll stop you from watching. So if you’re a US expat living in the UK or elsewhere in the world you’ll be directly blocked from viewing.

There is a way however to beat this by using a service called a Virtual Private Network, for ease just called a VPN by most people who use them.

It’s best not to complicate things too much because after all you just want to watch Showtime overseas, right? Basically a VPN allows you to virtually reside in another country. So as an example lets say you’re in the UK, you use a VPN to virtually reside in the US and so Showtime will stream you the TV shows you want to watch without blocking you.

Great, where can I get a VPN

VPN services are provided by tons of providers, some are great and like anything in this world some are terrible. Luckily for you I spend my days testing VPN services to find out which are the best and which are the worst. I check them for price, speed, ease of use and a whole bunch of other things to find out which is the best VPN provider.

To watch Showtime in the UK or anywhere else outside of the United States, you need a VPN provider which is fast. As video streaming requires good speeds then a provider which is fast is essential otherwise you’ll suffer poor playback which would lead to buffering and in the end ruin your viewing enjoyment.

So I recommend any of the three providers below for watching Showtime overseas. Just click the green “Visit Site” button next to the provider name to have a look around and sign up.

Rank Provider Lowest Price Review Link
1IPVanish Small Logo≈£4.44 ($6.49)
per month
2Overplay Small Logo≈£5.69 ($8.32)
per month
3ExpressVPN Small Logo≈£5.69 ($8.32)
per month

How do I get started with it

Using a VPN is amazingly simple. Firstly you can use it on any device which includes your desktop computer (if it’s Windows or a Mac) and also your phone or tablet as long as it’s Android or iOS (iPhone / iPad). When you’ve signed up to one of the providers listed above just download their software or app for the device you want to watch Showtime in the UK or elsewhere on.

You can alternate between devices so you’re not locked into just using it on your PC or just on your Tablet.

When installed you’ll be given a list of countries to connect to. Choose the United States and wait for it to connect. Once it’s connected that’s all there is to it. Any website you visit now thinks you’re in the United States so head on over to the Showtime website, Hulu website or use the Showtime app if available and you’ll be able to watch any of your favourite Showtime TV shows anywhere the world!

If you’re using Hulu some VPN servers are blocked so you may have to try a few different US based servers on the VPN service you sign up to to find one that is working.

Get a Showtime subscription outside the US

The above method works best if you have already signed up to Showtime in the US. You can easily sign up outside the US if you still have US billing details, ie; if you’re travelling or an expat for a period of time but still have a US address and US payment options.

If you’ve never been a US citizen then the best method would be to attempt to sign up to Hulu and then add the Showtime channel as an additional service. First you have to sign up for a Hulu premium subscription costing US$7.99 per month and then on top of this Showtime costs an additional US$8.99 per month.

The best way to do this is to search for online sellers of pre-paid Hulu cards as non-US credit or debit cards aren’t allowed and if you have a non-US Paypal account it’ll also stop you from signing up.

Happy watching!

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