Showtime and Hulu Partner for Bundled Streaming Service
Showtime surprised relatively few in getting in on the cord-cutting game with its own independent streaming service, aptly-enough titled “Showtime,” though now the (former) pay-cable network has taken things one step further to create a Hulu bundle.
According to the joint announcement, early July will allow new and existing Hulu subscribers to add $8.99 per month for a Showtime subscription, atop the existing $7.99 per month for basic Hulu subscription service, bringing the total to a combined monthly cost of $16.98.
The bundle deal will be made available at Hulu.com, enabling access Showtime programming through both the web and Hulu apps for Android and iOS devices, the Apple TV, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii and Wii U, Roku, PlayStations 3 and 4, Amazon Fire TV, Google’s Chromecast, and some LG, Samsung and Vizio connected TVs and Blu-ray players.
Says Showtime of the deal:
We’re excited to be the first premium service available to Hulu’s growing subscriber base and look forward to offering their customers our award-winning original programming, films and documentaries across almost every device. Hulu is an important launch partner for SHOWTIME as we continue to expand our service across new platforms and distributors, reaching new consumers wherever a broadband connection is available.
We are always looking to give our subscribers access to the best content available. The robust slate of SHOWTIME original programming, movies, and specials together with Hulu’s strength in current season programming, library acquisitions and original programming makes a powerful combination.
Showtime has also expanded its standalone streaming service outside of Apple to include Roku devices PlayStation Vue and PlayStation Plus, but will such a wide berth do anything to speed up the cordcutting movement?
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