via press release:
SHOWTIME® AND HULU PARTNER TO LAUNCH SHOWTIME STREAMING SERVICE
THROUGH HULU IN EARLY JULY
SHOWTIME Becomes First Premium Service Offered On Hulu
NEW YORK – June 23, 2015 – Hulu subscribers will soon have the ability to add the SHOWTIME service to their Hulu subscription and stream on a wide range of the most popular internet-connected streaming devices. The announcement was made today by Matthew C. Blank, Chairman and CEO, Showtime Networks Inc. and Mike Hopkins, CEO, Hulu. Starting in early July, SHOWTIME will become the first premium service to be offered to Hulu’s nearly nine million subscribers nationwide. Hulu will make SHOWTIME available for purchase prior to the highly-anticipated July 12th premieres of the critically-acclaimed hit series RAY DONOVAN and MASTERS OF SEX. For an early look, go to: http://www.hulu.com/getshowtime.
“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,” said Blank. “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,” said Hopkins. “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.”
New and existing Hulu subscribers will be able to sign up for SHOWTIME on Hulu.com. Subscribers will be able to seamlessly access SHOWTIME through the Hulu app and stream programming on Android devices (phones, tablets and TV devices), iOS devices (iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch®), Apple TV®, Xbox One®, Nintendo® Wii™ and Wii U™, Roku® players and Roku TV™ models, PlayStation4 (PS4™), PlayStation 3 (PS3™), Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Chromecast™, and the latest LG, Samsung and Vizio televisions and LG, Samsung and Sony Blu-ray players, as well as online at www.hulu.com, with more devices coming in the future. Hulu subscribers will have unlimited on demand access to every season of award-winning SHOWTIME original series, as well as access to new episodes as they premiere, along with documentary and sports programming, and hundreds of hours of movies, all commercial-free, anywhere in the U.S. At launch, Hulu will offer SHOWTIME across more devices than any other SHOWTIME distributor over the internet. Subscribers will also be able to watch the east and west coast feeds of SHOWTIME live on Hulu.com. SHOWTIME is the only premium streaming service to offer live East and West Coast feeds through all of its internet distributors.
The SHOWTIME premium service complements Hulu’s rapidly expanding library of exclusive content, including groundbreaking licensing deals with other major cable networks, as well as full libraries of hit broadcast and cable shows. In addition to SHOWTIME, Hulu offers more than 88,000 hours of content including current season broadcast network programming, full libraries of popular shows and exciting Hulu Originals.
SHOWTIME is currently available to subscribers via cable, DBS and telco providers. Starting in early July, SHOWTIME will also be available as a stand-alone streaming service through Apple® and Roku, Inc.’s Roku players and Roku TV models. In addition to Hulu, consumers can also subscribe to SHOWTIME via Sony Network Entertainment International LLC’s PlayStation® Vue.
About Showtime Networks Inc.
Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ and FLIX®, and also offers SHOWTIME ON DEMAND®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ ON DEMAND and FLIX ON DEMAND®, and the network’s authentication service SHOWTIME ANYTIME®. Showtime Digital Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of SNI, operates the stand-alone streaming service SHOWTIME®. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks™, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution, which offers Smithsonian Channel™. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV. For more information, go to www.SHO.com.
SHOWTIME and its award-winning, critically-acclaimed original programming continues to make its mark on the cultural landscape. The network is home to one of the most successful programming line-ups in all of television, with hits that include HOMELAND, RAY DONOVAN, THE AFFAIR, MASTERS OF SEX, PENNY DREADFUL, SHAMELESS, HOUSE OF LIES, NURSE JACKIE, HAPPYish, EPISODES and the anticipated new drama series BILLIONS. Original series play a key part in the network’s programming mix, along with box office hits, comedy and music specials, provocative documentaries, and hard-hitting sports programming, including the flagship franchise SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® and the news magazine programs 60 MINUTES SPORTS and JIM ROME ON SHOWTIME. The company’s diverse slate of films includes Boyhood, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Philomena, St. Vincent, The Imitation Game and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
Hulu is a premium streaming TV destination that offers thousands of hours of the best of current season programming, premium original content and full seasons of hit series to subscribers across millions of internet-connected devices in the U.S. Hulu is the only streaming subscription service that offers current season content from five of the six largest U.S. broadcast networks. Since its launch in 2007, Hulu has been at the intersection of entertainment and technology and continues to redefine TV by connecting viewers with the stories they love. For more information, go to www.hulu.com.