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Showtime (TV network)

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Showtime is an American premium television network owned by Paramount Media Networks, and is the flagship property of the namesake parent company, Showtime Networks, a part of Paramount Media Networks. Showtime's programming primarily includes theatrically released motion pictures and original television series, along with boxing and mixed martial arts matches, occasional stand-up comedy specials, and made-for-TV movies.

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TypePay television network
CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaNationwide
HeadquartersNew York City, New York
Spanish (as SAP option; select films may be subtitled in English from their native language)
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SD feed)
Timeshift service
Showtime timeshift channels
    • Showtime (East / West)
    • Showtime 2 (East / West)
    • Showcase (East / West)
    • SHO×BET (East / West)
    • Showtime Extreme (East / West)
    • Showtime Family Zone (East / West)
    • Showtime Next (East / West)
    • Showtime Women (East / West)
OwnerParamount Media Networks (ownership)
Paramount Streaming (operations)
ParentShowtime Networks
Key people
  • David Nevins (Chairman/CEO, Showtime Networks)
  • Michael Crotty (EVP/CFO, Showtime Networks)
  • Tom Christie (COO, Showtime Networks)
  • Gary S. Levine (Co-President, Entertainment)
  • Jana Winograde (Co-President, Entertainment)
Sister channels
LaunchedMay 9, 1976; 46 years ago (1976-05-09)
Streaming media
(requires subscription or trial to access content)
Available feeds
    • Showtime (East)
    • Showtime (West)
Showtime (streaming service)
(requires subscription or trial to access content)
Available feeds
    • Showtime (East)
    • Showtime (West)
(U.S. cable internet subscribers only; requires television provider login to access content)
Available feeds
    • Showtime (East)
    • Showtime (West)
Apple TV ChannelsOver-the-top TV
(requires subscription or trial to access content)
Available feeds
    • Showtime (East)
    • Showtime (West)
Amazon ChannelsOver-the-top TV
(requires subscription or trial to access content)
Available feeds
    • Showtime (East/West)
    • Showtime 2 (East)
    • Showcase (East)
    • SHO×BET (East)
    • Showtime Extreme (East)
    • Showtime Family Zone (East)
    • Showtime Next (East)
    • Showtime Women (East)

Headquartered at Paramount Plaza on the northern end of New York City's Broadway district, Showtime operates eight 24-hour, linear multiplex channels; a traditional subscription video on demand service; and two proprietary streaming platforms, the TV Everywhere offering Showtime Anytime (which is included as part of a subscription to the linear Showtime television service) and a namesake over-the-top service sold directly to streaming-only consumers. In addition, the Showtime brand has been licensed for use by a number of channels and platforms worldwide, including Showtime Arabia (since merged into OSN) in the Middle East and North Africa, and the now-defunct Showtime Movie Channels in Australia.

Showtime is also sold independently of traditional and over-the-top multichannel video programming distributors a la carte through Apple TV Channels and Amazon Channels, which feature VOD library content and live feeds of Showtime's linear television services (consisting of the primary channel's East and West Coast feeds and, for Amazon Video customers, the East Coast feeds of its seven multiplex channels).[1][2] As of September 2018, Showtime's programming was available to approximately 28.567 million U.S. households that subscribed to a multichannel television provider (28.318 million of which receive Showtime's primary channel at minimum).[3]

On January 30, 2023, Paramount announced plans to fully integrate the Showtime linear service with the premium tier of the Paramount+ streaming service, beginning on a future date yet to be announced; the combined service will be branded as Paramount+ with Showtime, replacing a bundle of the same name that launched in mid-2022.[4]