It’s showtime for
The premium cable network’s digital-only service went live Tuesday morning across a handful of distribution partners — Apple, Roku,
The new service, priced at $10.99 a month, allows broadband Internet users on-demand access to the premium cable channel's roster of programming without a TV subscription.
It costs a few dollars less than the $14.99 broadband users turn over for
The over-the-top option from Showtime comes as media companies are scrambling to chase younger consumers and others who live in the more than 10 million U.S. homes that pay for only broadband Internet access with no cable package.
To drum up subscriber interests, all four distribution partners are offering a 30-day free trial.
The debut of the service, simply called Showtime, comes just before Sunday's season premieres of "Ray Donovan" and "Masters of Sex."
The service marks the first time that Showtime's programming is being offered directly to consumers without a pay-TV package offered by a cable or satellite TV operator.
Showtime, which is owned by