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If you’re a Showtime subscriber you can now download the entire catalog of shows to watch offline. By allowing downloads for offline viewing, Showtime is following in the footsteps of both Amazon and Netflix. Which is making commuters’ journeys to work more entertaining by the day.

Physical media is a thing of the past. We have a whole generation of people who see streaming as the norm The End of Ownership: Netflix, Spotify, and The Streaming Generation The End of Ownership: Netflix, Spotify, and The Streaming Generation Read More , and who will consume content as and when they want to. However, just occasionally it’s nice to have something in reserve, stored offline for when your internet connection plays up.

Showtime Joins the Download Party

Amazon has offered the option to download videos for offline viewing How to Download Amazon Prime Videos to Watch Offline How to Download Amazon Prime Videos to Watch Offline Amazon has announced that Instant Video now allows offline viewing of movies and television shows on Android and iOS devices, and we have the full lowdown on how you can initiate this fantastic feature. Read More for a while now. And, in November 2016, Netflix finally followed suit You Can Now Download Netflix Shows to Watch Offline You Can Now Download Netflix Shows to Watch Offline Netflix is now allowing users to download content from its catalog to watch offline. This means you can enjoy Netflix even when you can't find a decent internet connection! Read More . Now, as reported by TechCrunch, Showtime has joined the party, and, unlike Amazon and Netflix, it’s allowing people to download its entire catalog.

The ability to download shows for offline viewing is open to both authenticated pay TV subscribers and streaming subscribers. All you need to do is install the latest version of the Showtime app on your chosen mobile platform, which includes Android, iOS, and Fire OS.

Once updated, a Download button will appear alongside all Showtime shows. This means you can download full seasons of Billions, Dexter, Homeland, The Affair, and Shameless, to name just a few. Once downloaded, shows can be watched while you’re offline, making buffering a thing of the past.

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Showtime is putting you in charge of the quality, with smartphone users able to choose between standard definition (540p) and high definition (720p). Tablet users have the option to download at 1080p. You can see everything you’ve downloaded by clicking on the new “Download List” icon.

The New Norm for Streaming Services

Offering downloads for offline viewing is rapidly becoming the norm for streaming services 10 Niche Streaming Services for Those Who Hate Netflix 10 Niche Streaming Services for Those Who Hate Netflix Mainstream streaming services carry mainstream content. What can you do if you want to watch something a little less conventional? You're better off checking out these alternative streaming services packed full of niche content. Read More . And that can only be a good thing for consumers, who get another way of watching the content they’re paying for. Not everyone will download shows, but it’s nice to even have the option, regardless.

Do you subscribe to Showtime? Do you have a pay TV subscription or a streaming subscription? Will you be downloading Showtime shows to watch offline? What other streaming service do you wish offered downloads? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Rusnuvol
    April 10, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    Where do the shows get downloaded to for Android users? SD card or internal memory?