For the last few years, consumers have been clamoring for the ability to stream premium entertainment services like Showtime and HBO over the internet without the need for something as increasingly outmoded as a cable subscription. It took until 2015 for these services to catch up to what Netflix had been doing for eons, with HBO Now launching in the first quarter and Showtime finally dragging its feet across the streamable finish line later on.
If you happen to own an Android TV device and would like to sign up for Showtime for $11 per month, you can do so by downloading the app from the Play Store. Showtime’s Android TV inclusion isn’t much different than the company’s existing Showtime Anytime app, but what users are really after here is the content, not the interface. New users can also snag a free 30-day trial when they download Showtime on Android TV.
Google also reported that they’ve forged a partnership with Disney to bring their Disney Movies Anywhere interface to Android TV. Google also has their sights set on the movies-on-demand service Epix, UFC’s streaming service, and the WWE Network.[related_videos title=”Related Videos” align=”center” type=”custom” videos=”563587,620925,579536,398248″]
Along with these new applications, Google has also announced that it’s partnering with Hisense, TCL and a few other manufacturers to bring Android TV to their upcoming television sets. These two companies join TV makers such as Philips, Sony and Sharp who already include Android TV hardware in their TVs. Google says that Pace, Sagemcom and Technicolor will begin manufacturing Android TV set-top boxes in the future, as well.