Reminder: Free Preview of Showtime for Many Providers

Free Preview Begins: January 6, 2012 (Friday)
Free Preview Ends
:  January 8, 2012 (Sunday)


There’s going to be a big nationwide free preview of Showtime from January 6-8 to promote the series premiers of House of Lies, Shameless, and Californication. They’ll also be showing the premier of The King’s Speech.

So far I can confirm that this is going to be available on DirecTV, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Verizon FIOS, Mediacom, and RCN. No word yet if Dish Network will be showing it.

Thanks so much to Wayne, T.L., Mike, and David for letting me know about this free preview. If you know of a free preview, please let me know.

Channel Lineup:

Check with your local provider

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  1. As of 8am this morning, preview was not happening on Charter OnDemand in rural MN. Gee, I hope it’s not just the stations. OnDemand is what’s really great during these previews.

  2. As of 2:45pm, Cox of Hampton Roads VA is not showing the Showtime free preview. The customer service rep said that it should have started at 6 am.

  3. Sarah K, Jan 6th 9:00 pm CST hasn’t happened yet. You wrote your comment on January 5th. :-) Write back today and let us know if the preview is working in your area, please.

  4. Still not working on cox in Hampton roads as of 645pm Friday night. Customer sercive knows nothing about the preview when I called.

  5. I just checked on the showtime website. For comcast users, only the ondemand and internet xfinity showtime channel are free. The tv channels are still by subscription only.

  6. Tried Fri. 1/6/12 and today 1/7/12, with Mediacom. No preview. Will mimic the comment of sandybeach55, “Mediacrap”. They’ve been advertising this for almost 2 weeks now and they can’t get their s**t straight. Why do I keep paying for substandard cable and poor customer service. I have no idea anymore. What a joke. Massive fail!

  7. Why is this “Free Preview” only available through “On Demand on Comcast?” Doesn’t a free preview mean that it will be available to everyone?

  8. Had been watching shows through OnDemand Friday through Saturday. Just made it to the best episode of the last season of “Dexter” and now they’re not showing the rest. Not cool. I thought it was supposed to go through tonight?

  9. Comcast has Showtime on Demand available – new episodes airing tonight already available (i.e. Season 5, Episode 1 of Californication) for all those wondering

    Detroit, MI

  10. Comcast subscriber here… to say that this freeview was a let down is an understatement. Comcast dropped the ball by only offering OnDemand and Online AND they ended the online bit early. Sunday evening and all of Showtime is once again locked down.

    Seems to me that Showtime has a free preview to lure in new customers and Comcast is preventing that. New Showtime subscribers are also money in Comcast pockets, but management apparently does not understand that.


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