RokuGuide Review: The press release announcing the release of the Showtime Roku channel promises to let Roku users "watch HD-quality video webisodes, highlights, behind the scenes interviews, and even sample full episodes of the hit shows SHAMELESS and HOUSE OF LIES." The channel lives up to those promises, but this is clearly a promotional channel, more in line with Disney than HBO Go.
Showtime is free to all Roku users, but it's not a replacement for the premium Showtime service that subscribers receive from cable and satellite providers. Currently, there are six full-length episodes. There is a season premiere for each of the following series: House of Lies, Dexter, Homeland, The Big C, The Borgias, and Nurse Jackie. You will also find the aforementioned highlights, interviews, and other short videos for Shameless, House of Lies, Californication, Homeland, Dexter, and Weeds. I would expect additional content to be added as Showtime rolls out new series.
The Showtime channel also carries a Sports category, which is also more promotional than informational. For example, there is currently video titles "News Update: Rockhold vs. Jardine". This is a minute-and-a-half video of the two headliners in the first MMA fight to be shown on Showtime under a deal with Strikeforce.
This channel will be of interest to those who want to sample Showtime's offerings before subscribing through their satellite or cable TV provider, and to those who are fans of the shows listed above and want to see some behind-the-scenes videos.
Developer's Channel Description: Watch webisodes, interviews, and free full episodes from some of Showtime's critically acclaimed shows.
CHANNEL STORE CATEGORY: Movies & TV
DEVELOPER: A DIFFERENT ENGINE LLC