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Showtime Anytime just became available for the Roku. Sadly, Comcast Xfinity does not let subscribers authenticate their Showtime subscriptions on Roku. Given Comcast's history with Roku and HBO Go, it is probably safe to assume it will never happen. Just another reason to stop giving Comcast Xfinity your money.
Looks like Time Warner Cable offers it, wonder what will happen after the buyout?
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I see AT&T U-verse is a partner with RoKu and so is Direct TV. My Girlfriend recently asked me to look at their mailer promos to see if she should switch. Maybe I will tell her to dump Comcast and go with ATT or Direct so we can watch The Tudors on our new RoKu.
I recently have been looking for a solution to the no authentication problem for showtime anytime on streaming devices. It seems to me that you can only activate it for apple tv and xbox360 and with the xbox 360 you also need to have an active microsoft live account as well. They will allow you to activate it on computers and laptops and some tablets as well it seems.
I live in an area that has several internet providers within 50 miles or so. some are big and some are small but comcast/xfinity is the only one that is not listed. This makes me want to believe that it may have something to do with the concept that since they went all digital most subscribers have a need for a separate set top converter box for each television as well as a separate coaxial drop for each television as well. Each of their plans includes only one converter and you may get convertors or digital adapters for and extra charge as well. cable companies in the past have wanted to charge customers per television. If the average customer looks at their bill they could likely reduce their bill considerably by simply running cat 5e cable and setting up a computer network to stream to their televisions. This would elieviate the need to rent from comcast. The Roku 3 box can replace those rented boxes if you have some other hardware on your network as well like a video gateway and a media center computer.
Comcast has ignored customer requests for HBO Go on Roku for over three years so I wouldn't hold my breath while waiting for Comcast to support Showtime Anytime on Roku.
Note: All other cable companies support Showtime Anytime on Roku.
Good news: Next year you can subscribe to standalone Showtime Anytime and stop paying Comcast for Showtime.