The other way to watch Showtime content in Australia is to use a virtual private network (VPN) service that has a good reputation for streaming geoblocked US content from America. Connecting to a compatible US VPN server fools American streaming services into believing you’re connecting from the US, rather than from Australia.
Be warned that for Showtime and other US streaming services, using a VPN to bypass geoblocked content is likely a violation of the user agreement you accept at sign-up, so you may have your account banned. Still want to proceed? Read on.
At the time of writing, Showtime was offering a 30-day trial before charging US$3.99 a month for the first three months. Use a VPN like NordVPN, ExpressVPN or Hotspot Shield to connect to a US server, then visit the Showtime homepage and follow the sign-up prompts. You’ll need to enter a username and password.
I had issues getting the final sign-up page to load (across browsers), so I used a backdoor method on Android, which is only recommended for advanced users. On an Android device, use a search engine to look for ‘showtime apk’, then download the file from a reputable site. Scan the downloaded file before installing and accept the prompt to install the Showtime app.
To complete the sign-up process, you not only have to agree to the terms and conditions, you also need to provide a valid payment method. The Showtime app sniffed out all of my Australian payment methods, which meant I couldn’t complete the sign-up process. This means the only way around it is to use a Showtime gift card, which can be purchased in US$25 or US$50 options from online gift card stores like My Gift Card Supply. Enter the Showtime gift card code as your payment method, and you’re ready to stream.