Showtime and Apple partner to launch standalone streaming service

Showtime has confirmed recent rumors, officially announcing that it will be launching a standalone Internet streaming service next month. The service will follow in line with HBO’s recent embracingof the Internet (as well as Dish and many networks with its Sling TV), and it will be called simply “Showtime”. Apple will be the first partner for the service, CBS Corporation announced this evening. The standalone Internet-based Showtime service will go live some time in early July. More after the jump.

Says CBS, the Showtime service’s launch will “coincide” with the upcoming seasons of the shows “Masters of Sex” and “Ray Donovan”, apparently meaning the service’s official launch date is July 12. Apple mobile device and Apple TV owners will be the lucky ones, getting first access to the service.

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