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Showtime’s streaming service will be a cheaper HBO Now competitor

Showtime Networks’s new streaming service is slated to start on July 12, just in time for the premiers of Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex. In terms of pricing, it sits comfortably in between Netflix’s basic streaming plan and HBO NOW. However, with so many cable-cutting options currently available, is Showtime’s online option more appealing as a standalone service or would viewers prefer to see it as an add-on channel to a service like Sling TV? – Louis Ramirez, The Christian Science Monitor

Cable TV providers brace for the ‘streaming wars’

It’s a huge get for Amazon, which recently raised prices for Prime subscriptions and has made huge moves to shore up its streaming video content library over the past year. Netflix, which raised its own prices in mid-April, saw its stock price plunge 5 percent the day of the HBO announcement. Partnering with big names like HBO and Nickelodeon is just one way to lure a cable chord-cutter. A slew of streaming devices have crowded onto the market over the past few years, including set-top boxes like Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon’s just-released Fire TV. Hulu recently unveiled a remote control for subscribers using it on video game consoles. – Schuyler Velasco, The Christian Science Monitor