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Level 7

Always having to Activate Device for Showtime

Why do I get prompted to activate my device every time I want to watch Showtime?  I only watch Showtime & ShowtimeAnytime from my Roku device - and it's annoying to have to activate with a code every single time I want to watch something. I don't have this issue with any other channels. Thanks for any help you can provide! 

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Level 8

Re: Always having to Activate Device for Showtime

If there's a solution to this I'd like to know what it is, but I think it's just the policy that Showtime has decided to implement. I have found it to be true of Showtime not only on Roku but also on Amazon Fire TV and on Apple TV. No other streaming app makes users log in as often, as far as I know. For me it hasn't been every time I use it, but if I go more than a few days without using Showtime I will have to log in again. It's a pain. I'm not sure if it would stay logged in if I used it every day. Sooner or later I'll probably cancel Showtime for this reason, and because even original Showtime content disappears from the app. Two examples are Masters of Sex and Tales of the City. These Showtime series are nowhere to be found in Showtime's streaming services, and they are not the only ones.

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Re: Always having to Activate Device for Showtime

@catchastar @RisenBird 

Thanks for the inquiry.

Have you tried reaching out to the channel provider to inquire further? Many channels on Roku are developed and maintained by the channel provider themselves. 

You can reach Showtime support here:


Danny R.
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Level 7

Re: Always having to Activate Device for Showtime

I signed up for a Showtime sub through Roku and works on 1 of my 4 streaming sticks in my house. But the other 3 streaming sticks says I have to log in. when I use my roku login and pw it doesn't work. Any help will be appreciated.

Level 9

Re: Always having to Activate Device for Showtime

hey @steveny77 

by any chance are your devices the same model? Do they have the same name? 

please check the solution I provided for a similar issue for Disney+ it has nothing to do with the channel but having multiple Roku devices with the same name.

best of luck. 

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