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How to Download and Watch Showtime on Xbox in Germany

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Wondering how to download and watch Showtime on Xbox in Germany?

Showtime is a premium cable and streaming television network. It offers a wide range of content, including dramas, comedies, documentaries, and more.

To access Showtime shows and movies on Xbox, you need to download the Showtime app from the Microsoft Store.

However, if you’re in Germany and want to enjoy Showtime’s content on your Xbox, the process is complex due to the absence of native VPN support.

But don’t worry, In this blog, I will guide you through the steps to easily install and stream Showtime on your Xbox, even if you’re not currently in the United States. 

So, without further ado, let’s get started.


How to Watch Showtime on Xbox in Germany?

To watch Showtime in Germany on Xbox, you need the following things:

  • A VPN Subscription – Purchase a premium VPN connection, such as ExpressVPN
  • Showtime  Subscription – Sign up for HBO Showtime  on their website if you haven’t already
  1. VPN Subscription

I tested several top VPNs for streaming HBO Showtime  on Xbox, and ExpressVPN stood out as the best performer.

To use ExpressVPN:

  1. Choose ExpressVPN as your VPN provider.
  2. Visit their website, pick a plan, and create an account.
  3. Complete the subscription with your preferred payment method.
  4. Download and install the VPN app on your device.
  5. Log in using your account credentials.
  6. Connect to a server for secure and private internet access.

After obtaining a VPN subscription, the next step is to sign up for Showtime .

   2.  Showtime Subscription

Follow these step to use Gift Card without US Payment and get a Showtime subscription:

  1. Begin by purchasing a Showtime gift card from a reputable online source, such as www.mygiftsupply.com.
  2. Take note of the code received in your email upon purchasing the Showtime gift card.
  3. Connect to a US server using a VPN; in this instance, ExpressVPN was utilized.
  4. Visit the Showtime website and select the ‘Start your free trial‘ option.
  5. Click on “Have a gift code? Redeem it here” and input the gift card code from your email. Click “Redeem.”
  6. Provide the necessary details to create your account and proceed. 
  7. For a US address and zip code, easily locate one on Google.
  8. Choose your preferred plan and wait for the process to complete.
  9. Voila! Your Showtime account is now ready for use!

Watch Showtime on Xbox – 3 Methods

Note: Please be aware that showtime is compatible with Xbox 360 and Xbox one. If you own the Xbox Series X and S model. it’s not possible to access showtime even you follow the methods outline below

To watch Showtime on Xbox, you can use one of these methods:

  • Use DNS Server – Method 1
  • Connect your Xbox to a VPN router – Method 2
  • Set up a VPN on Xbox over PC – Method 3 

Use DNS Server – Method 1

DNS server is a service offer to watch geo-blocked content on devices that do not support VPN apps directly, such as Xbox. 

There are many VPN services that offer DNS servers, but I found ExpressVPN’s DNS server (known as MediaStreamer) the best among all to watch Showtime on my Xbox. 

Here how to use DNS Server to watch Showtime on Xbox in Germany:

  1. Head to www.expressvpn.com/dns_settings.
  • Create a DDNS hostname
  • Register your hostname with ExpressVPN
  • Configure DNS on your Xbox One
  1. Now sign in with your username and password. 
  2. A verification code will be sent to your email address to get DNS settings access.
  3. Enter that code to access DNS settings. 
  4. Now on the DNS Settings page, under IP address registration, click on Register my IP address. (Note if you only see “Register” instead of “Register my IP address”, there is no need to do anything).
  5. Now enable the “Automatically register my IP address.”
  6. Go to https://www.expressvpn.com/support/vpn-setup/stream-to-xbox-360-with-dns/
  7. When the page opens, you will see the DNS server IP address, copy that address. 
  8. Now open your Xbox, Settings → Network → Settings → Set Up Internet Connection. 
  9. Go to the Advanced Settings of the Internet connection that your Xbox is using. 
  10. In Advance Settings, do the following:
  • IP Address Settings: Automatic 
  • DNS Settings: Manual 
  • Primary DNS: Use the DNS IP address you copied before 
  • Secondary DNS: leave as it is
  1. Now click OK and wait for the process. 
  2. Once you are connected go to the Xbox main menu, search Showtime, sign in and start streaming. 

Connect your Xbox to a VPN router – Method 2

If you’re not ready to purchase Aircove, you may be able to set up ExpressVPN on your router manually: 

  1. Check to see if your router supports manual setup.
  2. Open your router’s admin page by entering the router’s IP address in your browser search bar. You’ll need to log in using your router’s username and password.
  3. Look for VPN options in the Settings or Advanced Settings section, then follow the manual setup instructions for your model.
  4. Once the VPN is set up, you can connect your Xbox to the router as normal, by Ethernet cable or Wi-Fi.
  5. Now head to the Showtime app on your Xbox, sign in and enjoy!

Set up a VPN on Xbox over PC – Method 3 

You can also share a VPN connection from a Windows PC that is running ExpressVPN. Just create a mobile hotspot, then connect your Xbox to it: 

  1. Sign up for ExpressVPN and install the app for Windows. Then, select the Control Panel and choose Network and Internet. Switch on the Mobile Hotspot feature.
  2. Click on Status and select Change Adapter options. In the list of Network connections, identify your Network name.
  3. Right-click on the ExpressVPN Tap Adapter and choose Properties.
  4. In the pop-up window that shows up, go to the Sharing tab and tick the box that permits other network users to connect.
  5. In the menu, pick the hotspot you’ve set up, and click OK.
  6. Finally, open the ExpressVPN application, connect to your desired server location, and choose the OpenVPN (either UDP or TCP) protocol.
  7. Now connect your Xbox with the hotspot and enjoy Showtime right now!

Can I Watch Showtime on Other Devices in Germany?

Yes, you can download and watch Showtime in Germany on following devices are listed below:

  • Android Phones & Tablets
  • iOS (iPhone/iPod/iPad)
  • Windows
  • Mac
  • Amazon Fire Stick
  • Apple TV
  • Amazon Fire TV
  • LG Smart TV
  • Samsung Smart TV
  • Playstation
  • Roku
  • Android TV

Which Best Shows and Movies are Available to Watch on Showtime?

Here is the list of Best Shows and Movies to Watch on Showtime:

Best Movies to Watch on Showtime 

  • Bacurau
  • Marcel the Shell with Shoes
  • A Ghost Story
  • Blue Collar
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • A Love Song
  • Bringing Out the Dead
  • Midsommar

Best TV Shows to Watch on Showtime

  • Goliath
  • Yellowjackets
  • We Hunt Together
  • Chi
  • Shameless
  • Your Honour
  • Billions
  • Dexter: New Blood
  • Ghosts of Beirut

Why is ExpressVPN the Best VPN to Download and Watch Showtime on Xbox in Germany?

After extensive testing of multiple VPN providers, I found ExpressVPN is the best VPN to download and watch Showtime on Xbox outside the USA, here is why

It provides an extensive network of more than 3000 servers in 94 countries, including 1000+ in the US, and ensures that you can access your preferred content without any limitations.

Also, Its incredible streaming speed, which measures out to an astonishing 89.42 Mbps download and 84.64 Mbps upload on a 100 Mbps connection. This means smooth streaming in high resolution for on-demand content and even for live TV streaming.

Apart from supporting devices like iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, and Amazon Firestick/Fire TV, ExpressVPN also plays well with various devices that do not support VPN directly such as Xbox, PlayStation, Roku, Apple TV, and Smart TV.

By providing MediaStreamer (Smart DNS), router set up, and routing through PC, you can download and stream your favorite streaming service on all the devices that do not support VPN native apps including Showtime , Max, YouTube TV, Sling TV, ESPN Plus and more in Germany. 

With support for up to eight simultaneous connections, it ensures both security and convenience, perfect for families or individuals with multiple devices. 

And with 24/7 live chat support, you never miss watching your favorite shows and movies on Showtime  as well as other streaming services like Hulu, Peacock, Sling TV, YouTube TV, Paramount Plus, ESPN+ and more.  

Also, ExpressVPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, showcasing its commitment to user satisfaction.

How VPN Allows Me to Watch and Download Showtime in Germany?

Due to content licensing Showtime is not available in Germany. This means if you try to access Showtime on Germany, it won’t allow you to stream the content. 

But, there’s a way around this! With VPN, you can mask your local IP address and change it with a US IP address, tricking Showtime that you are somewhere in America.   

When you use a VPN and connect to a server in the USA, your device pretends to be in America. After that, when you try to access Showtime, The streaming service believes that you are actually there since an IP address is the only way to identify the user’s location and allows you to watch the content.

FAQs

01
Can I access Showtime in Germany?

Yes, you can access Showtime in Germany by obtaining an American IP address with the help of a VPN.

02
Which VPN is best for Showtime?

ExpressVPN – The best VPN for Showtime.

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Sebastian Petrosi, Editor of various cord cutting websites, founded BingeManiacs in 2024. With a Masters’s degree in communications, Sebastian specializes in gathering details, checking facts, and writing easy to understand cord cutting guides. In addition to writing articles and testing VPNs, Sebastian loves to play games and binge watch his favorite shows over the weekends.

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