Will my Apple TV know if I lose Showtime through my cable TV provider?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by levander, May 20, 2018.

  1. levander macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2011
    I’m about to switch cable providers. I’m going from AT&T U-Verse to YouTube TV (without paying YouTube the ~$10/month for Showtime) More on that switch in this thread about Apple TV 4K’s for future proofing if you want to know:


    My question for this thread, is when I switch cable providers, I’m going to lose Showtime. Will I still be able to use my Showtime app on my Apple TV that’s already set up? Or is my Apple TV smart enough to figure out I no longer subscribe to the cable TV provider that I got Showtime through?

    I just had to activate the Showtime app on my Apple TV the first time I used the app. But it may be double checking my activation information every time the app starts up, I don’t know.

    Is there any known trick for hiding this kind of information from your Apple TV?

    I also have the same question about HGTV. But I thought leaving the thread title to just Showtime would make it catchier.
  2. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    It’s not your Apple TV that cares, its the individual apps. At some point, both the Showtime and HGTV apps should try to reauthenticate (using your U-Verse credentials), and when that fails, you shouldn’t get access to everything in those apps anymore.
  3. techwarrior macrumors 65816


    Jul 30, 2009
    My son works in CS for one of the dinosaur CableCos. He stated every time the app launches it verifies. I do know ATV asks for re-authentication from time to time if you don't use it every day.

    I got HBOGo with my DTVN sub but when I dropped HBO from that plan, it dropped from ATV almost immediately.
  4. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    Once you end your cable service, you'll lose access to these channels virtually immediately. It's got nothing to do with hiding this from your Apple TV, and even if that were possible, this forum frowns on discussion of piracy, which is what you're seeking to do.
  5. sfxguy macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Showtime is the worst app asking for verification at least once a week forcing me to go to the website and re-enter the code and reactivate it. You will probably have it for a few days but then it will go away.
  6. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    i've discovered, (since their activation page doesn't work in the iPhone browser, and i got tired of going to grab my laptop)
    you can use the showtime app on your phone to activate your aTV. (it's in the main settings in the app)

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