A new streaming service is coming to Norway this September. Here is everything you need to know about SkyShowtime.
With cable services and multiple streaming options, TV in Norway is a pretty complicated environment these days. It’s about to get even more so with the launch of yet another streaming service.
SkyShowtime, the European joint venture of Comcast’s Sky and Paramount Global, will launch in Norway on 20 September as part of a Nordic-wide rollout.
It follows approval from European regulators earlier this year. Following the Nordic launch, the service will launch in the Netherlands, Iberia, and Central & Eastern Europe.
What’s on SkyShowtime?
Of course, the first question everyone wants to know when a new streaming service launches is what’s on it?
In Norway, SkyShowtime replaces Paramount+, just as HBO Max replaced HBO Nordic. This means existing Paramount+ viewers won’t lose access to existing shows, including Halo, Yellowstone, The Offer and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.
Showtime originals coming to the service include Yellowjackets, Dexter: New Blood, Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber and The First Lady. Series premieres will include Showtime drama American Gigolo, Sky originals The Rising, The Fear Index, The Midwich Cuckoos, plus Law & Order season 21 from Peacock.
In a press release, the partners stated that “new premium scripted series, kids and family content and a selection of iconic library titles and box sets from Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, DreamWorks Animation, Paramount+, Showtime, Sky Studios and Peacock” will be available.
They also stated that “local original programming, documentaries and specials from its markets” will be available. Hoewver, there’s no information if or when any Norwegian language content will be available.
SkyShowtime will also feature TV premieres of theatrical films from Paramount Pictures and Universal Pictures, Hollywood’s two oldest studios.
Following their theatrical and home entertainment releases, SkyShowtime will feature Top Gun: Maverick, Jurassic World Dominion, Minions: The Rise of Gru, Sing 2, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, The Lost City, Downton Abbey: A New Era, Nope and Belfast.
How can I get SkyShowtime?
SkyShowtime will be a direct-to-consumer service available on Apple devices across Apple iOS and tvOS. It will also be available on Android devices and through its website.
The streaming service is set to launch at NOK 79 per month, which puts it on a par with several other streaming services.
It will also be available through distribution partners including Telenor, Telia, TV2 Play and Strim. Exact details on how this will work remains to be seen, but it’s likely to work in a similar way to the recent launch of Britbox.
If you get a cable service via Telenor or Telia, you should hear details in due course. The same applies if you are a TV2 Play subscriber.