Problem With Showtime Subscription

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Problem With Showtime Subscription

DanOlivadoti
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Premium Student

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USA

My Question or Issue

 

After I signed up for Student Premium, my Showtime subscription worked for exactly one day. Afterward, I kept getting greeted with a "7-Day Trial for $10.99" screen every time I logged into their site, no matter what device I used. In my account details, it would show "Expired-Billed Through Spotify".

 

I tried contacting Showtime customer service a number of times and every instance they would give me a reply which was essentially "Not our problem. Contact Spotify." I finally did contact Spotify, who were wonderfully helpful. What they did was to have me cancel, then restart, my Student Premium account in order to reset the other services. The customer service rep asked me to log into Showtime to see if the problem was fixed, and it was...For one day.

 

That's right-Showtime worked for one day again, and then started giving me the "7-Day Trial" offer the very next day, and showing my account as expired in their system.

 

Is anyone else having the same problem as I am with Showtime? I can't keep contacting Spotify to cancel and restart my account just to get Showtime to work, especially when it only accepts my credentials as paid/active for one day. I even tried changing my login there to another email address to see if it would fix the problem, but no luck. I've had zero problems with Hulu, but can't seem to get the Showtime issue fixed. 

 

Any help would be most appreciated!! Thanks in advance!

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Re: Problem With Showtime Subscription

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Hey @DanOlivadoti.

 

Thanks for reaching out to us about this, and apologies for the wait!

Do you mind checking that your Showtime subscription is linked to your Spotify account in your account overview page here?

 

If it's already linked but it's still not working, let us know and we'll look into it.

 

Thanks! We'll be looking out for your reply.

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Re: Problem With Showtime Subscription

DanOlivadoti
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Thanks for getting back to me! No worries about the delay.

Yes, the Showtime account is linked. When I log in there, in my account details it states “Billed Through Your Spotify Account”, but for whatever reason it won’t let me actually use the service and keeps offering me a free trial for a full price subscription. That’s why it’s so bizarre.

The account was linked before as well. What the rep who helped had me do was to cancel my Spotify Student account so that the Hulu and Showtime accounts would unlink, then sign up again and link them at that point. Hulu linked to Spotify just fine, and so did Showtime but only for 24 hours as I mentioned. Then it was right back to the free trial status, even though in the account details it shows that it’s tied to my Spotify membership.

I appreciate the help on this! I know it’s kind of a strange issue.
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Re: Problem With Showtime Subscription

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Hey @DanOlivadoti.

 

Thanks for getting back to us.

 

We found a thread which has a few useful troubleshooting steps which are worth trying (here). 

 

Did you already have a Showtime account before upgrading to the Premium offer? If so, then you could try unlinking your Showtime account, creating a new one through your account overview page here and seeing if Showtime works normally.

 

Several users in that thread mention that this might be related to the fact that the emails used for the Spotify and Showtime accounts don't match. Hopefully by going through the above steps that should solve the issue.

 

Let us know how it goes! We'll be right here if you need any further help with this.

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Re: Problem With Showtime Subscription

DanOlivadoti
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Hello Again,

Thank you for your efforts to help so far. I really do appreciate it!

 

Unfortunately, I searched all the threads I could find on the subject before starting this new one of my own, and already tried all the different things that were in the particular thread you included the link to. None of them worked.

I did have a Showtime subscription before signing up for the Spotify deal, but it was already cancelled and ending when that took effect. I followed the instructions on how to link Showtime if you already had an existing account exactly as instructed on your website in the official FAQ. 

 

I’ve tried changing emails, then trying to open a new Showtime account again with the same email as I use for Spotify, and still no joy. I still get a full price trial offer from them even though I am signed out everywhere. I guess the existing account is still linked to Spotify no matter what email address I change it to.

I know you said to unlink my Showtime account, but the reason I started the inquiry is exactly because I don’t know how to do that. Neither Spotify nor Showtime offer a way to do this on either of your sites/apps, and when I contacted Showtime customer support, they told me this needs to be fixed on your end, not theirs. If I knew how to unlink the Showtime account, I certainly would’ve tried that already.

I’m guessing I’m probably going to need to cancel my Spotify Student account for a second time, re-subscribe, and try and link to a new Showtime account. Otherwise, I am completely at a loss as to what to try next. I have never experienced such major issues as I have with Showtime.

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Re: Problem With Showtime Subscription

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Hey @DanOlivadoti.

 

Thanks for getting back to us, and sorry for the wait.

 

That's odd! The best thing to do at this point is to get in touch with our Customer Support team once again here. They will be able to have a look and see if there's anything up with the account itself, since it looks like it might be an account-specific issue.

 

The way to find out whether this is account-specific would be to create a new account and transfer your student discount to it - this can only be done by Customer Support, so you would have to reach out to them anyway - and then sign up for the Studnet Hulu + Showtime deal again.

 

Hope that helps! Keep us posted and let us know how you get on - we want to make sure this gets resolved for you, so we'll be glad to hear back from you 🙂

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Sarahmp123
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This EXACT issue is happening with me right now and it is very frusterating!

 

I did everything the OP did with Spotify (cancelling Premium and resubscribing to activate but it not working even then) until they eventually sent me over to Showtime support and they don't know how to fix it.

 

Also like OP, when I first activated my Showetime account, it worked for a day and then went back to asking me to pay.

 

I feel OP's pain, this definitely isn't a fluke. 

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Re: Problem With Showtime Subscription

kikishno
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Yeah my option for a Showtime subscription isn't working either. It's only giving me the option to activate a Hulu account, but for Showtime it says "start watching".  Then it takes me to a page where I either have to sign in or start a 7 day free trial, which is already open to the public so I didn't really need Spotify to lead me there. I never activated a Showtime account through Spotify or ever honestly. I'm not sure what the dilemma is, however if it's not going to work then it should no longer be advertised... just saying.

Re: Problem With Showtime Subscription

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Hey there @kikishno,

 

Thanks for posting about this here in the Community!

 

You mention that instead of seeing "Activate", you see "Start Watching" for Showtime - it sounds like you already connected your Showtime and Spotify accounts.

 

Could you try logging in to your Showtime account in an incognito or private window in your browser to see if you're still being prompted to upgrade for a trial offer through Showtime?

 

Keep in mind that if you've linked the wrong Showtime account, you'll need to cancel the subscription and resubscribe with the correct account.

 

Let us know how you get on! We'll be right here if you need more help!

 

Have a lovely day 🙂

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