Showtime Secretly Mined User CPUs For Cryptocurrency

Showtime is a major network so you can imagine the kind of traffic its websites pull. It appears that the company recently put that traffic to use by secretly mining cryptocurrency. A script was discovered on some Showtime websites which used users’ CPU power to mine for virtual currency. Following reports about this behavior, the script was quietly removed.

Cryptocurrency miners can cause a spike in CPU usage. Users who don’t know what’s going on will likely be under the impression that their system is slowing down. What they don’t know is that their system is taking on additional load due to the script that’s mining cryptocurrency.

Several users on Twitter pointed out that websites like and were mining users’ extra CPU power for cryptocurrency. The script used is called Coinhive. It was developed to enable website owners to circumvent ad blockers and generate revenue. However, many ad blockers are now actively blocking Coinhive.

The script mines a cryptocurrency called Monero. It’s basically a more private version of Bitcoin as it can be purchased offline with cash. Coinhive keeps 30 percent of the proceeds from the mining operation while the remaining goes to the website owner.

Showtime isn’t the only one that used this tactic. Torrent website The Pirate Bay was caught doing this recently and it has since apologized for running the script without informing users. It has also asked users whether they prefer CPU mining over ads and many of its users have been open to the former.

Showtime hasn’t commented on this so far so we don’t have its side of the story just yet.

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Showtime Apps Get Offline Viewing Support

If you’re a Showtime subscriber and you regularly use its mobile applications to consume content on the go then you’re going to like the update that it has sent out today. Showtime apps for iOS and Android now have support for offline viewing, meaning that you can download content from its streaming catalog to watch even when there’s no internet connection.

I’m sure many can argue that the apps should have had this feature earlier given that in this day and age, even with internet connectivity never too far out of reach at least in developed countries, one still feels the need to have content on the device that doesn’t require an internet connection to play.

Showtime and Showtime Anytime apps for iOS and Android now have this feature. They will allow subscribers to download episodes of popular shows like Dexter, Homeland, and Shameless for offline viewing.

Users will now see a download button which will let them save movies and TV shows in both standard and high definition. Showtime doesn’t appear to be limiting the feature in any other way so the only thing users may have to be considerate about would be the amount of free storage on their device.

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Showtime Now Available On Sling TV

Sling TV has been around for over two years now and the online TV streaming service has gradually built up its programming lineup. It has been adding premium channels that many know and love, the likes of HBO, Cinemax, and Starz are already available on the service. Sling TV today announced that Showtime will now be available for subscribers as well who are willing to pay a bit extra for the premium channel.

Sling TV is one of the most widely used over-the-top online TV streaming services out there, up against the likes of PlayStation Vue. Over the past few months, we’ve seen the Dish-owned service gradually improve the programming lineup and fans of this premium channel will certainly appreciate that they can now access it as an additional part of their Sling TV subscription.

Today’s announcement makes Sling TV the first over-the-top TV streaming service to provide users with content from four leading premium channels. Sling TV users can now add Showtime to their service by subscribing to Showtime premium for an additional $10 per month.

This provides them with a live streaming of the channel aside from almost 2,000 on-demand titles which include award-winning shows like Homeland and Shameless.

Channels in the new premium pack include Showtime, Showtime 2, Showtime Showcase, Showtime Extreme, Showtime Beyond, Showtime Next, Showtime West, and Showtime Women.

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