With all eight seasons of Dexter leaving the service on December 30, 2020, the day before Gossip Girl and The Office also leave the stream as the latest victims of the streaming wars, Netflix is about to lose another major TV series from its catalog.
It comes six weeks after Showtime announced that Dexter will return for a limited series. In recent months, there has been a trend that the original seasons of shows that were restarted have been moved to the service that restarts them. Gossip Girl, for example, is joining HBO Max, who will release a new version of the CW drama in the coming months.
How to watch Dexter online after he leaves Netflix
That’s how it is with Dexter. It is expected that the serial killer show starring Michael C. Hall will continue to be seen on Showtime and the additional channel Amazon Prime Video, ready for the fans in the run-up to a new season that will make up for what many viewers felt was a massively underwhelming finale.
Showtime offers viewers a range of subscription options. The cheapest of these is directly at Showtime itself, where Dexter and other hit shows like Shameless and Billions are offered for $8.99 per month after a 30-day free trial period.
The service costs $10.99 as a premium addition to Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Apple TV, AT&T TV, Fubo, The Roku Channel, Sling and YouTubeTV. Apple TV+ subscribers can get Showtime and CBS All Access for $9.99 per month as a bundle.
However, there are indications that Dexter may eventually become a streaming rival to Netflix. ViacomCBS (the company that owns Showtime) recently signed an agreement with NBCUniversal to broadcast Showtime shows on both Showtime and Peacock.
Series such as The Affair and Ray Donovan were on Peacock at the time of launch, and Dexter could follow them in the future, especially if Showtime tries to win over the public for its revival.
There could also be a new way for fans to see Dexter again online for free. Showtime has just launched a free streaming service channel that offers selected episodes of his shows for free. Although Dexter is not currently among them, once he leaves Netflix, this could open up the possibility that the episodes will get there.
Since Showtime, like Peacock, is a US-only service, it seems unlikely that Dexter leaving Netflix in the US will affect his streaming in other countries. In the UK, for example, the show is streamed on NOW TV and did not appear on the list of shows leaving the service in December 2020.