Dish said that its customers will get bill credits for the time they cannot access HBO or Cinemax. This may be the first of many HBO blackouts for consumers across the country. HBO provided this statement to Ars: During our forty-plus years of operation, HBO has always been able to reach agreement with our valued distributors and our services have never been taken down or made unavailable to subscribers due to an inability to conclude a deal.
History[ edit ] Early history — [ edit ] Showtime was launched on July 1, on Times-Mirror Cable systems in Escondido , Long Beach and Palos Verdes , California through the conversion of 10, subscribers of the previous Channel One franchise.
The following week on July 8, Showtime launched on Viacom Cablevision's system in Dublin, California ;  the channel was originally owned by Viacom.
By the end of its first year on the air, Showtime had a total of 55, subscribers nationwide. The three companies officially announced their agreement in principle to acquire interests in TMC on November 11, Under the revised proposal, the four studios would each own a In addition, the consortium would appoint a management team separate from those employed by the two channels — which would continue to operate as separate services — to operate the joint venture.
To address the Justice Department's concerns over the deal, the four partners submitted another revised proposal for consideration on July 19, that included guarantees of conduct agreeing that Paramount, Universal and Warner Bros. The changes — which Justice Department officials acknowledged would "prevent any anti-competitive effect from arising" following the merger, by allowing other premium services to enter the market should the venture significantly raise licensing fee prices for films — led the Justice Department to drop its challenge to the merger agreement on August 12; the Department formally approved the deal the following day on August The campaign lasted into and coincided with both the exclusivity deal signed with Paramount for films see below and a graphical upgrade to the network's presentation to include computer-generated graphics.
This logo was also used on Showtime Australia until It was also in use for nostalgia purposes for the marketing of the series Black Monday. On August 10, , after Time Inc.
Also in , the company formed Showtime Event Television now Showtime PPV as a pay-per-view distributor of special event programming.
In , Showtime ventured into acquiring and premiering independent films exclusively for the channel as part of the Minute Movie short film anthology series.
In , Showtime launched "Showtime Interactive The following year in , Showtime became one of the first cable networks to launch a high definition simulcast feed with Star Trek: Insurrection becoming the first film on the network to be broadcast in HD ; Showtime also began to provide Dolby Digital 5.
The respective coastal feeds of each channel are usually packaged together though most cable providers only offer the east and west coast feeds of the main Showtime channel , resulting in the difference in local airtimes for a particular movie or program between two geographic locations being three hours at most.
Subscribers to the separate premium film service The Movie Channel, which is also owned by CBS Corporation, do not necessarily have to subscribe to Showtime in order to receive TMC; both The Movie Channel and co-owned fellow movie service Flix are typically sold together in a package although in the case of Flix, this depends on whether that channel is carried on a particular television provider , though DirecTV and Dish Network alternately sell TMC through a separate film tier; this package was known in the late s and early s as Showtime Unlimited and sometimes included SundanceTV when it was the Sundance Channel, as Showtime held a stake in it during the era.
Channel Description and programming Showtime The flagship service; Showtime features blockbuster movies, first-run feature films, stand-up comedy specials and documentaries, championship boxing and mixed martial arts events. The channel also carries original series, with newer episodes primarily being shown on Sunday and Monday evenings.
Showtime 2 alternately known as SHO2 A secondary channel that offers a separate schedule of movies, original series and specials.
Launched on October 1, ,  the channel was previously named Showtime Too from to Showcase Similar to Showtime 2, Showcase features movies, first-run feature films and original made-for-cable films originally produced for Showtime.
Launched in , the channel was previously named "Showtime 3" until July 1, Showtime Beyond Launched in September ,  Showtime Beyond features a mix of science fiction, fantasy and horror films, as well as made-for-cable science fiction series produced for Showtime.
Showtime Extreme Launched on March 10, , Showtime Extreme airs action and adventure films, thriller films, gangster films and sporting events including mixed martial arts and boxing matches. The channel carries over 60 movies each month, along with a Sunday double feature spotlighting a different action star.
The channel features over 50 films each month, including original made-for-cable movies, and live action and animated short films ; it also broadcasts documentaries and concert specials. Showtime Women Launched in March ,  Showtime Women features movies, Showtime original series and specials geared primarily at a female audience.
Background[ edit ] In , after HBO and Cinemax debuted the first premium television multiplex service in the United States, Showtime followed with the testing of its own secondary service — Showtime 2 — on October 1 of that year on two systems operated by TeleCable one of these systems, TeleCable's Racine , Wisconsin operation, had also participated in the multiplexing test for HBO and Cinemax.
Showtime Family Zone, Showtime Next and Showtime Women do not have distribution by most pay television providers as extensive as the other Showtime multiplex channels. The availability of either of the three channels on cable providers varies depending on the market; Dish Network carries neither of the three, and DirecTV carries Showtime Next and Showtime Women, but not Showtime Family Zone.
Showtime HD[ edit ] Showtime HD is a high definition simulcast feed of Showtime that broadcasts in the i resolution format. In addition to its main channel, all of Showtime's multiplex channels except for Family Zone also broadcast in the format, though availability of all of the HD feeds varies by provider.
Showtime HD is available through virtually all providers which carry Showtime, along with Showtime's streaming services.
Films shown on Showtime's HD simulcast feeds are broadcast in their native aspect ratio if that version is provided by the studios that maintain pay television distribution rights with the channel.
Showtime on Demand offers feature films, episodes of Showtime's original series, adult programming and sports events. Showtime on Demand's rotating program selection incorporates select new titles that are added each Friday, alongside existing program titles held over from the previous one to two weeks.
The service began to be test marketed in and was officially launched in July Content available on the service includes Showtime original programming, feature films, comedy specials, documentaries and sports programming.
The code was removed as soon as it was discovered. Unlike HBO Now, Showtime also provides live streams of the East and West Coast television feeds of the linear Showtime channel live streams of Showtime's multiplex services, and sister networks The Movie Channel, The Movie Channel Xtra, and Flix are not currently available on the service; live streams of Showtime's multiplex channels are available for Amazon Prime users as part of the Showtime add-on subscription.
However, the channel hinted that the core interactive functions of SHO Sync may be restored in a different form, with the possibility of being incorporated into Showtime Anytime and the Showtime over-the-top streaming service. Eastern Time; programs featured within the block include feature films, series produced specifically for broadcast during the block and occasional stand-up comedy specials.
Softcore erotica programming has previously aired during the "After Hours" block, though adult films have been absent from Showtime's primary channel since the mids; the network began broadcasting a limited amount of original erotica series such as Beach Heat: Miami on its main channel in , after having been absent for most of the previous decade.
The network's multiplex channels Showtime 2 and Showtime Extreme also occasionally feature adult films during the overnight hours, though this has become less commonplace since late The main Showtime network also carried, unusually for a premium channel, news programming; the now-defunct All News Channel partially owned by Viacom produced second long news updates for Showtime in the early s ANC also produced news updates for fellow Viacom network VH1.
Showtime is also one of only two premium cable services alongside Disney Channel during its existence as a premium channel prior to that has produced original movies aimed at family audiences; these films were originally broadcast under the separate banner "Showtime Original Pictures for Kids" from to and "Showtime Original Pictures for All Ages" from to Although it does not hold the pay television rights to telecast recent films from 20th Century Fox — which are held by HBO, as of [update] — Showtime does run independent films to which that studio owns the home video rights, regardless as to whether they were released theatrically.
Films that Showtime has pay cable rights to will usually also run on The Movie Channel and Flix during the period of its term of licensing.
Former first-run contracts[ edit ] Within years of its launch, Showtime entered into licensing agreements with several movie studios.
On April 13, , Showtime signed an exclusive first-run film output deal with New Line Cinema ; the deal expired after On July , Encore signed an output deal with New Line Cinema, broadcasting its films released between and On December 4, , Showtime signed a four-year exclusive first-run distribution deal with Summit Entertainment, broadcasting 42 films that were released by that studio between and Netflix assumed the rights to The Weinstein Company's films starting in Sports programming[ edit ] Showtime broadcasts a limited amount of sports programming, which is produced by the channel's Showtime Sports division.
Beginning in March , Showtime's sports programming consisted largely of boxing matches produced under the banner Showtime Championship Boxing ; in , the network launched ShoBox: The New Generation , focusing primarily on up-and-coming boxers. In , Showtime began broadcasting all domestic fights telecast on the channel in high definition.
In February , mixed martial arts promotion Strikeforce announced a three-year broadcast agreement with Showtime, allowing it to broadcast up to 16 events per year, as well as a deal with sister network CBS for an option to produce up to four events for that network;  Strikeforce ended its run on Showtime when the league folded in January The agreement gives million users access to select Showtime series from CBS.