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HBO + Cinemax Free Preview 9/14-17

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by heidic, Sep 6, 2012.

  1. Sep 6, 2012 #1 of 28

    heidic Cool Member

    Apr 21, 2009
    Haven't seen this mentioned here, but I read on another site that HBO and Cinemax are running another free preview next weekend. Presumably this is to promote the premiere of Boardwalk Empire.
  2. Sep 6, 2012 #2 of 28

    ThomasM RF Engineer

    Jul 20, 2007
    Milwaukee, WI
    Yup, it was included in the insert in my last bill. From 9-14 thru 9-17 both HBO and Cinemax are free. The insert also says "Watch the season premiere of Boardwalk Empire on 9/16 at 9pm ET" (on HBO) And also "Don't miss the Saturday night movie premiere of Johnny English Reborn on 9/15 at 10pm ET" (on Cinemax).
  3. Sep 8, 2012 #3 of 28

    mitchflorida Godfather

    May 18, 2009
    They have so many free showings of HBO/Cinemax, why even bother to pay for it?
  4. Dude111

    Dude111 An Awesome Dude

    Aug 6, 2010
    Yes DirecTV is much better than Time warner!!! (Who is too greedy to have hardily ANY free previews)
  5. kkl

    kkl Mentor

    Feb 11, 2007
    When does the ability to schedule recordings through DirecTV's online guide generally become available? As of now, I can schedule HBO, but not Cinemax, movies for recording.
  6. dcowboy7

    dcowboy7 Hall Of Fame

    May 22, 2008
    Pequannock, NJ
    So many ?

    Theyve only had 1 since february.
  7. jimisham

    jimisham Legend

    Jun 24, 2003
    I've been able to schedule them before, although it tells me they "may not record as scheduled". They always do record, tho.
  8. skoolpsyk

    skoolpsyk Mentor

    May 24, 2007
    lol, I just came here to check the same thing! It's 7:45am pacific time here and can schedule hbo but still not cinemax...

    edit: 4:30pm and still can't schedule cinemax
  9. retired flyer

    retired flyer Cool Member

    Nov 12, 2007
    501-516 channels aren't lit up, 517-523 are lit up on the guide & all won't record/play at 5:30 AM Sept. 14, Friday. Directv doesn't answer phones till 8 AM.
  10. jimisham

    jimisham Legend

    Jun 24, 2003
    I believe they usually start at 6 AM EST.
  11. skoolpsyk

    skoolpsyk Mentor

    May 24, 2007
    So frustrating to see several great widescreen movies that I'm going to skip because these idiots insist on zooming them in to where it's like you're sitting in the front row of the theater...
  12. NewForceFiveFan

    NewForceFiveFan Legend

    Apr 23, 2010
    Is there even anything airing on the Cinemax channels that hasn't already been run to death on the HBO? I went through the online guide for friday and the only movie I didn't recognize was The Eagle. I sure hope there is some better movies come saturday and sunday night primetime.
  13. kryscio23

    kryscio23 Godfather

    Sep 4, 2007
    I see the free preview but have a question for you guys ... if one doesn't normally subscribe to HBO, does the OnDemand portion of the service come with and be available during the freeview weekend?
  14. bookwalk

    bookwalk AllStar

    May 10, 2005
    Just checked on the same question--the answer is no.
  15. Satelliteracer

    Satelliteracer Hall Of Fame

    Dec 6, 2006
    There are 3 free previews during the year accounting for a total of 9 days out of 365.

    That's 2.5% of the time it is free. :)

    It's also a nice gesture by D* and that premium to allow for everyone to tap into some additional programming every once in awhile that normally folks don't get.
  16. NR4P

    NR4P Dad

    Jan 15, 2007
    Sunny Florida

    Well put. And thank you SR for dropping in now and then to provide helpful info.
  17. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 DIRECTV A-Team

    Jul 28, 2004
    +1 (I haven't used that in quite some time :D)
  18. PrinceLH

    PrinceLH New Member

    Feb 18, 2003
    I just wish that their price structure, was something similar to Starz and Showtime. At times, you can usually get a 3 month package, for under $10.00 per month. I'd tap into that, a couple of times a year, but their price is prohibitive, the way it's currently set up.
  19. dcowboy7

    dcowboy7 Hall Of Fame

    May 22, 2008
    Pequannock, NJ
    The freeviews are actually 4 days each time.

    So 3 freeviews x 4 days = 12 days / 366 (leap year) = 3.3%.
  20. RACJ2

    RACJ2 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    Although it is a nice gesture, you have to admit its mainly a marketing tool to lure in more subscribers to those premium channels. I suppose the preview coinciding with the premier of a Boardwalk Empire could just be a coincidence. Although I would bet that the hope is that you watch the free episode and you like it. Then you have to subscribe to HBO to know what happens next.

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