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#26 OFFLINE   mdavej

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 01:32 PM

You can stream all Starz content if you have Netflix. It's like getting a premium package for free with no discs to deal with.

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 01:53 PM

I, agree with the Coca Cola Kid that out of the 4 Showtime has the most HD .I do get HBO,Cinemax & Starz as well as HD Extra Pak too.Like I mentioned before my wife and me watch alot of movies and also many of the original programs available on them.That being said if I had to drop one for saving money it would be Cinemax because of lack of original showes and the amount of HD available right now .Also,their movies end up on HBO anyway.

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 02:03 PM

If I didn't have Premier..I'd only go with HBO (Boardwalk Empire, Hung, The Ricky Gervais Show, Eastbound & Down, True Blood, Entourage, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel), Showtime (Dexter, Nurse Jackie, United States of Tara, Penn & Teller, Inside the NFL, and The Big C), and the HD Extra Pack (HDNet Movies).
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Posted 11 October 2010 - 02:07 PM

You can stream all Starz content if you have Netflix. It's like getting a premium package for free with no discs to deal with.


I just hooked my Blu-Ray player and got Netflix again. I was looking around for Spartacus and only found it on disks.

I could have missed it though,any tips or help will be much appreciated.

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 02:21 PM

For me, Premier w/HD Extra is the easy choice. Tons of HD all the time. I always have something to watch in HD either recorded or live. If I were to ever downgrade I'd keep HBO due to their outstanding (IMO) original programming, sports and A-list premiers.

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 02:33 PM

I just hooked my Blu-Ray player and got Netflix again. I was looking around for Spartacus and only found it on disks.

I could have missed it though,any tips or help will be much appreciated.

It was there while is was running. That's how I watched it (as much as I could stand anyway). I don't think it's running on Starz anymore, streaming or otherwise. I think they're trying to sell blu-rays now.

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 02:49 PM

It was there while is was running. That's how I watched it (as much as I could stand anyway). I don't think it's running on Starz anymore, streaming or otherwise. I think they're trying to sell blu-rays now.


Thanks for the quick reply and the heads up.

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Posted 12 October 2010 - 04:12 AM

You can stream all Starz content if you have Netflix. It's like getting a premium package for free with no discs to deal with.


Um, yes, if you have broadband and it is fast enough.

Millions of us don't have that.

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Posted 12 October 2010 - 05:10 AM

I have Premiere but if I could only choose to keep it would be Showtime with original programming, mma, and boxing. Second would be HBO

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Posted 25 October 2010 - 12:09 PM

I just downgraded from Premiere after having it for many years. I temorarily had Choice Ultimate, but it looks much better on paper than it really is- TMC & Encore are basically useless. So I dropped Ultimate and added HBO (mostly for the original shows) which was a $10 delta. (YMMV, sounds like some prefer the Showtime shows.)

Either way, I think this is the best package - Premiere is not worth the ~$40 premium. Yes, there's usually a good movie on, but with judicious use of the guide and DVR, I can store up enough content on the DVR and whatever I'm missing is not worth the $400+ year I'd be paying for it.

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Posted 25 October 2010 - 12:46 PM

I just downgraded from Premiere after having it for many years. I temorarily had Choice Ultimate, but it looks much better on paper than it really is- TMC & Encore are basically useless. So I dropped Ultimate and added HBO (mostly for the original shows) which was a $10 delta. (YMMV, sounds like some prefer the Showtime shows.)

Either way, I think this is the best package - Premiere is not worth the ~$40 premium. Yes, there's usually a good movie on, but with judicious use of the guide and DVR, I can store up enough content on the DVR and whatever I'm missing is not worth the $400+ year I'd be paying for it.


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Posted 25 October 2010 - 12:49 PM

TMC has really low budget movies that nobody heard of.


Yea, like "Inglourious Basterds" which is on today which won and Oscar, SAG for best supporting actor for one of the stars. :sure:

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Posted 25 October 2010 - 01:21 PM

Get a library card and pick up free DVDs :)

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Posted 25 October 2010 - 02:29 PM

I just noticed on the DIRECTV website you can get the HBO/Cinemax combo for 3 months for $14.99 per month...a $12 discount.
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Posted 25 October 2010 - 03:21 PM

I just noticed on the DIRECTV website you can get the HBO/Cinemax combo for 3 months for $14.99 per month...a $12 discount.


Pretty good deal. I just wish that the deal was for longer than 3 months!
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Posted 25 October 2010 - 03:48 PM

For me, Premier w/HD Extra is the easy choice. Tons of HD all the time. I always have something to watch in HD either recorded or live.


For the most part I agree with this but I have to say that if Netflix continues to add to their streaming content, I may find myself downgrading soon.

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Posted 25 October 2010 - 05:06 PM

Downgrading would mean losing my grandfathered free DVR service. So Premiere it is. Plus I get to watch everything.

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Posted 25 October 2010 - 05:27 PM

I disagree about Netflix. I can DVR a movie on HBO and watch as many times I want. No messing with mailing anything.


I use Netflix......only about 40K titles available for me to view as often as I please. Most in HD, many in 1080P, now with DD5.1 surround sound. No discs, no mail.......I just choose them and watch them instantly, don't even need a DVR.

I do get a few discs in the mail, no "messing" with it though......just stick 'em in the mailbox and a couple days later another one shows up. So easy even a caveman can do it :lol:

On the other hand...I've got D*'s Premier package, so I have all the premiums, plus the HD Max Pack......so I can not only watch/DVR just about anything I please, and I can access D*'s VOD stuff too......

Best of both worlds......

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Posted 25 October 2010 - 05:32 PM

What is the best premium channel package on DirecTV?

Had HBO/Cinemax but got rid of it after the Sopranos was canceled.

Had Showtime for 3 months and it did not do much for me.

What is everyone's favorite premium channel package on DirecTV?

Opinions please.


Depends what you want.

Starz has about 900 unique movies a month over 15 channels....8 in HD. Some original series as well. Also has VOD content.

HBO has 8 channels, 4 in HD Slightly higher price. Definitely known for original content but still has movies, too. Tends to have a slightly more left of center ideology (Bill Maher, etc).

Cinemax has 3 channels, 2 in HD. Owned by HBO.

Showtime has 13 channels, 10 in HD. Mix of movies and original programming. Also has VOD content.

What many people don't realize is that the studios have exclusive deals with these Premium networks. As a result, a movie that is on HBO will not appear on Starz or Showtime.
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Posted 25 October 2010 - 05:48 PM

Premiere.


Yup. If you look at the package discount it clearly is, and even more so if you would buy the sports pack anyway.

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Posted 25 October 2010 - 06:10 PM

What many people don't realize is that the studios have exclusive deals with these Premium networks. As a result, a movie that is on HBO will not appear on Starz or Showtime.


And that's why it would be nice if Epix channels were added.

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Posted 25 October 2010 - 06:27 PM

And that's why it would be nice if Epix channels were added.


Well, we can thank Epix for shooting themselves in the foot as far as carriage goes.
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Posted 25 October 2010 - 08:00 PM

I have always had the top tier package with whatever service I have at the time, so I always get them all....but if I had to pick a favorite or if I had to have 1 only, it would be HBO....simply because I've had HBO forever...since Jr High when cable TV first hit my home town in 1980....so that's what, 30 years of watching HBO?
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Posted 25 October 2010 - 08:41 PM

Well, we can thank Epix for shooting themselves in the foot as far as carriage goes.


So Verizon FIOS, Cox, Mediacom, Charter and Dish (yea cheap Charlie) could come to an agreement but DirecTV can't?

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Posted 25 October 2010 - 11:45 PM

I like showtime for the MMA,Weeds,Dexter,Nurse Jackie and Inside the NFL.





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