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Best Premium Channel Package? Opinions Please.

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Hooterville, Oct 10, 2010.

  1. Hooterville

    Hooterville AllStar

    Jul 11, 2010
    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.
  2. MaxFan

    MaxFan Mentor

    Jul 28, 2009
    HBO is the only one I will keep. Tried them all. Starz repeats more movies than any other service in my opinion. HBO has HBO Family East and West and shows better movies too me.
  3. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

    Sep 16, 2006
    With Choice Ultimate you get TMC, and all the Encore channels included with the package. Good for an occasional movie. IMHO, Netflix is the only way to go for movies. Instant movies via internet or 1 day via mailbox for less than a single premium package on DirecTv.
  4. MaxFan

    MaxFan Mentor

    Jul 28, 2009
    I disagree about Netflix. I can DVR a movie on HBO and watch as many times I want. No messing with mailing anything.
  5. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

    Sep 16, 2006
    If the studio has an agreement with HBO. Several studios are either starting their own channel, or not available from the "premiums". Guess it all depends what movies you want to watch, and where they are available.
  6. billsharpe

    billsharpe Hall Of Fame

    Jan 25, 2007
    Not everyone has a "favorite premium channel." :nono2:

    I've signed up for HBO for the next three months mainly to get Boardwalk Empire, but I'll drop them when the series ends. I've tried Starz and Showtime but there are too few movies there that I really want to watch.
  7. gfrang

    gfrang Hall Of Fame

    Aug 29, 2007
    I never subscribed to movie channels but when i ask for free i always ask for Showtime.
  8. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2002
    I like Starz due to the number of channels in it, many in HD and the movie selection they've had.
  9. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '07

    Jan 21, 2003
    None. Save your $40+ bucks a month and get Netflix instead. You'll save over $30 a month and heck, you can *buy* a couple Blurays a month with the savings if you really want to. :)
  10. pablo

    pablo Icon

    Oct 11, 2007
  11. 1980ws

    1980ws Legend

    Mar 18, 2008
    I have all but Cinemax. Only series I watch on HBO is "Empire", but need Showtime for Dexter and Weeds. I'll cancel individually when they cease to fulfill me. Tried to drop Sports Pack and HBO last month, but D* basically gave them to me for free for 6 months, so I kept them. Bought a Roku HD last week to compliment my Wii, $8.99 Netflix with tons of streaming. I don't know how you beat that when you think of all the content sitting there waiting for you. I enjoy lots of old stuff - Columbo, Perry Mason, & finally going to try Northern Exposure, just to check out Janine Turner and Sherilynn Fenn. Maybe I'll even like the show.
  12. Coca Cola Kid

    Coca Cola Kid Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2009
    Mt. Morris, MI
    I'd have to go with Showtime. It has the most HD channels (10), compared to 8 with Starz, 4 with HBO, and 2 with Cinemax. Also everything on Showtime is in OAR. Also all Showtime package channels have VOD (as does Starz), HBO and Cinemax don't.
  13. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    The SPORTS PACK. It has far and away the most channels and the best chance of channels being added this year.
  14. Coca Cola Kid

    Coca Cola Kid Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2009
    Mt. Morris, MI
    You mean the blackout pack? :lol:

    I think he means just movie packages anyway.
  15. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    May 17, 2010
    +1 with HD Extra Pack.
  16. dclaryjr

    dclaryjr Godfather

    Mar 10, 2007
    I've had a Roku and Netflix for awhile. I got started on Dexter with the first two seasons on instant, then got the discs for season's 3 & 4. I have Premiere for five months as part of my sign-up package so that will get me through season 5. I'll probably dump 'em all and go back to relying on Netflix (still have two seasons of The Wire to watch).
  17. gphvid

    gphvid Godfather

    Jun 19, 2007
    Ummm... The Sopranos was not canceled. The show ended. HBO would have loved it to continue, but the producer had gone as far as the story would go.

    I have Premier and have had it for some time now. I find I use the premium channels quite a bit between me and the other two sets of eyes in the house. I do like HBO and Showtime though, and even Starz. So it is hard to really pin down a good setup. I guess it all depends on what you watch and how much to determine what is worth subscribing to.
  18. paulman182

    paulman182 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 4, 2006
    I'll have to agree with Premier and the HD Xtra pack.

    The 40 HD movies I watch each month would be a real pain to handle through the mail.
  19. damondlt

    damondlt New Member

    Feb 27, 2006
    To be honest, I've had Premier Pack now for about a year.

    Cinemax and Starz Superpack are my favorite for Movies.
    But lately , there isn't anything worth bragging about.

    I would pick 1 Movie pack, Keep it for 30 days and then just try another. Or go on HBO.com,Cinemax.com,Starz/Encore.com,Showtime /TMC .com and Look at what is on this month.
    That should help you decide!
  20. damondlt

    damondlt New Member

    Feb 27, 2006
    Yep, Sports pack is good for College, and Pro Sports if You have a Seasonal sports pack.

    Other then that, Outdoor,Fox Soccer,and Gol tv are about the only channels worth anything.

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