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Movie Package best options---HD

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by gemery, Oct 18, 2007.

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  1. gemery

    gemery Mentor

    Apr 10, 2007
    OK, so not directly related to this particular forum, I could argue that it does since the release of all the new HD channels.

    All the so called premium movie packages, the channels seem to have all the same movies, just at different times.

    What ultimately is the best package to get for your money?

    Thanks for all the help in the past, by the way, with all the other stupid questions I ask.
  2. JayB

    JayB Legend

    Mar 19, 2007
    Probably not what you want to hear, but it's really all in what you like.

    HBO has, IMO, the best mini-series, arguably some of the best TV ever made was their Band Of Brothers. I personally don't like any of their regular series, but they're are plenty of people who love them.

    Showtime, historically for me at least, has had the best movie selection. I find myself recording movies off of SHO more than the others. Additionally, their series are more the type I enjoy.

    Starz used to be my least favorite (LotR in 4:3? ya got to be kidding!), but now they have the broadest HD content available and I find myself looking their way more. Additionally, they do tend to get many movies exclusively.

    TMC and Cinemax are both wastes as far as I'm concerned. I don't believe I've recorded anything off of TMC in years.

    Hope that helps.
  3. paulman182

    paulman182 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 4, 2006
    I personally don't think any of the individual packages are worth it.

    For me, its all or nothing. The selection on any one move package is not enough to keep me interested.

    When I can't afford them all, I read books instead. (I think I remember how...)
  4. ATARI

    ATARI Hall Of Fame

    May 10, 2007
    ATTENTION ALL QUALITY TV LOVERS: Go buy Band of Brothers today (only $49.99 at Amazon), and then set 12 hours aside to watch it. Because once you start, you can't stop.

    Back to the topic at hand (sort of): I subscribe to just the HD pack from D*, but I get channels 70 & 71 (HBO & SHO). Is this correct, or am I getting a free bonus?
  5. CCarncross

    CCarncross Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2005
    If you dont sub to HBO or Showtime, then no you shouldnt be getting either of those channels
  6. Jon J

    Jon J Grouch Extrordinaire

    Apr 22, 2002
    Music City, USA
    I have Starz and Showtime free for a few months. However, I can't remember watching even one movie on either service for over 6 weeks.
  7. MikeR

    MikeR Hall Of Fame

    Oct 5, 2006
    I recorded it off of HistoryHD...forgot how good it was. One more episode to go!!

    I subscribe to Showtime and Starz

    Starz has more "kid" friendly movies, and I've recorded quite a few since the HD launch. I like Weeds, Dexter, and Californication on Showtime. I'll switch back to HBO once Entourage and Big Love start back up.
  8. 1948GG

    1948GG Icon

    Aug 4, 2007
    Yep, right now unless there's a particular 'series' one has to have (from HBO/Showtime), that's about right.

    However, particularly one who has put the 'movie channels' on the shelf for the last several years waiting for the HD content to ramp up, the next 'big change' should be this spring when HBO turns up another 8+ HD channels (basically, all those that arn't right now).

    THEN things will get interesting.
  9. Tiebmbr

    Tiebmbr Godfather

    Mar 27, 2007
    I'm a Starz/Encore sub myself...almost a dozen movie channels, 5 in HD.

    Shouldn't this post be moved to "Programming and Services"?
  10. Steveknj

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    Nov 14, 2006
    I have HBO only, but based on the past when I've had all three at one time or another, I also agree, it depends on preferences:

    For movies and ONLY movies, I think Starz is your best bet. They seem to have the best selection and I believe all but one of their channels is all movies.

    For Miniseries and sports with some movies: HBO is the best. I was a big Sopranos and Deadwood fan, also like Curb and Big Love, so for me it's worth it to have HBO. Throw in Boxing, The NFL Highlights show and some really good documentaries (Real Sports and some movie type documentaries) and they have a leg up on Showtime. Their politically based documentaries are more in line with how I believe as well, and they have a few soft porn shows as well if you are into that (Real Sex, Cathouse, etc.) Oh, and their studio movies are pretty good.

    For the life of me, I cannot figure out why anyone would get Showtime over HBO, but I guess some of their mini-series are considered good. Their documentaries and docudramas tend to lean more right wing than HBO, and their boxing is of a lower echelon than HBOs bouts. They also show an ocassional soft port flick and I know they used to have a reality series about a guy who produces porn movies.

    As for the two lesser movie nets, Cinemax generally shows a few first run (on cable) movies, and reshows some of the HBO ones (Cinemax is a sister channel to HBO, and I believe E* used to package HBO with CInemax), but they are more known as Skinemax for their many soft porn movies and series. There are only a few Cinemax channels available. TMC (The Movie Channel) also has movies, but i haven't watched those channels in years and I don't know if they are just another outlet for the Showtime movies as they are SHOs sister channel.
  11. cartrivision

    cartrivision Hall Of Fame

    Jul 25, 2007
    Many of the big blockbusters movies are signed exclusively to just one of the big three services (HBO, SHO, Starz) so if you want to have everything available on your DVR, you need to subscribe to all three. If you are content with renting DVDs for some of the stuff that might be exclusive to one or more of the services that you don't subscribe to, it's more of a matter of picking one or two of the services, possibly based on their exclusive made for TV series offerings. HBO seems to be the leader in that category with SHO being a close second.
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