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Premium Channel Movie Release Dates?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by dismayed, Sep 30, 2012.

  1. dismayed

    dismayed Cool Member

    Dec 24, 2011
    So there are tons of websites and apps out there to find out where a movie is showing, when it will hit Blu-Ray or PPV... but something I can't seem to find, and I am hoping one of you will have a suggestion on, is where I can find a list of when major blockbusters are going to cable, when they are airing, and what network they will premiere on (e.g. HBO, Starz, Cinemax, etc.).

    The reason I ask is because I hardly ever use Netflix anymore, now that I subscribe to darn near everything DirecTV has. I'm looking for a way to dump my 'queue' and to keep up with things through DTV only.

    I know there's a feature in the DTV menu where you can keyword a movie, but the annoying thing about that is that if the movie is available on PPV, it seems to always add that to the list and there seems to be no way to override it to go for premium cable instead.

  2. Mariah2014

    Mariah2014 Breaking the mold

    Apr 21, 2006
    Phoenix Metro
    Not all new movies come to Directv first due to not having EPIX. As a result some films don't come tell commercials have been inserted.
  3. Bambler

    Bambler Legend

    May 30, 2006
    I never even heard of Epix, but I just googled it and went to their website and saw a fairly decent mix of first-run movies, at least better than what's found on Showtime IMO.

    HBO and Starz use to have all of the big box office first-run movies, I guess they still do, but I really don't follow movies as much as I use to.

    However, I remember the days of me contemplating buying a DVD or waiting for it to hit HBO and from what I remember, most studios are different in how they release their movies in terms of timing, with some delaying it up to a year after it hits DVD, I think, while others will sell it quickly to these stations. But yeah, there's really nothing out there that discusses this and so many movies (that are "great" but not necessarily big box office hits) that never even make it anywhere beyond DVD.
  4. domingos35

    domingos35 Icon

    Jan 11, 2006
    Epix is better than any of the premium channels like HBO etc ,etc
  5. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    Epix is available on Roku and also on Amazon Prime recently signed a deal for the rights to stream their titles.
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    armophob Difficulty Concen........

    Nov 13, 2006
    Fort Pierce, FL
  7. Oct 1, 2012 #7 of 15

    paulman182 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 4, 2006
    If all I wanted was the big Hollywood blockbusters, I wouldn't count on the premium channels. I'd use Redbox or Netflix. Where the premiums excel, IMHO, are the lesser-known independent and foreign films that I probably wouldn't even know about, if I did not see them in the guide and then look them up on the web.
  8. Oct 2, 2012 #8 of 15

    joed32 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2006
    Epix is available on Roku if you have a subscription through you Sat or Cable provider.
  9. Oct 2, 2012 #9 of 15

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    Sign up for the free 14 day trial. I did it during a free weekend for Dish (I have DirecTV) and it stuck.

    I just signed for a free trial with another email, picked DirecTV and it worked.
  10. Satelliteracer

    Satelliteracer Hall Of Fame

    Dec 6, 2006
    Epix is basically Paramount studios, a bit of Lion's Gate, etc....movies.

    Showtime and HBO are about original series. In fact, Showtime has very few studio deals left, they aren't intended to be a movie service first and foremost, though they do carry some library studio content. HBO still has some major studio deals, but their business is driven mostly by their unique series like Game of Thrones, Boardwalk, etc, etc.

    Starz even has some original series...Boss is outstanding, one of the best on television, but they are primarily a movie distributor.

    To each their own, but they are definitely not the same in content, breadth of programming etc,. As an example, HBO has 10 channels on D* plus all the past seasons original episodes on VOD. If Epix were to appear on D*, it would at max be 4 channels (that's all they have) and basically we're talking movies and some niche boxing (super heavy weight for example).

    All different, all serving different types of constituencies.
  11. pablo

    pablo Icon

    Oct 11, 2007

    Would be nice to have though still.
  12. Hoosier205

    Hoosier205 Active Member

    Sep 3, 2007
    EPIX didn't help its chances of reaching new distribution deals with service providers when they announced their Netflix and Amazon Instant deals.
  13. joed32

    joed32 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2006
    Subscription for the on-line edition is only $20 per year. Good TV guide and a great A to Z movie listing for all channels, except locals of coarse.
  14. Newshawk

    Newshawk Hall Of Fame

    Sep 3, 2004
    Don't forget, Satelliteracer, that Starz has the contract with Disney for first run on all their movies.
  15. PrinceLH

    PrinceLH New Member

    Feb 18, 2003
    I've seemed to subscribed to Starz and Showtime, for most of the year. Why? Cheaper and sometimes free. I'd like to subscribe more on HBO/Cinemax, but find their price prohibitive. They may be the best out of the three, but not to the extent of the difference in price.

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