Showtime's new premieres available early on Audience Network

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    coolman302003

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    Just a reminder for those of you that can't wait till Sunday to watch the season premieres of Shameless, House of Lies and Episodes on Friday 1/9, DirecTV will air them all beginning at 10PM ET/PT on the Audience Network (channel 239). Early premieres are now available from Showtime On Demand and Showtime Anytime in addition.

    Shameless S5|E1 10PM ET/PT
    House of Lies S4|E1 11PM ET/PT
    Episodes S4|E1 11:30PM ET/PT

    Also, according to the content rating in the guide data these should be the uncut versions as you would see them air on Showtime. They did this for the series premier of The Affair as well, and it was the uncut TV-MA version that aired (on Audience) as you would see it on Showtime.

    Disclaimer: if on screen digital graphics are an issue for you then you may wish to wait until Sunday's airings on Showtime, because as I recall with The Affair there was an occasional promotional banner in the bottom left corner trying to market subscribers for Showtime on DirecTV. Of course you will have the Audience logo in the bottom right corner as well. A fair trade off though to see them early.

    Showtime now only has the digital on screen logo on the top/bottom of the hour for about one minute or the beginning of a new program on the primary East/West channels, Showcase and SHO2 (both SD/HD versions). The remaining multiplex channels have the digital on screen logos all the time for the most part.
     
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    Drew2k

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    Thanks for the heads-up. I have so many shows recording on Sunday night that I often can't watch some of them until well into the week, so it will be great to record "early" on Friday and play them Sunday in the day before they show up at their regular time at night!
     
  3. Jan 9, 2015 #3 of 12
    coolman302003

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    As of this morning, all new season premieres are already up early on Showtime On Demand and Showtime Anytime as well. :righton:
     
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    Drew2k

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    Unless I'm just plain missing it, I don't see the premiere episodes of Shameless and Episodes on 1545, the Showtime On Demand channel. I only see them on Audience channel...
     
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    coolman302003

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    They are there, if you select an older episode go to "Other Showings" then click the On Demand folder and the newest one should be at the top.

    Smart Search for the show then click the On Demand folder will work as well.

    I also see them mixed in the "A Showtime Freeview" section on 1545 as well.
     
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    Drew2k

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    That's exactly what I did, checking Other Showings and also under Freeview, but all I saw were 2 or 3 minute programs. I only tried on one DVR, though, so I'll try on some others...
     
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    Working on HR24-200 here, I first noticed it this morning on the HR44-700 and they were there as well.

    I already watched the Shameless premier earlier today via VOD and it was fine, and no audio dropouts either as some have reported recently with VOD.

    Maybe try smart search as well?
     
  8. Billzebub

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    Worked for me. Selected tomorrow's showing, went to other showings, then on demand and they were the first episodes listed
     
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    When I tried this before it didn't work for me using the On Demand channel, 1545, where selecting Showtime just showed Extras. I was able to get it through searching the program in Smart Search and finding Other Showings, but the On Demand menu didn't work. As of today it's now working in the On Demand menu also.
     
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    Just a reminder, DirecTV is doing this again on the Audience Network for the season premieres of Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex ahead of there airings on July 12th. Also, according to the content rating in the guide data these should be the uncut versions as you would see them air on Showtime. If your already a Showtime subscriber you can watch both of these right now if you have an internet connected HDDVR/Genie through Showtime On Demand (1545) or on Showtime Anytime (which is available on multiple streaming devices).

    The schedule is as follow for the airings on the Audience Network:
    Ray Donovan - Monday, 7/6 9PM ET/PT
    Masters of Sex - Monday, 7/6 10PM ET/PT
     
  11. skoolpsyk

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    I seem to remember that around this time of year is when Showtime usually does a free preview? I guess they're doing this instead now? bummer
     
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    They use to regularly but the last few years we haven't had them during the summer time frame, the last summer time free preview of Showtime on D* was in June 2013. Now we did have a free preview back in early Jan. of this year for Shameless, House of Lies and Episodes premieres and it was the first Showtime free preview weekend on D* in about a year...
     

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