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Starz as raunchy as HBO Skinimax?

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by Fallguy, Aug 28, 2008.

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  1. Fallguy

    Fallguy Cool Member

    Aug 28, 2008
    I do not know anything about Starz. Can some of the programing get as raunchy as HBO and or Skinimax. Trying to decide to block or not.

    Tried looking at some of the guide but can not tell by just looking at a day or two if they go off on a smut bender here and there.

  2. steveken

    steveken Godfather

    Sep 15, 2007
    Wow, you think HBO and Cinemax gets raunchy? That's pretty bad. You must either be really old or some sort of prude. Just playing. I'll admit, Cinemax tries to get raunchy every now and then, but they don't do a very good job at it. I mean, comeon, a guy humping a girls back is supposed to look like sex? LOL

    Anyway, I don't think you have anything to worry about with Starz. They only show movies that have actually been in theaters for the most part. And if you think THOSE are raunchy, you are too old and should just stick with your AMC or FMC. j/k
  3. tnsprin

    tnsprin Hall Of Fame

    Mar 15, 2003
    Not saying the never run anything X rated, but nothing like the Cinimax or HBO regular late night features.
  4. dahenny

    dahenny Legend

    Apr 16, 2007
    Starz does not do "soft porn" like others do. They do, however, show unedited content, which may be offensive to some.
  5. richiephx

    richiephx Godfather

    Jan 18, 2006
    The only thing that pulsates on STARZ is the interrupting bright orange channel bug that distracts you from the movie you are watching. That alone may make a person not subscribe to STARZ.
  6. phrelin

    phrelin Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jan 18, 2007
    How old is "really old"?:grin:
  7. Fallguy

    Fallguy Cool Member

    Aug 28, 2008
    All, Thanks, keep the input comming. So far I take it as being "lighter" than HBO and Skin. I am ok with a lot of the stuff on HBO and Cinemax, just trying to keep kids access to a lesser level than what HBO and Skinimax go to on occasion.
  8. jerry downing

    jerry downing Godfather

    Mar 7, 2004
    You can set your receiver to block R rated stuff and/or nudity.
  9. finniganps

    finniganps Hall Of Fame

    Jan 23, 2004
    This is what I did - a code must be entered to view the items. You can also block it from the guide w/o a code (I think).
  10. kucharsk

    kucharsk Godfather

    Sep 19, 2006
    None of the channels you mention run any X or NC-17 content.

    Cinemax and HBO run "hard R" as does Showtime.

    Starz! as mentioned doesn't run any of the specialized "adult" programming the other services do but they do show unedited theatrical films.
  11. bigshew

    bigshew Legend

    Feb 26, 2007
    Not only is it annoying, the bug also blocks out part of the subtitles on foreign films. :nono:
  12. TulsaOK

    TulsaOK New Member

    Feb 23, 2004
    Probably like us. ;)
  13. Michael P

    Michael P Hall Of Fame

    Oct 27, 2004
    The last time I watched a Starz freee preview, all the films I watched were Disney related releases (i.e. Miramax etc.). I got the impression that Disney might own a stake in Starz/Encore, or at least has an exclusive contract as some other studios have with HBO or Showtime.
  14. Blowgun

    Blowgun DHMO User

    May 23, 2008
    Western Arc
    Aren't they the ones that squish, talk over or show 'making of' material over the credits? Maybe I'm thinking of Encore?

    Anyway, all bugs are annoying and in particularly on-screen promotions during the program. A good example is AMC (although most channels to one degree or another), they run a promo for Madmen that take up half the screen and is shown way to long.
  15. Steve Mehs

    Steve Mehs Hall Of Fame

    Mar 21, 2002

    While X is not a real rating anymore, I have seen NC-17 rated movies on HBO, Max and Showtime. Softcore porn is usually unrated with the movie rating system but given a TVMA.
  16. joshjr

    joshjr Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    NE Oklahoma
    If you are looking for a movie package that is more family oriented then Starz is probably the best one. HBO is not bad espicially with the Family HBO channels but Starz in my opinion is the best movie package of them all. Then again they show only movies no shows like The Wire, Dexter anything like that.
  17. BillJ

    BillJ Icon

    May 5, 2005
    I guess it's all in the eye of the beholder. I wouldn't consider any of the premium movie channels raunchy. I don't think my mother would have either, although her standards were higher than mine. Now my grandmother would probably have been horrified.

    Pick your premium movies likes you'd pick a movie in a theater. There are plenty of G and PG available. And expect comedy specials and made for TV series shown at 10 PM to be adult fare.
  18. Gremraf

    Gremraf AllStar

    Jun 30, 2006
    He is trying to keep the kids from viewing stuff he does not want them to see.

    He is trying to find some channels that constant monitoring isn't needed on.
  19. tkrandall

    tkrandall Hall Of Fame

    Oct 3, 2003
    As you said, it's all in the eye of the beholder, but I find your statement incredible. I don't subscribe to either at home, but have on occasion seen some of the late night programming on HBO and Showtime and it is often quite raunchy (and cheesy) in my view. Even if it is a "documentary" show.
  20. paulman182

    paulman182 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 4, 2006

    None of the premium movie channel packages fit that description.

    The biggest difference is that Cinemax, HBO, and Showtime have more movies that rely upon sex and violence to attract an audience, whereas the mature material on Starz is more likely to be in a well-reviewed "quality" film.

    For example, I see "Grindhouse" and "Superbad" on the Starz schedule. Both movies contain scenes and/or language that most parents wouldn't want kids to watch, yet these movies got good reviews and made millions at the box office. The mature scenes on Cinemax are likely to be contained in movies with titles like "Co-ed Confidential" or "Hotel Erotica."

    So there is a big difference in the tone of the channels, and Starz is less likely to cause parent panic at any given time, but all the premium packages would require monitoring in most parents' view.

    And as someone pointed out, both HBO and Starz has "family" channels.
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