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Which premium channels do you guys recommend?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by hahler2, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. dodge boy

    dodge boy R.I.P. Chris Henry

    Mar 31, 2006
    Remember you need to keep a package for atleast 30 days.
  2. jodyguercio

    jodyguercio Active Member

    Aug 16, 2007
    We had premier and found ourselves just watching Starz more than anything else...went down to HDDVR+ and Starz only.
  3. dodge boy

    dodge boy R.I.P. Chris Henry

    Mar 31, 2006
    That would be considerable savings every month.
  4. Ken S

    Ken S RIP

    Feb 12, 2007
    1. Costs less $8.99/month
    2. Thousands of movies/shows available for live streaming (Roku, Xbox 360, PS3, Popcorn Hour, PlayON server will put these on your TV).
    3. Great turnaround on the discs as well.
    4. BluRay available for $1/month more.
  5. dcowboy7

    dcowboy7 Hall Of Fame

    May 22, 2008
    Pequannock, NJ
    not if u switch from one to the other....like starz to hbo etc.
  6. cnmsales

    cnmsales Hall Of Fame

    Jan 8, 2007
    Netflix over all of them.
  7. davidatl14

    davidatl14 Icon

    Mar 24, 2006


    Netflix trumps any and all comers for movies and such.

    If your DVD player allows then the service is unequaled anywhere, even if you go the mail route it's still far better than most and turnaround is great.
  8. ansky

    ansky Hall Of Fame

    Oct 11, 2005
    I have tried all the premiums and none are worth the high cost. There is an unbelievable amount of repetition on all of them. If I want to spend $15/month I can rent 15 movies at Redbox.
  9. Dusty

    Dusty Icon

    Sep 21, 2006
    If this is an economy decision, I can't see how the premiums is going to beat Netflix.

    I have both HBO and SHO. I think STARZ offers the best movies, but I am more hooked on original series. From that perspective, I like Showtime better lately. I love Weeds, Dexter, and Tudors and some of those documentary. I thought HBO used to have best original programs, but lately I am only hooked on Entourage and my wife likes True Bloods. Big Love is not bad, but I won't miss it with the same passion as Entourage.

    HBO has a lot of great original programs replayed on HBO2 and HBOS. I think I will enjoy them a lot if they are in HD. If they don't pick up the act soon, I may run out of passion and cut HBO, use that $15 for Netflix + Bluray option.

    Why no one has mentioned BlockBuster total access? How is that compared with Netflix?
  10. tds4182

    tds4182 Legend

    Jul 17, 2003

    It's true that you need to keep a package for at least 30 days to avoid the termination fee, but it doesn't have to be the same package.

    You can exchange HBO for Showtime, etc, etc as much as you want on-line as long as you keep up the same level of programming package.

    If you're a boxing fan, both HBO and/or Showtime are the best.

    If you're a movie fan, Starz is probably the best bet in terms of quantity.

    HBO and Showtime lead in "original" programming.
  11. joshjr

    joshjr Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    NE Oklahoma
    I would say Starz is the way you should go. They have alot of movies in HD and usually have good movies on period.
  12. CyberTrip02

    CyberTrip02 Cool Member

    Nov 14, 2007
    I've got HBO+Showtime+Starz... HBO and Showtime for the shows such as Dexter, Weeds, Californication. Starz for movies that I may want to watch. With 3 premiums it's a decent value.
  13. joshjr

    joshjr Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    NE Oklahoma
    Create a poll to add to this thread so we can see what the real stats are.
  14. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz Day Sleeper

    Mar 23, 2002
    Sacramento, CA
    There is an excellent movie channel, Turner Classic movies, that airs great older movies. Better yet, they are uncut and shown in their original aspect ratios. Bad part is that you end up DVRing many movies as most air only once during a month.

    The problem I have with most of the premium movie channels is that many of the movies are shown in pan-and-scan format rather than the original aspect ratio. (See http://www.widescreen.org/widescreen.shtml). As a result, some details have to be removed. (Yes, I am a widescreen snob).

    The least desired premium movie package is Cinemax. Both DirecTV and Dish Network carry a subset of this package, and it has been called Skin-a-mac for a good reason. Second least-desired is the Showtime movie package which currently has very few notable movies. The best movie selection seems to be Starz at this time.

    Just my opinion, of course.
  15. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '07

    Jan 21, 2003

    I was going to respond "none". With Netflix I save a ton of money, it pays for Sunday Ticket plus some left over for beer. That's the way to go. :)
  16. rock819

    rock819 AllStar

    Mar 13, 2007
    NETFLIX why pay all that money for a movie channel that plays the same thing over and over when you can get netflix and watch a wide variety of movies and have over 25,000 movies to choose from plus if you have a netflix capable blu ray or game system you can see a lot of what is on the pay channels through the vod service they provide and its part of your subscription
  17. Ken S

    Ken S RIP

    Feb 12, 2007
    I should say if you really have to have a premium the HD Extra Pack at $5 is a decent deal HDNet Movies and the others provide some decent entertainment.
  18. joed32

    joed32 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2006
    I have Netflix and no one ever mentions the variety of shows that they carry. There are so many good British detective shows that I will never get through all of them. Lots of classic American TV as well. They don't have every movie ever made because not all of them are available on DVD. TCM shows many that Netflix doesn't have. I'm pretty happy with NF, it is true that sometimes there is a long wait for a current movie though.
  19. danmar5

    danmar5 New Member

    Apr 10, 2008
    I called this week to discontinue MLB extra innings and was given 3 free months of Showtime as a promotion. Try asking for it.
  20. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    HBO and Showtime are similar, and both have their own Series....so those depend upon your general viewing tastes. Recent movies (different ones, and occasionally the same ones) are featured on each.

    Starz tends to contain older content....not bad....but not movies that came out in the past 6 months, for example. Well known movies are often featured there.

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