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Do You Watch Premium Channels For the Movies or the Series?


There was news this week that Viacom, which owns Showtime (as well as CBS, the CW, Paramount Pictures, and approximately a billion other things), will be launching a new pay-cable channel in 2009. Unlike Showtime and HBO, which carry both movies and TV series, this new channel will have movies only.

I'm a relatively new subscriber to premium channels, but it was the TV series, not the movies, that convinced me I needed HBO and Showtime. What about you? If you have premium channels, do you watch them more for the TV shows or the movies?

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Black-Velveteen Black-Velveteen 7 years
Both. I'm absolutely obsessed with The Tudors and Dexter on Showtime :P
beingtazim beingtazim 7 years
i have premium channels included in my rent.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 7 years
I don't subscribe to them. Every time I have it's been a total waste of money. I swear every time I gt HBO it's like being in the 80s again. Why are they still playing 1st and Ten and the movies are all things that are straight out of either the 70s or 80s or movies that I purposely avoided when they came out. As for the series that air on premium channels none of them appeal to me. I absolutely despised SATC, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Sopranos and The L Word. Too me they're all serious flawed showed that are relying on the ability to have nudity, cursing and gore in order to get viewers. The writers cannot seem to write a quality storyline so they go to the premium cables and use big name stars in subpar poorly written roles. Oh course that's just my opinion. And I have seen the shows I wrote about- saw them on DVD and felt like it was a total waste of my time.
karisaamy karisaamy 7 years
To me it's just not worth the extra money, I spend too much time watching tv as it is, and it costs a lot already. Why add to that for a few shows.
Hootie Hootie 7 years
Both I guess.
jopperma jopperma 7 years
I pay more for HBO just to watch Big Love!
emalove emalove 7 years
The series for sure...these channels show the same lame movies over and over and over.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 7 years
Likewise, I got Showtime for The Tudors and HBO for The Sopranos. Definitely, the series shows are what attracted me, not the movies.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 7 years
I ordered Showtime for the sole purpose of watching The Tudors. I'm obsessed.
asilgrif asilgrif 7 years
I watch these shows when they come out on DVD. I don't mind waiting, and it's a lot cheaper to use Netflix than to pay for a premium channel.
Liss1 Liss1 7 years
I watch the series and the movies. But originally i got HBO for the Sopranos.
radarkitty radarkitty 7 years
I wish I could afford premium channels but I already pay $80 a month for my basic digital. So ridiculous!
Renees3 Renees3 7 years
I LOOOVE HBO series. Rome, Carnivale, Soprano's, all sooo awesome!
brittanyk brittanyk 7 years
I'm love Weeds, so I watch that on a normal basis. Sometimes, if there's a movie on that I'm interested in I'll watch those too. It wasn't my choice to sign up for the premium channels. This is what happens when you let your fiance set up the cable when you move into a new place :P
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