We've been cruising along with the HBO
movie channels for our Cable TV since we moved last year. But after I called up and complained about the cable going out for the second or third time a couple months ago, our Cable company said they'd toss in Cinemax
for 3 free months to compensate us for the hassle, which I of course gladly accepted. Our free Cinemax
is going to expire in a few weeks here, but I'm thinking about keeping it, and dumping HBO
become like MTV now (which rarely shows music videos anymore), where it seems to rarely be showing stuff that the channel was originally based on - Movies. Instead, they've got all this specialty programming stuff, like their various TV series (Sopranos, Sex and the City, etc.), talk shows (Bob Costas), comedy specials, uninteresting sports (no-name boxing), etc., etc. Even though there's 8 or 9 different HBO
channels to browse through, it seems like barely half of them even have any movies, which is why I have "movie channels" in the first place... I know a lot of people enjoy the various series on HBO
, but in recent years I've personally tried to steer clear of getting involved with any new TV series for the most part, just 'cause they're too addicting, time consuming, and a hassle to make sure I never miss an episode. Just show me the movies and I'm happy...
Seems that Cinemax
is pretty much just ALL movies, all the time, which is what I'm looking for. Plus, they're affiliated with HBO
, so it appears to me that they generally get the same movies HBO
has, but just a month or so later, which is fine by me. Plus, Cinemax
obviously has a lot more of those great late night T & A flicks!
We're happy with Showtime
, so no complaints there. Just think we'll be swapping Cinemax
soon. I actually called our Cable company last week to double check on when the free Cinemax
was ending, and the operator surprisingly offered us a free 3-month trial of another movie channel - STARRZ
, just out of the blue for no reason whatsoever. Of course I accepted, so for the next three weeks we've got all 4 of these movie channels, which is actually more like 32 channels in all, since there's like 8 or 9 of each one.
Not terribly impressed with Starrz
so far though, so that's going back where it came from in a few months.
But I've definitely learned that it's worth talking to your cable company from time to time, either to complain about something, or just ask some random questions, 'cause they seem to be all too willing to toss those freebies out there hoping to lure you in with 'em.
Only main channel we've yet to preview so far is The Movie Channel
, but since it's "only" got 4 total channels, forget that. And before any of you pervs chimes in with "Get the Playboy
channel!", I'll just say that I'd get my ass kicked by a certain Mrs. that roams these parts if I did that. Certainly an excellent choice in programming though. Showtime
for us, when all is said and done. Only $15 for the both of them each month, so not too bad considering what freaking movie rentals go for nowadays...
So what movie channels do you folks get, and which do you enjoy the most?