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Showtime
Image:Showtime.svg
Type Cable network (movies, sports, original programming)
Country United States
Availability National
Owner Showtime Networks, Inc. (CBS Corporation)
Key people Matthew C. Blank - Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Showtime Networks, Inc.
Launch date July 1, 1976
Website
SHO.com

Showtime is a subscription television brand used by a number of channels and platforms around the world, but primarily refers to a group of channels in the United States. Showtime may refer to: In television and film: Showtime, a premium subscription television brand Showtime Networks, a division of CBS which owns the Showtime brand Showtime Around the World, worldwide stations using this brand, including: Showtime Arabia Showtime Australia Showtime Scandinavia Showtime (film), 2002 action/comedy film Showtime (M*A... Image File history File links Showtime. ... Cable TV redirects here. ... A television network is a distribution network for television content whereby a central operation provides programming for many television stations. ... For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as part of... A sport consists of a physical activity or skill carried out with a recreational purpose: for competition, for self-enjoyment, to attain excellence, for the development of a skill, or some combination of these. ... Showtime Netwotrks, Inc. ... CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS, NYSE: CBSA) is an American media conglomerate focused on broadcasting, publishing, billboards, and television production, with most of its operations in the United States. ... is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Pay television, or pay-TV, usually refers to subscription-based television services, usually provided by both analogue and digital cable and satellite, but also increasingly by digital terrestrial methods. ... For other uses, see Brand (disambiguation). ...

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History

Showtime primarily shows motion pictures as well as some original programming and occasional boxing matches. Showtime, originally a service of Viacom, went on the air on July 1, 1976, first shown on a local cable system in Dublin, California. On March 7, 1978, it expanded to the national market via satellite, competing with HBO. In 1979, Viacom sold 50% of Showtime to TelePrompTer. This article is about motion pictures. ... For other meanings of these words, see boxing (disambiguation) or boxer. ... Viacom (pronounced with a long i as in eye) began life as CBS Films, the television syndication division of CBS. In 1971, the division was renamed VIACOM (VIdeo & Audio COMmunications), and in 1973 it was spun off, amid new FCC rules forbidding television networks from owning syndication companies (the rules... is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The public library in Dublin Dublin is a suburban city of the East (San Francisco) Bay region of Alameda County, California, United States. ... is the 66th day of the year (67th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... HBO (Home Box Office) is a premium cable television network with headquarters in New York City. ... Schematic representation: A teleprompter (also known as an autocue) is a display device that prompts the person speaking with an electronic visual text of a speech or script. ...


In 1982, Westinghouse, who had acquired TelePrompTer the previous year, sold its share of Showtime back to Viacom. In 1983, Viacom and Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment merged Showtime and The Movie Channel to form Showtime Networks, Inc.. 1984 saw the premiere of Showtime's first original movie, The Ratings Game, both starring, and directed by, Danny DeVito. In 1985, Viacom acquired Warner-Amex's cable properties, including their share of Showtime Networks. The Westinghouse Electric Corporation was an organization founded by George Westinghouse in 1886 as Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company. ... Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment Company (WASEC) was a joint venture owned and operated by Warner Communications (whose share was overseen by Warner executive David Horowitz) and American Express (Lou Gerstner, then American Express President, ran the Amex share) that developed and worked on interactive television systems in the late 1970s... The Movie Channel (TMC) is an American premium cable television network owned by Showtime Networks, Inc. ... Showtime Netwotrks, Inc. ... The Ratings Games is a 1984 comedy film directed by Danny deVito and produced by David Jablin. ...


In 1990, Showtime ventured into acquiring and premiering independent films directly for the channel, originally as part of its 30-Minute Movie anthology series of short films. One of its first premieres, 12:01 PM, was nominated for an Academy Award. In the years that followed, Showtime expanded its acquisitions into the realm of feature-length fare, including the critically acclaimed remake of Lolita, directed by Adrian Lyne. Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Lolita is a 1997 film directed by Adrian Lyne and was the second screen adaptation of the novel by Vladimir Nabokov. ... Adrian Lyne (born 4 March 1941 in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England) is an English filmmaker and producer. ...


In the early 2000s, Showtime launched several additional multiplex channels including Showtime Too (a pun on its previous name, Showtime 2), Showcase (formerly Showtime 3), Showtime Beyond and Showtime Extreme. Showtime had also launched several channels exclusively for digital cable: Showtime Family Zone, Showtime Next, and Showtime Women.


Showtime Networks also owns the channels The Movie Channel, The Movie Channel Xtra and Flix. In addition, it manages Sundance Channel, which is a joint venture of CBS Corporation, Robert Redford and NBC Universal. Each multiplex channel offers movies and programs fitting each channel's particular theme. Premiers of popular movies are usually made on the primary channel. The Movie Channel (TMC) is an American premium cable television network owned by Showtime Networks, Inc. ... The Movie Channel (TMC) is an American premium cable television network owned by Showtime Networks, Inc. ... Flix is a cable network which is a spinoff from Showtime, it was launched in 1991. ... Sundance Channel logo used from 1996 to 2002. ... CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS, NYSE: CBSA) is an American media conglomerate focused on broadcasting, publishing, billboards, and television production, with most of its operations in the United States. ... Robert Redford (born August 18, 1936)[1] is an Academy Award-winning American motion picture director, actor, producer, businessman, model, environmentalist and philanthropist. ... NBC Universal is a media and entertainment conglomerate formed in May 2004 by the combination of General Electrics NBC with Vivendi Universal Entertainment, part of Vivendi Universal. ...


In 2000, Showtime launched the "Showtime Interactive 24.7" channel—providing DVD-like interaction opportunities to its entertainment offerings.


In the 2000s, Showtime began test marketing a subscription-video-on-demand SVOD system. Now there is a Showtime subscription-video-on-demand channel called Showtime On Demand, which users are able to see episodes of Showtime original series, movies, adult programming and boxing. This channel is only available on digital cable in the US. Look up SVOD in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Showtime also became one of the first cable TV networks to broadcast an HDTV version of its channel, along with Dolby Digital sound. Cable television or Community Antenna Television (CATV) (and often shortened to cable) is a system of providing television, FM radio programming and other services to consumers via radio waves transmitted directly to people’s televisions through fixed coaxial cables as opposed to the over-the-air method used in traditional... A television network is a distribution network for television content whereby a central operation provides programming for many television stations. ... High-definition television (HDTV) is a digital television broadcasting system with greater resolution than traditional television systems (NTSC, SECAM, PAL). ... Dolby Digital is the marketing name for a series of lossy audio compression technologies by Dolby Laboratories. ...


In 2005, Showtime became a subsidiary of the newly renamed CBS Corporation, after the CBS/Viacom split of that year. CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS, NYSE: CBSA) is an American media conglomerate focused on broadcasting, publishing, billboards, and television production, with most of its operations in the United States. ...


Channels

Showtime operates eight multiplex channels and a high definition channel. In telecommunications, multiplexing (also muxing or MUXing) is the combining of two or more information channels onto a common transmission medium using hardware called a multiplexer or (MUX). ...

  • Showtime: Hit movies & first-run films, original pictures and original hit series, as well as championship boxing
  • Showtime HD: A high definition simulcast of Showtime in the CBS-preferred 1080i format, featuring the network's original series/films, most of the network's Hollywood films and some boxing matches (depending on the recording setup of a venue) in high definition.
  • Showtime 2: Secondary channel, features more movies, hit series and original pictures as well as championship boxing. It airs the Big Brother spin-off show Big Brother: After Dark. It was previously known as Showtime Too.
  • Showtime Beyond: A mix of Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror films as well as series.
  • Showtime Extreme: Action & adventure, thrillers, gangster and martial arts films. It has over 60 'extreme' films each month and a double feature on Sundays that spotlights a different action star each week.
  • Showtime Family Zone: Family oriented programming, including award-winning films and original series. All pictures are 'G' rated, 'PG' rated, or 'PG-13' rated, no 'R' rated movies air on Showtime Family Zone. Special programming includes an all-ages original picture on Saturday, can't-miss flick on Sundays and double features on weeknights. Showtime Family Zone is currently only available on digital cable.
  • Showtime Next: Interactive service that is geared towards adults 18-24. Showtime Next features first-run films (over 50 each month), original pictures, short films and animation. Showtime Next is currently only available on digital cable.
  • Showcase: Similar to Showtime Too, providing viewers with even more movie watching opportunities. It airs first-run films and original pictures. It was previously known as Showtime 3.
  • Showtime Women: Targeted to women, it airs blockbuster films, original series and behind the scenes features. Movies are from various genres including action-adventure, drama, comedy and thrillers. Showtime Women is currently only available on digital cable.


Showtime also packages the Eastern and Pacific feeds of the primary and multiplex services together, allowing viewers a second chance to watch the same movie/program three hours earlier/later depending on their geographic location. Generally, high-definition refers to an increase in resolution or clarity such as in: High-definition television (HDTV), television formats that have a higher resolution than their contemporary counterparts High-definition video, which is used in HDTV broadcasting, as well as digital film and computer HD video file formats HDV... Simulcast is a contraction of simultaneous broadcast, and refers to programs or events broadcast across more than one medium at the same time. ... 1080i is a shorthand name for a category of video modes. ... Big Brother is a reality television series broadcast in the United States and Canada on CBS and Global respectively. ...


Original programming

Beggars and Choosers was a 1999-2000 television series broadcast by Showtime. ... ‹ The template below (Expand) is being considered for deletion. ... Brothers was a TV show about the three Waters brothers, the youngest of whom was gay. ... For other uses, see Californication. ... The Chris Isaak Show takes an irreverent look at the sexy, outrageous backstage world of rock music. ... Demographic Shōnen Serialized in Comic Dragon, Dragon Age Original run November 1998 – 2004 Volumes 8 TV anime Director Yuu Kou Studio GONZO Network Fuji TV Original run November 24, 2003 – June 10, 2004 Episodes 24 Chrono Crusade ), known as Chrono Crusade in Japan, Singapore, Germany, France, Australia and Estonia... Dead Like Me is an American television comedy-drama starring Ellen Muth and Mandy Patinkin as grim reapers in Seattle, Washington. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... For the Hanna-Barbera animated series, see Dexters Laboratory. ... Elite Xtreme Combat, also known as EliteXC, is a U.S.-based mixed martial arts (MMA) organization. ... First season DVD release. ... Fat Actress was an American sitcom television series starring Kirstie Alley. ... Huff was a Showtime television series about a successful psychiatrist whose life changes abruptly when a 15-year-old client commits suicide in his office after rejection from exposing his homosexuality to his parents. ... Its Garry Shandlings Show is one of the first original programs created by the fledgling Showtime network in the mid-80s to compete with original HBO comedies like Not Necessarily the News. ... Jeremiah is a TV-series, loosely based on Belgian writer Hermann Huppens comic book of the same name. ... The Leap Years (aka Leap of Love) is a Singapore film by MediaCorp Raintree Pictures, based on the novella Leap Of Love by Singaporean author Catherine Lim. ... This article is about the TV series. ... Masters of Horror is an American television series created by director Mick Garris for the Showtime cable network. ... Meadowlands is a British drama television series which focuses on a family trying to escape its past while confronting an even more uncertain future. ... Odyssey 5 is a Canadian science fiction series that first ran in 2002 on Showtime in the United States and on SPACE in Canada. ... The Outer Limits is an American television series. ... Bullshit! (also known as Penn & Teller: Bullshit!) is an American, Emmy-nominated documentary television series, running since 2003 on the premium cable channel Showtime. ... Poltergeist: The Legacy is a Canadian/American horror television series which ran from 1996 to 1999. ... Queer as Folk was an American/Canadian television series co-production, produced by Showtime and Temple Street Productions, which was based on the British series of the same name created by Russell T. Davies. ... Queer Duck is an animated series that originally appeared on Icebox. ... The cover for one of the DVD releases. ... Resurrection Blvd. ... // Introduction This series was aired by Showtime on 55 30-min episodes for 3 seasons (1998-2001) Story This bittersweet series tells the story of Billie Frank, an actress going down from star-system because an alcoholic problem and adiction to sex. ... Secret Diary of a Call Girl is a British television show on ITV2, based on the blogs of London call girl Belle de Jour. ... Faerie Tale Theatre, fully Shelley Duvalls Faerie Tale Theatre, is a live action childrens television series created by Shelley Duvall that ran from 1982 to 1987 retelling popular fairy tales. ... ShoXC is a monthly mixed martial arts series produced by the mixed martial arts organization EliteXC, Showtime and Proelite. ... Showtime Championship Boxing is a television boxing program airing on Showtime. ... Sleeper Cell is a one-hour drama on the Showtime cable network that began airing on December 4, 2005. ... Soul Food is a 1997 film, produced by Kenneth Babyface Edmonds and Traci Edmonds, and released by Fox 2000 Pictures. ... Stargate SG-1 (often abbreviated as SG-1) is a science fiction television series, part of the Stargate franchise. ... CD cover from the 1994 album Songs From the Steven Banks Show. ... This American Life (TAL) is a weekly hour-long radio program produced by Chicago Public Radio. ... Tracey Ullmans State of The Union is an American sketch-comedy series, starring comedian, Tracey Ullman. ... The Tudors is an Emmy Award-nominated television series that examines the early reign of Henry VIII, with Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the lead role. ... Weeds is a Showtime dark comedy television series about a fictional California suburb and its residents, a handful of whom are involved in the distribution and consumption of cannabis (hence the title). ...

Branding

Showtime's launch logo made in 1976 was a circle with a TV screen inside (identical to TV Globo's, but without the circle in the center.) From 1984 to 1990, it was accompanied by a bold "SHOWTIME" script. The TV screen was dropped in 1986 and the circle was dropped in the early 1990s, and the script took over as the primary logo. The current Showtime logo consisting of the network's name still in all caps with the 'SHO' imprinted on a circle was implemented when the network rebranded itself in 1997. The logo which is slightly similar to Cinemax's current logo introduced the same year, is shown most of the time with just the circle 'SHO' (formerly the network's shortened name within TV Guide listings). // TV Globo Rio de Janeiro History In July of 1957 the President of the Republic, Juscelino Kubitschek, approved the concession of TV for the Radio Globe and, in 30 of December of the same year, the National Advice of Telecommunications published decree granting canal 4 of Rio De Janeiro to... TV Guide is the name of two North American weekly magazines about television programming, one in the United States and one in Canada. ...


Following in the footsteps of Starz, the main Showtime networks brand many of its films with transparent logos of each respective network, to the chagrin of many who would rather see clean screenings of movies with no commercial branding whatsoever. Cinemax also brands films and series with logos, which usually only appear for a few minutes before being removed and reappear later on.


Unlike other premium channels, Showtime has recently begun to air banner advertising for its upcoming shows during movies, original content.


Logos

Movies

After its launch, Showtime signed exclusive first-run agreements with several movie studios. After being acquired by Viacom in 1994, Paramount Pictures began an output deal with Showtime (then also owned by Viacom), effective after 1997, which lasted 10 years. After the old Viacom was split in two corporations, the output deal with Paramount was not renewed after 2007, thus the pay-cable rights will transfer in 2009 to a new premium channel initiated in part by Viacom. Showtime has also agreements with MGM Studios, Lions Gate Films, IFC Films (which it shares broadcasting rights with Starz), ThinkFilm, certain films put out by The Weinstein Company (those that are distributed theatrically in conjunction with MGM Studios), and the newly re-formed United Artists (still a subsidiary of MGM). In 2008, the channel signed a deal with First Look Pictures to air their films. Viacom (pronounced with a long i as in eye) began life as CBS Films, the television syndication division of CBS. In 1971, the division was renamed VIACOM (VIdeo & Audio COMmunications), and in 1973 it was spun off, amid new FCC rules forbidding television networks from owning syndication companies (the rules... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... For alternate meanings of MGM, see MGM (disambiguation). ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Lions Gate Films. ... IFC Films is an American film distribution company based in New York, owned by the Independent Film Channel. ... Starz can refer to: Starz!, a cable TV network, or Starz the online downloadable movie service from RealNetworks. ... ThinkFilm is a distibutor of independent films which was founded in 2001. ... The Weinstein Company is an independent American film studio founded by Harvey and Bob Weinstein in 2005 after the pair left the Disney-owned Miramax Films, which they had co-founded in 1979. ... For alternate meanings of MGM, see MGM (disambiguation). ... This article is about the film studio. ... First Look Studios is an independent American film studio. ...


On December 11, 2005, Paramount announced that it had purchased DreamWorks SKG in a deal worth $1.6 billion. It is still unclear when Showtime will add films from the studio onto its viewing schedule, as films being put out by the studio are still part of the studio's output deal with HBO.


Though not owning the broadcasting rights to show first-run movies from 20th Century Fox, Showtime has been able to show independent films the studio owns the home video rights to, even if they didn't release them theatrically. Most notably being Mel Gibson's controversial 2004 film, The Passion of the Christ. Others include Party Monster, Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior, Woman Thou Art Loosed and Donnie Darko. Twentieth (20th) Century Fox Film Corporation (known from 1935 to 1985 as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation) is one of the six major American film studios. ... Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson, AO (born January 3, 1956) is an American-Australian actor, historian, Academy Award-winning director, producer and screenwriter. ... This article is about the film. ... Party Monster (2003) is a drama/dark comedy that details the rise and fall of infamous homosexual[1][2]New York party promoter Michael Alig. ... Woman Thou Art Loosed is a 2004 film directed by Michael Schultz. ... Donnie Darko is a 2001 drama/psychological thriller/science fiction film written and directed by Richard Kelly. ...


As of 2006, Showtime has a partial deal with Rogue Pictures, allowing them to broadcast particular films put out by the studio (especially those originally produced for video), including Carlito's Way: Rise to Power and Dave Chappelle's Block Party. Rogue Pictures is a division of Focus Features, the specialty film division of Universal Studios, which is a division of NBC Universal. ... Dave Chappelles Block Party (aka Block Party) is a documentary film hosted and written by comedian Dave Chappelle, and directed by Michel Gondry. ...


Showtime also plays a lot of classic movies from United Artists, Columbia Pictures, and some early/mid 90's movies from Miramax Films and Warner Bros. (usually ones that are, at least, 13 years old from their initial theatrical exhibition). This article is about the film studio. ... The Columbia Pictures logo from 1993 to the present Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. ... Miramax Films is a film production and distribution brand that was a Big Ten film motion picture distribution and production company headquartered in New York City before being bought out by The Walt Disney Company. ... “WB” redirects here. ...


Usually films which Showtime has pay-cable rights will also run on The Movie Channel during its time of license.


Even though Showtime doesn't have an output deal with certain titles from Universal Pictures, a number of films from Universal are played on Sundance Channel since the channel is a joint venture of Showtime, Universal, and The Sundance Institute.


Showtime Around the World

Showtime has two main pay TV networks that operate using its name; Showtime Australia and Showtime Arabia. It also has several channels that is licenced to use its name; Showtime Scandinavia (Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden), Showtime Extreme (Spain), and others. // Showtime Australia is a group of movie channels in Australia that began in 1995, they also show a limited number of television shows or series, as well as the occasional mini-series. ... Pay television, or pay-TV, usually refers to subscription-based television services, usually provided by both analogue and digital cable and satellite, but also increasingly by digital terrestrial methods. ... SHOWTIME is the provider of Australia’s premium movie channels. ... Showtime or Showtime Arabia (Gulf DTH F.Z. L.L.C., the operating company behind digital pay TV broadcaster Showtime) as its called to distinguish itself from its U.S. counterpart, is the dominant subscription television service in the Middle East, North Africa, and the Levant territories. ... Showtime Scandinavia (generally referred to simply as Showtime) is a television channel broadcasting action movies to the Nordic countries operated by NonStop Television. ... Showtime Extreme is an All-Action Movie Channel for people who suscribe to showtime. ...


See also

Showtime is a US cable TV network that primarily shows motion pictures as well as some original programming and occasional boxing matches. ...

External links

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