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Old 09-12-2008, 11:18 AM
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I am thinking about getting HBO for the new vampire series manly, but curious what else do they have and is it worth it. How much is it a month? worth it?
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I am thinking about getting HBO for the new vampire series manly, but curious what else do they have and is it worth it. How much is it a month? worth it?
How much it costs depends on your multichannel provider. Most of the time you get more than one HBO channel like HBO West, HBO2, HBO Signature, HBO Zone, HBO Family and/or HBO Comedy as part of a package. Is it worth it? That's up to you. For one show? No. Everything that comes on HBO will be on DVD usually one calendar year to the date later. Will it be on Blu-Ray? Maybe...

HBO (like its sister family of networks Cinemax) shows first run movies usually in 16:9 open matte from Warner, New Line, Fox and Universal studios in addition to original programming such as scripted series (TrueBlood, Entourage, Big Love, etc.), documentaries and sports. Many (including yours truly) feel that Showtime is a better deal. However, I will leave that choice to you.
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Showtime's collection of movies is awful though. They never get the big movies, save for like...Casino Royale. Their original programming these days is now superior to HBO (pretty much due to Dexter), but I'd say HBO is worth your money. Entourage and True Blood are fantastic.
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Old 09-15-2008, 10:37 AM
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I just dropped HBO in favor of Starz. I came home a few days ago and thought my wife had rented a BD—it turned out to be a movie on Starz (had a free weekend). After watching several movies over the weekend on Starz, I was hooked with the PQ and movie selections.
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Old 09-15-2008, 11:10 AM
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Showtime's collection of movies is awful though. They never get the big movies, save for like...Casino Royale. Their original programming these days is now superior to HBO (pretty much due to Dexter), but I'd say HBO is worth your money. Entourage and True Blood are fantastic.
Weeds, Dexter and Californication are all superior to Big Love, Entourage and True Blood. Generation Kill is the only standout I've seen on HBO in a long time. IMHO, it's the best new HBO show since Deadwood.

Showtime at least is consistently OAR with its first run Paramount and Lionsgate movies.

HBO is consistently hit or (usually) miss on OAR with its first run New Line, Warner, Dreamworks, Dreamworks Animation, Fox and Universal movies.

Starz is pretty good about OAR with its first run Disney, Weinstein, Sony and Achor Bay movies.
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Weeds, Dexter and Californication are all superior to Big Love, Entourage and True Blood. Generation Kill is the only standout I've seen on HBO in a long time. IMHO, it's the best new HBO show since Deadwood.

Showtime at least is consistently OAR with its first run Paramount and Lionsgate movies.

HBO is consistently hit or (usually) miss on OAR with its first run New Line, Warner, Dreamworks, Dreamworks Animation, Fox and Universal movies.

Starz is pretty good about OAR with its first run Disney, Weinstein, Sony and Achor Bay movies.
HBO splits a lot of their movies with Cinemax, but they trade off every two or three months. And yes I acknowledge that Showtime has better shows, although I felt Weeds quality was declining. Californication is still good. Dexter is obviously great. HBO really has lost a lot of its good shows (Rome, The Wire, Deadwood, Sopranos), so it is a transitional phase. I don't like Big Love. I do <3 Entourage though. But overall, the shows are not bad

But Showtime's movies really are pretty bad. It does not compare to HBO or Starz. I mean, Paramount has not had any huge hits from their standalone company, so they're getting a poor deal in comparison to what HBO gets with Dreamworks and such. This might change in 09 because I think Cloverfield was Paramount only in addition to Indiana Jones. And Lionsgate movies normally are not that great. I'd rather take my chances from a movie standpoint with HBO.
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Old 09-24-2008, 01:46 PM
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I think its 16 bucks a month on comcast, not sure though.
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I tend to prefer the shows on HBO to Showtime, but I would say the movies quality is about the same on both.
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HBO splits a lot of their movies with Cinemax, but they trade off every two or three months. And yes I acknowledge that Showtime has better shows, although I felt Weeds quality was declining. Californication is still good. Dexter is obviously great. HBO really has lost a lot of its good shows (Rome, The Wire, Deadwood, Sopranos), so it is a transitional phase. I don't like Big Love. I do <3 Entourage though. But overall, the shows are not bad
I stopped getting HBO when the Soprano's ended, since the main reason I watched were the shows Onslaught listed, and all are gone. I like Entourage and would like to see True Blood, but I will now just Netflix them when they are released. I bought the Weeds BD's and love Dexter, but again, the overall yearly cost for just those shows doesn't make sense for me. I just don't have the anticipation that I had for the Soprano's, et al, and have many cheaper rental options now for the movies they show.
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Eh!! Max is so much better movie wise.
If you like The Wire, True Blood, etc then go for it tho.
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