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I have the U-verse 450 package and I get all of the movie channels. Over the past couple of years it seems to me that all of the premium movie channels are cutting back on their movie offerings in favor of in-house productions. Very few of the blockbuster movies are appearing on them. Has anyone else noticed this. I am about to the point where I want to down grade my subscription and go with Netflix or something similar.
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On a fios package here in northern NJ we get all the premium channels free so i remember seeing almost all these 2011 top 40 $$ movies so not sure what you mean by few blockbusters appearing:

1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 WB $381,011,219 4,375 $169,189,427 4,375 7/15 11/24
2 Transformers: Dark of the Moon P/DW $352,390,543 4,088 $97,852,865 4,088 6/29 10/13
3 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 Sum. $281,287,133 4,066 $138,122,261 4,061 11/18 2/23
4 The Hangover Part II WB $254,464,305 3,675 $85,946,294 3,615 5/26 9/15
5 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides BV $241,071,802 4,164 $90,151,958 4,155 5/20 9/29
6 Fast Five Uni. $209,837,675 3,793 $86,198,765 3,644 4/29 8/11
7 Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol Par. $209,397,903 3,555 $12,785,204 425 12/16 4/12
8 Cars 2 BV $191,452,396 4,115 $66,135,507 4,115 6/24 12/15
9 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows WB $186,848,418 3,703 $39,637,079 3,703 12/16 4/5
10 Thor Par. $181,030,624 3,963 $65,723,338 3,955 5/6 8/25
11 Rise of the Planet of the Apes Fox $176,760,185 3,691 $54,806,191 3,648 8/5 12/15
12 Captain America: The First Avenger Par. $176,654,505 3,715 $65,058,524 3,715 7/22 11/10
13 The Help BV $169,708,112 3,014 $26,044,590 2,534 8/10 3/8
14 Bridesmaids Uni. $169,106,725 2,958 $26,247,410 2,918 5/13 9/29
15 Kung Fu Panda 2 P/DW $165,249,063 3,952 $47,656,302 3,925 5/26 9/29
16 Puss in Boots P/DW $149,260,504 3,963 $34,077,439 3,952 10/28 3/1
17 X-Men: First Class Fox $146,408,305 3,692 $55,101,604 3,641 6/3 9/29
18 Rio Fox $143,619,809 3,842 $39,225,962 3,826 4/15 9/8
19 The Smurfs Sony $142,614,158 3,427 $35,611,637 3,395 7/29 12/15
20 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Fox $133,110,742 3,734 $23,244,744 3,723 12/16 6/7
21 Super 8 Par. $127,004,179 3,424 $35,451,168 3,379 6/10 9/29
22 Rango Par. $123,477,607 3,923 $38,079,323 3,917 3/4 7/7
23 Horrible Bosses WB (NL) $117,538,559 3,134 $28,302,165 3,040 7/8 10/27
24 Green Lantern WB $116,601,172 3,816 $53,174,303 3,816 6/17 9/29
25 Hop Uni. $108,085,305 3,616 $37,543,710 3,579 4/1 6/16
26 Paranormal Activity 3 Par. $104,028,807 3,329 $52,568,183 3,321 10/21 1/5
27 Just Go With It Sony $103,028,109 3,548 $30,514,732 3,548 2/11 5/19
28 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) Sony $102,515,793 2,950 $12,768,604 2,914 12/21 3/22
29 Bad Teacher Sony $100,292,856 3,049 $31,603,106 3,049 6/24 10/13
30 Cowboys & Aliens Uni. $100,240,551 3,754 $36,431,290 3,750 7/29 11/3
31 Gnomeo and Juliet BV $99,967,670 3,037 $25,356,909 2,994 2/11 6/23
32 The Green Hornet Sony $98,780,042 3,584 $33,526,876 3,584 1/14 4/21
33 The Lion King (in 3D) BV $94,242,001 2,340 $30,151,614 2,330 9/16 1/12
34 The Muppets BV $88,631,237 3,440 $29,239,026 3,440 11/23 4/5
35 Real Steel BV $85,468,508 3,440 $27,319,677 3,440 10/7 2/16
36 Crazy, Stupid, Love. WB $84,351,197 3,020 $19,104,303 3,020 7/29 11/24
37 Battle: Los Angeles Sony $83,552,429 3,417 $35,573,187 3,417 3/11 6/2
38 Immortals Rela. $83,504,017 3,120 $32,206,425 3,112 11/11 2/23
39 The Descendants FoxS $82,584,160 2,038 $1,190,096 29 11/16 4/19
40 Zookeeper Sony $80,360,843 3,482 $20,065,617 3,482 7/8 10/27

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I don't recall several of the movies you listed such as Transformers: Dark of the Moon appearing on HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, or Starz. They did appear as PPV but I was referring to HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, and Starz.
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I saw it on EPIX...thats a big premium channel:

http://www.epixhd.com/transformers-dark-of-the-moon/

Its on saturday 8:00pm.

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I saw it on EPIX...thats a big premium channel:
http://www.epixhd.com/transformers-dark-of-the-moon/
Its on saturday 8:00pm.

Yes but it is cropped...a shame for a visual effects film. EPIX also has cropped THOR, CAPT AMERICA, SUPER 8, etc, Only SHOWTIME and THE MOVIE CHANNEL show newer movies consistently in the correct OAR widescreen aspect ratio

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Showtime/TMC do not have that many newer big studio films.

More recently Starz has been showing OAR.

As for Epix,Paramount scope titles may be cropped (with the exception of Star Trek!) but MGM/UA and Lions Gate titles are OAR
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Yes but it is cropped...a shame for a visual effects film. EPIX also has cropped THOR, CAPT AMERICA, SUPER 8, etc, Only SHOWTIME and THE MOVIE CHANNEL show newer movies consistently in the correct OAR widescreen aspect ratio

Yes but cropping is another topic....i was just saying that its on tv.

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Showtime/TMC do not have that many newer big studio films.
More recently Starz has been showing OAR.
As for Epix,Paramount scope titles may be cropped (with the exception of Star Trek!) but MGM/UA and Lions Gate titles are OAR


Yeah, I hold on to Epix and usually one other premium. Right now, it's Showtime w/Homeland on, but with their amazingly bad movie library, and Starz showing more OAR, I'm going to give them another look. Just wish Starz would sprinkle some older stuff in occasionally.
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Yeah, I hold on to Epix and usually one other premium. Right now, it's Showtime w/Homeland on, but with their amazingly bad movie library, and Starz showing more OAR, I'm going to give them another look. Just wish Starz would sprinkle some older stuff in occasionally.

Actually, quality-wise, I find Showtime has the better films, generally. Maybe not as many of the big blockbusters, but plenty of films getting their only release in HD via Showtime/TMC. One might consider it the movie channel that IFC should have been. BLACK DEATH, DETACHMENT, GOON, , MR NICE, DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED, WRECKAGE, RED STATE, WHITE IRISH DRINKERS, etc. etc., I haven't even mentioned their documentaries such as LIMELIGHT, TABLOID, and particularly for movie fans, THAT GUY...WHO WAS IN THAT THING. When it comes to movies, I can do without HBO/MAX (as the movies they run can be found on Blu-Ray without cropping). But couldn't do without Showtime. Especially not with a new season of SHAMELESS coming!

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I've always loved Showtime for their OAR policy, regardless of how many cinema blockbusters they show. The ones they do show are presented the right way, something HBO certainly can't claim. I've "rewarded" Showtime with a continuous subscription for the last dozen years, even when there's not much on there I want to watch. Can't say that about any other premium channel.
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I've always loved Showtime for their OAR policy, regardless of how many cinema blockbusters they show. The ones they do show are presented the right way, something HBO certainly can't claim.

Are Showtime still running pop-ads on their content? That's something HBO never do and something Showtime can't claim. I don't care about OAR if the content is splattered with junk.


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Are Showtime still running pop-ads on their content? That's something HBO never do and something Showtime can't claim. I don't care about OAR if the content is splattered with junk.

I've never noticed it on theatrical movies. Maybe they do, but I can't remember seeing it.
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I've never noticed it on theatrical movies. Maybe they do, but I can't remember seeing it.

It was the reason I cancelled my sub and based on comments in the snipe thread others did too. If they've dropped that practice they might convince me to go back, but if they are still throwing pop-ups on screen telling me Dexter is all new this week and what is coming up next then it makes any attempt to be respectful to OAR a complete joke.

Somehow I don't think advertising during the movie is what the director intended.


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Are Showtime still running pop-ads on their content? That's something HBO never do and something Showtime can't claim. I don't care about OAR if the content is splattered with junk.

I haven't seen one over "Dexter" or "Homeland" this season, but they do run a continuous bug. HBO seems to be the only channel that has resisted this, for which they should be commended.
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I have noticed Showtime showing a lot more indie and B movies once EPIX went into play drying up the offerings on Showtime. I actually like this because IFC has become a waste with terrible movie selections and their overlong ad blocks. Not to mention terrible HD quality.

Only problem is COMCAST keeps reducing Showtime HD channels and we are down to 2. And not all of the B movies show up in their On Demand HD section.

HBO is only good to check out Latin American movies on HBO-Signature.
I wish they would offer an English subtitled option for HBO-L whenever they show spanish movies on there.

Starz-Cinema. I wish COMCAST would show this channel in HD. But I did notice their quality of "indie" type movies has dwindled too. Starz seems to offer more european movies than the other pay channels.
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