Originally posted by archiguy
I wouldn't weep for HBO; their "picture" is plenty pretty. They just sold syndication rights to The Sopranos to A&E for a cool $2.5 million per episode and, because they own it, they get all that cash. Can't imagine who'd want to watch the emasculated version those episodes will be, but no matter. HBO is immensely profitable; last year their gross profit exceeded one billion dollars - a first for any network.
And still they refuse to give us OAR on theatrical HD movies. Shameful.
I heard A&E was going to show Sopranos un-edited in a late night time slot (in addition to an edited daytime or prime-time slot). Not sure if that's true or not. But they aren't subject to the same Federal Decency laws that non-cable networks are. Also HBO doesn't get all of the money for the syndication. It will be split between HBO Original Programming, Brad Grey Television and Chase Film.
BTW did you ever think that maybe their profit exceeded one billion dollars because
they don't show all of their theatrical HD movies in OAR???
(Flame retardant suit on...)