(Media and Entertainment)
William H. Macy
(Movies & TV)
The Movie Channel
(Media and Entertainment)
(Tablets and PC)
Howard Gordon
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Flix (TV channel)
(Media and Entertainment)

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Showtime (TV channel)

Knowledge Identifier: &Showtime_(TV_channel)


Showtime (TV channel)

American premium cable and satellite television network that serves as the flagship service of the Showtime Networks subsidiary of CBS Corporation, which also owns sister services The Movie Channel and Flix add

Category: Business (17)

Founded in 1976.

Countries: United States (65%), (27%), South Africa (4%)

Main connections: HBO, William H. Macy, The Movie Channel

Linked to: HBO, CBS Corporation, DirecTV, Dish Network




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Showtime launched on July 1, 1976 on a local cable television system in Dublin, California, it was originally owned by Viacom add something


On March 7, 1978, Showtime became a nationally distributed service after it was uplinked via satellite, turning it into a competitor with HBO and other pay cable networks add something


ET, which has run on the primary channel since the early 1980s; programs featured within the block include smaller feature films and occasional stand-up comedy specials add something


This logo was replaced in 1980 by a sphere containing a television screen , accompanied by a generic "Showtime" text in Avant Garde font add something


In 1982, Group W Cable, a subsidiary of Westinghouse Electric Corporation , sold its stake in Showtime back to Viacom add something


In 1983, Viacom formed a joint venture with Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment to operate Showtime and Warner-Amex's competing pay service The Movie Channel as part of a new company called Showtime/The Movie Channel, Inc. In 1985, Viacom acquired Warner-Amex's ownership interest in Showtime/The Movie Channel, Inc., once again making the former company the sole owner of Showtime add something


In 1986, Showtime signed an agreement with Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; its contract with Walt Disney expired after 1991, while output deals with Touchstone and Hollywood expired after 1996 add something


On July 15, 1987, HBO signed a five-year deal with Paramount Pictures to broadcast 85 of their films released from May 1988 onward add something


Also in 1988, the company formed Showtime Event Television as a pay-per-view distributor of special event programming add something


The subsidiary was renamed Showtime Networks, Inc. in 1988 add something


By 1989, the channel had already made exclusive deals with Carolco Pictures , Atlantic Entertainment Group, Cannon Films , Universal Studios, De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, Imagine Entertainment and Weintraub Films add something


On April 13, 1990, Showtime signed an exclusive first-run deal with New Line Cinema; the deal expired after 1995 add something


In 1991, HBO and Cinemax debuted the first premium television multiplex service in the United States, Showtime soon followed with the testing of its secondary service, Showtime 2, on October 1 of that year on two systems operated by TeleCable add something


On July 1993, Encore signed an output deal with New Line Cinema, broadcasting its films released between 1996 and 2004 add something


Rival pay channel Starz signed a deal with Disney in 1994, while Touchstone and Hollywood films released from January 1997 onward were broadcast on Starz add something


In April 1994, Showtime announced the creation of a new themed multiplex service, consisting of five channels: Spanish language service Showtime En Espanol, family-oriented Showtime Family Television, action-oriented service Showtime Action Television, a service featuring comedy films and series called Showtime Comedy Television and an all-movie channel called Showtime Film Festival add something


On March 5, 1996, Showtime announced a seven-year output deal with Phoenix Pictures, broadcasting that studio's titles released between 1996 and 2002 add something


In the years that followed, Showtime expanded its acquisitions into the realm of feature-length fare, including the Adrian Lyne-directed 1997 remake of "Lolita" add something


The multiplex would eventually expand over time with the launch of the action film channel Showtime Extreme on March 10, 1998, followed by the debut of the science fiction channel Showtime Beyond in September 1999 add something


In 2000, Showtime launched "Showtime Interactive 24,7", a service that provided DVD-style interaction of its entertainment offerings add something


The service began to be test marketed in 2001 and made its official launch in July 2002 add something


Three additional themed channels made their debut in March 2001: Showtime Family Zone , Showtime Next and Showtime Women add something


The programming format of Showtime 3 was overhauled five months later on July 1, 2001 to focus on theatrical movie releases and Showtime's original made-for-cable films, that channel's name was changed to Showcase add something


In 2004, Showtime began broadcasting all domestic fights telecast on the channel in high definition add something


On June 14, 2005, Viacom decided to separate itself into two companies , amid stagnation of the company's stock price; both companies would be controlled by Viacom parent National Amusements add something


In 2006, Showtime entered into a partial deal with Rogue Pictures to broadcast select films released by the studio add something


In 2008, Showtime acquired "Inside the NFL", the longest-running program in the history of HBO, from that network after it had cancelled the seasonal analysis and interview program in February of that year; "Inside the NFL" moved to Showtime that September add something


On December 4, 2008, Showtime signed a four-year exclusive first-run distribution deal with Summit Entertainment, broadcasting 42 of their films released between 2009 and 2012 add something


In 2010, Showtime debuted another original sports insider program "Inside NASCAR" add something


Showtime debuted on South African television for the first time as part of the new TopTV satellite provider's package on May 1, 2010 add something


On October 27, 2010, Showtime launched "'Showtime Anytime"', a website that features around 400 hours of streaming program content available in standard or high definition that is accessible to subscribers of the Showtime television service add something


The network's multiplex channels Showtime 2 and Showcase occasionally feature adult films during overnight hours, though this has become less commonplace since late 2011 add something


The Showtime Anytime app had its initial release on the iOS App Store for the iPad and iPhone on October 3, 2011 add something


As of August 2012, Showtime's programming reaches approximately 22 million pay television subscribers in the United States add something


On October 1, 2012, an Android app became available through the Google Play platform for Android devices add something


In November 2012, Showtime debuted a sports-themed spinoff of CBS' long-running newsmagazine "60 Minutes", titled "60 Minutes Sports" add something


Howard Gordon - Showtime is now running its fourth season, which premiered on October 5, 2014


In January 2015, Showtime announced that it entered into a multi-year premium television output deal with film, television and multimedia studio STX Entertainment add something


On January 20, 2015, Showtime announced that it entered into a multi-year premium television output deal with film, television and multimedia studio STX Entertainment add something


Flix (TV channel) - On January 20, 2015, Showtime announced that it entered into a multi-year premium television output deal with film, television and multimedia studio STX Entertainment


The Movie Channel - On January 20, 2015, Showtime announced that it entered into a multi-year premium television output deal with film, television and multimedia studio STX Entertainment


Video on demand - On June 3, 2015, Showtime parent CBS Corporation announced that it would launch an over-the-top subscription video on demand service that would be distributed as a standalone offering without the requirement of having an existing television subscription to use add something


The service, which uses the same branding as the linear television channel, was officially launched on July 7, 2015 add something


IPad - On July 9, 2015, Showtime announced it would discontinue SHO Sync, immediately discontinuing support of the iPad app with the iPhone and LG apps to be discontinued at a later date add something


William H. Macy - Showtime has now aired "Shameless" for five seasons, with a sixth season set to premiere in early 2016


William H. Macy - Showtime has now aired "Shameless" for six seasons, with the seventh season set to premiere in October 2016


In September 2017, it was discovered that the Showtime Anytime website was running code that mined the cryptocurrency Monero using the viewer's CPU, which would potentially cause degraded performance for other websites and applications add something