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HBO Vs. Showtime

August 21st, 2008 9:00am EDT
Big Love
An average TV viewer has hundreds of options to watch on any given time slot, so if he or she chooses to pay extra money for a special channel, it better deliver on what it promises. HBO and Showtime are two channels that offer movies - both new and old - and quality television programming. Usually the shows are inappropriate for regular cable, and they are given more freedom to be daring, innovative, and crude.

HBO has been showing new movies and producing popular television since 1977, while Showtime focused more on boxing championships and premiering impressive short independent fi...
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Most Underrated & Overrated HBO Shows

May 23rd, 2008 10:17am EDT
Big Love
For the last two decades, HBO has been considered the gold standard for television quality. The network routinely receives more Emmy nominations than any of its competitors, despite fielding a drastically smaller roster of programming.

HBO practically reinvented what could be done on the small screen. Each episode now had the same production values as a feature film, and the way the pay network could deal with risqué content led to a wide array of groundbreaking programming.

A quick glance at the roster of original shows produced by HBO over its first 25 years is almost like look...
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Is HBO Losing Its Edge?

April 14th, 2008 10:57am EDT
The Sopranos
Remember the slogan, "It's not TV, It's HBO?" Well, up until a couple months ago this marketing ploy actually rang true. HBO has long been the trendsetter of original series that break all boundaries and push audiences' perception of what television is and should be.

Unfortunately, thanks to the culminations of the network's most beloved quartet of series - Sex and the City, Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, and most recently The Wire - the Crown Royal of premium cable programming is in threat of losing its edge over the best of the rest.

There was a time when HBO stood for first-run...
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Tune In To Cable TV For Top-Notch, Edgy Shows

February 15th, 2008 2:00pm EST
Showtime's Dexter
There's plenty to watch on network television, but we have long been living in the Golden Age of Cable. Ever since HBO told us, "It's not TV. It's HBO," we've been hooked. Ponying up the money for cable can be difficult, but these channels make it worth the price.

The Veterans:

HBO has lost many of the signature shows that made it a household name. The Sopranos, Sex and the City, Six Feet Under - they were all instrumental in defining HBO as the channel for daring, intelligent and mature programming. But don't write off the channel just yet. While its new series don't quite match the ...
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Hard-Core Unrated Extended Edition 'Pathfinder' DVD Features Intense Graphic Battle Action

August 1st, 2007 10:00pm EDT
Pathfinder
CENTURY CITY, Calif. - Savage swordsmen bent on death and destruction clash with the iron-willed protectors of a new world in Pathfinder, the heroic action-adventure filled with intense battle scenes and breathless, primal violence. Debuting on DVD July 31st from Fox Home Entertainment, the mythic clash will be available in its theatrical R-rated version and in an unflinching and brutal two-disc unrated extended edition, packed with extreme battle footage too intense for theaters!

Six centuries before the arrival of Columbus, a band of bloodthirsty Viking marauders invaded the sho...
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New TV on DVD, July 18

July 18th, 2006 8:00am EDT
Carnivale
It's an eclectic mix of DVD releases this week. First, check out the second season of HBO series Carnivale. The final battle between Good and Evil is looming, and two men are on a collision course that could determine the fate of the world. The first season of the Incredible Hulk is also available, starring everyone's favorite green-skinned man Lou Ferrigno. Or check out the fourth season of The Pretender, which centers on a man who could assume any personality and handle any job at a second's notice.
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