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  1. #1
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    [PR] Showtime free-preview week-end

    I know it's not Canadian Premium related, but I found it interesting: A nation-wide free preview of a premium channel, their on-demand content also accessible and offering behind-the-scenes extras. When was the last time TMN did that?

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    SHOWTIME ALL ACCESS FREE PREVIEW WEEKEND AVAILABLE TO OVER 50 MILLION HOMES STARTING THURSDAY, MARCH 25TH
    Released by Showtime

    Viewers Will Sample Season Premieres of SHOWTIME's Original Series "Nurse Jackie" and "United States Of Tara" And Selected Seasons Of "Dexter," "The Tudors" and "Californication," Hit Movies Including "Twilight" And The Premium Television Premiere Of "Saw V"

    Super Six World Boxing Classic Highlights Showtime Sports(R) Offering

    NEW YORK, NY (March 22, 2010) - This weekend, SHOWTIME will be available in a record 54.4 million households for an ALL ACCESS Free Preview Weekend on SHOWTIME, SHOWTIME HD and SHOWTIME On Demand. From Thursday, March 25 through Sunday, March 28, viewers across the country will have the opportunity to sample the premium network's award-winning programming via linear service, On Demand and in HD, including the second season premiere episodes of the SHOWTIME original series "Nurse Jackie" and "United States of Tara," two live events from SHOWTIME Sports, and the hit movies "Twilight," Tyler Perrys The Family That Preys," "The Reader" and the premium television premiere of "Saw V."

    On Demand, viewers can catch up on "All Things Tudors," when SHOWTIME offers all three seasons of its critically acclaimed series "The Tudors," in time for the season four premiere on Sunday, April 11th at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Free Preview Weekend viewers will also have access to the first seasons of "Nurse Jackie" and "United States Of Tara," season four of "Dexter," season five of " Weeds," and the third seasons of "Californication," "Secret Diary of A Call Girl," and "Tracey Ullman's State Of The Union," available on SHOWTIME On Demand.

    Devoted "Twilight" fans can re-watch the movie that started it all throughout the weekend on SHOWTIME, SHOWTIME HD and SHOWTIME On Demand, and can sample the network's exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the original film.

    On Friday, March 26, hard-hitting mixed martial arts (MMA) heavyweight Lavar Johnson completes his remarkable comeback from a near-fatal shooting when he faces undefeated Lolohea Mahe in the main event of the STRIKEFORCE Challengers telecast featuring five live fights beginning at 11:45 p.m. ET/delayed PT.

    On Saturday, March 27, SHOWTIME will air the premium television premiere of "Saw V," immediately followed by The Super Six World Boxing Classic live sports offering. The Group Stage 2 showdown between tournament point leader "King" Arthur Abraham and Andre "The Matrix" Dirrell airs live at 10:30 p.m. ET/delayed PT.

    The ALL ACCESS Free Preview Weekend is available to digital subscribers of participating providers only. Not all services are available in all areas. Previews may contain PG, PG-13, TV-14, TVMA and R rated programming. You must be a digital subscriber to receive video on demand and HD. For additional details on the SHOWTIME ALL ACCESS Free Preview weekend, go to http://www.sho.com/freepreview.

    About Showtime Networks Inc.

    Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME(R), THE MOVIE CHANNEL(TM) and FLIX(R), as well as the multiplex channels SHOWTIME 2(TM), SHOWTIME(R) SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME(R), SHOWTIME BEYOND(R), SHOWTIME NEXT(R), SHOWTIME WOMEN(R), SHOWTIME FAMILY ZONE(R) and THE MOVIE CHANNEL(TM) XTRA. SNI also offers SHOWTIME HD(TM), SHOWTIME 2 HD(TM), THE MOVIE CHANNEL HD(TM), SHOWTIME ON DEMAND(R), THE MOVIE CHANNEL ON DEMAND(TM) and FLIX ON DEMAND(R). SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks(TM), a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution which recently launched SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL(TM). All SNI feeds provide enhanced sound using Dolby Digital 5.1. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV(R).
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    I know it has been a very long time since the last free preview weekend on Movie Central .. in the US the big 3 tend to have annual free previews although they've lessened over the years as well.

    I think the issue with the previews is it costs them more to air their bigger movies on them I would imagine. I've seen HBO previews where it wasn't actually HBO but a secondary channel with an alternate schedule with select material airing on it while the main HBO had their regular schedule.

 

 

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