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Showtime Networks

Showtime Networks, Inc.
Type Subsidiary
Industry Cable television
Founded 1983
Headquarters New York City, New York, USA
Key people Matthew C. Blank
Ken Kay
(Senior VP/General Manager)
David Nevins
(President of Entertainment)
Products Pay television
Revenue $950 million (2011)[1]
Employees 1,050[1]
Parent CBS Corporation

Showtime Networks, Inc. (SNI) is the corporate division of media conglomerate CBS Corporation that oversees the company's premium cable television channels, including its flagship service Showtime.


  • Overview 1
  • Cable networks currently owned by SNI 2
  • Unprecedented Campaign 3
  • References 4


The company was established in 1983 as Showtime/The Movie Channel, Inc. after Viacom and Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment (now Viacom Media Networks) merged their premium channels, Showtime and The Movie Channel respectively, into one division. In 1984, American Express sold their interest in Warner-Amex to Warner Communications (now Time Warner) making Warner the new half-owner of Showtime/TMC. In 1985, Warner sold its half-interest to Viacom, making the company wholly owned division of Viacom. In 1988, the company was renamed Showtime Networks, Inc.[2]

SNI, along with CBS, The CW Television Network (formerly UPN), Viacom Outdoor, Spelling Television, CBS Television Studios (formerly CBS Productions, Paramount Television and CBS Paramount Television), CBS Television Distribution (formerly Paramount Domestic Television, CBS Paramount Domestic Television and King World), CBS Studios International (formerly CBS Paramount International Television), Simon and Schuster and other entities became part of CBS Corporation when CBS officially split from Viacom in December 2005. SNI managed the CBS, Robert Redford and NBC Universal joint venture Sundance Channel until 2008, when it was sold to Rainbow Media (now AMC Networks).

Cable networks currently owned by SNI

Year in parentheses denotes when each network and channel was brought into the SNI fold.

  • Showtime (1983)1
    • SHO2 (formerly SHOTOO) (1994)
    • Showcase (formerly Showtime 3) (1996)
    • Showtime Extreme (1998)
    • Showtime Beyond (1998)
    • Showtime Next (2001)
    • Showtime Family Zone (2001)
    • Showtime Women (2001)
  • The Movie Channel (1983)2
    • The Movie Channel Xtra (1999)
  • Flix (1992)3
  • Smithsonian Networks (2007)4

1Showtime Women, Showtime Family Zone and Showtime Next are digital cable services of Showtime and are not available on Dish Network. DirecTV does carry Showtime Women and Showtime Next in HD only.
2Channel created by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment prior to 1983.
3Flix is only available to DirecTV and other satellite systems. Flix was formerly carried on cable systems (as a premium service) in the early and mid 1990s. Flix is now considered a specialty premium service to satellite customers who subscribe to Showtime Unlimited. There are still cable providers that do carry Flix as a premium service with Showtime.
4Co-owned with the Smithsonian Institution. Showtime Networks handles operations.

SNI won a Peabody Award in 2002 for Bang Bang You're Dead.[3] In 2008, SNI was honored at the 59th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Advanced Media Technology for Best Use of Commercial Advertising on Personal Computer for the companion website to the series The L Word.

Unprecedented Campaign

In one of the largest content distribution campaigns ever done to launch a new original series, SNI announced on January 12, 2009 that the premiere episode of United States of Tara is now available on more than a hundred multi-platforms, which translates into a reach of 170 million users - as part of the network's launch campaign to promote the series premiere on Showtime on January 18, 2009 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

As an added bonus, SNI made available the season premiere episodes of The L Word as it started its final season and Secret Diary of a Call Girl to all the participating platforms day and date with their January 18, 2009 premiere.

All three programs will be available online on the major entertainment, social networking and blogging destinations, including cable, telco and satellite affiliate broadband portals, on mobile phones, and on Free On Demand platforms. Example of these partners include: the largest entertainment portals such as, Yahoo, YouTube, MSN, Fancast, Veoh,,, CinemaNow, and Netflix as well as additional sites via the CBS Audience Network; social networking sites such as Facebook and Bebo; and top entertainment blogs such as, Gawker, Pink Is The New Blog and PopBytes. The episodes will also be available on mobile phones through MobiTV, Joost's iPhone App, and on CBS Mobile on Verizon's V-Cast Mobile TV and AT&T Mobile TV via MediaFLO; and via podcast from iTunes and Zune. In addition, the first episode of United States of Tara will be available online in HD on and

There are 24 different cable, telco and satellite providers participating in the campaign, beginning with the first episode of United States of Tara on broadband and Free On Demand 10 days before its premiere. Among them: AT&T, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Insight, Mediacom, NCTC affiliates, RCN, Time Warner, Verizon and DirecTV. DirecTV will also air the episode on its linear channel Audience Network. In addition, the episode can be seen in HD on Free On Demand as well as on the Audience Network.


  1. ^ a b InsideView Company Profile: Showtime Networks, Inc.
  2. ^ Variety June 7, 2001 25 memorable moments in Showtime's 25-year history
  3. ^ 62nd Annual Peabody Awards, May 2003.
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