HBOffal is your guide to Cable/Satellite Movie Channels.
HBOffal rates the various movie services only for the presence or
absence of garbage components, those extraneous self-promotional
materials some service use to adulterate the movies they show. The
content of the movie services is not rated. Whether the movies shown
are bad or good is not relevant to the HBOffal rating. Currently,
HBOffal does not rate Pay-Per-View services.
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ACTION ALERT: Effective this morning, the Starz/Encore network
has gone over the top. They have replaced their already
intrusive on-screen bugs with ones that are quite large and
"flashy". And the worst news is all the Starz/Encore
channels seem to be showing them full time! It's hard to believe
any company could be that antagonistic to its caring viewers.
The only exception seems to be the two remaining High Def channels,
Starz HD east and west, which remain logo-free. (The two other
High Def channels they've been offering are going dark effective
3/31/05.) Unfortunately for me, I ordered a year of Starz at
the beginning of '05 so I'm stuck with a worthless, unviewable set
of channels for the better part of a year.
ACTION ALERT: Several years ago, Showtime thought it was a cool
idea to start putting a SHO logo down in the lower-right
corner of their movies, presumably to distract your attention
from the feature films. A flood of angry mail led them to put
a halt to the practice. Now guess what, in this era of
scrolling banners, dancing cartoon logos, and voice/video overs that
all but replace the closing credits of movies, they are at it again,
presumably thinking that viewers' standards are now low enough to
accept this. Please take a moment to do as I have done and let
them know (by email
or better yet, by snail
mail) that this is not a good idea. I think a point that
should be stressed is they have never gained one customer by
resorting to this practice, but they have probably lost hundreds, so
it just doesn't make sense.
ACTION ALERT: American Movie Classics is now interrupting its
movies with commercials. Email sent to them is read by an
auto-responder, so they don't seem to care what viewers think about
this little change! If you care, snail mail is probably the
way to go. In the meanwhile, the service is no longer rated
08/23/01 ACTION ALERT: Two of the MultiMax (Cinemax)
channels are experimenting with full time onscreen logos! These channels are ActionMax and ThrillerMax (the east
and west feeds of each). They are probably doing this to gauge
the practice's acceptance by viewers and the suits at HBO/Max are
reading their mail and responding. Send them snail mail if you
are interested in seeing this practice stopped before it spreads to
03/01/00 ACTION ALERT: HBO is
now Pan'n'Scanning widescreen movies on its High Definition
channels. The sides of 2.35:1 aspect ratio movies are
being chopping off to fit them on the 16x9 High Def screen. If
you deplore this practice (even if you aren't High Def equipped
now), let them know.
Request: It is doubtful that we will be able to maintain the
Letterbox chart as has been done previously. If any of you
have access to statistics showing percentage of OAR (Original Aspect
Ratio) movies shown on the pay services and are able to generate a
chart similar to the one on this site every 2-4 months, please
contact us. We can use you <g>.