Along with The Movie Channel, Showtime Networks owns Flix Movie Channel.
About Flix Movie Channel
The Flix Movie Channel made its big debut in 1992 focusing on films released from the 1960's to the 1980's using the tagline "Movies you grew up with." Like many other premium cable channels, as time went on, Flix decided to change its format just a little bit and begin showing films released in the year 2000. Along with offering more recent films than those from the 1960's to the 1980's, the channel also decided to air just a few rated R movies during the daylight hours. Before 2007, the channel did not air rated R films during the day, instead opting to stick with the more family friendly, G, PG and PG-13 rated films.
Flix On Demand
Showtime Networks has been one of the leading cable networks for offering the now extremely popular On Demand programming. The Network developed the Showtime On Demand programming and launched it for beta testing in 1993. The testing was a huge success and Showtime On Demand as well as The Movie Channel On Demand programming was released to the general public if they should so choose to subscribe.
Given the success of Showtime Networks On Demand programming with its parent channel as well as with The Movie Channel, in 2005, the network announced that it would launch Flix On Demand. Doing so allowed the network to keep up with the growing demand for instant film viewing offered by movie rentals and the increasing amount of viewers downloading movies online that could be viewed instantly.
Flix On Demand offers around 75 movie titles per month focusing on films from the 1950's to the 1990's. Viewers may search and choose their films according to the four categories offered by Flix On Demand:
- All Flix Movies - Viewers may search this category in which movies from all genres are listed in alphabetical order, making the search super easy.
- Flix by Genre - This category allows viewers to choose a film based on the genre and the type of movie mood they happen to be in at the time. The main genres offered in this category are action-adventure, comedies (including romantic comedies), drama and thrillers.
- Flix by Decade - Allows viewers the ability to search for different films based on the year in which it was released. Sticking with the format of the channel, the films offered on Flix by Decade are those made from the 1950's to the 1990's.
- Flix Picks - The choice of films offered in the Flix Picks category features movies that may be well known and maybe even some that are not as well known, but all have received rave reviews and critical acclaim.
Choosing Flix Over Other Channels
Given that the Flix format focuses on films from the 1960's to 2000, one of the main reasons to subscribe to this channel would be a love for films from those decades. If you like many, but not all of the films from the 1960's to 2000's, you may want to consider subscribing to Flix On Demand.
Widely available, Flix is offered on all major cable networks including Comcast, AT&T U-Verse and Verizon FiOS. The Flix Movie Channel is also offered through most smaller cable providers, but not all. You will want to check your local cable provider to see they offer it before getting your heart set on subscribing to the channel. Finally, Flix is offered to satellite TV subscribers on both DirecTV and Dish Network.
The subscription price for Flix varies depending on your cable provider, but generally falls in the under $20 per month range.