Flix is an American premium cable and satellite television network that is owned by the Showtime Networks, Inc. subsidiary of CBS Corporation. Its programming consists solely of theatrically released feature films released from the 1970s to lớn the present day, interspersed with some films from the 1950s and 1960s.

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It is the only premium television service in the United States that does not operate any multiplex channels that provide additional programming alongside the main service. Although Flix is typically offered as part of the Showtime multiplex, the channel"s carriage varies depending on both the cable provider and market, therefore it may not be available alongside Showtime và The Movie Channel"s multiplex services in all areas.

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The network launched on August 1, 1992, as a single-channel "mini-pay" service. Flix originally featured movies from the 1960s to the 1980s, although it would gradually begin lớn scatter some 1990s film titles onkhổng lồ the network"s schedule over time. At its launch, Flix had been one of the last premium channels to lớn restrict the broadcast of R-rated films lớn the nighttime hours. A notable aspect of Flix during its early days was that the channel did not solely advertise the channel"s own prime time lineup, but also ran a schedule of programs that were slated to air that evening on the other major U.S. premium channels - including HBO, Cinemax and Encore as well as sister networks Showtime and The Movie Channel - during breaks between daytime movies (since 2002, Showtime has been the only other premium service that the network has provided prime time listings during its prime time lineup segment).

Three years prior to the channel"s launch, in 1989, Tele-Communications Inc. made a failed bid khổng lồ acquire a một nửa ownership stake in Showtime from Viacom. There was some debate as lớn whether Viacom or TCI originally conceived the idea for Encore, another (one-time) "mini-pay" service that was originally similar in format lớn Flix, which also focused on films from the 1960s khổng lồ the 1980s until a format change in 1999 in which that channel added more recent films khổng lồ its schedule. Viacom executives insisted that TCI lifted part of the idea for Encore from the company"s Showtime Networks division. John Sie, the president of Encore at the time, said in an 1991 interview with Multichannel News that TCI brought up the concept of the Encore network as a way lớn revitalize Showtime, either by launching a new tertiary service from scratch or by overhauling the format of Showtime"s existing sister network The Movie Channel.

On June 14, 2005, Viacom decided to lớn separate itself into two companies (only six years after the company"s acquisition of CBS), both of which would be controlled by Viacom parent National Amusements, amid stagnation of the company"s stoông xã price. The original Viacom was restructured as CBS Corporation & acquired Showtime Networks along with CBS" broadcasting assets, Paramount Television (now the separate arms CBS Television Studtiện ích ios for network và cable production, & CBS Television Distribution for production of first-run syndicated programs & off-network series distribution), advertising firm Viacom Outdoor (renamed CBS Outdoor), Sitháng & Schuster và Paramount Parks (which was later sold); the new Viacom kept Paramount Pictures, the MTV Networks and BET Networks cable divisions, and Famous Music (the latter was sold off in 2007).

In 2007, Flix began lớn broadcast certain R-rated movies during daytime timeslots. That same year, Flix began to air movies released in 2000, including such titles as Reindeer Games & Pitch Black; other films released during the 2000s have been added to the network"s schedule since then.

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Related services

Flix On Demand

Flix On Demvà is the channel"s subscription video-on-demand service; it is available khổng lồ subscribers who receive sầu the channel along with the other Showtime multiplex channels, though a few cable systems carry it as a miễn phí service that does not require a subscription as an inducement for customers to lớn subscribe lớn the full Showtime suite of channels. Launched in 2005, Flix On Demvà offers classic movies released between the 1950s và the 1990s, which are divided by category based on the decade of their release: 1950s and 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.



Movie library

As of August 2013, Flix - through Showtime - maintains exclusive sầu first-run film licensing agreements with network sister company CBS Films (since 2007), The Weinstein Company (since 2009, including releases by Dimension Films; Netflix will assume the rights to The Weinstein Company"s films starting in 2016; ironically, TWC owns 25% of rival premium channel Starz), DreamWorks (featuring only live-action releases through Touchstone Pictures, as part of a distribution agreement with Walternative text Disney Studios Motion Pictures), IFC Films, Miramax Films (including films released by Dimension Films), Summit Entertainment (for films released prior khổng lồ 2013), WWE Films, Magnolia Pictures, First Look Studgame ios and Anchor Bay Entertainment (ironically owned by Starz).

Flix also shows sub-runs - runs of films that have already received broadcast or syndicated television airings - of theatrical films from Walternative text Disney Studgame ios Motion Pictures (including content from subsidiaries Walternative text Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, và former subsidiary & current independently operated studio Miramax), Samuel Goldwyn Films, Universal Studquả táo (including content from subsidiary Focus Features), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (including content from subsidiaries United Artists, Orion Pictures, & The Samuel Goldwyn Company), Relativity Media (after Netflix"s pay television window for its individual releases concludes), Paramount Pictures & Lions Gate Entertainment (sub-run rights with the latter three studquả táo are for films released prior lớn 2008). Although it does not hold the pay television rights to telecast recent films from 20th Century Fox - which are held by HBO, as of 2015 - The Movie Channel does run independent films khổng lồ which that studio owns the trang chủ đoạn phim rights, regardless as to whether they were released theatrically. In 2006, Showtime Networks entered into lớn a partial khuyến mãi with Rogue Pictures lớn broadcast select films released by the studio (especially those originally produced for trang chủ đoạn phim release). Usually films that Showtime holds the pay-cable rights khổng lồ broadcast will also run on Flix and sister service The Movie Channel during the period of its term of license agreement.

Many lesser-known film titles (particularly those released as independent films) that have sầu either not received a theatrical release or were released on DVD or home page Clip are also commonly broadcast on Flix. The window between a film"s initial release in theaters and its initial screening on Showtime, The Movie Channel & Flix is wider than the grace period leading khổng lồ a film"s initial broadcast on HBO, Cinemax or Starz. Films that Showtime has pay cable rights lớn will usually also run on Flix và The Movie Channel during the period of its term of licensing.

Future licensing agreements

On October 1, 2013, Showtime Networks announced that it entered inlớn a four-year film licensing agreement with xuất hiện Road Films to broadcast feature films released by the studio between 2017 và 2020.

On January 20, năm ngoái, Showtime announced that it entered into a multi-year premium television output khuyễn mãi giảm giá with film, television and multitruyền thông studio STX Entertainment. The giảm giá encompasses all films distributed theatrically by the studio through 2019, which will be shown exclusively on Showtime Networks and its multiplex channels.



Network slogans

"Movies You Grew Up With" 2007-2013: "Cool Classics for the Movie Generation" 2013-present: "Cool Classics."