Advertisements For most of my adult life I had all the movie channels I could have on Satellite / Cable. Besides original programming, it was always actually a good value to get movies some months after they were in theaters. You could count on most of the top movies filtering through 6-9 months after the theaterical realease. Several years ago I stopped subscribing to them all and from time-to-time I will subscribe to one on a deal. Right now I have Showtime and Starz, because I want to watch Dexter on Demand and Nurse Jackie etc. I have been checking out the movie inventory on both Showtime and Starz and it is really poor. Looking through HBO, it is not much better. A huge percentage of the movies I see now are movies I never heard of and probably had very limited theatrical releases. Sure a movie or two that was popular might show up, but I swear years ago you could count on several or more premium new movies every week on the premium channels. Between On-Demand, DVD, Streaming Deals and Deals with Basic Cable Channels, it seems like the pickings on the premium channels is very poor. I used to be able to justify the expense because I would see pretty much all the movies I wanted to see, albeit delayed by 6 months or so, so it was worthwhile. Now it does not seem like a lot of movies ever show up there and if they do they have very limited windows. I used to get the premium movie channels for the movies and the original shows were bonus. Now the only reason I see to get them is for the original programming, but it is hard to justify the cost of these channels if they have 1 or 2 shows with 4 episodes a month you want to see. So I guess my question is, is it just me or have others noticed the quality of movie selection on the premium channels to have dropped significantly in the last 5+ years?