The Movie Channel

The Movie Channel

About The Movie Channel

The Movie Channel (TMC) is an American premium channel owned by Showtime Networks, Inc., a subsidiary of CBS Corporation, which shows mostly movies, as well as special behind-the-scenes features, softcore adult erotica and movie trivia. Although the majority of cable systems typically sell The Movie Channel as a package with sister premium channel Showtime, Dish Network and DirecTV do alternately sell The Movie Channel to non-Showtime subscribers (it is one of only two premium channels to be offered in this manner, the other being Encore). The Movie Channel began in 1973 as Star Channel, a pay movie service of Gridtronics, delivering movies to cable systems via videotape delivered to the cable companies. Sometimes cable companies would have technical problems with the delivered tapes, especially when the tapes jammed on playback to viewers.