Showtime is the second premium cable network in the United States, launched on July 1, 1976.

SHO2, the first secondary channel after Showtime, launched on October 1, 1991. It is also known by many people as Showtime 2. In later years, more secondary channels were added (similar to how HBO did it), such as Showcase (launched as Showtime 3), Showtime Family Zone, and more.

The official website for Showtime ( launched in early 2000.

High definition counterparts of the Showtime networks are available as of 2001.


Title Premiere date
(first known)
Last aired
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope January 23, 1998
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back September 26, 1992 October 30, 1992
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi September 27, 1992 October 31, 1992
Hook April 10, 1993 October 10, 1997
Matilda (original version) September 12, 1997 August 27, 2000
Matilda (in HD) December 1, 2005 May 22, 2006



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