Showtime Networks Inc. is an American entertainment company that oversees the company's premium cable television channels, including its flagship service Showtime. It is a subsidiary of media conglomerate ViacomCBS under its domestic networks unit.
OverviewThe company was established in 1983 as Showtime/The Movie Channel, Inc. after Viacom and Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment merged their premium channels, Showtime and The Movie Channel respectively, into one division. In 1984, American Express sold their interest in Warner-Amex to Warner Communications making Warner the new half-owner of Showtime/TMC. In 1985, Warner sold its half-interest to Viacom, making the company a wholly owned subsidiary of Viacom. 1985 also saw the pay-per-view service Viewer's Choice become part of the operation; it merged with rival PPV service Home Premiere Television in 1988, and Viacom ceded control to the cable companies that owned HPT. In 1988, the company was renamed Showtime Networks Inc.
SNI, along with CBS, The CW, Viacom Outdoor, Spelling Television, CBS Television Studios, CBS Television Distribution, CBS Studios International, Simon & Schuster and other entities became part of CBS Corporation when CBS officially split from Viacom in December 2005, but it eventually re-merged with CBS to transform into the new ViacomCBS in early December 2019. SNI managed the CBS, Robert Redford and NBC Universal joint venture Sundance Channel until 2008, when it was sold to Rainbow Media.
Cable networks currently owned by SNIYear in parentheses denotes when each network and channel was brought into the SNI fold.
+Channel created by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment prior to 1983.
- Showtime +
- *Showtime Extreme
- *SHO×BET *
- *Showtime Next
- *Showtime Family Zone
- *Showtime Women
- The Movie Channel +
- *The Movie Channel Xtra
*Channel originally named Showtime Beyond from 1998–2020.
SNI won a Peabody Award in 2002 for Bang Bang You're Dead. In 2008, SNI was honored at the 59th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Advanced Media Technology for Best Use of Commercial Advertising on Personal Computer for the companion website to the series The L Word.