Encore (TV channel)
|Launched||April 1, 1991|
|Owned by||Starz Inc.|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
Spanish (Encore Español only and via SAP audio track; some films may be broadcast in their native language and subtitled into English)
|Sister channel(s)||Starz, MoviePlex|
|Timeshift service||Encore East, Encore West, Encore Action East, Encore Action West, Encore Drama East, Encore Drama West, Encore Espanol East, Encore Espanol West, Encore Family East, Encore Family West, Encore Love East, Encore Love West, Encore Suspense East, Encore Suspense West, Encore Westerns East, Encore Westerns West|
|Website||Encore official site
|DirecTV||535 Encore (East; SD/HD)
536 Encore (West)
537 Encore Classic
538 Encore Westerns
539 Encore Suspense
540 Encore Black
541 Encore Action (SD/HD)
542 Encore Family
1535 Encore On Demand
|Dish Network||340 Encore (East; SD/HD)
341 Encore (West)
342 Encore Westerns
343 Encore Action
344 Encore Suspense
345 Encore Black
346 Encore Classic
347 Encore Family
|Available on most cable systems||Check local listings for channels|
|AT&T U-verse||932-944 (SD)
1932 (HD, Encore only)
Encore is an American premium cable and satellite television channel that is owned by Starz, LLC. Its programming features mainly older and recent theatrically released feature films, although some of its multiplex channels also carry acquired television series. The headquarters of Encore and its sister channels Starz and MoviePlex are located at the Meridian International Business Center complex in Meridian, Colorado.
As of June 30, 2013, Encore's programming is available to 35.1 million pay television subscribers in the United States, which outpaces HBO's approximately 30 million pay subscribers (as of September 2012). Encore has a higher subscriber base because, although Starz and Encore are often sold together in a singular package, some providers offer the Encore multiplex as a separate digital cable tier from Starz. Therefore, Encore subscribers do not necessarily have to subscribe to Starz in order to receive the channel.
- 1 History
- 2 Channels
- 3 Programming
- 4 Branding
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Early focus on 1960s, 1970s and 1980s movies
Encore launched at 9 p.m. ET on April 1, 1991, on four cable systems that were operated by Tele-Communications Inc. (both TCI and Liberty Media, both of whom jointly owned Encore initially, were controlled by John Malone). The channel debuted with an introduction by founder John Sie, who served as the president of the network from its launch until 1999 and CEO until his retirement in 2004, which was then followed by Encore's first film telecast, the 1980 film 9 to 5. Encore was the first major U.S. premium channel to debut in just shy of 11 years since Cinemax launched on August 1, 1980 – at the time of Encore's launch, Cinemax, HBO, Showtime and The Movie Channel were its only competitors (Encore was the only upstart premium channel that managed to gain any headway with those services; other premium channels that debuted prior to Encore's launch, such as Spotlight and Home Theater Network, were unable to compete with those four channels and would eventually shut down during the prior decade).
Initially, Encore's focus was on movies released primarily during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, with some releases from the 1950s mixed in; the channel was formatted similarly to American Movie Classics at the time, with hosted introductions to the movies. Breaks between films on Encore during its early years were quite lively, consisting less of promotions and more trivia and nostalgia, fitting in with Encore's motto "The Movies of Your Life." The channel even ran a segment that informed viewers about programs that were scheduled to air on competing premium channels during the prime time hours that evening. The channel had initially broadcast films from Warner Bros. Pictures (owned by Time Warner, which ironically is the parent company of rival pay services HBO and Cinemax), Columbia Pictures/TriStar Pictures, Orion Pictures, 20th Century Fox, The Samuel Goldwyn Company, Paramount Pictures, Turner Entertainment and MGM/United Artists. The channel was formatted as a "mini-pay" service, available to subscribers for a $1 monthly fee.
TCI initially offered Encore as a "negative option", in which customers were required to notify TCI if they declined to subscribe to the channel full-time after an introductory offer, or TCI would automatically add on a $1 charge to their monthly bill, which would have then increased to $4.95 per month by May 1992; the negative option fee led to lawsuits filed against TCI by ten states, eventually causing TCI to back away from using the negative option plan for the channel. Many other cable providers were reluctant to offer Encore in its early years due to concerns that it would cannibalize subscriptions of other premium services. However, Sie positioned the channel as such that would bolster the growth of what had been a lagging pay television industry, as premium channels had been seeing a steady decline in subscribers overall since the late 1980s.
Around the time of its launch, there was some debate as to whether Viacom or TCI originally conceived the idea for Encore; Viacom executives insisted that TCI lifted part of the idea from Viacom-owned Showtime Networks (which would launch a similarly formatted mini-pay service, Flix, in 1992). John Sie said in a 1991 interview with Multichannel News that TCI brought up the Encore network concept as a way to revitalize Showtime, either by launching a new service from scratch or overhauling the format of Showtime sister network The Movie Channel. Incidentally, TCI made a failed attempt to acquire a 50% ownership stake in Showtime in 1989. Encore had increased its subscriber base to an estimated seven million subscribers nationwide by 1996.
On January 1, 1997, Encore launched a new pay service called MoviePlex (originally named "Encore Plex" for its first few months on the air) which replaced a Liberty Media-owned network called INTRO Television, that ran blocks of programming from other cable channels. Until it adopted a separate film schedule in 2011, MoviePlex originally carried programming blocks from Encore's multiplex channels (which differed from that day's actual schedules for each channel to exclude R-rated movies) on a rotating day-to-day schedule. On June 2, 1997, TCI announced a deal in which it would transfer majority ownership of its Encore Media Group subsidiary to sister company Liberty Media, due in part to the significant profit losses incurred by Starz following that channel's launch – TCI retained a minority 20% ownership interest until its 1999 merger with AT&T Corporation, when Liberty Media assumed full ownership of the Encore Media Group. By May 1998, Encore had a subscriber base of 11.4 million cable homes.
Format change with addition of recent movies
As the channel aged, it adopted a more conventional presentation style: first in 1998, Encore began to carry two exclusive first-run feature film broadcasts each month, then Encore shifted its focus to hit movies as part of a major rebrand of the channel on May 24, 1999, primarily recent films, but with notable classics mixed in as well. By this point, Encore advertised itself as guaranteeing to air "a great movie every night", even setting up a special 1-800 number in which a $2.50 refund would be given to unsatisfied subscribers.
Encore eventually began to be sold as a hybrid service, offered as either a premium channel or a digital basic network depending on the provider, retaining the uncut and commercial-free nature of its programming. Through this change in distribution, the channel was eventually available in 25 million homes nationwide by September 2005. On November 19, 2009, Liberty Media spun off Starz and Encore into a new company called Liberty Starz. On August 8, 2012, Liberty Media announced that it would spin off Liberty Starz into its own separate, publicly traded company. The spin-off of the subsidiary was completed on January 11, 2013, with Liberty Starz changing its name to "Starz, LLC" as a result.
List of channels
Depending on the service provider, Encore provides up to eighteen multiplex channels – nine 24-hour multiplex channels, eight of which are simulcast in both standard definition and high definition – as well as a subscription video-on-demand service (Encore On Demand).
Encore broadcasts its primary and multiplex channels on both Eastern and Pacific Time Zone schedules. The respective coastal feeds of each channel are usually packaged together (though most cable providers only offer the east and west coast feeds of the main Encore channel), resulting in the difference in local airtimes for a particular movie or program between two geographic locations being three hours at most.
- Encore: The main "flagship" feed; Encore features movies from the 1970s to the present day such as blockbuster movies, first-run films and some anime films.
- Encore Action: This channel features action movies, martial arts films and horror movies; it previously carried anime feature films until 2008. Encore Action was originally called simply Action from 1994 to 2005.
- Encore Black: This channel features movies and off-network comedy and drama TV series aimed at African American audiences. Encore Black originally showed movies based on historical events and was originally called True Stories & Drama from 1994 to 1997; its name was then shortened to True Stories from 1997 to 2005. Encore Drama was reformatted as Encore Black on December 2, 2013.
- Encore Classic: This channel features classic movies along with some off-network TV series from the 1970s until the 1990s. It originally featured love stories and romantic flicks and was originally called Love Stories from 1994 to 2005. Encore Love was reformatted as Encore Classic on December 2, 2013.
- Encore Español: This channel is a Spanish language simulcast of the main Encore channel that launched on August 1, 2011.
- Encore Family: This channel features programs targeted at family audiences, featuring films for young audiences, including family movies and family-friendly anime. The channel only airs G, PG and select PG-13 or TV-14 rated films. Prior to its original launch, the channel had the working title Tweens, before its name was changed to WAM! America's Youth Network (later called WAM! America's Kidz Network from 1997 to 2005, and then Encore Wam from 2005 to 2011) prior to its launch; the "WAM!" name was chosen through a naming contest, serving as an acronym for "What Adults are Missing". As WAM!/Encore Wam until 2008, the channel also ran imported series aimed children and teenagers during the daytime hours.
- Encore Suspense: This channel features mystery and suspense films as well as detective movies and series, film noir and neo noir; Encore Suspense is one of only four Encore channels that currently airs series programming (consisting of mystery series that air during the late evening hours). The channel was originally called Mystery from 1994 to 2005 and was later renamed Encore Mystery from 2005 to 2011.
- Encore Westerns: This channel features western movies and popular series from classics to contemporary favorites. Encore Westerns is one of only four Encore channels that currently airs series programming (consisting of classic western series thar air during the morning and late afternoon hours). The channel was originally called Westerns from 1994 to 2005.
On February 1, 1994, Encore launched the pay television industry's first "themed" multiplex – seven additional channels that each focused on a specific genre. This was initially going to be six channels, but Encore decided to launch its own competitor to HBO and Showtime, called Starz!, after it acquired the pay television rights to run Universal Studios films released after 1993. Starz was the first of the multiplex channels to launch, having debuted on February 1, 1994. Three additional multiplex channels launched five months later on July 1: Love Stories, Mystery, and Westerns; these were followed on September 12 by the launch of the final three channels: True Stories & Drama (later shortened to True Stories), Action and WAM!: America's Kidz Network (originally WAM!: America's Youth Network).
Encore initially utilized a numbering system for each multiplex channel: Love Stories was designated as "Encore 2", Westerns was "Encore 3", Mystery was "Encore 4", Action was "Encore 5", True Stories was "Encore 6", WAM! was "Encore 7" and Starz! was designated "Encore 8". Encore eventually abandoned the numbering system for most of its channels in 1996, instead using the tagline "an encore network" from then on until the early 2000s; the notable exception was Starz!, which continued to use the "Encore 8" branding in its main IDs and feature presentation bumpers until 2002, even though Starz! had been long since separated entirely from the Encore brand by that time, and was given its own multiplex channels.
The entire multiplex was rebranded to bring the individual channels back in line with the overall Encore brand on March 28, 2005, due to focus tests that revealed that viewers did not know the themed channels were directly related to the service's main channel. All of the multiplex channels had "Encore" incorporated into the names of each channel, though three of the Encore multiplex channels underwent more extensive name changes: True Stories rebranded as Encore Drama, Love Stories became Encore Love and WAM!: America's Kidz Network became simply Encore Wam. Additional changes to the Encore multiplex came on August 1, 2011, with launch of a Spanish-language simulcast of Encore's primary channel called Encore Español, and the rebrand and refocusing of Encore Mystery and the teen-targeted Encore Wam into Encore Suspense and Encore Family (the latter channel adopting a format similar to that of sister service Starz Kids & Family); Encore Westerns and Encore Action became the only Encore multiplex channels to retain the naming schemes that were in use since the multiplex's original 1994 launch (prior to the incorporation of the "Encore" name in the branding of the multiplex channels).
Three of the Encore channels (two of them being among the channel's six original multiplex services) will undergo changes in their programming formats on December 2, 2013 as part of an extensive rebranding of the Encore multiplex. Encore Drama will relaunch as Encore Black (adopting the same target audience demographic – African Americans – as sister channel Starz's multiplex service Starz InBlack) and Encore Love will be reformatted as Encore Classic (focusing primarily on classic feature films); both channels will incorporate reruns of network television series from the 1970s to the 1990s as part of specialized program blocks alongside feature films from that period. In addition, Encore Español, which originally sought carriage alongside the other multiplex channels, will begin to be made available as part of the Spanish-language channel tiers offered by most cable and satellite providers and adopt an independent schedule of Spanish-language feature films.
The multiplex has been given several brand names over the years, including the "Encore Multiplex", "Encore Movie Networks", "Starz Encore Super Pak" and "Starz Super Pak". As of 2013[update], the multiplex currently has no "official" marketed name, and viewers are simply told they are watching "one of the seven Encore channels"; though some providers collectively brand the channels as the "Encore Movie Pak", while Dish Network uses the "Starz Moviepack" as an unofficial name for the entire collection of Starz and Encore channels and select other providers (such as DirecTV) continue to brand the channels as the "Starz Super Pak".
Encore HD is a high definition simulcast feed of Encore that broadcasts in the 1080i resolution format. In addition to its main channel, Encore also operates high definition simulcast feeds of two of its seven multiplex channels: Encore Action and Encore Drama. The main Encore channel originally launched its HD simulcast feed on March 22, 2003; it was shut down after the channel's 2005 rebrand, but relaunched in July 2008. The main Encore HD simulcast channel is currently carried nationally by DirecTV and Dish Network and regionally by providers such as Verizon FiOS, AT&T U-Verse, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision and Cox Communications. Encore Action and Encore Drama began broadcasting in high definition on August 1, 2011, becoming the first Encore multiplex channels to launch their own HD simulcast feeds. It is yet to be determined as to when the other multiplex channels will become available in HD.
Encore On Demand
Encore operates a subscription video-on-demand television service called Encore On Demand, which is available at no additional charge to new and existing Encore subscribers. Encore On Demand offers program content available in standard or high definition, consisting of theatrically released feature films and original programs, to most cable and satellite providers.
Encore Play is a website that features original programming and feature film content from Encore available for streaming in standard or high definition. It is available to Encore subscribers of Verizon FIOS, AT&T U-verse, Cox Communications, Xfinity by Comcast and DirecTV. The Encore Play iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch app was first released on October 8, 2012, followed by the release of the app for Android devices on May 7, 2013.
As of August 2013, Encore – through Starz – has exclusive first-run movie rights with Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures since 1994 (including content from subsidiaries Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Disneynature, and Touchstone Pictures since 1997), Sony Pictures Entertainment since January 2005 (including content from subsidiaries Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Classics, Screen Gems, Destination Films, Triumph Films and TriStar Pictures), Anchor Bay Entertainment and Warren Miller Films since 1997.
The first-run film output agreement with Walt Disney Pictures expires in December 2015, at which time the Netflix streaming service will assume pay-TV rights in January 2016 (excluding Touchstone Pictures releases). The first-run film output agreement with Sony was renewed for nine years on February 11, 2013; the Warren Miller output deal was renewed for ten years on October 19, 2009.
Encore also shows sub-runs – runs of films that have already received broadcast or syndicated television airings – of theatrical films from Warner Bros. Entertainment (including content from subsidiaries New Line Cinema, Turner Entertainment (both for films released prior to 2005), and Castle Rock Entertainment), Universal Studios (including content from subsidiaries Universal Animation Studios and Focus Features, all for films released prior to 2003), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (including content from subsidiaries United Artists, Orion Pictures, and The Samuel Goldwyn Company), Miramax Films (for films released prior to 2009), 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Studios, Hollywood Pictures, Revolution Studios, Overture Films, Yari Film Group and Lions Gate Entertainment.
In January 1997, Encore secured a licensing agreement with Paramount Pictures, broadcasting over 300 titles Paramount's first contract with Encore expired in December 2005. In March 2013, Encore reassumed sub-run rights to Paramount Pictures' feature film releases. The first film broadcast through this deal was Primal Fear. Additional Paramount Pictures releases were broadcast the following month on Encore, such as Racing with the Moon, She's Having a Baby and Black Rain. In April 2013, Encore acquired sub-run rights to feature films from DreamWorks Studios. The first film broadcast through this deal was In Dreams.
Encore generally airs older films released between the 1960s to the 1990s, with some newer movie titles (usually broadcast between 6 to 9 months after their premiere on Starz) interspersed throughout the day.
Future licensing agreements
On February 2, 2012, Starz announced that it entered a multi-year film licensing agreement with Lions Gate Entertainment, that will bring the studio's library of over 500 films to the channel; Lions Gate-produced films that Epix currently or will have future rights to will also move to Starz after their term of license for broadcast on Epix concludes.
Former first-run contracts
During the 1990s, Encore (through Starz) had exclusive first-run movie rights with Universal Studios, Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, Miramax, New Line Cinema and Carolco Pictures. Between 1995 and 2005, Encore broadcast films from Turner Pictures and New Line Cinema. Encore's contract with Universal Studios expired in late 2002; HBO and Starz shared half of Universal's films in 2003 before the former assumed pay television rights the following year.
Encore aired its first ever slate of original programming in 2011: the miniseries Moby Dick and The Take, and the biographical documentary Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis. The following year, Encore broadcast Thorne in June 2012.
The Big Mini-series Showcase (originally airing on weeknights, and presently seen only on Sunday mornings) is a weekly programming block dedicated to showcasing a mix of classic and recent critically acclaimed miniseries. Encore has broadcast original miniseries such as The Crimson Petal and the White, Titanic: Blood and Steel, Moby Dick and Thorne (both of which were already broadcast previously). On March 11, Encore broadcast episode 1 of Hindenburg: The Last Flight; the last episode was broadcast on March 12. In addition to showcasing original miniseries, Encore has also aired older miniseres previously seen on network television such as The Thorn Birds, North and South, Shogun, Jason and the Argonauts and Gulliver's Travels. After December 29, 2013, the block will be discontinued.
- Encore Black: What's Happening!!, Amen, Diff'rent Strokes, and 227 
- Encore Classic: Murphy Brown, Magnum, P.I., and Night Court 
- Encore Westerns: Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and Have Gun – Will Travel
Throughout the network's history, Encore's logo has included a starburst mark. In the original logo used from 1991 to 1994, the starburst appeared within the "O" in the channel's name, which was rendered in uppercase and similar in design to sister network Starz's 2008 logo design – the mark was then revamped into a box design in 1994. The logo was simplified for the 1999 rebrand, removing the box design and turning the starburst into a line artwork above the "encore" logotype; the basic design was carried over in the 2005 revamp.
Fred Harrison, who served as a continuity announcer for USA Network from 1996 to 2003, serves as the primary announcer for the Encore channels. Other announcers include Jim Brennan and Shannon Hill. The current feature presentation bumpers for the Encore channels have an announcer. Rarely, these bumpers are announcerless, as with the Starz channels.
- The Movies of Your Life (1991–1999)
- Hit Movies of the 60s, 70s, and 80s (1991–1994)
- The Greatest Movies of Yesterday and Today (1994–1999)
- A Great Movie Every Night, Guaranteed (1999–2004)
- The Place For Movies, 24 Hours a Day (2004–present)
- Playing Favorites (secondary slogan, 2010–present)
- "Yahoo Finance" Liberty Media Spins-off Starz finance.yahoo.com Zacks Equity Research, Retrieved on January 24, 2013.
- Colorado Gov. Bill Owens Helps Starz Encore Group Dedicate New Headquarters In Meridian Office Park South of Denver
- Starz Q4 Revenues Slip Following Split With Netflix, Deadline, February 27, 2013.
- 2012 Company Overview
- Why Doesn't HBO Allow Non-Cable Subscribers To Subscribe To HBO Go א la Hulu?
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- August 2011 Encore Family Schedule
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- Verizon FiOS Launches STARZ PLAY And ENCORE PLAY Authenticated Online Services, MarketWatch, February 25, 2013.
- AT&T U-verse gets Starz Play, Encore Play and Movieplex Play access, Engadget, December 18, 2012.
- New Starz Play website and apps stream only to Cox customers, but you might not need them, Engadget, October 9, 2012.
- DirecTV Gets Starz Play And Encore Play, WebProNews, December 21, 2012.
- Starz Launches Online Viewing Options for Subscribers in Deal With Cox, The Hollywood Reporter, October 8, 2012.
- Starz, Encore and Movieplex Play apps arrive on Android, Engadget, May 7, 2013.
- Starz goes from second-tier movie channel to Hollywood power broker
- Encore snares Disney films from showtime. (Walt Disney Co.)
- Showtime Extends Pact
- Sony lifts off for Starz in 2005.
- Sony Pictures, Starz extend pay TV agreement
- Starz Encore Hits the Slopes: Extends Exclusive Output Deal With Warren Miller Films.
- Lietdke, Michael (December 29, 2012). "Netflix to stream newer Disney movies". USA Today. Retrieved December 4, 2012.
- What the Netflix-Disney Deal Means for You
- Netflix scores exclusive rights to Disney movies
- Starz renews deal to get Sony movies through 2021; deal seen as must-win for channel
- Starz Announces New Long-Term First-Run Premium Output Agreement With Sony Pictures Entertainment
- Starz, Miller ink 10-year deal; 'Children of Winter' to bow in November
- Roth lines up $3bn for Revolution Studios launch
- Overture Films ends three-year run, hands off marketing and distribution to Relativity Media
- Starz nabs TV rights to four Yari films
- Encore Media Corporation Acquires Over 300 Titles from Paramount Pictures
- Starz: Primal Fear
- Starz: Racing With The Moon
- Starz: She's Having A Baby
- Starz: Black Rain
- Starz: In Dreams
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- STARZ!, NEW PREMIUM CHANNEL, LAUNCHES TONIGHT WITH UNPRECEDENTED SUPPORT FROM MAJOR HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS
- STARZ! signs new exclusive output agreement with Turner Pictures and extends current agreement with New Line Cinema and Fine Line until 2005.
- HBO bid bests Starz.
- HBO, Uni ink licensing deal.
- Encore Dives Into Original Programming With Miniseries 'Moby Dick' And 'The Take' Deadline Hollywood July 13, 2011
- Encore Original Miniseries 'The Take' Debuts Friday, December 2
- Encore To Do Documentary On Jerry Lewis Deadline Hollywood March 16, 2011
- 'Thorne' Premiere: Encore Miniseries With David Morrissey Exclusive Preview (VIDEO)
- The Big Miniseries Showcase Only On ENCORE
- Encore Presents "The Big Miniseries Showcase" This Fall With the U.S. Television Premiere of "The Crimson Petal and the White"
- Encore Premieres 'Titanic: Blood and Steel' on Monday, October 8 at 8PM
- Encore to Air 'Hindenburg' Miniseries Starring Stacy Keach
- Encore's 'The Big Miniseries Showcase' Presents 'The Thorn Birds' on Monday December 10 at 8PM
- Encore's 'The Big Miniseries Showcase' Presents 'Sally Hemings: An American Scandal' On February 3rd and 'North and South' on February 4th
- ENCORE Premieres 'Shogun' on Monday Sepember. 17 & 'The Pillars of the Earth' on Monday September 24
- Encore's 'The Big Miniseries Showcase' Presents Jason and the Agronauts' & 'Gulliver's Travels'
- ENCORE Schedule • December, 2013 (page 5)
- Starz Re-Brands Encore Channels, Adds Classic TV Shows Like 'What's Happening!!', 'Night Court' To Appeal To African-Americans, Boomers Multichannel News, November 11, 2013
- Encore Movie Channel Commercial (1998)
- "The New" Encore Junction – 1999
- Encore Movie Channel Movie Favorites Commercial