|Owned by||HDNet Inc.|
|Slogan||Original. Provocative. Independent.|
|Headquarters||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Sister channel(s)||AXS TV|
|Available on many cable systems||Check local listings|
HDNet Movies is a high definition-only cable and satellite television channel dedicated entirely to movies. It is the sister channel of AXS TV. Films shown vary in age and category, but all were either transferred from 35mm film to 1080i high definition or shot in the latter format. Many films shown on HDNet Movies have never before been released in HD on other networks. All films are shown uncut and commercial-free.
Recently, HDNet Movies has received press concerning their controversial day-and-date release strategy, mainly under Cuban's Magnolia Pictures distribution company. This strategy subsumes the tiered theatrical release followed by DVD sales followed by broadcast distribution. A notable HDNet film with a day-and-date release was Bubble, directed by Steven Soderbergh. This strategy is seen as a blow to the traditional release window of theatrical films. Movies released using this strategy are simultaneously shown on HDNet Movies and in theaters on a Friday (the traditional release day of a film), followed quickly by a DVD release of the movie on Tuesday (the traditional DVD release day). Soderbergh has signed a deal with HDNet films to make a total of six films released using this strategy; however, HDNet Films allows other directors to release their films day-and-date, not just Soderbergh. Many theaters see this as a threat to their business, and have banned these films.
HDNet Movies shows a film two days before its theatrical release almost every month. A schedule can be found on the HDNet Movies web site.