Friday, December 18, 2015

HBO or Showtime: Which Side Are You On?


There are no better competitors, or rivals than these two major networks. Since the early 70's, HBO and Showtime, just like siblings, have been in competition. With such a variety of television shows, movies and documentaries, it's hard to choose. But what makes one better than the other? Is there a side to choose? Which side are you on? HBO or Showtime?

In one corner we've HBO, a major network that has been long standing, and ever growing. With television shows such as Ballers starring the infamous Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, a show catering to all the sports fans and drama lovers. Filled with delectable treats such as sex, drugs, money, and fame. Then in another kingdom there is Game of Thrones, a fantasy series that'll have you at the edge of your seat. When parents need a babysitter, HBO does the trick with movies like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, or the classic Home Alone.

In the opposing corner is the 39 year old network giant, Showtime. This opponent may have less time in the industry but it's just as strong. With award winning shows like Dexter; a bloody good time, sure to have you wondering, why one would root for a serial killer type program. Other awesome shows such as Ray Donovan really dive deep into criminal activity in a rich suburban lifestyle. If you're in to more of the weirdness and drama, then Shameless is another show that you'll enjoy. When families are looking for a night in, you can tap into First Kid, and Disney's Mighty Joe Young.

With the advancements in technology, these networks are doing what they’ve to do to reach their audiences. From instant access on your mobile device, to social media engagements. Now you don't have to be at home, in front of your television to enjoy your favorite movie or show. Television just got interactive, and it’s a guilty pleasure that many of us just can't let go. 

As competitive networks they hold their own. Both being strong contenders. HBO, a diverse television network that has varied programming that captivates different backgrounds and statuses. Showtime has a strong sports line up that they broadcast, and also has successful shows and movies on their network. While both networks differ they're also very much alike, they cover the same sports events from boxing to football.


So when it comes to making a decision on which network to watch, the choice couldn't be clearer, watch both. With both of these network giants having such a variety to choose from such as; movies, shows, and sporting events these networks are pleasures we can't let go. Like two opponents in the boxing ring, we never really know who wins. It depends on the season, and show. It also depends on the cast and the plot line.