Showtime is renewing its theatrical output deal with Paramount Pictures, which means that Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull will make its television debut on the pay cable channel. According to Variety, Both Showtime and Paramount declined to comment.
For the past couple of years, Showtime has been unhappy with the cost of theatrical fare due to its availability on DVD and pay-per-view in advance of its pay cable run. As of late, Showtime president of entertainment has tried putting most of his channel's money towards original programming. This investment has paid off with several successful series.
At this time, Showtime has the least amount of theatrical output when compared to its competition. They only air titles from Paramount, MGM, and Lionsgate. This new deal with Paramount gives Showtime exclusive pay cable rights to their upcoming theatrical catalogue through the first part of 2009.