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Assuming that movie channels have a big list of movies available to play at any given time and they must keep playing some movie, how do they decide which ones to play and when to play them? I figure it's not completely random because they're also competing with other movie channels and would like to come up with schedules that attract more viewers than the competing channels? Is the process automated? Are there any algorithms in place?

I sort of get the criteria for the times around holidays/events and such - they seem to pick movies related to the events or release dates etc, so this question is more about the movie schedules for normal days.

  • This is kind of broad and probably something only known internally. What movie channels? All of them? Specific one? Generally? Sounds interesting though. – Paulie_D Jan 31 '17 at 12:06
  • @Paulie_D Thanks. Yes, just generally for the idea of the overall process. It all seems to be pretty straightforward for normal (non-movie) channels - For them it's probably just a race to show the highest rated/anticipated/newest programs before their competitors (this overall strategy can be broken down into many techniques). But movie channels mostly don't really have any real new content except for a new movie every week or two, they must show the same old movies again and again and somehow do it better than the competition. – Achilles Jan 31 '17 at 12:27
  • ..but the movie channels aren't really competing like you think I suspect. If you had a couple of channels to compare it might make it simpler. Remember most of these channels aren't showing the same movies. They buy packs of movies, I believe from studios (unless they are actually owned by studios). My understanding is that they are only allowed to show the movie so many times over a specific period then it drops out of rotation unless they re-purchase. The studio decides what is in each pack. – Paulie_D Jan 31 '17 at 12:34
  • Good point. I guess I really ought to ask how TV movie distribution works. If there is very limited choice (because they're being driven by studios or competing to buy better rated movies something else) then they could probably just be trying to show as many genres as they could in a week. If they do have a lot of choices, then its worth understanding who picks on movie over the others available ones for specific times and why. – Achilles Jan 31 '17 at 12:40

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