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Showtime Goes Big With Free Preview Weekend -- Mark Your Calendar Multichannel News

Showtime has announced plans for its biggest free preview weekend ever, sending out its programming lineup to more than 80 million U.S. homes during the weekend of Jan. 11-13, 2013, Multichannel News reports.

“The network currently attracts 22 million subscribers and will be available to 58 million more, for one weekend only,” the story reports. “Viewers across the country will have the opportunity to sample the premium network's programming on Showtime, Showtime HD, Showtime On Demand and Showtime Anytime. The Free Preview weekend will include the series premieres of the critically acclaimed series ‘Shameless,’ ‘House of Lies, and ‘Californication,’ live offerings from Showtime Sports including ‘ShoBox: The New Generation’ and ‘Strikeforce,’ and the television premieres of the blockbuster hit ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part I’ and ‘The Iron Lady,’ starring Meryl Streep.”

Additionally, the free preview weekend will allow viewers to have access to every season of original series "Dexter," "Homeland," "Nurse Jackie" and "Weeds," via Showtime On Demand and Showtime Anytime.

“The premium network also will air a number of feature films and documentaries throughout the weekend,” the report adds, “including ‘My Week with Marilyn,’ ‘The Help,’ ‘War Horse,’ ‘Source Code,’ ‘A Better Life,’ ‘Our Idiot Brother,’ ‘Real Steel,’ ‘Scream 4,’ ‘Fright Night,’ ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’ and ‘50/50.’ The Free Preview Weekend will be offered by nearly 50 distributors nationwide including AT&T U-verse, Cable One, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV, Dish Network, Mediacom, Suddenlink Communications, Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS.”