Movies! (stylized as "MOVIES!") is an American digital multicast television network that is owned as a joint venture between Weigel Broadcasting and the Fox Television Stations subsidiary of 21st Century Fox. The network features an emphasis in its programming on feature films. Movies!'s programming and advertising operations are based in Weigel Broadcasting's headquarters on North Halsted Street in Chicago, Illinois.
It is available in several markets through digital subchannel affiliations with broadcast television stations, as well as through carriage on the digital tiers of select cable providers through a local affiliate of the network. Movies! provides programming 24 hours a day and broadcasts in the 16:9 widescreen picture format, available in either standard definition or high definition depending on the station's preference.
The network competes with two similarly formatted broadcast networks: This TV (originally operated by Weigel in a joint venture with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, until the former's operational stake was taken over by Tribune Broadcasting on November 1, 2013) and GetTV (owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment); feature films compose the primary source and children's programming the ancillary source of programming on both networks, though This TV also broadcasts classic television series. Unlike Movies! and GetTV, all of This's content is transmitted solely in the 4:3 aspect ratio and made up of mainly pan-and-scan television cuts meant for syndication, which Movies! only uses if contractually or technically necessary.