HBO would eventually increase its fortunes within two years: The Sopranos—centering on mob patriarch Tony Soprano James Gandolfini and his family—received Emmy nominations during its six-season run, resulting in 21 wins, two of them for Outstanding Drama Series. In most cases, cable operators sold Cinemax and HBO as a single package, usually offered at a discount for customers that chose to subscribe to both channels. In , they settled on using a geostationary communications satellite to transmit HBO to cable providers throughout the United States. While the show was critically acclaimed, it was not until The Sopranos premiered in , that the network achieved widespread critical success for an hour-long series. That year also saw the premiere of the first children's program to be distributed on the channel: In , HBO became the first U. HBO on Demand features a rotating selection of films, specials and series, with select new titles added each Friday alongside existing program titles held over from the previous one to two weeks. The original deadline was on Oct. Dolan's media partner, Time-Life, Inc. Launched in , the channel was originally known as "HBO 3" until October , when its format was changed from a genericized format similar to HBO and HBO2 to focusing on movies, series and specials targeted at a female audience. HBO launched the VOD service in an effort to allow subscribers access to the channel's programming on their own schedules, thereby reducing the frequency in which viewers were unable to find a program they would like to watch as well as limiting cancellations to the service for that same reason. Unlike HBO, Cinemax maintained a hour schedule from its launch. Although struck with the intent to having the show remain on PBS in some fashion, the nonprofit production company reached the deal due to cutbacks resulting from declines in public and private donations, distribution fees paid by PBS member stations and licensing for merchandise sales. Channel Description and programming HBO The flagship service; HBO airs popular feature films, first-run films, original series and made-for-cable movies, boxing events, sports, comedy and occasional concert specials, and documentaries. The channel succeeded early on partly due to its reliance on movie classics from the s to the s—with some more recent films mixed in—that would be presented uncut and without commercial interruption, at a time when cable subscribers only received about three dozen channels due to limited headend channel capacity.