SAME MOVIES OVER AND OVER in General Discussions Posted September 12, 2011 Others have already answered this regarding license periods. My only other input is, "Compared to what? HBO? Starz? IFC? Showtime?" If a movie on TCM is shown twice within a month, that is a very rare exception. Yet most cable channels -- whether movie channels or original programming -- repeat their shows over and over and over, often within the same week. Yeah, we chuckle here about "North by Northwest" being aired what seems like 4 times a year, but even that's completely understandable for any number of reasons.