OK, folk, This ought to make you, myself, and others very happy. "Star Wars: Episode II" will play on pay-cable after all. It has been announced that HBO has acquired the exclusive pay-cable rights to the latest "Star Wars" prequel yesterday for $15 million, so there is perhaps some worth in the prequel after all. The deal also covers exclusive windows on the previous four "Star Wars" films, and a first crack at the pay-cable rights to "Episode III". It seems that Lucasfilm first went to the pay cable networks themselves, but was unable to get any response, so they turned to their partner Fox who went to HBO (who currently has an output deal with Fox), and that's how the pay cable rights were secured. Remember, the Fox network paid even more ($80 million, to be precise) to get the TV rights for "Episode I" (and that includes the bypass of pay TV), but with the broadcast networks gnawing a bit on the broadcast rights to theatrical films, there may be some hope in pay cable after all with The Force.