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  1. "Wings of Desire"

    I was about 3/4 through the German film "Wings of Desire" via on demand, and it suddenly blacked out with the "You Just Watched" screen. The problem was that I didn't "just" finish the movie. It was to run until 1/29, and this was still 1/28 on the east coast. There is nothing more annoying than to be absorbed in a film and then to have the projectionist pull it from under you. Every time I tried to watch it again from the place where it stopped, the same problem would recur. This stuff is happening far too often now on tcm. Those dialogue boxes in the lower left corner are sure signs of trouble. Perhaps tcm needs a bit less leftwing political indoctrination from Ben Mankiewicz and a bit more technical expertise so that your viewers can actually finish a movie when streaming from "on demand". Thank you.
  2. Watch TCM

    Still having trouble streaming "tcm on demand", and the actual browser doesn't matter. I get a black screen for ALL "tcm on demand" movies for the past two entire days, 12/26 and 12/17. Thankfully, I have an extensive vcr film library because I already pay Verizon fios a very handsome monthly fee for no purpose other than the ability to stream tcm films. Does anyone at tcm care? Obviously, this is a problem that has nothing to do with our cable carrriers, our personal hardware or software, or our browsers (doesn't work with chrome or explorer either). The problem pertains to tcm. Let's get with it, folks! This service is NOT free for us!

    I think that this is, once again, a "tcm on demand" website issue, but they never seem to respond or care. They will blame it on our Internet service or on our individual hardware/software, which is obviously NOT the case! The fact is that I subscribe to a very expensive cable tv service (Verizon fios) featuring many other channels, which I do not watch, for no reason other than to stream tcm on demand. You would think that tcm would show the slightest bit of interest in the fact that so many of its subscribers can't stream the movies for which they are paying very expensive carriers such as Verizon, but they don't care! I'm very glad that I have an extensive vcr library upon which to rely because that appears to be my only alternative. When I am already paying Verizon such a steep price to watch only one channel, tcm, I won't pay extra to stream any movies. That won't happen!
  4. What's Up with TCM ON-DEMAND? Again....???

    More problems with "TCM On Demand", which is becoming very unreliable to the point where I will need to find an alternative classic movie source. In the past, I had problems loading certain movies but not all of them. If that issue were a problem with my hardware (pc) or from my end at all, why then would I be able to stream ANY '"TCM on demand" movies when I can in fact stream others? Today, I attempted to stream films from "TCM On Demand", and I received an ominous, hateful message in a nasty dialogue box that "I am unauthorized to view this content. Check with your tv provider", which I did (Verizon Fios), who insisted that there has been absolutely no change in my home tv channel lineup and that I am still a valid Verizon FIOS subscriber. What makes this even more frustrating is that there is no tcm customer service whatsoever. Even if there were, these frequent tcm streaming access issues always occur late at night, so even if tcm had customer service agents, they probably wouldn't be able to respond late at night anyway. Seems like I have no alternative but to search for alternatives to tcm. Oh well.
  5. I don't understand why certain films being offered on "TCM On Demand" won't load today or yesterday while others will load. It doesn't matter which specific browser platform is used. If some films will load while others don't, this seems to be a TCM technical issue and not one at my user end. In the past, TCM has advised that the technical problem is mine or my cable provider's, but I do not believe that this is the case. The latest films that won't load are "Madame Bovary (49), "Man's Castle", "Bullets or Ballots" and the Indian film "Charculata". These films don't expire until 9/18 through 9/20 but today is only 9/17. I find this very annoying, especially since this is not the first time, and TCM has provided no reasonable response in the past as TCM apparently won't acknowledge its own streaming limitations.
  6. tcm "on demand" streaming problem

    Thanks for your replies. The "tcm on demand" blackout and freeze problems were especially bad last night, 1/25 and into the early morning hours of 1/26. What makes this worse is that there is apparently no interest on the part of tcm about the "on demand" streaming problems of its viewers. I hadn't had any problems for a couple of weeks, then suddenly they occur again which makes for a very unpleasant viewing experience. When I returned late last night, which was actually early this am (too early!), I was able to finish the movie that I had started viewing but only after numerous attempts earlier last night. If the movie would load later in the night/early the next morning, I'm led to believe that this is a tcm technical problem and not an adobe, Internet/wifi provider (Spectrum), or pc issue. I don't experience any of these problems with any other website. Unfortunately, I will be forced to view movies elsewhere, which is sad as I have been a loyal tcm viewer for many years. For the record, I have no cable tv service at my current location in FL., only Internet wifi service, and I access "tcm on demand" from my Verizon FIOS account at my other house in the frozen north, but that shouldn't affect this problem. Or should it?
  7. tcm "on demand" streaming problem

    As a follow up to my earlier message, the "tcm on demand" streaming blackout/freeze problem seems to correct itself after certain hours. When I return to the same movies later in the night (very late!), I have no blackout or freezing problem. I wonder if this is a volume issue that occurs when too many people are streaming the same movie? At the moment, I have no other Internet issues. This is a problem that is only occurring when I stream "tcm on demand". It doesn't seem to happen with the streaming of live tcm broadcasts, either east or west.
  8. Stephan55 (or is it actually Norman?): Since the 1st of the year, possibly earlier, I have had a similar problem streaming "tcm on demand", and it occurs on all three major web browsers, so in my case the actual web browser is not an issue. I don't think that tcm will ever respond to the problem, so I may need to find an alternative for classic movies. It was especially bad when I tried to watch "Cool Hand Luke" two nights ago and "The Magnificent Ambersons" last night, well before the expiration date kicked in. It will initially boot up and then a few minutes into the movie, the screen will suddenly go black. After 10-15 minutes, I return and the movie boots up again but then goes black again. Tonight, it's happening with "Tomorrow". Instead of going black, this time I get the rotating circle. I'm not sure if this has to do with an adobe upgrade. I have Windows 10, unfortunately, so anything is possible. Very frustrating and a very unpleasant viewing experience, but tcm apparently (1) doesn't care or (2) has no ability to remedy the situation.
  9. When I was streaming "Cool Hand Luke" last night from "tcm on demand", the screen suddenly blacked out several times. I switched from google chrome to explorer and then to firefox, but it occurred on all three. Lately, I noticed this happening more frequently when streaming "tcm on demand", and it is very frustrating, especially when I couldn't boot it back up at all ten minutes before the end of the movie. Why is this happening? It creates a very unpleasant viewing experience. I access "tcm on demand" from my Verizon FIOS account.
  10. tcm on demand question

    I noticed that tcm has started to remove "on demand" movies before their expiration dates. It just happened with "Cool Hand Luke" and "Citizen Kane", among others. Does anyone know why? Also, why doesn't tcm keep the movies until the end of the expiration date instead of removing them at unpredictable times of the day, which is any time after midnite? I try not to view movies on the last day or even late night before the expiration date, but it's not always possible. There's nothing more annoying than having the plug suddenly pulled on a movie that one is actually enjoying. Also, why do some movies aired by tcm never get to "on demand"?
  11. I also have this problem since I have an old account with the former Bright House (Florida) network, which was not a "TCM provider" either, and they won't switch my old account to the new Spectrum, which appears to be a tcm provider. Luckily, I also have a Verizon account for another house, so I can only access tcm online from that account. The only suggestion that tcm had was to badger BH to death until they became a tcm provider, which I did when they existed to no avail. If BH were my only tv provider, I would have dropped them for the only other option here, which is Direct TV, even though dishes are not a good idea for what used to be our frequent electric storms (before the current 6 month drought). If Time Warner doesn't agree to be a tcm provider, I myself would switch tv providers as I rarely watch tv and stream most of the tcm movies from tcm on demand. When I drop my verizon account, I will have to drop BH and switch to Direct TV. I wish that I could be more helpful.
  12. I just returned from the Caribbean and was very disappointed with a product carried by the local cable network under the TCM name and logo. Even though I was located in an English speaking nation/island, the product was in the Spanish language, but that wasn't even the real problem. Every few minutes, it broke not for third party commercials but for annoying, sensationalized advertisements of TCM's own coming attractions. Most of the featured films were of a much more inferior quality than I am accustomed to watching on TCM in the USA and many of them contained excessive violence. There were very few films that pre-dated the 1970's, which by itself was unfortunate. There were actually more re-runs of old television shows, not even among my favorites, than full length films. Why would TCM place its name and logo on such a terrible product under any circumstances? No TCM network at all would have been preferable to this one. I would be interested in the experiences of other TCM fans in this region of the world.
  13. TCM Remembers 2014

    Just when I thought that I couldn't cry anymore, TCM comes along with its annual memorial. Well, once again, it worked for me.
  14. I tuned in and saw that total lunatic and sleezeball, Alec Baldwin. What a bummer! I turned it off. Why on earth did Osborne choose this individual to do "This is Your Life"? Extremely disappointed.

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