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  1. I took a look at some other On Demand channels on my cable system and it appears there is now a common distinction between “HD” and regular versions of items to watch. The “HD” versions will fill up all of a regular 16x9 HD TV display and look fine, while the regular versions are letterboxed as we’ve discussed in this thread. I’m guessing but from the cable system perspective, they view non-HD content as video with the old-style 4x3 aspect ratio. This would make sense if channels were still showing 4x3 content, but nowadays everything is designed for 16x9 TVs. So when channels then insert their usual 16x9 shows in this container you get the highly letterboxed images we are seeing. TCM is also providing their usual 16x9 shows in this 4x3 container which gives the postage-stamp views we are seeing now. It looks especially bad when the 4x3 classic movies are placed in a 16x9 feed which is then letterboxed in a 4x3 container. One reason TCM does this is because they include 16x9 promos and/or intros with Ben, etc. along with the movie. It's easy for them to just condense their normal HD feed into the 4x3 box. Another example of this for me is the Fox Movie channel (or FXM), which has HD and non-HD versions of movies. The HD versions look fine, but the non-HD versions of their classic films look exactly like the postage-stamp versions of TCM movies that we are seeing. If I had to guess I would say that the TCM content won’t get any better until this system changes or if/when TCM starts providing an “HD” version of their on-demand movies. I also suspect that channels may not want to provide HD versions of some shows because of rights issues. So we are stuck in this limbo where everything “non-HD” looks bad.
  2. I apologize - I looked at it again today and it is still letterboxed. I must have been dreaming last night. Sorry to get everyone's hopes up.
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    WarnerMedia Streaming Service

    AT&T / Warner Bros. just set a terrible example by shutting down their 9-year old DramaFever streaming service for Korean dramas yesterday with zero advanced notice for their customers. https://variety.com/2018/digital/news/dramafever-k-drama-shutting-down-warner-bros-1202982001/
  4. Looks like the unnecessary letterboxing issue has now been fixed on my cable system. Hope everyone is seeing the on-demand movies back to normal size.
  5. I'm seeing the same discouraging letterboxing for TCM on demand movies on my cable system as well - I have Time Warner / Spectrum cable.
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    TCM Premieres

    Per my modest records, The Wicked Lady (1945) was shown on TCM at least once before in January 2017, so it was not a premiere this month.
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    TCM Premieres

    Just a note that due to a recent change the TCM premiere of the documentary Gizmo! (1977), which was scheduled for this coming Tuesday October 9, has been replaced with the documentary For All Mankind (1989) (not a TCM premiere).
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    Early Now Playing guide

    Here’s an early look at the TCM schedule for November 2018: (1) A replica ‘At A Glance’ schedule summary with TCM premieres is at the following link (8 pages in PDF format). https://www.dropbox.com/s/sbh0s3e9pn4o1vt/NOV AT A GLANCE.pdf - You may need to ‘right-click’ or ‘option-click’ on the above link to bring up a window. - The PDF file is stored in a Dropbox folder, but you do not need a Dropbox account to view or download it. - TCM premieres are indicated with ‘(P)’ preceding the movie title. - Thanks very much to MovieCollectorOH for the TCM schedule data. - Some of the daytime themes are best guesses since this information is not yet available. - Except for shorts, I am now listing every movie for the month so the At A Glance section can be more of a complete stand-alone reference. - A Showcase section has been added for the cartoons included as part of the Saturday morning matinee block. (2) For reference, the online monthly schedule for November is at: http://www.tcm.com/schedule/November2018.html (Ignore the banner at the top which shows the current star of the month theme.) (3) The online weekly schedules for November are also available. See the “November 2018 Schedule Is Up” message thread for examples: http://forums.tcm.com/topic/256533-november-2018-schedule-is-up/ (Thank you LawrenceA.) Hope you find this helpful!
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    Early Now Playing guide

    TCM has changed the schedule for the evening of October 12 to feature guest programmers Robert Redford and director David Lowery who are also promoting their film The Old Man and the Gun. If anyone is interested, I have updated the AT A GLANCE section for October found at the link above to list the new films on this date.
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    TCM Premieres

    TCM has updated the schedule for October 22 - the premiere of the documentary "The Frankenstein Myth (2018)" has been changed to a premiere of the documentary "The Strange Life of Dr. Frankenstein (2018)". - I'm not sure if this is the same documentary with a different title or a replacement. - Neither of these titles are currently listed on IMDB. - The list of premieres shown above has been updated with the new title.
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    TCM Premieres

    Here are the TCM premieres for October, as determined by MovieCollectorOH’s report published on September 11. Note that on Saturdays TCM is featuring the premiere of the 1939 Mandrake the Magician serial along with selected cartoons, so these are listed separately. Oct 4 - Desert Pursuit (1952) Oct 4 - College Swing (1938) Oct 6 - Let's Make It Legal (1951) Oct 7 - The Mummy's Ghost (1944) Oct 7 - The Mummy's Curse (1944) Oct 7 - Pauline at the Beach (1983) Oct 8 - Once You Kiss A Stranger (1969) Oct 8 - Danger Route (1967) Oct 9 - Beautiful People (1974) (Doc.) Oct 9 - Gizmo! (1977) (Doc.) Oct 9 - A Brief History of Time (1991) (Doc.) Oct 14 - The Green Ray (1986) Oct 15 - Treasures from the Disney Vault Magician Mickey (1937) (animated) The Little Whirlwind (1941) (animated) Flight of the Navigator (1986) Pluto's Sweater (1949) (animated) The Last Flight of Noah's Ark (1980) Oct 18 - Eight on the Lam (1967) Oct 19 - Nurse on Wheels (1963) Oct 19 - Raising the Wind (1961) Oct 19 - Dead Sleep (1990) Oct 20 - The Hunted (1948) (repeat on the 21st) Oct 20 - The Wanderers (1979) Oct 22 - The Strange Life of Dr. Frankenstein (2018) (Doc.) (2 showings) Oct 23 - The Story on Page One (1959) Oct 24 - Night Monster (1942) Oct 24 - The Human Monster (1940) (aka The Dark Eyes of London) Oct 25 - Gilda Live (1980) Oct 26 - The Moonshine War (1970) Oct 26 - The Devil's Eight (1969) Oct 26 - The Hand (1981) Oct 27 - Gun Law Justice (1949) Oct 29 - The Frozen Dead (1966) - Saturdays: Mandrake the Magician serial Oct 6 - Mandrake, the Magician Ch. 1: Shadow on the Wall (1939) Oct 13 - Mandrake, the Magician Ch. 2: Trap of the Wasp (1939) Oct 20 - Mandrake, the Magician Ch. 3: City of Terror (1939) Oct 27 - Mandrake, the Magician Ch. 4: Secret Passage (1939) - Saturdays: cartoons Oct 6 - MGM Cartoons: Captain's Pup (1938) Oct 6 - Popeye: King of the Mardi Gras (1933) Oct 13 - MGM Cartoons: Screwball Squirrel (1944) Oct 13 - Popeye: Adventures of Popeye (1935) Oct 20 - MGM Cartoons: One Droopy Knight (1957) Oct 20 - Popeye: The Spinach Overture (1935) Oct 27 - MGM Cartoons: Who Killed Who? (1943) Oct 27 - Popeye: Vim, Vigor & Vitaliky (1936) Thanks as always to MCOH!
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    TCM Premieres

    I'm happy to note that the TCM premiere of The Wild Affair (1965) which had earlier been cancelled for the Neil Simon tribute has now been rescheduled for the evening of Friday, November 9.
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    Frustrated

    Stephan55, I may be misunderstanding your question about cookies, but if you are asking about privacy, the documents I post are stored in a public Dropbox folder that anyone can anonymously access. With this approach I have no knowledge of who or when or even if anyone has downloaded it. The current link for October is: https://www.dropbox.com/s/0rgz3cuej7e1g9j/OCT AT A GLANCE.pdf If anyone is still interested, the document I posted for September is at: https://www.dropbox.com/s/f8vn8extsj2jg0w/SEP AT A GLANCE.pdf (When when you click on these links, Dropbox may have a message that mentions creating an account, but you don't need a Dropbox account to look at or download the documents.) The message thread I use to post the updates each month is called "Early Now Playing guide", and it is at: http://forums.tcm.com/topic/155695-early-now-playing-guide/ Thanks everyone for indulging me.
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    Frustrated

    Somewhat self-serving message: I too miss the printed Now Playing magazine and the early look at the schedule it would provide. That is the reason why for over a year now I have been creating an equivalent to the “At A Glance” section that was one of the main features of Now Playing magazine and posting it on this message board typically 4 weeks in advance of the beginning of the month. (See the Early Now Playing guide topic.) Why am I doing this? It does take several hours each month to create it, but I enjoy having it available and hope that others would appreciate it as well. (Thanks very much to those that have told me how much they do.) Since TCM is now producing their e-mail guide that includes an “At A Glance” section I could just quit my efforts, but TCM doesn’t publish this until the first of the current month. They do typically include 10 or so extra days in this version for the next month, but if you want to see the entirety of the next month early you will have to wait until the first of that month. So I have decided it is worth it to keep going. (Not to boast, but the Summer Under the Stars TCM e-mail was a big disappointment in this regard because no extra days for September were initially included. They did include some extra days in the version that was sent out on August 15th.) There have also been several other messages here from members who for some reason are unable to get their e-mail subscriptions working (not sure why there are still problems with TCM electronic subscriptions). For those who can’t get the e-mail version to work, they can always download the version I post. Again not to brag, but I have tried to make this version of the At A Glance section very equivalent to if not actually more complete than what TCM produced. Thanks to the efforts of MovieCollectorOH we have very good information on upcoming premieres, and I am including much more detail on the daily schedules than would typically be printed. Also, the section on the Showcase series (Silent Sunday Nights, TCM Imports, etc.) includes the dates for the movies, rather than just listing the titles. I realize my efforts can never match how nice the printed Now Playing magazine was. But I can’t think of anything more that can be done to provide something of an equivalent given the information that is available.
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    Early Now Playing guide

    Here’s an early look at the TCM schedule for October 2018: (1) A replica ‘At A Glance’ schedule summary with TCM premieres is at the following link (8 pages in PDF format). https://www.dropbox.com/s/0rgz3cuej7e1g9j/OCT AT A GLANCE.pdf - You may need to ‘right-click’ or ‘option-click’ on the above link to bring up a window. - The PDF file is stored in a Dropbox folder, but you do not need a Dropbox account to view or download it. - TCM premieres are indicated with ‘(P)’ preceding the movie title. - Thanks very much to MovieCollectorOH for the TCM schedule data. - Some of the daytime themes are best guesses since this information is not yet available. (2) For reference, the online monthly schedule for October is at: http://www.tcm.com/schedule/October2018.html (Ignore the banner at the top which shows the current star of the month theme.) (3) The online weekly schedules for October are also available. See the “October 2018 Schedule Is Up” message thread for examples: http://forums.tcm.com/topic/201175-october-2018-schedule-is-up/ (Thank you LawrenceA.) Hope you find this helpful!

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