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  1. MovieCollectorOH

    Comcast moving TCM to Sports/Entertainment Package

    @JasonLeeIsAGod Thanks for posting that email exchange. That is interesting. P.S. "X1 Voice Remote"... Arghh. Where's it end?
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    Comcast moving TCM to Sports/Entertainment Package

    In general this can easily work if there is also an Internet subscription over cable. Years ago I used to have a Tivo for cable TV, and they had what I would compare to a single-purpose "Youtube cell phone app", which could only connect to Youtube on the Internet (the Tivo already required an Internet connection in order to retrieve on-screen schedules and work). Ordinary cable DVRs which are connected to a cable account with Internet service activated probably also work like this too. Just a single-purpose app in the menu for each streaming Internet site it would be able to connect to. (one for Youtube, one for Vudoo or whatnot, etc). The difference between it needing "Internet service" or not to view Internet videos would really be a business decision, not a technical one. (I compare DVRs to cell phones because internally their programming does have a lot in common with cell phones, and their on-screen interfaces remind me of that.) The same more or less is true with Genie DVRs put out by Directv - as their DVR also can connect to the Internet for some extra features. I just consider this stuff fringe and haven't really investigated, as these things come & go and move around as they push out updates, I pretty much just ignore them. (For me it is easier to just watch Youtube videos on a regular computer which I have sitting right next to it, am familiar with, and have full control over how it is arranged, etc.) The Directv Genie DVR only needs to connect to the Directv satellite service in order for the satellite portion to completely work. That is enough for the on-screen guides and software updates, which all come over satellite. The installers didn't even bother to plug it in to my pre-existing cable Internet connection. With a simultaneous Internet connection though it can also "rewind" certain channels: If you happen to tune in to a participating channel and want to start a program that has already been in progress, it will stream it over the Internet instead, from the very beginning of the show. Likewise it can also stream a limited amount of video websites over the Internet, also using single-purpose "apps" found in the menu, as mentioned above for the Tivo and Cable DVRs.
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    TCM Premieres

    Perhaps... I set mine to record using a 3rd party schedule provider service which uses the same sources ordinary cable/satellite provider DVRs use. I set Ebirah -- Horror Of The Deep to record on my DVR computer, and it recorded. I moved that over to my editing computer, along with some other stuff, and it is definitely there. I didn't get the three headed monster which aired earlier, but that was my own fault as I didn't decide to record these until some had already aired. (I had most of the earlier aired ones already.) People that use cable/satellite DVRs as intended may have more instantaneous, and hence erroneous results. Or not. That much I don't know. P.S. Their schedules are now posted on a server with a more limited data plan perhaps?
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    TCM Premieres

    We can talk about this offline if you want, I'll leave that up to you, but their monthly schedule seems to be behaving a bit different now. A burned out vacuum tube on their IBM 650 perhaps?
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    Comcast moving TCM to Sports/Entertainment Package

    I also have a regular digital antenna which works fine, if you are talking about subchannels... There is the question about Directv policies, but no news yet. For now that wonderful polystyrene-coated dish (or whatever the hell they made it from) still pulls in TCM.
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    Comcast moving TCM to Sports/Entertainment Package

    As a Directv subscriber, I knew there had to be some counterpoint somewhere to this whole situation.
  7. MovieCollectorOH

    "Movie" v "Film".

    I think most of the UPS damages usually occur at the larger terminals and distribution centers, when packages are transferred from one semi truck to another. The distribution center is a large matrix of conveyor belts, starting with people pulling the boxes off of trucks and dropping them onto conveyor belts that start at their truck and extend further into the truck as they unpack it. Then all these belts dump onto larger belts. Other people down the line sort them by zip code/region as they go by. Each sorter has a supply conveyor belt that goes round and round, and about 6 small conveyor belts that begin in front of them. One of the belts for each sorter is for local delivery. That eventually makes it down to a ground-level belt that goes round and round like a baggage claim at an airport. The local delivery guys pull their little brown package delivery trucks into the terminal and right up to that at loading time, and each loads their own truck. Then across the building there is another group of sorters (called picks) that pull packages off the main belts and put them onto smaller belts which go to the exact truck. Each pick does a handful of trucks at a time. Then they are loaded onto the trucks by the loaders.. There are about 3x as many loading docks as unloading docks, as it takes about 3x more time to pack a truck as it does to unload it. A shift is 4 hours, as the work is nonstop. That is what major UPS distribution centers were like back in the late 80s/early 90s. Probably not a whole lot has changed with the larger packages. The smallest packages and envelopes are transferred to USPS for delivery and are probably all auto-sorted by now. The local package delivery guys have a relatively easy job, but more responsibility, as they are on their own. They have worked there longer and have worked their way up from the package handling jobs. It isn't those brown UPS package delivery trucks that have the craziest drivers. It is now the black-ish Amazon delivery vans, now seen in metro areas that have an Amazon distro center. One can only imagine what constraints Bezos lays on them. Gotta watch out for them, they are in a hurry!
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    "Movie" v "Film".

    Now there's just no good excuse for that... I have heard of people who use a soggy reused single-wall box, expect it to get there in one piece, and then complain about it when there is an issue. These usually stand out because they look like a ball of tape, after all the "patchwork" at the terminals. They should pick up on this at the shipping desk, but sometimes it doesn't happen. If the loaders are careful, they will put these in last at the top of the truck.
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    "Movie" v "Film".

    Well my delivery came yesterday via UPS unharmed. Years ago, some people I used to work with in live event production would refer to "UPS" phonetically as "Oops". They essentially operate a materials handling/moving service of their own, semi container trucks and all.
  10. MovieCollectorOH

    TCM Premieres

    Yeah the schedule can do that. Also there may be periods where a movie disappears, then only reappears after somebody calls it a film, but I wouldn't have thought of these as likely culprits.
  11. MovieCollectorOH

    "Movie" v "Film".

    It's hit or miss. Completely depends on the due diligence of those who maintain them. The server farms are just large groups of rack-mountable computers with large hard drives that are permanently installed in 19" equipment racks, in a secured location. P.S. I'm just waiting for a delivery today. No idea how much longer will it be.
  12. MovieCollectorOH

    Martin Scorsese says Marvel movies are 'not cinema'

    When was the last time I sat through an entire movie at the multiplex. With the state of movies in theaters these days, and all the untold variables, multiplex screen hopping is really the way to go (if I must).
  13. MovieCollectorOH

    "Movie" v "Film".

    By design, "The Cloud" has also become a catch-all term for the consumer market to sell storage as a "service", at a premium rate, until they decide not to anymore. The customer needs to stay on top of things and read the fine print as this is subject to change at any time. I am speaking of Amazon, Apple, and other large tech companies that offer this to the average consumer and have cozy intimate relationships with China. Large companies like GE have been doing what you are talking about internally and also externally for a while now, they have adopted that as a catch-phrase, even though they are just running their own machines as always. So outside of a rebranding by consensus, what's the difference there.
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    "Movie" v "Film".

    I don't consider the etymology of the word "movie" though, as it is still in current use. The word "film" may or may not be on its way out. As "content", probably not. For "distribution medium", who knows. The LOC and film archives will always have film, as I understand they make a film copy even for more current digitally produced movies. Then there are still a few directors who use film cameras, even though they are edited and exhibited in the digital domain. Quentin Tarantino comes to mind.
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    "Movie" v "Film".

    I don't actually have a smart phone. Just a flip phone. I don't use voice mail either. Like you, if I see someone I know called, I will pick up if available. Otherwise the caller ID works just fine. Also I don't do texting, but from what I see of others that is a mighty short leash. For me I still do most of those other common things on a laptop computer. I just never offloaded those things to a phone. The exception being an actual GPS - I have a stand-alone Rand McNally GPS with a 7" screen which has come in handy on some recent road trips. It baffles me to see what others go through when their smart phones die and they lose their only copy of their contacts and other personal information. One of my best friends just had this happen. About 300 phone numbers. *Poof* He didn't listen. Of course there is "the cloud", for those who are too damn lazy to offload their data to their own computer or just write it down somewhere. Which apparently is enough people to support an entire industry.

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