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    TCM Looking for Spring 2019 Intern

    You'd fall off the face of the earth and then nobody would see your posts again. Sounds like a fun time for someone. Consumer/market trends can be a good career. I do have some gray hair and am not as malleable as I once might have been if I were 'straight out of college', so I'm out.
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    TCM Schedule Changes/Cancellations

    My main concern here is the undocumented replacement, and also undocumented later airing of certain features. I have excellent info coming in on what they actually air, and I can confirm the accuracy of the web schedule for movie-length features has been getting sloppy since last month. The shorts are normally all over the place, but since last month the features have had some odd things going on too. Is this the new norm? Thankfully the on-screen guides tend to get it right, as posters here have posted on-screen changes which come true. That all seems a bit like the tail wagging the dog though. How is it that the website schedule sometimes isn't updated in the short term while the on-screen guides are? How is that even possible? Who is doing the actual scheduling here, TCM or the content providers involved? Inquiring minds and all.
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    Where's CaveGirl?

    Being able to arbitrarily change thread titles after people reply is dumb enough. I'm not a fan of multiple or rotating identities on forums either. I have my suspicions too on certain identities but honestly don't even care. This sort of thing just isn't for me though, it is far from having the allure of a murder mystery evening.
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    TCM Newsletter

    Here's the ongoing thread to bookmark, though I can't promise somebody else won't diverge and create a new thread next time:
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    The Muppet Movies

    Here's one of several lookup tables I put together and maintain. This one is the one you want. It is a large 5MB file so may take a while to open.
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    Maybe pound on their Twitter and Facebook accounts. AT&T's too. I'm not a proponent of this, but someone will get back to you in the form of damage control.
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    Schedule problem?

    Did that have anything to do with the daylight savings time? I have Directv too but don't usually use the Directv on-screen schedule. I use the 3rd party Schedules Direct guide, which is a consumer offshoot of the Gracenote/Tribune guide for commercial use. So I might have different experiences with that. In any case I didn't miss anything. Weird.
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    November 2018 schedule is up

    Some more so than the rest.
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    Schedule problem?

    I think this is a good idea for an ongoing thread. Recently it has happened where the programming changed, the on-screen programming was correct, and the TCM website was wrong. So far this thread has been helpful for me. P.S. Oops, that was a different thread, the one concerning Eight on the Lam (1967). But same idea. It looks as if we are on our own here.
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    November 2018 schedule is up

    Still sounds like a bunch of work, and a bloated result at the end.
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    Movie Magazine Memories

    Here's an online reference. I even see a reference to Photoplay on the right-hand side.
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    FilmStruck/Criterion Channel is being shut down!

    Like...duh. (to the first paragraph) As per the second quoted paragraph - LOL yeah capitalism sure sucks, except for the capitalism that worked to create all these old movies. Judging only by results, I'd say it's more broken now than it was back then. Fewer studios and less variety, but you do get your choice of behemoth action films with very little intelligent dialog made specifically for international distribution, if that is your thing. Which it isn't, because you are here. Or rather at Flavorwire.
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    Schedule problem?

    I was going to post some of the details on what last month looked like, as I have some very detailed info coming in on what actually airs. Since this place is already thoroughly nitpicked apart on a regular basis by people who otherwise seem to have nothing else to do, I will just say...yes, last month was brutal with the unpublished changes.
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    TCM Premieres

    My project updates are posted for this month, including January premieres so far. premieres: main project:
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    Aftermath: Are We in Serious Danger of Losing TCM?

    Ex-freakin'-actly. That issue. Those would be the SDV channels (not necessarily the least watched, but mostly the upper channels). That was enough to drive me away from TW cable TV and to Satellite. Fortunately, for the way I record things directly to a computer, it was a matter of a simple receiver/DVR switchout. No lost recordings like you usually read about on here. I forget the initial reasons on why I went to Directv and not to Dish, but it may have been due to reported minor differences in picture quality back then. 4+ years later I still like it. Okay I think I remember - at that time Dish had a reputation for hard-nosing their providers on pricing, resulting in temporary loss of certain networks here and there. Directv isn't perfect, it has its own issues, but it is clearly better than TW cable was in my area at that time. The point where I left, I was far beyond just noticing and was into banging my head on the wall, just like you see in that emoji. Okay, well I am glad to hear that worked itself out for you. Very good... It seemed to be a localized problem though, so others may have had different outcomes. My take on it back then was that this might have been a deliberate attempt to alleviate network congestion problems. There were also plenty of instances of "pixelation" and audio synch issues at the time - this is a symptom of dropped network packets. This goes back to the picture I posted a few posts above, where a certain number of households must share a "node". The more activity from local subscribers on a node, the more congested it gets, and the more dropped packets you have. Since cable TV uses a private network variant of real-time streaming behind the scenes, it doesn't attempt to recover dropped packets as there is not enough time, so you must do without. The only solution is to add more equipment and/or split up the node into smaller nodes. Or just kick people off. I hadn't heard of the channel mis-assignment issue, like you describe. A whole new can of worms. Hopefully that stays at a minimum.
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    Aftermath: Are We in Serious Danger of Losing TCM?

    That's pretty funny. It sounds as if the Switched Digital Video node (group of households), or maybe even "non-switched", was behaving a bit like a "party line" before they apparently started further regulating it at device level. In this pic, older analog cable TV, satellite TV, broadcast TV, and non-switched cable have everything available all at once, as is in the top image. Then in the bottom image there are various smaller groups of channels which are bound together, as is in the modern CATV SDV system. The cable receiver itself actually sends a request to the cable plant when the viewer crosses over from one group of channels to the next. Then the plant sends the receiver a different group of channels (sometimes these can be individual channels as well). This is transparent to the viewer, who only sees a little bit more delay when changing between certain channels. The downside to that (and the reason I went from cable to satellite) was that a channel left unattended would eventually go blank. That is, outside of power savings features, the cable plant would decide nobody was watching after a certain amount of time passed and no activity from the viewer. Then it would disconnect the connection to my box and recycle it for someone else. Totally unacceptable. [Your cable system may vary]
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    November 2018 schedule is up

    That's someone else's count, not mine. I haven't set up a normal report to count each month like that. I did find it could differ quite a bit, depending on when it is taken. If it is taken about a month beforehand or sooner, then it will mostly just be counting actual movies. If it is taken just before or during said month, then it will also be counting trivial shorts, which will throw it off. I previously tried counting a few months worth on my end the way he is doing, just to see how it compared. My numbers were different, a bit smaller. It varied in different ways for each month. P.S. "By studio" would make the task significantly larger, as there would be an additional column or two for each major studio you want to track, and not to mention that minor studios which wouldn't even get counted (unless you group them together as stragglers)
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    Cool short (few second) scenes preceding TCM films???

    I like it. For your viewing pleasure, here is the last part of it in an animated gif.
  19. Haha Gene Rayburn. I remember him for that mic he carried around. Sort of looked like a cross between a police baton and a lapel mic capsule. Speaking of oddball mics. Today's mic du jour it seems is the Shure sm7b, with that frail little wire that connects the mic to the plug. Definitely just for studio use or to sit in one place indefinitely. i.e. not for live stage performances. Original version had a huge foam windscreen that covered the whole thing, it was for radio announcers, but now everyone and their uncle who has a podcast has at least 1-3 of these.
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    Aftermath: Are We in Serious Danger of Losing TCM?

    It sounds as if the protection for pay channels on a variety of cable system boxes at that time may have been based on a simple resistive-capacitive modification of one of its circuit boards. Possibly the keypad. Anyhow easy enough for a tinkerer to figure out or imitate. It would have been something that was easy to change out at the shop (a quick swap of a circuit board for instance). As I recall to add a pay channel, you either had to take in your box or someone had to come to your house. I do remember certain gray-market boxes being available through mail order in the back of certain magazines. They presumably had these changes made beforehand (there weren't a lot of pay channels back then, so not much going on). Today's digital serialization makes something like that nearly impossible for the average person. My Directv receivers each have a "smart card" for authentication. It looks just like a regular credit card with a chip, it slides into the receiver and just stays there. [Cable TV receivers have this too] Directv sends out a digital beacon to all their customers, every half hour or so. Each receiver gets the entire thing, but only reacts to directives that match its account number (on the inserted card). Up until recently I had one whole house Directv Genie HR44 receiver/DVR and a couple Genie clients (these go into other rooms with other TV sets and they stream everything from that one receiver/dvr). I dropped one of the whole-house clients and added an "owned" H25 receiver which I purchased from eBay, just a simple single-TV receiver, for reasons I won't get into here for the sake of brevity. The day my receiver came in from eBay I did the changeout. Within half an hour after my phone call to activate the newly arrived receiver and deactivate the one client, the HR44 gave me an error that said it is not authorized to have two clients paired to it - which one would should it deactivate? I thought that was sort of interesting.
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    Aftermath: Are We in Serious Danger of Losing TCM?

    $200 for a virus? For that kind of money, or maybe a little more if you include a small SSD hard drive, you could get an okay secondhand computer and load Linux Mint for free. No more viruses. To answer the OP question: No. I DON'T expect that the TCM TV channel might be changed or discontinued.
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    TCM Premieres

    I just go by the individual listings as they appeared on past schedules. So like some of the cartoons, these may have just been grouped together under a single entry as a "special" in the past. They have been getting more detailed with their schedules in recent years, which is always a good thing.
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    MovieCollectorOH: website change

    Just a heads up to any who follow my TCM US schedule reports. I haven't disappeared. It was time to renew so I went with a better domain name: Be sure to update your bookmarks or favorites with this newer link.
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    MovieCollectorOH: website change

    Here's my favorite out of that batch, it just didn't seem to have a connection to film or movies. This, like the other, is part of a series of ads by the US Brewer's Foundation which later made it into a commemorative book. I wonder if there was anyone famous among these models. (This is a much larger picture if you just click on it a few times)

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