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Happy Birthday, Filmstruck! You are 1 year old this month! I feel like a pedophile, but I just can't get over you. Goodbye Netflix. It was nice knowing you. I'm just a cheap old bastard on Medicare saving for 2020 when both of my teens will be in college. But on this Thanksgiving day, I am so grateful that between Filmstruck and Moviepass, my MaaS needs are covered for $20 a month. I would love to hear what others think about Filmstruck.
Star Date: 3 January 2018 * After 2 years of no problems whatsoever, suddenly last summer, TCM On Demand movies stopped mirroring to my TV. All I get is audio with a black screen. Oddly, host intros & trailers & such continued to play fine, both audio and video. Live streaming has always been dicey, now even moreso. Live streams play on the TV for about 1 minute then cut out. * At least I could still watch via the TCM App, on both my iPhone and iPad. Until about a week ago. Now the only thing I can watch is live streams & host intros. NONE of the On Demand movies will play on my devices any longer. * Stray observation: I’ve only noticed an update for the TCM App once or twice in all the time I’ve had it, in spite of multiple, major Apple IOS updates - especially in recent months... is TCM unable or unwilling to keep up with the technology? * I strongly suspect Apple and/or Flash are the primary culprits. In which case I may be sh*t out of luck. Because I won’t be forced into buying new devices, if that’s the aim, when mine are in perfectly good working order. Still, if these issues are known to TCM (???), why not state either a. We’re working to fix the problems, etc., or b. We have no intention of dealing with the problems, better luck next time. But the silence and lack of communication from TCM is beyond insulting and arrogant. * I’m about to take the drastic, last ditch step of printing & mailing with a stamp, a written plea to: Ms. Jennifer Dorian, General Manager Turner Classic Movies 1050 Techwood Drive NW Atlanta, GA 30318 * I’m also going to tweet my complaints and questions to @TCM and any other corporate officers or on-air personalities I can find. * Final, self-indulgent comment: with American “culture” in a state of ever coarsening decline, I suppose the refuge of TCM is too good and too small a niche to last. “We need more mindless porn, more sports and more obnoxious leaders & cable TV hosts,” cried the vast majority of citizens, “yeah!!!” I so dearly want to be proven wrong, but I’m not exactly optimistic as anyone reading this may have detected. Still, I’m not quite ready to give up my TCM!
How many of you would like to see TCM offer itself as an independent stream via the internet, rather than as part of an expensive cable bundle along with a lot of other channels that you probably dont even watch much? It seems to me that if TCM wants to pull in new generations of viewers, it will have to offer its service as an independent stream for a monthly subscription, just like Hulu, Netflix, HBO, or any number of other channels (heck, even PBS does this now). Instead of paying your cable company $75 bucks or more a month to include TCM in with a lot of other useless channels, you could just pay TCM directly for a nine or ten dollar fee and watch it via your internet connection. TCM could certainly continue to contract with the Cable companies -- HBO and others do -- but why limit itself to that sole means of distribution? People want to tailor their television entertainment these days, and TCM should capitalize on the trend. I bet that subscriptions would increase.