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I am thrilled to pieces with TCM ON HULU, EXCEPT FOR ONE THING

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2 hours ago, cigarjoe said:

The only drawback is Sports games, I don't get CBS NFL, and I'm a Raider fan, but this year they s*u*c*k anyway so I'm missing nothing, and if I really wanted to see them I could drive to the sports bar for the game and some good cheer, which is a fun evening anyway.

Maybe it's all a strategic plan by Gruden to secure #1 draft pick for his team next year.  Then he can build a better team! Lol.  They're moving to Vegas next year? Or is it 2020?

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Next year I believe.

26 minutes ago, speedracer5 said:

Maybe it's all a strategic plan by Gruden to secure #1 draft pick for his team next year.  Then he can build a better team! Lol.  They're moving to Vegas next year? Or is it 2020?

 

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On 12/6/2018 at 8:50 AM, NipkowDisc said:

download, convert and burn. "no better sleeping pill." -dick proenneke

How are you able to download anything living in Alaska in a log cabin all by yourself ? :lol:

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YAY! 

BLESSED EVENT (1932) Showed up in my feed last night and I rewatched the whole thing, was able to catch the ending which had a very nice twist to it.

(although I had forgotten how irritating the song DICK POWELL sings (repeatedly) throughout the movie- HOW CAN YOU SAY “NO” WHEN ALL THE WORLD IS SAYING “YES”? is)

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Lorna, happy to see that you were able to catch Blessed Event.  I am impressed with what TCM is offering with its various streaming apps.

One interesting thing I noticed Friday evening is that the film The Graduate was not available for live streaming through Watch TCM.  I assume this was due to some rights issue.  This made me wonder if pure-streaming services like Hulu+ and Sling TV for example were also unable to show this during the live broadcast period.  This is probably a relatively rare case as far as live streaming goes, but I would think it would be disconcerting for the users of these services to have the occasional gap in coverage.

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1 hour ago, cmovieviewer said:

This is probably a relatively rare case as far as live streaming goes, but I would think it would be disconcerting for the users of these services to have the occasional gap in coverage.

It's not disconcerting really because there is a plethora of other films to stream once you start from a lot of different sources.

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Watching RUGGLES OF RED GAP On TCM West this morning and right before THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS SCENE, The internet connection went out. 

With spectrum cable this used to happen about 4 to 5 times a day. I have to unplug the TV and turn it back on which takes about 40 seconds each time and when I returned to whatever film I had been watching, I would’ve missed everything that had happened in the duration. And often times I had to turn the TV right back off because the picture would freeze or they wouldn’t be able to reload my content.

With Hulu, I unplug my TV, turned it back on and within about 20 seconds was back to watching the scene three minutes before the Internet went out.

Just for the fact alone that my every single viewing experience is not marred a dozen or more times by sound sync, picture freeze, or the Internet going out makes Hulu *****infinitely****** better than spectrum cable.

Seriously, it is very difficult for me to convey just how maddening and heartbreaking it was trying to watch live television with Spectrum cable. Nine times out of 10, the picture would freeze and the sound sync would get messed up up to **15 or more times an hour***and each time I would have to turn off the TV and turn it back on and wait about a minute for spectrum to reload.

And that is  NOT how old the good Lord intended for us to watch movies!

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My only obvious concern for you Lorna, is whether or not your ISP has a data cap?
If you are paying for an unlimited plan, then by all means watch to your hearts content and fall asleep with the TV on.
But streaming (esp. in HD) can gobble up multiples of gigabytes in a hurry.
My ISP has a 1 terabyte (1,000 GB) monthly cap that if I exceed I receive an additional tier charge.
Just a little food for thought regarding streaming services.

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13 hours ago, LornaHansonForbes said:

Seriously, it is very difficult for me to convey just how maddening and heartbreaking it was trying to watch live television with Spectrum cable. Nine times out of 10, the picture would freeze and the sound sync would get messed up up to **15 or more times an hour***and each time I would have to turn off the TV and turn it back on and wait about a minute for spectrum to reload.

 

I always thought the issue with Spectrum was the price. I didn't know the service was bad too. I thought with a direct cable hooked to the tv, there would be no issues at all. I would never have that service unless it was the only one available.

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Yes, I would like to say while I grumbled about Spectrum in my previous post, pretty much my only complaints are with the price. There was one night about two years ago, where weirdly, out of about the 75 channels I get, TCM was the ONLY one not coming in. Certainly felt like the gods were against me that night as TCM was really the only channel I wanted to watch. The next morning, everything was back to normal.

But other than that, I've never had any problems with Spectrum's service. Although I only watch Spectrum on an actual television. Sounds like you're trying to watch it on the Internet? Which I don't know anything about.

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On 12/7/2018 at 2:25 PM, cigarjoe said:

Is there a link to when it played on TCM last?

Uh oh, new lucrative jobs are opening up for our obsessive message board "record keepers"! 😉

As many of you know, I cut my cable cord about 8 years ago, but often watch TCM at MrTiki's next door. He is totally afraid of getting rid of cable because he doesn't have time to "learn" it. But slowly, he's "getting" it. 

I have a fire stick and am trying to watch everything of interest FREE before signing up with any "service". I appreciate the HULU original post & description since I will not sign up with Amazon Prime or Netflix.

My biggest issue with TCM is looking over each month's schedule, there is very little offered that I haven't already seen. That's not to say I wouldn't enjoy just letting it play as background sound all day while I'm painting, just like I used to do when I had TCM on cable. On days TCM shows foreign films or silents, I can just put the MST3K live feed station on.

Thanks for the input & opinions on streaming.

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On 12/6/2018 at 9:05 AM, LornaHansonForbes said:

ME to SPECTRUM CABLE:

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Lorna, nobody distills an issue down to its very essence like you do!

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Last night Spectrum preempted the local Fox channel's national football game, due to a contractual dispute.  I didn't really care (wouldn't have cared even if I had Spectrum), but I know some others who did.

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On 12/6/2018 at 8:53 AM, LornaHansonForbes said:

The following is not a paid advertisement, it just seems like from time to time we discuss in the GENERAL DISCUSSIONS thread the various means and methods we use to view TCM in this MODERN TECHNOLOGICAL DYSTOPIA IN WHICH WE DESPAIR and I think I am on to something good here...

Soes, for various reasons, I am making the switch from SPECTRUM CABLE to HULU and I was extremely wary at first about it- even though I DESPISE Spectrum, I was worried about what TCM OPTIONS there would be.

A nice young lady came to my house to set it up and I screamed in horror when the first thing that appeared on the "recommended for you" home screen was the SIX HEADED HYDRA OF THE KARDASHIA MONSTER.

"Don't worry"- the lady said- "it'll figure out what you like."

the following is more or less a recreation of the dialogue that followed:

INSTALLATION LADY: So what networks do you want to make favorites?

LHF: (reclining on chaise) TCM.

INSTALLATION LADY: OK. (clicks button, makes TCM a FAVORITE CHANNEL [or whatever]) Now what else?

LHF: That's it.

INSTALLATION LADY: Well, what shows do you like?

LHF: (blank look)

INSTALLATION LADY: What TV Shows? GAME OF THRONES? THE WALKING DEAD? THIS IS US?

(LHF gives the "I don't know her" head shake)

INSTALLATION LADY: FRIENDS? SEINFELD?

LHF: Nope.

INSTALLATION LADY: You don't want any other networks? AMC?

(another SCREAM in HORROR)

INSTALLATION LADY: PBS? NatGEO? CNN? A&E?

LHF: No, not particularly. I mean, I guess MSNBC...Although it's trash and I shouldn't.

INSTALLATION LADY: OOOOk. (clicks) I'm guessing no SPORTS PACKAGES for you either.

LHF: Gurl, you got me pegged....

Anyhoo, soes she leaves me to it and I AM THRILLED TO DISCOVER THAT TCM ON HULU includes both TCM WEST and TCM EAST feeds so I can catch the stuff they show later. It also includes about 2/3 of what has played on TCM within a three week period. It also has a "suggestions" button that has me down after a few choices I have made.

You can also pause live tv, which I discovered today watching BONNIE SCOTLAND.

I've watched HIS KIND OF WOMAN and DR X and THE BODY SNATCHER and JIMMY THE GENT and GRAND SLAM and THE KENNEL MURDER CASE and ALL KINDS OF stuff I can't even remember. It's been A LONG TIME since I've immersed meself so deep in the classics. Haven't watched another thing since getting it.

my AMAZON PRIME is cold and lonely and my NETFLIX remains untouched.

BEST OF ALL: THERE IS NO SOUND SYNC ISSUE OR PICTURE LAG WITH WATCHING LIVE TV ON HULU.

SERIOUSLY, THAT HAD RUINED OVER TWO DOZEN VIEWING EXPERIENCES IN THE PAST 18 MONTHS TRYING TO WATCH Live TV ON TCM. It was HEARTBREAKING. A few people have written me to ask why I don't participate in the FILM NOIR thread anymore and the reason is 100% because EVERY SINGLE FILM i try to watch LIVE on NOIR ALLEY goes out of sync because SPECTRUM SUCKs.

no more.

Baby, excuse me for saying it, but you're my kind of woman.

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I have to interject at this point that we are knee-deep in Oscar season and I have about 86 titles that have aired on TCM over the past week available to me as part of TCM ON HULU and there's not a single one that I haven't already seen or am interested in watching or rewatching in the least little bit.

(but, that's more of a 31 DAYS diss than a Hulu diss.)

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23 hours ago, LornaHansonForbes said:

I have about 86 titles that have aired on TCM over the past week available to me as part of TCM ON HULU

Hi Lorna,
For the last several years I have paid my TVSP big bucks just so I can access WATCH TCM ON-DEMAND.
When it does work it is great, however it frequently will not and that is purely a TCM thing.
They (of course) are totally non-responsive to any query on their very own website, making subscribers wait and hope that whatever issue will eventually be resolved, but I (for one) am pretty fed up with that routine by now.

You say Hulu has "about 86 titles" available from the past weeks live airing on TCM. I did a count last Friday and TCM had a total of 88 movies plus 10 shorts (98 titles) listed as available on WATCH TCM ON-DEMAND.
Unfortunately (for me) at my end only 16 of those would actually load and play, and as of this posting nothing that they have added since will load.

I stream directly from my PC and have used Win 7 Pro and Firefox browser for several years with WATCH TCM. My set-up hasn't changed (aside from browser & Flashplayer updates) so the only thing that keeps screwing me (and many of us over) is the incompetence displayed by TCM.
I am at the point where I plan to DC my current TCM access tier and just say adios to the frustration and put that money to better use elsewhere. That said, if I can somehow maintain my WATCH TCM ON-DEMAND connection through an alternate means, I may be to give it a shot, if it will work?
So I have been listening to (reading) your HULU raves here and have tried to get the necessary info from Hulu or somewhere else, but so far zip.

Yeah, I can sign-up for a"free" trial, but what's the point if it won't work with my OS.
According to the hulu.com website their $7.99 mo plan offers access to their streaming library (minus the Live TV part). It "said" that they do offer TCM (in my area), and I would like to assume that also means full access to at least most of the WATCH TCM ON-DEMAND content, right?
However, the only windows PC OS that they list is Win 10. And my OS is Win 7 pro (with Firefox browser).
I have been unable to verify from any recent source whether I will be able to watch Hulu with Win 7?

Since you likely use a "Smart TV" or something else, you may not be able to answer from personal experience. But you do have a Hulu account, so I am wondering if you may be able to find out the answer for me, if you would?

Could you (would you) please contact Hulu and share that you know someone who is interested in Hulu ($7.99 mo plan) if he can have access to the same TCM ON-DEMAND library as yourself, and if it will work with the Win 7 Pro OS and Firefox browser?

I don't know anybody else who has Hulu, other than yourself, and I have spent hours searching on-line with nothing relevantly current (a few older posts going back to 2010 or so, but nothing regarding Win 7 from 2018-2019). 

Anyway, just thought I'd ask.
I'll check back to see what you say.
Thank you for your time and hulu endorsement.
Steve

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i use HULU on ROKU TV, using it on a PC is out of my area of expertise.

as an aside, i accidentally hit the "voice navigation" button and that "paging Mr Herman, Paging Mr Pee Wee Herman" voice counts the titles as I scroll along "I-tem one...i-tem eight...i-tem four-teen" all the way up to "i-tem eightysix" which is how i know how many titles i have available to choose from at a time.

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1 hour ago, LornaHansonForbes said:

i use HULU on ROKU TV, using it on a PC is out of my area of expertise.

I figured you were using it on a "Smart" TV.

Still, was hoping that you might inquire on my behalf?
And then post back whatever the techies at Hulu told you regarding:
 

1 hour ago, Stephan55 said:

Could you (would you) please contact Hulu and share that you know someone who is interested in Hulu ($7.99 mo plan) if he can have access to the same TCM ON-DEMAND library as yourself, and if it will work with the Win 7 Pro OS and Firefox browser? 

????

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12 minutes ago, Michael Rennie said:

According to this article, which isn't completely current, yes for Hulu's website and Windows 7.

https://mspoweruser.com/hulus-live-tv-plan-subscribers-can-now-stream-live-tv-through-browsers-on-pcs/

 

Thanks Mike, I am aware that Hulu used to support Win 7, and this 2017 link is certainly closer to the present than 2010.
But the reason why I ask is because Hulu's own site fails to make any mention of any Windows OS other than Win 10 in their system recommendations link (and you know how I feel about Win 10). 

https://help.hulu.com/en-us/supported-computers

 

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5 minutes ago, Stephan55 said:

(and you know how I feel about Win 10)

Yes I do. You are painting yourself into a corner. You want Linux, and that could prove even less compatible than Windows 7. Windows 10, like many others, has an app store. From there is an app for Hulu. That might be Hulu's Windows 10 reference.

Lorna is happy. Good ol' Stephan55, not so much. Just how unsafe could a streaming device be?

I am not going to visit you in the funny farm when you go bonkers without TCM.

Maybe you worry too much. Just buy a streaming product and enjoy TCM.

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3 hours ago, Michael Rennie said:

I am not going to visit you in the funny farm when you go bonkers without TCM.

Boy, I sure hope that TCM withdrawals won't require regular hits with Narcan.
Especially since everybody here will say "I told you so," and nobody will come to visit me with candy and flowers. :(
 

3 hours ago, Michael Rennie said:

Maybe you worry too much. Just buy a streaming product and enjoy TCM.

How sad it will be if it comes down to that, one PC just for the internet only with (god forbid) Windows 10 on board.
No escaping it, evil controls all that we see and hear, and monitors everything that we do.
And it's name is Microsoft, and its archangel is Google. :rolleyes:;)

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Maybe this will help:

https://www.howtogeek.com/202825/what’s-the-difference-between-chromium-and-chrome/

Chromium is nice because it allows Linux distributions that require open-source software to package up a web browser that’s almost identical to Chrome and ship it to their users. Such Linux distributions could even use Chromium as their default web browser instead of Firefox—and some do. If you’re into open-source software and try to avoid any closed-source bits, Chromium is a good option for you.

However, many Linux users who aren’t so passionate about open-source software might want to install Chrome rather than Chromium. Installing Chrome gets you a better Flash player if you’re using Flash and unlocks a larger amount of media content online. For example, Google Chrome on Linux can now stream Netflix videos. This requires H.264 support for HTML5 video, something Chromium doesn’t include.

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4 hours ago, Michael Rennie said:

Chromium is nice because it allows Linux distributions that require open-source software to package up a web browser that’s almost identical to Chrome and ship it to their users.

Thanks again Mike,
I'm all for Open Source Everything (Down with DRM, Up with Open Source).
Yes, even good ole Firefox uses some of the "good" stuff from Google...
I'll take the good stuff, I just don't want to be strapped by their lousy telemetry spyware anymore than Microsoft's.
Firefox and Linux has stripped that crap out.

I think I told you about back when I still occasionally used Google Chrome for troubleshooting. What happened is Googles persistent spyware wouldn't stay contained in the Google browser, it escaped and infected every other browser on my PC. It was a real hassle finally getting rid of it.
Same'O when MS covertly started loading their Win 10 OS on my machine. I read up that they were were doing it to others and after I learned where the "hidden" MS files were located I was shocked to find that they were doing the same damn thing to me. 
Another pain getting all that crap outa my machine and blocking all of the so called "security" updates that allowed them to do it again. And that was just the tip of the ice berg. After that No more trust in either Google or Microsoft.

I remember back in the day when "Just Google it" was synonymous to doing a web search.
I stopped saying that a few years ago, Now I say "Just DuckDuckGo it."

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