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  1. In the Portland Oregon area ME TV is antenna sub-channel 2.2 from our ABC station KATU. Comcast remaps ME TV to 302.
  2. You might find the full synopsis for A Stranger In Town to be of some interest: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/1175/A-Stranger-in-Town/
  3. Here is Kyle's intro/outro for Meet John Doe from 16 April 2009:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JARGQmxitZc
  4. Even as I type this post TCM's online schudule for Innocent Sinners is wrong. TCM has this 95 minute long movie on the schedule at 2:00-3:30 p.m. local time whereas Comcast has it at 1:45-3:30 p.m. local time. It's time for TCM to post corrected schedules online as well as with cable companies.
  5. TCM scheduling looks like wishful thinking. Here are two upcoming examples: On Thursday afternoon Innocent Sinners is listed at 95 minutes scheduled into a 90 minute programming block. On Friday morning Reefer Madness is listed at 65 minutes scheduled into a 60 minute programming block. Perhaps TCM will correct the timings or the scheduling before running these movies. Or, TCM might just leave viewers to guess how to set the time-shifting devices.
  6. Your description brings something to mind. I think the fellow with glasses was Johnny Arthur. https://www.google.com/search?q=johnny+arthur&hl=en&qscrl=1&rlz=1T4ADFA_enUS449US449&prmd=imvnso&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=ifhOUJvfLZDsiQLinYDQDQ&sqi=2&ved=0CC8QsAQ&biw=1024&bih=529
  7. TCM provides the programming. If I wish to record the programming it's up to me to best determine how to record TCM programming in order to avoid disappointment. It's really as simple as that. I don't use DVRs because they don't lend themselves to easy and convenient archival recording and, as mentioned in these pages, the "dumbed-down" DVR program scheduling system doesn't (automatically) work well with TCM's scheduling. I prefer to record TCM and most other programming for viewing at a more convenient time, even months or years later. With this archival approach to time-shift recor
  8. > {quote:title=FredCDobbs wrote:}{quote} > > God Bless TCM. > I often think of us all here at TCM as being in a big lifeboat in the middle of the ocean. We are being battered around by high waves and strong winds, adrift on an angry sea filled with hungry sharks. If this lifeboat ever goes down, it will be the end for all of us. > > > > > > > > > > Most of what I record, mostly early talkies through the film-noir era, is archived for such a (time-shifting) eventuality. Currently there are more than 11,000 home recorded DVDs in
  9. Fred, The per subscriber monthly fee for TCM was $0.26 back in 2009. Thanks for posting a clear version of that table. I don't use a DVR because it is only a temporary storage device. My time-shifting devices are DVD Recorders and HDD/DVD Recorders. I'm still watching for the first time material I originally recorded on videotape back in the 1980s and 1990s. In 2007 I transferred selected portions (5,200 titles) of my twenty year accumulation of home-recorded videotapes to DVDs. My archive now has more than 11,000 home-recorded DVDs. Edited by: talkietime on Jan 29, 2012 4:50
  10. When scheduling a recording be sure to build in some buffer timing to account for intros and outros. Murder, My Sweet is listed as a 94 minute long movie. A recording should be scheduled for at least 100 minutes to allow for buffer timing..
  11. My "TalkieTime" screen name refers to my favorite era of movies, the early talkies, and that I always make time to watch them. I also use "TalkieTime" as my screen name at the BenzWorld Forum. I'm like Mr. Ed in that I speak only when I have something to say. So, my BenzWorld screen name alerts folks that I have something to contribute to the discussion. My AVS Forum and CD Freaks/MyCe screen name is "DigaDo." This was originally meant to convey my preference for Panasonic "Diga™" ES and EA series DVD recorders and EH series HDD/DVD recorders. Those recorders "Do" what's expected of
  12. musicalnovelty, It seems to me that very few of these early Vitaphone mystery shorts make it into the posted schedules. Why do you suppose TCM has singled out these early Vitaphone mysteries to be Phantom Shorts?
  13. Another of my 17 October 2007 posts gave this advice: "Some time ago MGMWBRKO mentioned that shorts were shown before or after movies of about the same vintage. It is well to keep this in mind in looking for 'phantom shorts.'"
  14. I've done enough fretting over Phantom Shorts in recent years that I'll just paraphrase Alfred Hitchcock, "It's only a (short) movie." This is the text from one my 17 October 2007 posts: "Today, and over the next several days, there are a number of deviations from the published Now Playing schedules. This, and the omission of interstitial shorts from the online schedule, has prompted me to program my time-shifting devices to record all 1930s and 1940s movies, even those I have recorded in the past, in the event that "phantom shorts" may be shown. Perhaps this PHANTOM SHORTS thread
  15. On the way to school we went through snow three feet deep and on the way home it was 98 degrees in the shade... Back in the old days, before there was electric light, folks had to watch TV by candle light...
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