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Everything posted by michele31415

  1. It's been randomly up and down the whole past week. There's no telling when it will tell you, no movie for you. One thing I discovered is that if you get that annoying "content not available" message, back out and try the same movie again. I did that three times in a row and the third time it worked. (Though that doesn't always work). Who knows.
  2. Well good luck with that. I experienced nothing but problems with DirecTV Now. I spent more time watching the spinning circle of buffering than actual TV shows. And DTVN's customer "service" consists of a web site, accessible only from one single particular type of browser where you have to wait an hour for anyone to answer, if that even works at all. Then they always tried to blame me for it. It's my ISP, it's my router, it's everything except them. I finally switched to Sony's PS Vue and all those problems suddenly went away. Plus PS Vue offers Watch TCM while DTVN does not. DTVN
  3. Oh great - AT&T, the only company I hate more than Time Warner. I canceled my DirecTV Now plan with them because they had zero customer service. Do I detect a pattern here?
  4. Ugh. I should have known Time Warner had their greasy fingers in this. At least that explains why writing to the TCM "Help" Desk never achieves anything. I love classic movies but I hate Time Warner.
  5. I once sent them a question about something a few years back. After not getting anything more than their standard form letter, I sent another request. And another. Finally after three months and twelve messages to them I just gave up. Which is no doubt what they wanted in the first place. If anyone ever read any of them at all. What we really need is Ted Turner's home phone number.
  6. I'm having the same problem. With Sony PS Vue streaming and the Watch TCM Roku app, 90% of the movies suddenly just say "Content not available, watch something else". Everything was working fine for over a year - until two days ago. I submitted a report to the Help Desk, like that's going to do anything.
  7. **** - all of a sudden starting two days ago, 90% of the movies I try to watcg on Watch TCM just show a pop-up that says something like "Sorry, this content is not available at this time. Watch something else." Well if I wanted to watch "seomthing else" I'd have clicked on that in the first place. How about fixing your stupid broken app, TCM?
  8. The question is why I can't use my DirecTV Now login credentials to access the Watch TCM app. It offers up a list of what must be 100 different providers, but DTVN isn't one of them. When I asked DTVN, they said it was TCM's choice. I suppose TCM will tell me it was DTVN's choice. I get TCM in my DTVN package, so why can't I use the app?
  9. I've been trying for weeks now to get an answer from TCM to a simple question by posting it using the "Contact Us" button on the right side of the forum screen. But I never hear a word. I've sent them multiple requests and never get a reply. Has anyone here EVER gotten a reply to a question they've posed via the Contact Us form? Or does anyone have a real email or phone number to actually reach a human being at TCM? TCM, you treat your customers with even more arrogance than AT&T, and that's saying a lot.
  10. Well for the benefit of anyone else with this question, I got my Roku and signed up for DirecTV Now. TCM live works fine. But if you try to log in to the Watch tCM app, there is no provider called "DirecTV Now" and it doesn't work, despite being told it does by two different DirecTV Customer "Service" droids. You can't use Watch TCM using DirecTV Now credentials. What DirecTV Now does have on TCM is something they call "72 hour rewind" which (I assume) lets you watch YCM movies that ran in the last 72 hours. I tried one out and that worked. But there were only five movies in the list,
  11. Contact DirecTV? I'd rather get a root canal. OK, so I called them up, went through the maze of Press 1 Press 2 Press 3.1415926857, then spent 10 minutes on hold listening to insipid Muzak alternating with commercials for DirecTV and how I should visit their absurdly complex web site before finally getting to talk to a human being in Bombay. He insisted on looking up the details of my DirecTV account, despite the fact that my question has nothing to do with DirecTV, it's about DirecTV Now. He just couldn't grasp the concept. Or maybe it was just his limited command of the English langu
  12. I'm seriously considering dumping my DirecTV service. The price just keeps increasing astronomically year after year and in any case the tree in the back yard has also increased to the point that it's blocking the satellite signal now. I'd like to switch to DirecTV Now. That offers TCM and doesn't suffer from signal interference but I haven't been able to find out if I'd still be able to use the Watch TCM app if I only have DirecTV Now. Does anyone have a current, definitive answer to this? Thanks.
  13. I believe the issue isn't with TCM (well it is in a way), it's with Adobe. TCM uses something called Adobe Primetime Authentication service to verify your cable/sat subscription. When TCM goes "redirecting", it's sending you to a site called entitlement.auth.adobe.com. If they don't reply, you're SOL. I'm having the same problem on one of my tablets running the Watch TCM app. Oddly enough, it works fine on my phone or a different tablet, all on the same LAN, same router, same everything. If you want, you can try complaining to tve-support@adobe.com. That can't be any worse than compl
  14. Well I have the same problem as everyone else here apparently, and it's now 2017. I can watch live content in Chrome on my PC, but Chrome on a Raspberry Pi 3 doesn't work. I can log into my cable provider OK but then when I click on the Play arrow, it just sits there with the little spinning wheel chasing its tail icon forever. I also get weird messages on the system console like: "** Message: console message: [native code] @0: [CVP|_top|Aspen|38] ** Message: console message: http://www.tcm.com/watchtcm/js/watchlist.js @398: watchlist init from target ** Message: console message: https:
  15. Oh, OK. I guess I didn't realize that that was all TCM was showing this month. Thanks.
  16. Ful Metal Jacket, the scene where the helicopter door gunner is raking the countryside with his .50 cal shouting "Get some!": "How can you kill women and children?" "Easy - you just don't lead 'em so much!"
  17. For about a week now I've found that when I run the Watch TCM app and select Browse All, the results show only one single movie for every letter in the alphabet from A through R. I only get the full listings for movies that begin with S through Z. I'm running the latest version. Similarly, when I click on New, I only get movies that start with V through Z. What the heck is up with that? There's no movies to watch that begin with A-R???
  18. DING! That's it! Yee-hah! Now maybe I can sleep at night again. You are a genius. Many many thanks :-)
  19. This is a movie that was on TCM last year but for the life of me I can't remember the name. It's about an an actor with a giant ego playing in an outdoor summer stock theatre somewhere in the midwest. The plot is vaguely like "Enter Laughing" but that's not it. A local teenager is a theatre nut and gets a job as a stagehand hoping to land a role in a production. The star (who reminds me of Howard Keel but I don't think that's him) takes the kid under his wing while he waits for his big break, hoping an agent from New York will see him and sign him up. Meanwhile the stagehands play pran
  20. Actually, if I'm stuck in an airport lounge waiting four hours for a delayed connection, I might very well watch a movie on the app on my phone. It's not quite the same as plugging the phone into the 69" DLP at home but then it's much more portable.
  21. Uh yeah, I've watched it a bunch of times. The tree decoratring is one quick shot of Barbara Stanwyk abesnt-mindedly hanging an ornament (which then crashes to the ground) while Jonesy plays the piano. The dance could be any winter dance - though they get props for showing a real contra dance. It could just as easily have been called "Winter in Connecticut" with no loss of context. I finally took the advice of someone else in this thread - I bought the DVD's of all my favorite Christmas movies. From now on, I program my own December lineup. And that's gotten me thinking - I pay DirecTV
  22. DING!!! You did it! It wasn't the radio show but what you said finally jogged my memory. As I thought, I did actually see it, and it was on PBS - in 1976. But the program I was thinking of wasn't an alternate version of "A Christmas Story" but actually something different called "The Phantom of the Open Hearth". It is more a coming of age story than a Christmas tale but it does include the leg lamp scene that's in Christmas Story - with the extra line. And it's on U-toob here: The line I remembered is at the 38:56 minute mark. And the exact line is "He's carrying glue - Iron Gl
  23. I have no idea. WIsh I could remember. It was a TV broadcast a long time ago, might even have been on PBS back in the 80's. I know I didn't just hallucinate that line. I couldn't have come up with something that funny myself. Perhaps we need a taxonomy of Christmas movies. Category I would be movies specifically about Christmas, like Star in the Night or Christmas Story, while Category II would be movies that are about something else but have a Christmas scene, like Holiday Inn and Meet Me in St. Louis. And maybe a Category III for movies with only tangential references to Christmas,
  24. Well I watched Christmas Story yesterdayand it brought up a question. A long time ago I saw a version of this that was slightly different. For example, in the scene where the mom breaks the leg lamp, Jean Shepherd narrates "The old man went out to get some glue. He got Iron Glue, the kind they use to repair exploded locomotives." That line is nowhere to be heard in the version that runs on TBS, nor on the DVD I got. IMDb mentions another deleted scene involving Flash Gordon, and the Wikipedia entry is of no help. Does anyone else remember the line about "Iron Glue"?
  25. Another one I just thought of that deserves mention here is the marvelous little gem, "Star in the Night", a compact little 1945 two-reeler directed by Don Siegel. It is a gentle and touching modern-day retelling of the Christmas story set the the American southwest desert. TCM has shown this in the past though it seems to be another one that's been left out of this year's line-up. Fortunately, you can see the whole thing on U-toob here: At just 21 minutes long, it's definitely worth a viewing..
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