I agree that it appears TCM is going the way of merchandising the channel and its library. Since we can no longer dvd record films on TCM, I have left the channel many times to check out what is playing on MOVIES channel, which airs a lot of old movies as well, or Retro TV. The loyal viewers who have been the bread and butter that helped build TCM the last 22 years are not that important anymore I guess. I am sort of shocked at what has happened to this channel in the last 6-8 months! And where the heck has Robert Osborne been in the last month - it's all Ben Mankiewicz and guest programmers, etc. Thank goodness I was dvd recording lots of movies the last 20 yrs, so I can watch a lot of my favorites whenever I want. If TCM ever gets most of the Paramount library in their hands then I'll have to figure out some other way...but the bottom line of all this is that TCM will start losing people if it stops doing what it did best, airing the obscure movies that are not available anywhere! The only thing you can do is DVR it, and then erase it, cuz there's only so much space on the hard drive of a DVR - and mine is close to its limit, again!
Please Please Please TCM - let us record movies again!
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