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Everything posted by starstricken

  1. The "on demand" expiration dates are still inaccurate. I expected "Soylent Green" to run until 12/22, and it was removed on 12/18 or 12/19. Same situation with two other films removed "before their time" this week. Am I the only person who has an issue with this? It's very frustrating to expect to watch a film and then to see that it is gone before its scheduled expiration "on demand". Anybody home???
  2. This "expiration date" problem is also happening with "tcm on demand". "Murder My Sweet" was scheduled to expire on 12/14, but when I went to play it tonight, 12/9, it was gone. This is the second time that this happened to me over the past few weeks, and it's very frustrating. I appreciate that tcm has now extended many of its "on demand" expiration dates beyond the standard seven days, but why are movies being removed before their expiration dates?
  3. My top three are (1) Paths of Glory, (2) Lust for Life, and (3) Lonely Are the Brave, which was his favorite and often overlooked.
  4. Once again, tcm on demand is not functioning tonight. This occurs about every month or so now. It has NOTHING to do with the browser platform (explorer. chrome, firefox) because when it goes out, tcm doesn't work on any of them. It also has nothing to do with Internet or tv provider. It just has to do with tcm! Very frustrating!
  5. I just watched Ben Mankiewicz discuss "Mrs. Miniver" with a man who may be the director of the World War II Museum in New Orleans. I apologize for not knowing the gentleman's name. At the end of the discussion, it seemed that Mr. Mankiewicz went so far as to place the allied bombing of German and Japanese civilian on a equal footing with the despicable conduct of Japan and Germany during the war. Does Mr. Mankiewicz actually believe that we could have wished the evil of the war away without doing evil ourselves? How would it have been possible to win the war without taking very terrible action against the enemy? I would be interested in knowing how Mr. Mankiewicz believes that we could have won the war without the necessity to do evil ourselves? I was quite shocked and annoyed that he seemed to be saying that the allies were as bad as the Germans and the Japanese. This is not true! He is wrong!
  6. I haven't had any tcm streaming problems for the past month or so (on a roll!), but tonight, March 5, there are problems with all of the films that I have tried to stream. The little white reel takes a long time to start spinning. Once it spins and the movie starts running, the picture and sound are interrupted, then the action repeats as if the film is skipping, then the film stalls altogether and goes black with the little white reel spinning again. I tried several films that expire today and tomorrow. It's very frustrating to begin watching a movie that is interrupted in this way. I remember during the 1950's when the projector went crazy, but that was usually corrected in a few minutes. This is awful, but no one at m seems to care. Back to my old, reliable vcr collection.
  7. slim: There is no way of predicting which films will run and which won't. I had no problem accessing the Elvis documentary but had a problem accessing the most recent "on demand" films. Now I haven't had any new "on demand" films for several days, which is something new for me but not for other users. See my other comments about tcm not caring even to the extent of posting a response to the messages here. That, by itself, is beyond annoying!
  8. Hi Stephan. As I mentioned in another thread here, what is most frustrating is that no one at tcm cares even to the extent of posting a response here. That is not only frustrating but infuriating. If the "on demand" access problems lie with a browser or a cable carrier, and I don't believe that they do as they lie with tcm, then why doesn't someone from tcm bother to check the message board to see what problems their users are having? I wonder how long tcm will be in business, but I guess they have unlimited funds from their very generous benefactor, Mr. T. Very lucky folks.
  9. RBG: I guess that I'll have to fire Verizon then because they have disowned this repeated problem regarding "unsubscribed content". Now I have no new "on demand" movies for several days, so something else is going on. I believe that this is a tcm technical problem because users with different carriers are encountering similar access problems. What makes it even more frustrating is that no one from tcm will bother to respond to these technical problems even by posting a response. tcm just doesn't care about their users. That is very clear to me. Just have to live with it because it will not change.
  10. Here we go again. Just when I believed that tcm resolved their very serious "on demand" streaming issues, I am blocked from streaming "tcm on demand" again. I won't bother contacting my cable provider, Verizon fios, because it always ends up the same way with their confirmation that my channel lineup has not changed, and I am still subscribed to tcm. Very frustrating indeed. When will tcm begin to address their serious technical problems. I am paying Verizon big bucks each month, and I, personally, don't watch any other networks 9while my family members do). Furthermore, there is no way to contact a human being at tcm, so this forum is the only means to vent (without a resolution). Have a nice day, tcm freaks. I hope that you get to see the movies of your dreams, but please pity me while you're having fun.
  11. By the way, I tried Explorer, Chrome, and Firefox with the same "you are not subscribed to this content" result, which is garbage on the part of tcm.
  12. Andyg404, Wunderlong: Unfortunately, I have had this "access" problem with "tcm on demand" while streaming on numerous occasions. My cable carrier is Verizon, and today, when I mistakenly thought that tcm's OWN technical problems were finally corrected, I receive the message "your subscription does not have access to this content", which is nothing but garbage because every time I contact Verizon with this repeated problem, they tell me the same thing over and over again--that there has been no change by Verizon to my channel lineup and that I am still a tcm cable subscriber. When I don't watch any other tv channels, this is a big problem because I am paying Verizon big bucks each month to access only tcm (my other family members are a different story, but they don't pay Verizon, as I do!) When will tcm get its technical act together so that its viewers are not repeatedly inconvenienced and frustrated?
  13. Only if you have Ben Mankiewicz's personal telephone number. Otherwise, fuggedaboudit!
  14. Now I can stream on firefox but not Microsoft edge or chrome. What's up with that? I'm going back to my ancient vcr collection anyway. I'm sick of this! It's like the old days when you're all set to watch a movie, and the projector suddenly goes dead. We've come a long way, baby. NOT.
  15. Lonchaneygoat: As of this week, the second week of November, I can't get tcm to stream at all. No response whatsoever from anyone at tcm. I usually access through Microsoft Edge, but I'll try the others. I believe I tried them in the past but no go. I'm suddenly losing my tcm habit. May not be a bad thing.
  16. Thanks to Stephan55 and shutoo for taking the time and effort to respond. At least it's not just me. As I have already viewed tcm's ads for its cruise and annual festival many times, I started to skip over them, so maybe Mr. Mankiewicz and Co. don't approve of that. They became very annoying to me. Tonight, I again attempted to stream two films that are appearing for their final day with no response. I tried two different ways. When I click on the circled arrow for each film, the block for that film turns "tcm green" without any response. When I see the green response, I know that I'm in trouble. Same thing happens when I click the "i" circle and then try "play" on that page. Unlike before, the logo of my tv provider, Verizon, now appears in the upper right corner (rather than the previous, tiny "tcm green" box that was empty and unresponsive), but when I click the Verizon logo, I get nothing. As a die-hard classic movie fan, I have become far too dependent on tcm for classic movies. I already pay Verizon handsomely for very limited tv service while I haven't watched or streamed any other channels in months, so I won't pay extra for any other movie channels. It will be back to my ancient vcr collection again. I'm getting used to it now and may just forget about tcm in the future. What an absolute turnoff. Very exasperating. Thanks again for listening because Mr. Mankiewicz could care less about us.
  17. Same thing happened again tonight 11.8.18. When I don't see my tv provider in upper right corner and just a blank, green box that doesn't even allow me to sign into my Verizon fios account, then I know that something is amiss, but apparently there is no solution. tcm never responded to my inquiry (so what else is new???) and no one else has responded to my first message, so I guess that it's just me. Everything had been going well with tcm for several months but now this. Back to my ancient vcr collection then. So be it.
  18. Just when I believed that all of my tcm technical troubles were over forever, I tried streaming tcm on demand tonight without success. In the upper right corner where the logo of my cable provider, Verizon fios, is supposed to be was a tiny, blank, ominous box colored "tcm green" that didn't respond to me in any way. So I missed two more films that were running for the last day. The sad moral of the story is that tcm is STILL technically unreliable, which is a darn shame. Oh, it's working now, of course, but the two movies that I wanted to watch YESTERDAY are gone until who knows when. starstricken
  19. I think that I finally entered the Twilight Zone but can't find Rod Serling for assistance. I just attempted to check the latest tcm "on demand" offerings and received a totally new tcm website format. Viewers have the option of re-arranging the current selection into different orders, including "old to new" or "new to old", which seems very promising to me. There is also a new "information" button, but I could get no response when I clicked on a few selections. This doesn't look bad at first glance, but I couldn't get anything to work. In fact, I couldn't even access the new tcm website from my stored address/icon, which may mean that tcm has a new address? Perhaps it just went "live", has a few kinks, and I'll be able to access it without all of these problems tonight when the popcorn is ready, and I have my boxes of jujubes and dots handy. Fingers crossed. Thankfully, I have my old vcr library available just in case. Under the current circumstances, that ain't goin' anywhere!
  20. Once again, out of the blue, I cannot load movies for streaming without going through gyrations with very annoying adobe re-installations. As each browser has its own adobe install requirements, I suddenly, out of the blue, can no longer stream tcm at all with either microsoft edge or chrome. Only after enduring a lengthy re-install of adobe flash player, I can now stream with firefox only. When I installed the new version of adobe flash player on firefox, two separate mcafee security software systems automatically installed at the same time even though I didn't want them, don't need them, and had to uninstall them. Why all of these complications just to stream a tcm movie? Why am I repeatedly experiencing tcm loading issues when I pay my tv provider (verizon fios) very handsomely each month? The last time I had a tcm streaming problem (last month), it was caused by, of all things, a microsoft windows 10 update, which I found very bizarre. I believe that all of these loading problems are due to inadequate tcm technology for streaming movies, and it's getting more and more inconvenient and annoying. Eventually, I just won't be watching movies on tcm any longer. Another very annoying problem with tcm is that it offers absolutely no technical or customer assistance. Doesn't tcm receive fees from several tv providers? Why can't tcm provide any technical assistance to its viewers? I'm fed up with all of these tcm streaming problems, especially when I am paying my tv provider excessive fees only to stream from tcm and from no other channel/network.
  21. jersey: I realized that Microsoft did a windows 10 update the night before this tcm problem started. On a hunch and because I have had previous issues with these windows 10 updates before, I contacted Microsoft, and they instructed me to "undo" their update of yesterday, so I did that. If you have windows 10 and it was updated since you used tcm normally, you might have to reverse that update in order to get tcm to work again. To me, this sounds crazy as I write it, but it corrected the tcm issue. Good luck. Hope all is well in Jersey. I left 3 years ago and never looked back. I sure wish that tcm had actual technical assistance. I never had problems with Million Dollar Movie back in the 50's, but I'm sure that there were too many commercials. As the immortal Gilda Radner once said, "It's always somethin'". I hope this helps. Very frustrating! Frank ****
  22. Hi Stephan55 (My buddy, Norman, that is). I started another topic tonight after the dreaded box appeared stating "you are not authorized to view this content by your tv provider". Exasperating because I AM authorized to view tcm by Verizon fios but get this lousy message all too often. In fact, once is more than enough. Microsoft updated my computer last night, so that may be related, but this is very frustrating for me when tcm is the only tv network that I watch, an there is no one at tcm who can help me, certainly not Mankiewicz who is too preoccupied with the usual pontification of his leftwing drivel. Thanks for listening.
  23. Here we go again. Just when I thought that tcm had finally gotten its act together, I was dead wrong. The first sign of trouble tonight occurred when I was asked to sign in with my tv provider (Verizon), a message which I haven't received in several months. I signed in to Verizon and then clicked onto the movie of choice and then comes the dreaded box "You are not authorized by your tv carrier to view this content", which is nothing but a load of hogwash because I AM authorized to view tcm by my tv carrier, Verizon. Unfortunately, I have been through this exercise too many times before. I know that good ole Microsoft updated my computer last night. If that is the cause, I can just forget about convincing them of it. The real problem is that tcm employes no technicians who can help viewers with these problems. It's back to my old vcr collection. You can laugh, but it never once has failed me as tcm repeatedly fails me. Anyway, I'm fed up with Mankiewicz's arrogant, "holier than thou" leftist interpretation of everything as he just assumes all tcm viewers automatically share his leftist opinions, which is entirely wrong on his part. I'm very tired of this nonsense over and over again, especially when the only network that I watch is tcm. Tired of paying Verizon every month for this garbage. Have a nice evening.
  24. I was about 3/4 through the German film "Wings of Desire" via on demand, and it suddenly blacked out with the "You Just Watched" screen. The problem was that I didn't "just" finish the movie. It was to run until 1/29, and this was still 1/28 on the east coast. There is nothing more annoying than to be absorbed in a film and then to have the projectionist pull it from under you. Every time I tried to watch it again from the place where it stopped, the same problem would recur. This stuff is happening far too often now on tcm. Those dialogue boxes in the lower left corner are sure signs of trouble. Perhaps tcm needs a bit less leftwing political indoctrination from Ben Mankiewicz and a bit more technical expertise so that your viewers can actually finish a movie when streaming from "on demand". Thank you.
  25. Still having trouble streaming "tcm on demand", and the actual browser doesn't matter. I get a black screen for ALL "tcm on demand" movies for the past two entire days, 12/26 and 12/17. Thankfully, I have an extensive vcr film library because I already pay Verizon fios a very handsome monthly fee for no purpose other than the ability to stream tcm films. Does anyone at tcm care? Obviously, this is a problem that has nothing to do with our cable carrriers, our personal hardware or software, or our browsers (doesn't work with chrome or explorer either). The problem pertains to tcm. Let's get with it, folks! This service is NOT free for us!
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