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Close Captioning on TCM


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Very often, I watch TCM at my gym, where you either need headphones or have to rely on close captioning. I've noticed that some TCM films are close captioned and others are not. On FRiday, BY THE LIGHT OF THE SILVERY MOON was close captioned, and the following film, THE GIRL HE LEFT BEHIND, was not. Is there any rhyme or reason to their selection of which films to offer close captioning?

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I think it's much like the situation with the studios and distributors when it comes to making HD transfers. In many cases, TCM is the only customer they have for older films and while it might be fairly cheap to make them a tape from an existing film print, they just don't want to spend the money for captioning or an HD transfer unless there is are other channels interested or the possibility of getting back the costs from a DVD release.

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