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Live On-Line Streaming or Roku Channel , please, oh please....


rofcay
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Please start live streaming, or a Roku channel, or some way to access TCM programming on-line. The only reason I keep my cable TV was for TCM, but now, due to raisng cable TV cost, I have switch to Roku streaming . And....I SO dearly miss my beloved TCM. I really miss watching classic film in a context, theme, or with infomative conversations. And, I miss Robert, Ben and all the guests conversations. I also can envision how individual shows for example, "The Essentials," "Guest Programmer of the Month," " Star of the Month" or Film Festivial of the Month, could be made into

individual single stream programs. Then, incorporate these freatured programs into a TCM streaming channel. The dream of a future where everyone gets thier media on-line has become a reality. ( Heck....I could be one of the last holdouts)

 

Oh, by the way, I should have TCM tattooed on the interior of my eyelids, I have been watching everyday of the past 19 years ! :-)

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> {quote:title=rofcay wrote:}{quote}Please start live streaming, or a Roku channel, or some way to access TCM programming on-line. The only reason I keep my cable TV was for TCM, but now, due to raisng cable TV cost, I have switch to Roku streaming . And....I SO dearly miss my beloved TCM. I really miss watching classic film in a context, theme, or with infomative conversations. And, I miss Robert, Ben and all the guests conversations. I also can envision how individual shows for example, "The Essentials," "Guest Programmer of the Month," " Star of the Month" or Film Festivial of the Month, could be made into

> individual single stream programs. Then, incorporate these freatured programs into a TCM streaming channel. The dream of a future where everyone gets thier media on-line has become a reality. ( Heck....I could be one of the last holdouts)

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> Oh, by the way, I should have TCM tattooed on the interior of my eyelids, I have been watching everyday of the past 19 years. :)

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> My sentiments exactly!! Maybe if TCM decides they can make money with a streaming channel,they'll do it. But it'll only work for us cord cutting Roku owners if they don't insist on the Idiotic requirement that people have a cable/sat.sub. with the same tier of service that TCM is included with, like HBOGO and a few sports channels do. X-( I would definitely be willing to pay $10-15 bucks/mo.for the service. B-)

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When you say you would be willing to pay $10 - $15 for the service, what would that service include? Access to TCM's full library of movies and the ability to watch any of those movies 24 7?

 

 

 

Is that how other steaming services work? i.e. a fixed, per month charge, but NO charge for specific usage?

 

 

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Yes, Just think about something like Netflix. OR, with Roku, there are specialty "channels" where a broadcaster controls content. Some broadcasters like NBC, brake out the nightly news into 2 minute segments. TCM could , for example, brake out "The Essentials," " Star of Month" or any program providing context for a film into 2 hour segments as well. On Roku, some channels have a month change ( $5.00 -8.00) and others are free . Roku is a streaming box with a one time purchase price,( no membership fees ) and "hosts" mulitply viewing "channels."

 

TCM bring on the stream :-)

 

Edited by: rofcay on Dec 16, 2012 2:34 PM

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> {quote:title=jamesjazzguitar wrote:}{quote}

> When you say you would be willing to pay $10 - $15 for the service, what would that service include? Access to TCM's full library of movies and the ability to watch any of those movies 24 7?

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Yes,for my $10-15 bucks/mo. i'd like access to TCM's full library of movies 24/7, with RO's intros.intact. I would even be willing to suffer through some ads.as long as they were shown between movies,not inserted IN the movie. :0 But i would NOT want the Vudu or Amazon model where you have to pay for each movie individually. I prefer a monthly charge(like Netflix),not a PPV charge....waaaay too expensive! I would really like the channel to be streamed to me "live" the same way it's shown on cable/sat.because i like the 'feel' of live tv(especially TCM),not like Netflix,Amazon,or Vudu where you click on a title then watch,although the click 'n' watch method does offer the advantage of being able to watch any movie of my choice that i might want to see when I want to see it.

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*"On Roku, some channels have a month change ( $5.00 -8.00) and others are free . Roku is a streaming box with a one time purchase price,( no membership fees ) and "hosts" mulitply viewing "channels."*

 

Let's break this down...

 

The ROKU service streams to your television, right? Is the programming also accessible on a computer, tablet or smart phone?

 

Do any subscription channels offer a live feed of their programming? Or is all programming offered in an "On Demand" style format only?

 

What are you paying for broadband service every month?

 

What was the one-time cost of the ROKU box?

 

How many channels are you subscribing to that have additional monthly fees?

 

Who collects your channel subscription fees? The ROKU folks or the channel itself?

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Thanks for the info 'jr33928'.

 

So it sounds like one cannot stream "live tv" in 99% of the cases - save for news. (If one has a cable subscription and ROKU, it becomes a moot point.) I ask because when people post on this topic they always refer to it as "streaming" TCM online as if it would be an alternative to watching it with cable. But it sounds like few -- if any -- stations allow that capacity without a current cable subscription. (Maybe C-SPAN?)

 

Can you watch live sports on ESPN or on another sports channel through ROKU? I don't watch much sports myself but I would like the opportunity to watch the Badgers in the Rose Bowl on January 1st. But I am guessing that wouldn't be possible with a ROKU set-up.

 

The Netflix and HULU+ services total $16.00. Are there other specific channels that charge a fee - like TCM would? Do you also pay for some of those? I am trying to gauge how much one might be spending each month to replicate their regular tv viewing thru ROKU rather than cable.

 

Using the $16.00 start, add $15.00 for the hypothetical TCM channel. 'rofcay' wrote of some channels charging $5.00 to $8.00/ mo. to access their programming. Three or four of those "add on" channels and one's bill is approaching $50.00/mo. One is getting close to the cost of a basic cable subscription.

 

Is Paypal the only payment method? I ask because if TCM wants to start collecting fees from individual "online subscribers", it would have to start up a new Billing Dept. That's a pretty big expense.

 

I congratulate your "cutting the cord" and making it work for yourself. But it sounds like it is viable mostly for certain people or households - tech-savvy individuals that aren't big television "consumers". For the lucky ones like yourself, it should be an option to consider.

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> {quote:title=hlywdkjk wrote:}{quote}Thanks for the info 'jr33928'.

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> So it sounds like one cannot stream "live tv" in 99% of the cases - save for news. (If one has a cable subscription and ROKU, it becomes a moot point.) I ask because when people post on this topic they always refer to it as "streaming" TCM online as if it would be an alternative to watching it with cable. But it sounds like few -- if any -- stations allow that capacity without a current cable subscription. (Maybe C-SPAN?)

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Hi hylwdkjk,i'll try to answer some of your questions as best as i can. First,there are literally hundreds and hundreds of channels both public and private to choose from covering every topic under the sun,waaay to many to recount here..Most channels are free.Relatively few cost any money and most of the channels that do charge cost anywhere from .99cents-$5.00,a couple cost between $5-$10.Some of the channels charge per month,but most others only charge a one time fee.

I bought one horror movie channel that only charged me $1.99....for a LIFETIME sub.!! That is the only channel i bought(other than Netflix/Hulu+).Some channels have a free version and a paid version.You mentioned maybe spending as much as $50.00/mo. on fees,well i think you'd have to try REALLY REALLY HARD to spend that much!!, if you bought every single pay channel that would be possible,but the chances of somebody doing that are slim to none,cuz NOBODY is gonna like ALL the channels....not even half.Just like cable/sat...a billion channels,but most people only actually want/watch a small handful but are forced to pay out the wazooo just to get the ones they do want.The diff.with Roku is that you pick your channels ala-carte. B-)

 

As far as payment,i chose to use paypal,dunno if there's other payment methods or not,never checked.

 

You asked about "live" tv and sports........well.......that's a Taboo subject that doesn't lend itself to being openly discussed in a public forum.Could be against forum rules too??. If you want to discuss it just PM me.

 

 

For me cutting the cord was easy,there is literally nothing that i miss w/o my satellite sub.except TCM. I'm a TCM junkie that can't find his "fix"!!! So C'MON TCM start a "live" streaming service!!!!! I'll GLADLY pay what you want for it!.

 

 

PS:Sorry about quoting your entire post,but that's the only way i could remember your questions.

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> You asked about "live" tv and sports........well.......that's a Taboo subject that doesn't lend itself to being openly discussed in a public forum

 

Not sure why you think talking about live tv events like the Oscars and other awards show, benefit concerts, Presidential speeches and live sports events like Major League Baseball or the NFL is a taboo subject around here, especially in conjunction to questions regarding streaming or on-line viewing.

 

Unless you thought Kyle was talking about something more mature but I'm not sure how you made that leap based on what he wrote in his original reply to you.

 

Just curious.

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