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I'm trying to understand how the licensing of films to be aired on television is different from the licensing of films being aired on computers and mobile devices? Why can't we watch certain movies on these devices? Is the programming department trying to fix the problem? How do we know which movies are being blocked? It just doesn't make sense! It's also frustrating!

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As I understand it, the studio, or whoever owns the rights (e.g., Sony Pictures) will dictate to their client (e.g., cable company) specific devices through which their films may be presented as part of their rights agreement to broadcast (or stream) . The (cable) company will have no say in the matter.

 

You can check your provider's website for help. Some may offer explanations - some not. HULU's site offers help along these lines. HERE

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I was trying to watch "Lion in Winter" as TCM's 31 Days of Oscar on the WatchTCM app and this frustrating message popped up. I understand licensing can be tricky to navigate, but I have been planning and looking forward to watching the film for weeks now as I scoured over the 31 Days of Oscar schedule. If TCM could do everything in their power to make sure films on their schedule are available on all platforms, I'd be a happy viewer.

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This just in from our affiliate K-WAT in Buffalo, NY...'Voracious Hunger for Visual Media grips American People'...'Inexplicable Outages Perplex Public'....'Telegrams swamp Media HQs Demanding Answers'...(no similar reports from Canada)

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I know I'm a bit off topic here but I've posted this question elsewhere and no one has answered.   Is there any reason why I can't use Watch TCM app with Hulu account???    There is no option.   I can use all kinds of other streaming apps with HULU but not TCM.   Any reason?

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4 hours ago, Solafide said:

I know I'm a bit off topic here but I've posted this question elsewhere and no one has answered.   Is there any reason why I can't use Watch TCM app with Hulu account???    There is no option.   I can use all kinds of other streaming apps with HULU but not TCM.   Any reason?

I don't have HULU but TCM has to authorize the use of the various forms of the WatchTCM app based on what type of service you use to watch 'live' TCM.  (For me it's the local Charter Spectrum cable provider.)  To use WatchTCM I have to provide the login information for my Spectrum account.  So each service provider has to negotiate with TCM to get permission to use WatchTCM streaming, and not all services are covered.  For example, I had to wait something like 5 years before Charter Spectrum took over TWC and finally supported WatchTCM for my cable service.  If I had to guess, I would suspect that your HULU service does not include the use of WatchTCM streaming at this time.

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On 7/24/2015 at 10:26 AM, Emertiff said:

I'm trying to understand how the licensing of films to be aired on television is different from the licensing of films being aired on computers and mobile devices? Why can't we watch certain movies on these devices? Is the programming department trying to fix the problem? How do we know which movies are being blocked? It just doesn't make sense! It's also frustrating!

I know this is an old thread, but I just today noticed it.  Anyway.....

I would really need an intelligent sounding answer as to WHY anyone would WANT to watch a movie on any "device" OTHER than a decent sized television monitor!  :o :blink:  B)  NOT a "screen" the size of a business card;)

Sepiatone

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35 minutes ago, Sepiatone said:

I would really need an intelligent sounding answer as to WHY anyone would WANT to watch a movie on any "device" OTHER than a decent sized television monitor!  :o :blink:  B)  NOT a "screen" the size of a business card

Well you see I guess you go to hold it really close. For some folks their phone is all they got.

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5 hours ago, cmovieviewer said:

I don't have HULU but TCM has to authorize the use of the various forms of the WatchTCM app based on what type of service you use to watch 'live' TCM.  (For me it's the local Charter Spectrum cable provider.)  To use WatchTCM I have to provide the login information for my Spectrum account.  So each service provider has to negotiate with TCM to get permission to use WatchTCM streaming, and not all services are covered.  For example, I had to wait something like 5 years before Charter Spectrum took over TWC and finally supported WatchTCM for my cable service.  If I had to guess, I would suspect that your HULU service does not include the use of WatchTCM streaming at this time.

Ok thank you.   Just sucks.   I thought if you paid for a service that carries the channel you got the streaming app too.  Guess I was wrong.

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I think TCM is on Hulu, but in a different capacity.  I think you have to subscribe to the Hulu TV service.  If you just have the regular Hulu, I believe you are limited to what is provided.  Hulu is a streaming service, it isn't something that can be modified with additional apps.  I think if you wanted to watch HBO and Showtime for example, you'd have to get a separate subscription (or perhaps a subscription through Hulu) and then they can be streamed using the Hulu platform. 

I do wish you could install the Watch TCM app onto a Smart TV.  I have Dish and subscribe to TCM, but I don't particularly want to watch movies on my computer, tablet or phone.  I could utilize Watch TCM on my TV, but I'd have to do so through the internet browser and access it the same way I would on my computer.

If you subscribe to TCM in a different capacity, then you can link it with Watch TCM.  You cannot watch it if you're not a subscriber.  I'm sure that it has to do with licensing in order to show the films on the streaming app in the first place.  I say this because not every film that airs makes it onto Watch TCM afterward.

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speedracer5,  Not sure if you are aware of this, but you can now use the WatchTCM app on a streaming device such as an Apple TV or Roku (I know that is an extra expense) and then watch TCM films on a big TV that way.  I have the Apple TV and both the TCM live stream and archived films look just as good (if not better) than my cable picture.  It's a really great service and nice addition to the cable package.

Just to repeat for others who may wonder, there are the occasional limitations on what you are allowed to watch on the live stream through the Watch TCM app as you and others are discussing above.  Seems that all of the streaming rights are separate from what is shown with the regular TCM cable TV feed.

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12 hours ago, cigarjoe said:

 For some folks their phone is all they got.

Well, I've HEARD from other people's gripes about what those phones COST, and I  have to say.....

My 50" LG flat-panel cost less!  ;) 

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3 hours ago, Sepiatone said:

Well, I've HEARD from other people's gripes about what those phones COST, and I  have to say.....

My 50" LG flat-panel cost less!  ;) 

Sepiatone

So, braggin' about the size of your "stuff" again, are we Sepia?!!

;)

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???

"We"?

Kinda makes me think you went to NURSING SCHOOL!  ;) 

D'ja ever notice( if misfortune had you hospitalized for a spell) that whenever a nurse "bopped" into your room, she'd ask...

"So, how are WE today?"  Even when you're the ONLY ONE in the room?  :wacko:

Sepiatone

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9 minutes ago, Sepiatone said:

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"We"?

Kinda makes me think you went to NURSING SCHOOL!  ;) 

D'ja ever notice( if misfortune had you hospitalized for a spell) that whenever a nurse "bopped" into your room, she'd ask...

"So, how are WE today?"  Even when you're the ONLY ONE in the room?  :wacko:

Sepiatone

Yeah, well, nurses ARE notorious for gettin' their use of proper pronouns all screwed up, ya know.

(...not to mention those British and Canadian nurses who constantly insist on the use of the dreaded superfluous-u within their written correspondence)

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 On 2/5/2019 at 5:00 AM, Sepiatone said:

Well, I've HEARD from other people's gripes about what those phones COST, and I  have to say.....

My 50" LG flat-panel cost less!  ;) 

Sepiatone

Ok, I'm really late to the game here, but I can't stop myself from addressing a teachable moment .... Ever heard of "Screen Mirroring?"

Oh, and the answer to the original question was never answered. I'll try reaching out to TCM support. If I hear anything I'll post back. "Ok Google" sent me here when I asked her the Question.

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9 hours ago, Miss Krogman said:
 On 2/5/2019 at 5:00 AM, Sepiatone said:

Well, I've HEARD from other people's gripes about what those phones COST, and I  have to say.....

My 50" LG flat-panel cost less!  ;) 

Sepiatone

Ok, I'm really late to the game here, but I can't stop myself from addressing a teachable moment .... Ever heard of "Screen Mirroring?"

Oh, and the answer to the original question was never answered. I'll try reaching out to TCM support. If I hear anything I'll post back. "Ok Google" sent me here when I asked her the Question.

The original question was "somewhat" answered:

As I understand it, the studio, or whoever owns the rights (e.g., Sony Pictures) will dictate to their client (e.g., cable company) specific devices through which their films may be presented as part of their rights agreement to broadcast (or stream) . The (cable) company will have no say in the matter.

You can check your provider's website for help. Some may offer explanations - some not. HULU's site offers help along these lines. HERE

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