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Thu, Aug 29, 2019 5:00 AM

WHY IS COMCAST CHANGING TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES TO SPORTS PACKAGE IN OCTOBER?

I just received a notice from Comcast that they are removing TCM, Turner Classic Movies, from all current packages and moving it to the SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT PACKAGE?    What possible logic is there to that brilliant change?  TCM is widely viewed by many Comcast subscribers on their regular packages--NOT SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT PACKAGE!  I URGE COMCAST TO LEAVE TCM WHERE IT IS.  I am seriously considering cancelling my Comcast subscription over this.    Get real Comcast and leave TCM alone.  Seriously!

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2 y ago

So Comcast corporate seem to think that a channel that they claim has low viewership () will somehow yield more revenues if they charge extra for it? Do they think that people who ostensibly aren't watching it will choose to pay more for something they won't watch? As a rationale, it makes no sense. It only penalizes TCM viewers, which are legion.

 

And to lump it in with sports programming is absurd. What percentage of classic movie fans are big sports fans? Did they look at those numbers? I'll hazard a guess that it's not a significant overlap. 

 

The reason I chose the cable package I have is because TCM is offered among its programming -- along with a couple of Discovery channels, it's the primary channel I watch. Now I am paying the same money for less content. This is a stupid move that will drive people away from cable and toward streaming services. I'm looking at those options now.

 

My brother was in an Xfinity store today to address this and they are getting a ton of complaints, many of them not very civil.

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2 y ago

I was just in the local Comcast store about my bill. I found that to basically keep the channels I have I need to pay the higher price. This includes TCM!  I watch it daily. It’s my go-to station after PBS and now it’s gone. No mention of this when I was in the store literally days ago. I don’t watch sports so have no need for the “sports tier.”  Is that why it was moved?  So I’d pay extra to get it?  Sorry, it won’t work. In fact, if it wasn’t for the channel I get out of Canada I would cancel Comcast which I’ve had since the 80’s if not before. 

Elaine22

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2 y ago

SHAME on Comcast. What has TCM have to do with sports? Absolutely nothing.

How dare Comcast do this to their customers. TCM is very popular with senior citizens as well as others.  Seniors on a fixed income cannot afford another $10 a month.

 

if Comcast truly cared About their customers they would reverse their decision.

 

 

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2 y ago

I'd like to thank Comcast for taking this channel away from my 89 year old mother who watches it all the time. No wonder people hate this company.

 

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2 y ago

I'm wondering if Comcast will retreat from this folly after the deluge of criticism finally brings them to their senses. People are not happy about this.

shaeyjosan

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2 y ago

Read on another thread that the move was due to "low viewership" I don't believe for a second that viewership of TCM is low. We watch it all the time. One of the ONLY reasons we have cable tv is so that we can watch TCM.  What you have done,  is take a very popular channel and moved it to a dying tier called Sports. Everyone who has kept up with the news on the downward spiral of ESPN viewership and it's ilk knows this is the true reason you moved it. Trying to prop up a package that is dying a slow but sure death.  I'm sure it has never occurred to you to lower prices and keep them low to entice cord cutters back. But you will find that you cannot stem the tide of cord cutters. By making this kind of move you are ensuring that MORE people go. We now no longer have a reason to keep cable. We are NOT going to increase our package as it is already MORE than we can afford.  We are looking to cut our costs everywhere and if TCM is available to stream without a subscription through xfinity/comcast, we will cut the cord as soon as our sentence is up. Which I believe is in March. Sayonara baby!

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2 y ago

I for one will let them know of my displeasure by cutting the cord. Truthfully one of the only reasons I kept it this long was TCM.  I do not allow Football in our home for my reasons so I will NOT be paying for that package which means TCM is gone. So no reason to continue with Comcast anymore. I will save a ton of money and stream my shows from other sources. Since TCM is a private company don't be surprised if it doesn't show up elsewhere in the near future. Truthfully we have been struggling to find quality shows worth paying $209 a month for. Absolutely ridiculous move and probably not their last. If enough of us cancel our service with them maybe they'll get the message. But I doubt it!

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2 y ago

I’m getting ready to retire on a fixed income. I will do whatever it takes to reduce my bill. Will probably either switch providers or to internet only.

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2 y ago

 

Been a customer since 2010 and going to terminate my contract and go with ATT. Shame !

 Just agreed to my new contract in May 2019 and they broke contract and baited and switched me, which is illegal. I am reporting them !

TCMFan3

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2 y ago

After moving TCM, what next for Comcast - they move ABC to another package in order to support the "More Sports & Entertainment"?  I DON'T want the MORE SPORTS package.  I recently switched from AT&T because of service, but AT&T never broke the sprit of our agreement by switching chanels to a different package and then asking for ransome to get the chanel back.  And, oh by-the-way not telling us about it.  And to add insult to injury I just stopped-by the local Comcast store and had them print out the "new" chanel line-up.   Guess what, TCM was still in the old line-up.

 

What action should we take to get Comcast to think before they act and arbitarialy yank channels from packages we subscribed to and have paid for?  

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2 y ago


@ComcastAlly wrote:

Viewership of TCM is low, as over 90% of our customers watch less than two movies per month.

I would love to know how YOU know this? I don't believe it, but I still would like to know.  Is this the same logic you used when you removed weatherscan? Is this the two-way cable networking equipment I've been hearing about, enabling comcast to know, store, and sell (hello nielson ratings!) (hello class action -- Wainblat v. Comcast Cable!)  subscriber viewing habits???

 

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2 y ago

Furious at losing TCM.  I am looking up DIRECTV and DISH. This is a bait and switch,  deceitful move on Comcast part - Will not put up with it.  POORLY DONE COMCAST.

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2 y ago

Why bombard Comcast with questions about TMC, just rid them. They are an absolutely worthless cashcow who pray on the ignorant. 

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2 y ago

I find this very upsetting...I loved the fact I could watch timeless classic movies at any time & listen to the stories behind the movie making.

Very disappointing that comcast has turned into a nickel and dime operation...I will not pay a dime more for stations...

Will look into other services and consider the cable cutting.


@mbg71 wrote:

I just received a notice from Comcast that they are removing TCM, Turner Classic Movies, from all current packages and moving it to the SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT PACKAGE?    What possible logic is there to that brilliant change?  TCM is widely viewed by many Comcast subscribers on their regular packages--NOT SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT PACKAGE!  I URGE COMCAST TO LEAVE TCM WHERE IT IS.  I am seriously considering cancelling my Comcast subscription over this.    Get real Comcast and leave TCM alone.  Seriously!


 

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2 y ago

F Comcast. Time to leave

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