I'd wanted to reply to the main message thread on the topic of TCM except Comcast in their wisdom posted "Thanks for the feedback, this topic is now closed and locked". I guess they feel they are above criticism.
I know much of the senior leadership at TCM and they are plenty upset about this change, too. They have been fielding a lot of unhappy queries via Twitter, telephone and their own website boards. They know that many of their viewers see TCM as more than a channel - it's a companion. And it's helped many people get through illness, bereavement, and brings families together. It's more than just a TV channel - it's also a community. I doubt if ESPN or Bravo can make that statement.
Here's some of what they posted on Twitter:
"Comcast made the decision to repackage TCM in its More Sports & Entertainment package. While we know there is an additional cost, TCM remains uncut, commercial-free, & the ultimate classic movie destination for film lovers."
" TCM will always provide fans with a way to stay connected through our website & social. While Comcast has made the decision to repackage TCM, you can find other ways to get TCM:"
And then they post alternative ways to get TCM:
I don't understand why, if France TV and Deutsche Welle TV and Russia Today can be offered as stand alone buy ups, why TCM can't be offered the same way? I'd be happy to pay, say, $20/month for TCM if I could drop the rest of my lousy TV package down to basic cable.
As for me, I'm sick of paying extortionist rates to Comcast (and I don't use ANY of their equipment) for 1000 channels, 980 of which are utter garbage. As soon as my contract is up, it's OTA for me, with my TiVo, and AT&T Fiber (faster synchronous speed at lower cost) plus a DirecTV or YouTubeTV package.
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