Variety posted this morning that there is an agreement between Startz and Comcast. But only until eary February 2020 when Power ends and then Starz will only be offered as a streaming service. Starz, as Cinemax and TCM, will of course; still be offered al a carte! But, that was to be expected so that Comcast can continue to "grub more $$$" from our pockets.
I just wonder what will be next to be dropped? Comcast will probably run one of their "infamous polls" that nobody seems to be able to find the details of, that there is no one is watching the channel(s). 2020 could be a real negative year for subscribers of Xfinity for losing more and more channels and getting no relief with the cost of the service(s).
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GREAT response! They remove Cinmax from movie tier and place separately and charge you ANOTHER $12 if you want it. Replaced with Hitz and make a big deal out of how Hitz carries so many of the movies that are those you want. When in reality it is nothing more than movies that are aready available On Demand for free in a large percentage of those free movies offered I liked some of the original programming that Cinemax had. True, there were many of the movies on Cinamax that were on HBO. But, so are so many of the other movies such as Showtime/Epix, which is an extra $6 if you want it/Starz/The Movie Channel/etc. have.
TCM has movies that came from the beginning of "motion pictures," many that are even before "talkies" were born, that are a refreshing change from many of offerings on the previous cited movie channels. Comcast quielty dropped MGM movie channel earlier in the year saying that it was due to the increase in fees being demanded by the owner of the channel. And it goes on and on. It seems it is always the "other guy's fault" when cost increases are made and we pick up the tab. Each of the movie channels above have additional "sub offerings" beside the main channel that are NOT carried by Comcast and are offered by many other Cable Companies and their subscribers pay the same for these additional "sub offerings." HD is an important factor that a channel needs to offer to remain competitive. Once again Comcast lags far behind in its' HD offerings compared to so many other Cable Companies. Bandwidth is often cited for this lagging. But what do the other Cable Companies have that is so far more advanced than Comcast that they can offered so much more HD. Comcast is constantly advertising how advance it system(s) are and it would seem they could give their cable customers a little more of that technology for channels in HD. I won't even bring up the next great advance in broadcasting. 4K picture quality.
It seems that Comcast is slowly but surely changing their offerings so they can charge you more and more for things that you may like. Big business must please its' stockholders and at the expenses of subscribers. Comcast has become so big with its' recent mergers that it seems to care less and less of those that pay anywhere from $50 to more than $200 a month to be able to get the choice of channels they may like. The ACC channel is coming on later in the month. I wonder how much Comcast will charge for it to those that like the sports from the Conference? If they even offer the channel.
Of course, any business has the RIGHT to a make profit. Take a look at Comast's most recent Annual Report and their 10K and 10Q at some of the monies made and distributed to Company officers and profit ratios Comcast is making and it really gives you pause for thought about the charges subscribers are required to pay.
One thing I HAVE found with Comcast is the great people that make all of the day to day effort to make "Comcast tick." In my dealings with customer support in many of its' different departments I have found these great people to go out of the way to help me in more than 98% of the time. Hopefully this has been the case with other customers of Comcast.
I do apology for this "long winded" commentary. Needed to get my feelings aired to moves Comcast is making with its' program offerings.
My appreciation to those of you that read through this message. Have a nice day.
Dr. John F. Gibson
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I received my bill today and there was a notice that TCM was being taken out of all of the various packages and was being placed in the EXTRA COST Sports and Entertainment.
Do they mean TCM as Turner Classic Movies Channel? I can't find any other TCM that could be a sports channel or another channel with same call letter.
Does anyone have any information on this Subject? Thank you for your time and assistance. Have a nice day.
Dr. John <Edited>
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In my monthly bill I read the notice regarding Cinemax. I went to the entry covering in more detail of why my cable provider was dropping these channels. THEY are real excited about this change as they used the word over and over in their description of why the new channel Hitz is going to be so "exciting" for the "excitement" of its' subscribers.
However, I find this as another move by my cable provider to cut their costs and give their subscribers less and less product. Cinemax does have original series and movies exclusive to them and show many older movies on their home channel as well as it's subchannels that have not been shown on HBO for several months or years before a duplicate showing appears on Cinemax. In fact there are 3 additional subchannels for Cinemax that my cable provider doesn't even offer to its subscribers. All of the subchannels are offered in HD for which we get only the main channel in HD isn't that "exciting" to know. My cable praovider spends billions of dollars to purchase other companies and it make you wonder why can't there be more options available to the cable subscribers. The sports fee just went up to $8.00 a month and what if you don't want sports offering. Rationality from my cable provider is that everyone MUST pay this fee due to the huge prices they must pay for sports offering. May be true, ESPN3 does have a ton of sports offerings, BUT, I have a feeling that the contract between my cable provider and ESPN covers all of the ESPN channels for a agreed to fee between them and this is true for any additional channel offering with another company and my cable provider.
My cable provider does have features that are of value to its' subscribers. The vast OnDemand movie offerings and other offerings are excellent.
I realize that there are "stock answers" given to a person asking some of the question I have attempted to put forward here and you accept them with what little that you can do about it, complain!!
Thank you for listening to my long winded presentation. I have very strong feelings towards these type of decisions.
Have a nice day
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