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The short list of films we get on TV

post #1 of 11
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Seems there is a short list of about 100 films (or less) that the various "networks" and channels license for play and those seem to cycle themselves between channels. I look at AMC (which I can barely stand to with their cropping and cutting) and it's many the same films that were on last summer. Or its films that were on another network recently. It seems like the studios are play tight with their libraries and only want to show a "top 100" set of films. How boring!
post #2 of 11
They don't want to give their property away for free. If you want to see recent stuff then subscribe to Starz, HBO, Cinemax, Universal, or Showtime.
post #3 of 11
Thing is, they used to show a lot more of a selection of movies on the basic cable channels. USA used to be one of my most watched channels back in the early 80's. I can't even remember the last time I watched that channel now. It's literally been years. Same with A&E, and a few others.

One of the only reasons I, personally, ever had for subscribing to the premium channels back then was for the harder core-rated stuff (those were the days before any of them had their own "shows", other than the comedy specials).

So, coming from someone who had cable from way back in the day, it is quite a disappointment. All you get are crappy Reality shows and Law and Order reruns now. I don't know why I even subscribe anymore - I only watch a few things on it nowadays. It's certainly nowhere near the 40 bucks a month I'm paying to Dish for the Top 100 (I don't get AMC with that, but what's the difference? I've already seen "The Godfather, Pts.1 & 2" at least 200 times apiece, anyways).

For a lot less than that, I used to get a lot more. I don't know how many more times I can stand to see "Dances with Wolves". I don't expect, or even care about recent, major motion picture releases - just give me something different for a change. IFC shows more of the kinds of movies I like, but they seriously need to do some library expanding over there, too.
post #4 of 11
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Well I'm glad someone understood what I was talking about. Yes, particularly the GE or NBC owned block of "networks" seem to be cycling a short list of movies between those various networks. Maybe occasionally adding some thing not necessarily new but just not seen before. I also stopped watching movies on Universal HD because they've taken to cutting and censoring films they didn't before. I need to drop them an email and ask why.

I used to make my living as a club musician and there was a short list of tunes you definitely had to play or people would be unhappy. Seems we have a similar list of movies for the populace. For those of us with more discriminating taste or just wanting something more than the "top 40" I guess the answer is more DVD and maybe some Blu-Ray (noticed that these last two weeks releases to BD have been more older films -- still sort of a "top 40" though).

And I don't expect any change soon, TV ad revenues are down and networks are slashing their budgets. Expect more Steven Segal stinkers.
post #5 of 11
I imagine the growth of rentals (over the last 10-15 years), the rise of netflix, the rise of streaming and PPV models, all have contributed to this. I can't imagine that taking a movie that has been available on DVD for several months (or longer), censoring it, editing it for time and then throwing in commercials on top of that generates much of an audience nowadays.
post #6 of 11
People still watch broadcast TV?

Isn't that what DVD's are for?
post #7 of 11
If you're lucky enough to have HDNet Movies (and occasionally MGM-HD) you're relieved of this frustration.
post #8 of 11
Come on, who doesn't want to watch Bring It On one more time?
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Salmoneous View Post

People still watch broadcast TV?

Isn't that what DVD's are for?

Not broadcast TV but the "cable networks like A&E, AMC, USA, TNT, TBS, etc. And also the only reason I note this is because I was looking at the HD feeds not SD (who watches those anymore). And this is not to mention those stretch-o-vision disasters the tightwads throw at us. I was just noticing that the list is more limited than say two or three years ago.

And we'll have to still wait a while for the Blu-Ray versions though I note in the last couple of week there were more older films in the BD releases than recent ones. And of course I don't want to "buy" those, I would rather rent them but most of the local rental places will only be getting the recent films.

As for HDNet? Well I'm on Comcast so no HDNet.
post #10 of 11
I don't even have cable. I just get any movies or TV shows I want from Netflix or buy them. I rarely even watch dramas on the over the air networks, even though I get them in HD. About the only thing I watch on TV is the talk shows, news, and sports.

My gripes with cable and OTA TV are many. Perhaps the most irritating to me is the screen bugs. Why would I want to pay $80 a month to watch movies on cable where I have to stare at a station logo all the time while I'm watching the show? They are particularly irritating when projected onto my 92 inch screen and the screen bug becomes giant size. The local WB station is particularly bad. The logo is so big and gaudy it defies belief. Last year, after coming up to speed on the previous seasons on DVD and HDDVD (RIP), I tried watching the latest Smallville OTA in HD on my projection system . After staring at the giant logo for awhile, I thought this sucks, so I just decided to go back to waiting until it comes out on DVD.

I also find many shows are easier to follow if I just watch it on DVD. Lost and the Sarah Connor Chronicles come to mind. The Terminator show, in particlular, I found a lot easier to follow when I just got the DVDs from Netflix, than when I tried to watch over the air.

And there are the many other things wrong with cable - Excessive commercials, cutting and chopping up movies, and lots of infomercials late at night at my prime viewing time. Who needs it, especially for $85 a month? Sure, there are a few things I like to watch on cable, but they aren't worth a grand a year to watch them, especially when I can get most of it off the internet.
post #11 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Salmoneous View Post

People still watch broadcast TV?

Isn't that what DVD's are for?

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