Wednesday Reads: Damn you #DishNetwork, Bring Back #TCM

Watch Turner Classic Movies on TCM 2014-10-22 02-37-25

 

A horrible thing happened yesterday. Dish network took the Turner classic movie channel off the air. This event is disastrous….it is like the end of the world in my house. According to Turner Network at savemyshows.com: DISH dropped your shows

Despite our best efforts, we were unable to reach an agreement with Dish Network, and they have unilaterally decided to pull CNN,Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, truTV, TCM, HLN, CNN en Espanol and Boomerang off the air upon the expiration of our current deal. Turner has worked diligently for months to come to a fair agreement including multiple extensions and compromises, and it’s unfortunate that Dish is once again operating in a disruptive manner that takes away networks and programming from their customers. We are hopeful our counterparts will return to the negotiating table, and we’ll get a deal completed.

TCM his my only reason for living. This channel is my lifeline…It gets me through the day, especially when the Zoloft is just not enough. Some people are addicted to booze, some people have to take pills or chase women, hell some need to shoot heroin with a meth back. Well I have to watch TCM, it is my drug of choice…and right now I am going through severe withdrawal. I’m not kidding. It is fucking bad. We are taking methadone clinic withdrawals…we’re talking Cartman on zero KFC Gravy:

Medicinal Fried Chicken – Full Episode – Season 14 – Ep 03 | South Park Studios

(Starts at the 5:14 mark)

Medicinal Fried Chicken - Full Episode - Season 14 - Ep 03 - South Park Studios 2014-10-22 04-36-15The TCM/Turner site continues…

The media landscape continues to progress at a rapid pace and finding solutions to complex business issues that respond to evolving viewer consumption habits takes time. Turner has worked diligently for months to find solutions to address these issues. In an effort to find workable solutions, we have provided numerous extensions over the course of the past few months — with the latest deadline to reach a new deal expiring on October 21 at 2 am (EST). Despite this pause in our negotiations, we remain committed to reaching an agreement and are hopeful Dish will return to the negotiating table and, we’ll get a deal completed.

Medicinal Fried Chicken - Full Episode - Season 14 - Ep 03 - South Park Studios 2014-10-22 04-20-46Dish customers do not have these specific networks on their channel lineup and are no longer able to watch these networks on TV or online. Our viewers have alternate ways to receive these popular networks though by calling their local cable operator, telco or another satellite provider to switch services or by calling 1-800-233-SAVE to ask for these channels back.

And you just know I called Dish and gave them the what for…I will change satellite providers if need be, but we have had Dish for..evah, so this is a very upsetting situation. And how long can this shit fuck go on?

Having these popular networks go dark is not something that we wanted to happen. As programmers, our most important relationships are with our viewers and distributors. We are disappointed that, despite our best efforts, we were unable to come to terms with Dish, and they have elected not to continue our long-standing relationship. We regret the interruption of service for Dish customers who rely on us for quality programming. Despite this pause in our negotiations, Turner remains committed to reaching an agreement, and we are hopeful Dish will return to the negotiating table to get a deal completed.

Medicinal Fried Chicken - Full Episode - Season 14 - Ep 03 - South Park Studios 2014-10-22 04-37-13Dish customers have lost these leading networks due to unreasonable demands by Dish. Turner has worked diligently for months to find solutions to complex business issues that address the future of the multi-screen world, while creating additional viewing opportunities for Dish’s customers we both serve. It is disappointing, but not surprising considering its history, that Dish has decided to involve viewers in this particular way, and have elected, yet again, to try and advantage its business at the expense of its customers.

Dish will not credit our account for the amounts we are paying on these channels that we are not receiving at the moment…fuck Dish.

But I was so pissed off about what they have done….they gave me a pitiful $30 bucks off our next bill. I told them I could not give two shits about this measly $30 dollars…I want my TCM back! It is fucking outrageous.

Medicinal Fried Chicken - Full Episode - Season 14 - Ep 03 - South Park Studios 2014-10-22 04-33-36Of course Dish has their own webpage set up…fuck them: www.dishstandsforyou.com

This is not the first kind of dispute for Dish Network: CNN, Cartoon Network Among Networks Dropped By Dish In Carriage Dispute | Deadline

Dish has been involved in several high-profile carriage disputes over the past decade that have led to the pulling of cable networks, including the 2012 standoff with AMC Networks, in which AMC and its sibling channels were off Dish’s platforms for months, and a similar blackout of Viacom nets, including MTV, in 2004.

 

Medicinal Fried Chicken - Full Episode - Season 14 - Ep 03 - South Park Studios 2014-10-22 04-34-18Dish was recently in a dispute with Disney,..

Dish has been in the midst of several content negotiations recently, including a lenghthy legal dispute with Disney, which ended with a deal that would allow Dish to option several Disney properties, including ESPN, ABC, and Disney content for its forthcoming OTT (over the top) network, a stand alone Web TV network designed to appeal to cord cutters.

During that negotiation, Dish leveraged its AutoHop feature, which allows subscribers to auto-skip commercials for network programming during next-day viewing, as a bargaining chip. In exchange for unprecedented online access to Disney’s cache of content, Dish agreed to delay AutoHop programming for Disney-owned ABC for three days proceeding the original air date.

Medicinal Fried Chicken - Full Episode - Season 14 - Ep 03 - South Park Studios 2014-10-22 04-35-28That deal puts things into perspective: How big media channels feel about online streaming services – Business Insider

The Information’s Martin Peers wrote an interesting column on Thursday arguing traditional media companies are simply denying how online streaming services, like Netflix and Amazon, are disrupting the $100 billion-plus TV network industry.

And more disruptive services are coming. Dish Network, for example, plans to launch an online service with a smaller package of channels but programs from big media companies like ESPN, A+E Networks, and Scripps Networks Interactive.

[…]

Medicinal Fried Chicken - Full Episode - Season 14 - Ep 03 - South Park Studios 2014-10-22 04-27-04…the TV networks getting involved with Dish’s fledgling service are clearly wary of what it might mean in terms of cannibalizing their other deals with cable networks. Peers offers this particularly startling bit of information:

To be sure, programmers are taking steps to limit erosion in their deals with Dish. One industry executive says the Disney agreement with Dish has a provision that if the streaming service signs up more than a certain number of subscribers, the deal is off. Dish declined to comment.

In other words, Disney will play along with Dish Network’s new service, but if it succeeds to a certain extent, they will be forced to pull out — likely to honor their partnerships with longstanding cable providers like Time Warner and Comcast.

Peers offers two potential reasons for why big media companies like Time Warner are downplaying streaming and other disruptive services:

Medicinal Fried Chicken - Full Episode - Season 14 - Ep 03 - South Park Studios 2014-10-22 04-27-52The simple answer is that most media company CEOs are nearing the end of their careers and are more focused on short-term quarterly performance than trends that might or might not happen for a decade. Another answer is that they’re in denial about the implications of what they’re doing.

I am more inclined to think that those CEOs are looking to take the money and get the fuck outta there!

 Few more thoughts on the black out here:

TCM Goes Dark on DISH Network | cinematically insane

“I live on a 52-acre farm, and, when I moved out here, cable was not an option,” Ashley Phipps of Julian, North Carolina told me via Facebook message. “TCM is one of the few channels I watch – almost all day, every day. Without it, and with DISH’s high prices, I’m thinking of ending my service.”

Medicinal Fried Chicken - Full Episode - Season 14 - Ep 03 - South Park Studios 2014-10-22 04-29-13Unfortunately for Phipps and other DISH subscribers, TCM’s streaming app will not provide an alternative while the linear TV channel is blacked out.

Watch TCM will not be available to DISH customers while the network is off the air,” a TCM spokesperson told me in an email message.

Dish Network dumps CNN, other Turner channels

It’s a good thing cable TV companies aren’t in the car business. If they were, they’d probably come and confiscate your car every time they got into a pricing dispute with a parts supplier.

The latest to use this negotiation-by-consumer-abuse tactic is Dish Network, which has dumped CNN and other Turner Broadcasting channels from its line-up. Or if you prefer, Turner has pulled its programming from Dish. Either way, consumers lose the programming they thought Dish was obligated to provide under its contract with them.

It’s a common tactic and one that leaves consumers fuming.

Medicinal Fried Chicken - Full Episode - Season 14 - Ep 03 - South Park Studios 2014-10-22 04-30-45“I am sick of being affected because two rich corps won’t kiss and make up,” said Lori of New York, N.Y., in a ConsumerAffairs review. “DISH… I pay each month for certain programming. I want it. Fix this.”

Judy of Carlsbad, N.M., echoed Lori’s comments: “I will have to get rid of Dish if these chanels are not back. I have been with Dish several years and love it, in fact have referred several people, but this will end it.”

Hey, I am seriously having a Rain Man breakdown here! And wouldn’t you know The Innocents was being shown later this week…ugh.

For your news round-up:

Did you see who died yesterday? Ben Bradlee:  Ben on Ben: In memoir, Bradlee shared thoughts about himself – The Washington Post

On Watergate: “When it finally happened, when the president said, ‘Therefore, I shall resign the presidency effective at noon tomorrow,’ I remember folding my hands together between my knees and laying my forehead down on my desk for a very private ‘Holy Moly.’…Nixon — not the Post — ’got’ Nixon, but the Post’s reporting forced the story onto the national agenda, and kept it there until the world understood how grievously the Constitution was being undermined.”

More Obits here:

Ben Bradlee Was the Last of the Newspaper Giants – The Daily Beast

Medicinal Fried Chicken - Full Episode - Season 14 - Ep 03 - South Park Studios 2014-10-22 04-31-31Journalists Remember Bradlee as ‘Genius Leader’ — NYMag

Ben Bradlee, Editor Who Directed Watergate Coverage, Dies at 93 – NYTimes.com

Ben Bradlee obituary | US news | The Guardian

That one from the Guardian is a thorough one…

Meanwhile, Ebola Could Be Contained Within Six Months: Red Cross Official – NBC News.com

In Maryland: Teen convicted of rape in high school hallway

The verdict for the first count was read: Guilty.

A gasp came from the courtroom gallery.

Then the same verdict was read four more times.

And loud sobs could be heard.

Jocori Scarborough, 18, of Delmar was found guilty Tuesday on all five counts he faced in connection with a May 5 rape of a fellow student at Parkside High School.

In addition to second-degree rape, a Wicomico County jury found him guilty of false imprisonment, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and disturbing or threatening a student.

Medicinal Fried Chicken - Full Episode - Season 14 - Ep 03 - South Park Studios 2014-10-22 04-32-21You may remember this case…the victim was blamed for the rape…victimized twice.

Wicomico County Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Karen Dean said in her closing argument that Scarborough forcibly had sex with the victim, who testified Monday. The Daily Times and USA TODAY do not name victims of sex crimes.

“She said no,” Dean said. “She said no several times.”

[…]

“(The victim’s) account is all you have to believe to convict the defendant,” Dean said.

There was also DNA evidence that they had sex, Dean said, noting that Scarborough’s DNA was found on the victim’s underwear. Defense attorney Eddie Gonzalez said his client hadn’t denied Scarborough and the victim had sex.

In his closing argument, Gonzalez went over all the levels at which Scarborough would not be able to be found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Even if the jury felt Scarborough was probably guilty, that isn’t enough under the standard, he said.

He said the victim didn’t cry at the time of the incident, he couldn’t see tears on close-up photos of her face later and there was no screaming.

The victim also wasn’t injured, Gonzalez said, and while a nurse had testified it could have been because of her young age, he noted she did say that sometimes victims have injuries.

Medicinal Fried Chicken - Full Episode - Season 14 - Ep 03 - South Park Studios 2014-10-22 04-25-29The rape of this 15-year-old happened in the hall of the middle school.

He also questioned why the state didn’t call as witnesses another student who had been in the hallway or another of the victim’s friends who saw her after the incident.

The victim said she was forced to have sex, yet Scarborough had asked for a kiss earlier that morning; and she said she didn’t want to go in the bathroom with him to have sex, but she later went up to him in the hallway, Gonzalez said.

And the girl didn’t report the incident to four school employees at Parkside she came across, he said.

“All you have to do is find one reasonable doubt,” he said. “Beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Dean said the victim wouldn’t have had anything to gain from lying. She didn’t get caught doing anything, she went through a lengthy exam and police interviews, and then gave her testimony in front of a large group of people in the courtroom gallery.

She said there’s a stigma about being a rape victim, with almost everyone assuming the victim is lying.

I am glad that there was justice in this case. Violence against women…it is never-ending:  Accused Indiana serial killer’s violent past raises questions for authorities | Fox News

With hindsight, there were signs years ago of increasing violence against women by Darren Vann, who police say has confessed to killing seven women in northwestern Indiana and is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

Indiana court records from 2004 describe him grabbing a woman in a chokehold, dousing her with gasoline and threatening to set her on fire. He was sentenced to a year in prison.

In 2009, he was convicted in Texas of raping a woman. She told police that when she went to his apartment in Austin he knocked her down and began to strangle her, hit her several times in the face and said he could kill her, court records show. He was released from prison last year, when he moved back to Indiana.

In both cases, the charges against Vann were reduced in plea bargains, and Texas officials deemed him a low risk for violence. He registered as a sex offender in Indiana and police made a routine check in September that he lived at the address he provided.

“He was not on our radar at all,” Gary Police Chief Larry McKinley said at a news conference Tuesday, adding that Vann was never suspected of taking part in homicides in the days or months before his arrest at the weekend.Medicinal Fried Chicken - Full Episode - Season 14 - Ep 03 - South Park Studios 2014-10-22 04-23-35

The total so far is seven…seven women murdered, strangled.

Now Vann, 43, is charged with the strangulation death of one woman in Hammond, Indiana, and police say more charges are expected after he directed them to the bodies of six more in nearby Gary. Texas and Indiana authorities have been poring over cold case files and missing person reports to determine if there are more victims.

Family and friends of victims said police should have known Vann was a threat and taken reports of women disappearing more seriously.

And then in South Africa, this news after Pistorius is sentenced to 5 years: Reeva Steenkamp’s Parents: We Have ‘Forgiven’ Oscar Pistorius – NBC News

The parents of Reeva Steenkamp said Wednesday they have forgiven Oscar Pistorius for fatally shooting their daughter – but believe he has not told the full story of the night he killed her. Barry and June Steenkamp made the comments an exclusive interview with ITV News’ Good Morning Britain breakfast show one day after Pistorius was sentenced to a maximum of five years in prison for culpable homicide. “I’ve already forgiven a long time ago,” June Steenkamp said.

“The hatred a lot of people feel towards him as a person, you can’t carry that along with you…it will just make you ill.” She said they were “satisfied by the sentence” but “there’s more to the whole story than anybody knows. Only Oscar knows.” She added: “We don’t want revenge, we want a fair punishment under the circumstances of his disability. We wouldn’t have wanted him to go to jail and be abused, but he will realize that he can’t go around doing that, he can’t kill somebody like that.”

About that 5 Years: Shakesville: Pistorius Gets Five Years; Expected to Serve Ten Months

In sporting news: First openly gay NFL player Michael Sam released by Dallas Cowboys | Sport | theguardian.com  It is a shame…

The latest NRA campaign: NRA: Guns Aren’t Scary Because They Are Just Like Vacuum Cleaners | Crooks and Liars

Medicinal Fried Chicken - Full Episode - Season 14 - Ep 03 - South Park Studios 2014-10-22 04-24-39The NRA is hoping they can “Demystify Guns” in their new video from Bill Johnson because of the many “dust ups” as he calls them, over the new open carry laws that wingnut states have been passing recently. The problem isn’t the guns that people use to kill thousands of people a year, but the idea that we’re blaming the guns for the violence around them when they are nothing more than a few bits of plastic and metal, no scarier than your vacuum cleaner or lawnmower.

[…]I didn’t know that vacuum cleaners can hurl projectiles at a sufficient speed to blow somebody’s head clean off, did you? Or, if I’m armed with a lawnmower, I could protect my house under siege by a gang of marauding black youths. Just think what would have happened if George Zimmerman was armed with a cordless Dustbuster instead of a gun.

And finally:

Why Is This Country Full Of So Many Idiots? | Crooks and Liars

You will just have to go to the link to find out…

What going on in your world today?


29 Comments on “Wednesday Reads: Damn you #DishNetwork, Bring Back #TCM”

  1. Pat Johnson says:

    No matter where you live there is always one cable service that dominates the region. In my case it is Comcast.

    Each month the amount owed differs from the previous month. A dollar here, a dollar there always seems to find its way on the bill and there is little recourse if you wish to keep your favorite programs. Everything is packaged into a bundle and you have few options: you can either pay up or drop the service which is in itself is not an option.

    The monopolization of these cable companies across the nation is a crime. The charges are made without consent. The service is ridiculous. Congress has done nothing in looking into these massive monopolies because they too are in the pockets of these corporations.

    I would be lost without TMC. It is also my escape from the talking heads who say nothing and offer little by way of reform.

    Cable companies have been offered a “license to steal” by a willing congress who line their pockets with donations from these “beasts” who arbitrarily make decisions in their own behalf.

    • bostonboomer says:

      I totally agree! I would actually cancel the TV service if I could and just keep the internet, but then they jack up the price and you end up paying almost as much as if you had TV. It’s highway robbery.

  2. bostonboomer says:

    Sorry about your Dish service, JJ. My guess is they will get this worked out. There must be fans of all those channels who are hopping mad. Good for you for complaining. The more calls they get, the better.

  3. gregoryp says:

    One of the few times I have ever seen my wife cry was because of the A**holes at Dish. All in all just a terrible, terrible company.

  4. bostonboomer says:

    The efforts to help Darren Wilson continue, also the parallels with Trayvon Martin. Surprise, surprise, Michael Brown had marijuana in his system (gasp!)

    Was the shooter drug tested? Of course not.

    Brown was shot in the hand. The media claims this supports Wilson’s story that there was an altercation in the car. But if Wilson actually did what the witness said–grab Brown by the neck–then Brown might have tried to grab the gun to keep from getting shot. Why did Wilson pull a gun over two kids walking on side of a street?

    • NW Luna says:

      Really good points, BB. Wilson’s an insecure power-hungry masochistic bully, would be my guess why.

    • I thought that a bullet wound through the hand was a defensive wound.

      • bostonboomer says:

        I think it is too. It makes no sense that a kid would reach into a police car like that. The friend said the officer grabbed him by the neck.

      • gregoryp says:

        I am pretty sure that it was out and out murder and Wilson is “above the law” simply because he has a uniform and a badge in what is now a fascist society. I can no longer say we are headed there. We ARE there.

  5. Sweet Sue says:

    I’m sorry, JJ, I know how much you love TCM.
    If you can, hit’em where it hurts.

  6. NW Luna says:

    I hope Backpage loses big time.

    A lawyer for Backpage.com told the Washington Supreme Court on Tuesday that a lawsuit filed by three young girls who were sold as prostitutes on the website should be thrown out because Backpage didn’t write the ads, so it is not liable.

    But the victims’ lawyer said Backpage doesn’t have immunity under the federal Communications Decency Act because the website markets itself as a place to sell “escort services” and provides pimps with instructions on how to write an ad that works, making Backpage a participant in the largest human-trafficking website in the U.S.

    The justices plan to rule on the case at a later date.

  7. NW Luna says:

    Sounds good, but penalizes customers for what’s beyond their control. I don’t smoke, but get hit with an extra co-pay for filling my prescription at my local, non-CVS drugstore? This is also designed to deter customers from going to competitors’ stores.

    The new CVS network will slap an extra co-payment on patients who fill their prescriptions at stores that sell tobacco.

    First, CVS Health pulled tobacco from its store shelves. Now, it plans to make some customers think twice about filling prescriptions at other stores that sell smokes.

    The nation’s second-largest drugstore chain is developing a new tobacco-free pharmacy network that it will offer as a choice to employers and other clients of its Caremark pharmacy benefits management business. Employers, insurers and unions hire pharmacy benefits managers, or PBMs, to run their prescription drug coverage.

  8. dakinikat says:

    http://nymag.com/thecut/2014/10/playboy-pinups-on-meeting-the-male-gaze.html?n_play=5447ccd7e4b01526de04e438 this is an article with interviews and pinup pix of ex playmates that are now in their 50s, 60s,and 70s. Oddly fascinating.

  9. dakinikat says:

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/10/author-says-south-should-form-new-nation-without-gays-and-hispanics-called-reagan/#.VEgYVHnyMS4.facebook

    He told the religious conservative host that southern states – starting with Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina – should leave the United States so they can implement a right-wing Christian system of government.

    MacKinnon envisions other states joining, but he hopes to leave out Texas because “there have been a number of incursions into Texas and other places from some of the folks in Mexico.”

    “A growing number of our leaders seem determined to erase our borders,” he wrote in a recent syndicated column promoting his book, “do away with the rule-of-law, expand the nanny state into a theology, bankrupt or punish American companies in the name of fighting climate change, do away with the 2nd Amendment, censor or demonize the history of western civilization and replace it with multiculturalism, give every kid a trophy and turn them into wimps, continue to support the completely unfunded public-employee pensions which are destroying the financial solvency of cities, counties, and states across our nation, add billions every day to our $17 trillion in debt, destroy our health-care system to substitute socialized medicine, vilify fossil fuels, and attack all faith in God with a particular and unhinged bias against the Christian faith.”

    He argued on the radio program that the South had “seceded legally” and “peacefully” in the months prior to the Civil War.

    “President Lincoln waged an illegal war that was, in fact, not declared against the South after the South basically did what we’re talking about in this book now in terms of peacefully, legally and constitutionally leaving the union,” MacKinnon said.

    However, MacKinnon brushed aside Mefford’s concerns that secession would trigger another Civil War, saying only that “it wouldn’t remotely come to that” because news coverage is faster and more thorough in modern times.

    He said the new country should be called Reagan, at least until voters there could decide on a permanent name.

    MacKinnon did not specifically address during the radio program whether slavery would be legal in the new secessionist government, nor did he describe the status of black people living in Reagan.

    But he made clear that LGBT people would be second-class citizens – or worse – saying that advances in their rights as citizens was a major factor in his call to break up the United States.

    “If you do believe in traditional values, if you are a Christian, if you are evangelical, if you do believe in the golden rule, then you’re seeing all of this unravel before our eyes daily,” he complained.

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/10/fox-news-host-to-atheists-accept-the-culture-of-jesus-in-schools-when-you-come-to-the-south/

    I’ve just about had it with these folks painting every one that lives in the south as some kind of jeebus loving yahoo and calling for secession.

    • bostonboomer says:

      What on earth does the golden rule have to do with this? These people aren’t living it.

    • Shit…not all of us in the south are nutcase secessionist…Some of us are liberal heathens with good souls, kind hearts…and foul as fuck mouths. 😉

    • gregoryp says:

      I can’t believe this guy actually believes he is a Christian. These people need to seriously try to understand the religion they are supposedly followers of. They have everything wrong.

  10. Fannie says:

    I’ll complain about it TMC being dropped. Just give me some phone numbers. I’ve been on the phone this morning, up in Wasilla, Alaska. Rep. Don Young (been in office for 40 years), went to that high school assembly to speak about a young high school student who committed suicide because he was gay. Congressman Don Young is the biggest fucking liar evah to walk the earth. With profanity, he disrespectfully started comparing gay marriage to two bulls. He insulted the students by telling them the parents of the kid didn’t care and showed no respect. When one kid had enough the yelled out that the student did have friends, and family who cared. Don Young called these kids assholes, and smartasses. His lack of human interaction with the students just floored me. The kids said their fellow class mate had been depressed, and Don Young just said he should have gone to the doctors and get diagnosed as “suicide” and not depression. This man served in the military, what about PTSD? The reporters said he was being insensitive, and used too strong words.
    No the motherfucker called out Mexicans as “WETBACKS”, and he knew exactly what he was doing and saying. I let his office know that should never be allowed in a high school or educational system again.

    I called and spoke with Amy Spargo, Principal at the HS. I let her know that I was calling to support these kids, and that she needs to do something to urge the school district to keep this Congressman off school grounds. She has great kids, and this man will only make things worst for these kids. His responsibility was to give a message that students ought to do things for others. That the schools are teaching children to be supportive of other students, regardless of their status. He did not help with the most important message of letting the kids know that doing something good for others, helping each other, and never treating others with disrespect. No instead he got up there and compared gay students to bulls, and did so when they were grieving.

    At that tender age, and it’s been long time ago, but I had difficulties being myself in high school. I remember the feeling of people wanting to make me into something I really wasn’t. It was hard, because I was a girl, and wasn’t encouraged to really know my self, and realize that I could be accepted like the boys.

    Thanks for allowing me to rant. JJ. give me that telephone number, I’ll be happy to make a few calls.

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/don-young-rattles-students-impertient-remarks

  11. bostonboomer says:

    Wow. I never thought I’d see this: Jury convicts four former Blackwater guards for gunning down unarmed Iraqis

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/10/jury-convicts-four-former-blackwater-guards-for-gunning-down-unarmed-iraqis/

  12. Beata says:

    JJ, I hope you can get your TCM back, even if it means changing cable providers. It’s worth it.

    These cable companies don’t give a damn how much some people depend on certain TV channels to help them get through the day. I remember when I was taking care of my mother at home. All her life she had been a Chicago Cubs fan, and during baseball season, watching the Cubs on WGN gave her something to look forward to nearly every day. She was not well enough to leave the house. Then our cable company suddenly stopped carrying WGN. My mother was devastated. She couldn’t understand what had happened. I tried everything to get the company to start carrying WGN again but no-go. They were the only cable company in our town at the time so there was no alternative available. I even sent a letter to Hillary Clinton, asking if she could help in some way ( since she is a Cub fan ) but nothing worked. My mother’s health took a definite turn for the worse without her beloved Cubbies to watch. It still makes me angry to think about it.

  13. jane says:

    leave the channels on assholes.

  14. stan says:

    The major reason I signed up with DISH= was for TCM. I am a 66 year old disabled Vietnam veteran and I have not watched a fricking cartoon, sports etc since the early 1960’s, yet I am paying for all of those , to me, worthless channels. I think subscribers should only pay for the channels they use. Any one wanting to start a class action lawsuit against the jerks at DISH, I will sign up immediately! I have been with DISH for 9 months and I have to wait 3 more months before my contract expires, even though DISH has dropped TCM. I am 100% sure, even after I mail back their stupid DISH equipment, I will be hounded for years by savage ‘staff’ working on commissions to rip me off for hundreds, even thousands , of dollars. This was a great country until the early/mid 60’s and now billionaire ripoffs, ie, owners of DISH and other large companies, have a green light to rip off consumers.

    • bostonboomer says:

      It’s disgusting. Come to think of it, I’m being hounded by one of Comcast’s competitors, Verizon Fios. They will not give up. I get junk mail from them nearly every day trying to get me to switch. There must be huge money in it for these cable providers.

  15. Fannie says:

    Sign me up Stan.

  16. ronald says:

    TCM was one of my favorite channels, next to the other 15 premium non commercial channels. Dish network can have the other 230 channels I’m forced to purchase and do not need. I suppose the channel they left us with that replaced TCM is a commercial channel. Well I am going to down grade my programing. I am tired of 230 channels I don’t watch and pay for just to get the few that I do watch.

  17. mare says:

    too bad all of us could not get together and start our own classic movie channel for free…..and leave them

  18. mare says:

    maybe the 14,000 people that are losing their jobs at tcm would be interested in helping us???