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Farewell To TCM On Foxtel In Australia.

HONDOHONDO Member Posts: 6,868 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector
edited December 2016 in Movie Talk
It was recently announced that Foxtel, the Australian pay television provider, is dropping TCM from their lineup permanently as at midnight tomorrow night. Foxtel is struggling financially and the move is part of a cost saving plan to help cut their losses. TCM has been shown on Foxtel since they started operating in Australia in around 1998. A shame that this has had to happen.
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Lawrence

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  • DavidDavid Administrator Posts: 9,702 admin
  • EisenhowerEisenhower Member Posts: 3,152 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector
    Crappy news Lawrence. Sorry to hear that. I regularly record movies from TCM and watch them during the week or late night during the weekends...after football season of course. Hopefully you can find an alternate source...
    Mark
  • HONDOHONDO Member Posts: 6,868 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector
    edited December 2016
    Crappy news Lawrence. Sorry to hear that. I regularly record movies from TCM and watch them during the week or late night during the weekends...after football season of course. Hopefully you can find an alternate source...

    Thanks Mark. TCM will be missed although it had its faults. TCM in the states had access to just about everything but in Australia we were limited, due to rights issues, to virtually mainly  the MGM and Warner Bros. libraries. The majority of the RKO library, apart from a limited number of titles screened on TCM and mainly post 1955, are controlled by Effie Holdings and Channel Seven in Australia and were never screened on TCM in Australia. We have only one other pay television channel in Australia operating through Foxtel called Fox Classics. The majority of programming is old television series  with some movies screened, and these seem to be mainly the same titles repeated year after year. It looks rather glum now for viewers of classic Hollywood films.
    Lawrence
  • theartofmovieposterstheartofmovieposters Member Posts: 3,129 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector
    ABC used to show a lot of RKO titles late nights.  Miss those days :(
  • HONDOHONDO Member Posts: 6,868 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector


    The ABC held the rights to the Effie Holdings ( and may still do ) RKO library that Effie Holdings controls. A large amount of RKO titles from the original C & C package of 16mm prints that were sold to Australian television in perpetuity in the 1960's are also owned now by channel seven and are regularly still being screened on their 7 flix television channel. In the early hours of tomorrow morning 7 flix have programmed The Iron Major, The Falcon And The Co-Eds and The Navy Comes Through. The prints screened by 7 flix for the RKO titles usually have the C & C Movietime credits on them which replaced the RKO credits and are usually well worn copies and appear mainly to be in soft focus. Efiie Holdings own the majority of the better titles including King Kong, The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, Gunga Din, Fort Apache, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon and the majority of the Astaire and Rogers titles. The source material of the RKO titles owned by Effie Holdings are in the majority very good and the prints were sourced from both the U.S.A. and the U.K.  

    Lawrence
  • DavidDavid Administrator Posts: 9,702 admin
  • EisenhowerEisenhower Member Posts: 3,152 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector
    Very cool clip, David. Knowing more about the film always makes me more appreciative. 
    Mark
  • HONDOHONDO Member Posts: 6,868 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector
    I have been informed by a Foxtel representative, contrary to one's thinking,  that it was actually TCM that withdrew from Foxtel. Believe it or not ?
    Lawrence
  • DavidDavid Administrator Posts: 9,702 admin
    Either or...TCM might be setting up a partnership with someone else perhaps?
    David
  • HONDOHONDO Member Posts: 6,868 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector

    The January programming on Fox Classics has improved a little with a lot more previously unscreened films scheduled  including Destry, Rage At Dawn, Battle Of Apache Pass, The Proud Ones and Custer Of the West. It looks promising in that Fox Classics will screen more long unseen films than they normally have done for a long long time. It will never fill the void that the loss of TCM has created  but at least it is a start in trying by Foxtel to improve their classic film programming.


    Lawrence
  • DavidDavid Administrator Posts: 9,702 admin
    I looked last night. Westerns. meh

    Need a service that has a bank of oldies that one can simply choose based on personal taste not the programmer's, like Netflix
    David
  • CSM_2_Point_0CSM_2_Point_0 Member Posts: 521 ✭✭✭ Daybiller
    This is how you watch oldies at your leisure =):


    There's a street of lights
    A long dark night
    Restaurant scenes
    And dark machines...

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