"Commercial Free" (non-premium) cable channels?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by ebf, Jul 1, 2007.

  1. Jul 1, 2007 #1 of 12

    ebf New Member

    Mar 21, 2005
    I am wondering if anyone has a list of commercial-free or low commercial TV channels. We just discovered that RetroPlex is commercial free, as is AMC. I know the premium channels like HBO and Showtime are commercial free, but which "digital package" (as Comcast calls it in my area) channels? I know we can skip commercials with TiVo, but I'd still like to know.

    Thanks. :)
  2. Jul 1, 2007 #2 of 12

    OLdDog Reformed Druid

    Dec 15, 2001
    Well AMC is NOT commercial free or even low commercial; their commercial rate is on a par with the other commercial hogs.

    However TCM is commercial free as is IFC and both are part of the standard package on many sources such as DTV and comcast,

    Also the PBS chs are commercial free; mostly.
  3. Jul 1, 2007 #3 of 12

    ebf New Member

    Mar 21, 2005
    Right! TCM is the one. Thanks. I've been googling and it looks like IndiePlex is also commercial-free. I think the Encore channels are as well, but I'll have to watch at least half a movie to be sure... ;)
  4. Jul 1, 2007 #4 of 12

    ZikZak Neurostim Addict

    Aug 12, 2002
    Arecibo, PR
    Not only is AMC not commercial free, but for a network that claims to love movies and movie classics, they sure do a lot of cropping, chopping, expurgating, and censoring. When I tried to watch "Mutiny on the Bounty" a couple of years ago, and couldn't even see the people talking because of the cropping and realized they had cut out multiple entire scenes.... well... it's no longer in "Channels I receive."
  5. Jul 1, 2007 #5 of 12

    bidger Active Member

    Mar 30, 2001
    Elmira, NY
    I remember in the late 80s/early 90s AMC was a "gotta have" channel for me. Now, it's no different than watching a movie on TBS or Comedy Central, it's a travesty.
  6. Jul 2, 2007 #6 of 12

    LifeIsABeach Active Member

    Feb 28, 2001
    Drexel Hill, PA
    Since AMC stands for American Movie CLASSICS I take exception to many of the movies they seem to think fit in that category.
  7. Jul 2, 2007 #7 of 12

    wmcbrine Well-Known Mumbler

    Aug 2, 2003
    The Fox Movie Channel is another that's commercial-free. And yes, the Encore channels (they're premiums on some systems, like DirecTV).

    On the HD side, Discovery HD Theater, HDNet, and I think Universal HD are low-commercial. HDNet Movies is commercial-free, IIRC (definitely no interruptive commercials).

    You may have some audio-only music channels that are commercial-free.

    TCM now is how AMC used to be. AMC sux now.
  8. Jul 2, 2007 #8 of 12

    Amnesia The Question

    Jan 30, 2005
    Boston, MA
    Universal HD also shows movies commercial-free (and uncut).
  9. Jul 2, 2007 #9 of 12

    SugarBowl Member

    Jan 4, 2007
    north carolina
    the 30 minute cartoons on disney channel are commercial free. I'm not sure about the movies that they show.
  10. OLdDog

    OLdDog Reformed Druid

    Dec 15, 2001
    Disney is not commercial free in their movies, In fact they kind of cheat.

    They will, sometimes, go nearly 30 minutes into a movie before the first commercial then they might have breaks every 10 minutes later in the show. The commercials get longer as well.

    All in all Disney is as commercially offensive as Spike.

    Of course, with TiVo, commercials are a minor irritant but the horrendous editing is a HUGE issue. No amount of button pushing on the TiVo remote will put deleted dialog or edited sections back into a movie.
  11. taronga

    taronga Member

    Nov 15, 2006
    The odd thing with Disney's commercials is that few of them are commercials in the usual sense. The last time I watched Disney (which admittedly isn't very often) the commercial breaks consisted of one typical commercial (for Mountain Dew or whatever) and then 3-4 promos for their own shows. Take out those promos and the channel is nearly ad-free.
  12. DougF

    DougF Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2003
    North Dakota
    Another vote for FMC. Besides seeing the movies uncut, they are often in letterbox.

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