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Comcast Drops MGM HD — Finally

Jon Voight and Jane Fonda in Coming Home.

Q. I wanted to watch MGM HD today on Comcast, but it was gone. What happened? — Bev, Baltimore.

Bev, believe it or not, Comcast announced more than six months ago that it would drop MGM HD, but didn’t actually remove it until this week.

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What?!

Let me explain.

A Comcast spokeswoman in May 2018 said her company would drop MGM on June 1. Asked why, she declined to give a reason other than to say its carriage contract with MGM HD was expiring and “we don’t plan to continue to carry it.”

But June 1 came and went, and MGM HD stayed on.

Comcast has not given a reason for why it kept the channel on for seven months after its supposed cancellation. But it’s likely for one of two reasons.

1. MGM’s contract with Comcast actually didn’t expire until now. (Possible, but not likely. Why would Comcast say it expired on June 1.)
2. Comcast and MGM tried to work out a new carriage agreement so Comcast kept the channel on while negotiations continued. Then, when it became obvious they couldn’t reach terms, Comcast pulled the plug once and for all. (More likely scenario.)

MGM HD, which launched in 2007, had been available on Comcast systems since 2008. The channel, which is owned by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), features older movies from the MGM library such as Coming Home (pictured above), The Pink Panther, A Shot In the Dark, The Manchurian Candidate,, The Stranger, Mulholland Falls, and Something Wild.

MGM HD is currently available on DIRECTV, U-verse, Verizon, and several smaller cable systems. But Comcast’s decision to drop MGM could make it more difficult to survive in the increasingly competitive category of niche channels.

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5 Comments on Comcast Drops MGM HD — Finally

  1. Gregory Martucci // February 3, 2019 at 2:34 pm // Reply

    Comcast better wake up and smell the coffee, they have a very noncompetitive attitude, basically they have the lion share of Naples. 1st thing in AM I’m calling them and requesting a decrease in my monthly fee, which is by the way $221 an increase of $23 . I just finished negotiating that fee with them, if I new that they were dropping MGMHD I wouldn’t have agreed to that price, This is not first time they did this. About a year ago they dropped CMT which I used to watch, they claimed I was still getting a great deal on my price. Well guess what, I worked for Verizon for 32 years, my sources tell me 5G will be in naples by 2020, Their service is called Verizon 5g Home, you will be able to completely get rid of comcast,
    Verizon will install the equipment in your house, it will provide Internet and video ultra hd or 4k, internet speeds will be up 1gig for half the price. Verizon 5g home is being tested and now working in other cities. So beware Comcast you, keep raising your prices and the migration to verizon is going a lot quicker than you think

  2. Yeah, I am looking at my options, the MGM channel was one of my favorites. Comcast just shot itself in the foot by dropping MGM channel. They keep cutting back on channels but raising the price. I am going to start looking around.

  3. Honestly. Comcast/NBC is the single poorest managed American company I have ever encountered. Their OP should be mandatory study in “negative process and operation” in all MBA courses. I prayed once Comcast and NBC morphed into a single entity they would improve. They did marginally so. This lasted about ten months, then back to illogical, arrogant and downright deceptive operating procedures. Just one of many, many examples here, it took me OVER 75 DAYS to have my Comcast landline telephone repaired. After FOUR CONSECUTIVE no-show appointments and my finally being forced to make a 48 mile round trip to their offices, I finally got a Comcast Tech to come to my Home. Their “reason” given to me as to why they did not show FOUR CONSECUTIVE TIMES to repair my Phone service, “we tried to call you to confirm your appointment and got…no answer”. I swear to God, this is fact. I CANCELLED THEM two weeks later. The single most dishonest and inept operation I know of. Keep it up Comcast. Idiots.

  4. Every month whether or not I pay my bill before it is due or a day afterwards. It seems as if my bill increasing but the channels are deceasing. It seems like not having cable and other alternatives are better. Or, comcast need to decide exactly how they are going to please the customer and not their stocks.

  5. eric james magliocco // February 17, 2019 at 1:25 pm // Reply

    MGM hd was one of my favorite channels and they took it away just like the three fox collage sports channels they got rid of several other channels and the price keeps on going up they also own over 12 channels that went up when they became owners of NBC.

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