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30th Nov '13 11:16:52 AM JIKTV
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'''Turner Classic Movies''' (April 14, 1994-present) is a [[LongRunner long-running]], commercial free cable-TV channel dedicated to airing classic movies, most of them from the Turner Entertainment and Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer, Creator/UnitedArtists, RKO, Creator/WarnerBros and [[Creator/TheCriterionCollection Janus]] film libraries. TCM daily airs many familiar classics (mostly released before 1980 and often pre-1970), along with tons of foreign films and obscure rarities that would otherwise never be able to see the light of day--including stuff that nobody would think about, like trailers and even two-reel live-action comedies. The network shows no outside commercials, although between (never ''during'') films they will show old trailers of films or short commercials for the network's merchandise.

The network won [[http://www.peabody.uga.edu/news/event.php?id=59 a 2008 Peabody Award]] for their dedication to broadcasting and restoring classic and foreign films.

TCM is one of the last film networks that have knowledgeable on-air personalities introduce a film before its airing. Film historian Robert Osborne, who has been with the channel since its beginning, is the most famous of the two he does introductions and outros for the films that air prime time every day (and a new one each time a film is shown, too, as TCM's prime time schedule often features a loose theme). Film critic Ben Mankiewicz is the other. He presents a handful of films that air during the daytime and on the weekends (although his aren't new for every episode).

Compare and contrast to {{Creator/AMC}}, which was once much like TCM before it experienced NetworkDecay, partially because TCM had gained the rights to so many of the classic movie catalogs, and partially as a way to appeal to more younger audiences through the use of more recent movies and original dramas like ''Series/MadMen''.

You can find its Web site [[http://www.tcm.com/ here.]] The official Website/YouTube channel can be found [[http://www.youtube.com/user/TurnerClassicMovies here.]]
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!!! "Turner Classic Tropes":
* AudioDescription: Even when this feature for the visually impaired was at its lowest adoption rate in the mid-2000s, TCM has continued to be one of the largest advocates of this service, which helps to allow those who aren't able to see a film still enjoy it with narrated descriptions on much of TCM's library.
* BadExportForYou: There are channels that go by names such as TCM France, TCM UK, and TCM Asia, but their programming is not the same as the U.S. flagship. This is presumed to be a function of these channels' programmers not having the rights to certain titles enjoyed by U.S. TCM programmers.
* GuestHost: In 2011 Robert Osborne took a five-month sabbatical following a surgical operation, leading TCM to employ a number of guest hosts in his absence.
** ''The Essentials'', a weekly presentation of a selected film which airs Saturday evenings, has featured a celebrity guest host (or co-host with Osborne) since it debuted in 2001. Hosts have included Rob Reiner, Peter Bogdanovich, Sydney Pollack, Molly Haskell, Carrie Fisher, RoseMcGowan, Alec Baldwin, and (as of 2013) Creator/DrewBarrymore.
*** A variation that runs during the summer months is ''Essentials Jr.'', which shows films for kids and families. Hosts have included Creator/TomKenny, Creator/AbigailBreslin, Chris O'Donnell, JohnLithgow, and (as of 2013) Bill Hader.
** TCM also has an occasional "guest programmer" feature, in which a special guest (usually, though not always, a celebrity) chooses a lineup of films for a given night and pairs with Osborne to introduce them.
** In 2013 TCM introduced a new ''Friday Night Spotlight'' feature, with a guest host joining Osborne to present films based around a given subject or theme. Music/{{Cher}} was the first guest host for the program.
* InMemoriam: Since 1998, they've typically shown a "TCM Remembers" tribute to someone in the movie business who's recently died and dedicated a night of movies he/she were involved with. A montage of all those people who died the past year is also shown at the end of the year.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: When TCM screens a film not available on a legitimate DVD release, TCM subscribers record the film and...share the wealth...with people who don't have access to TCM.
* {{Letterbox}}: They sometimes show [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5m1-pP1-5K8 an educational short]] explaining to non-cinephiles how {{aspect ratio}}s work and why letterboxing is a good idea.
** Also notably, they always run the films they air in their original aspect ratio, completely uncensored. This even occurs on the HD feed, whereas TBS and TNT will stretch out films across if they only have the pan and scan standard def version on their HD channels.
* MarathonRunning: They ''love'' this. Marathons of films by certain directors, from a specific time period or genre, exploring a particular theme, or starring a given actor (usually on his/her birthday) are particularly frequent, including an all-day Creator/AkiraKurosawa marathon on what would have been his 100th birthday in 2010.
** They also have an annual "31 Days of Oscar", showcasing [[AcademyAward Academy Award]]-winning films (including many more contemporary films than under their usual format) for a month leading up to that year's ceremony.
** In honor of {{Judy Garland}}'s 90th birthday (June 10, 2012), they gave a 24-hour marathon of her films which were chosen by historian John Fricke (an expert on Judy Garland's work and ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''), with Fricke acting as Robert Osborne's co-host for the day.
** They also honored actress Vivien Leigh by playing a 24-hour marathon of her films on what would have been her 100th birthday (November 5, 2013).
* NetworkDecay: [[DoingItForTheArt Heroically averted thus far]], as explained in detail on [[{{NetworkDecay/NotableAversions}} this page]].
** Notably, there are very few post-2000 films shown; the most recent movie featured on the channel is ''LeHavre'' (2011), which aired as part of TCM's annual Labor Day tribute to the Telluride Film Festival.
** Even more impressive? InAWorld where every basic cable channel seems to be about "maximizing profit" and squeezing commercials into every nook and cranny (so that you won't change channels, don't you know), TCM steadfastly refuses outside advertising [[note]](the closest they have to commercials are spots for their website, where they sell [=DVDs=] and whatnot, and their printed programming guide...and these are only shown ''between'' films, never during)[[/note]] and runs everything uncut (even if it's rated R or TV-MA). And the network has been this way ''from the very beginning''. This [[{{Determinator}} near-insane dedication to task]] won them [[http://www.peabody.uga.edu/news/event.php?id=59 a 2008 Peabody Award.]]
* ReallyDeadMontage: The channel airs a "TCM Remembers" tribute each December, showing the various film personalities (from both sides of the camera) who have died in the preceding year.
* RogerRabbitEffect: In 2002, a special sing-along edition of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' was hosted by Robert Osborne and WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls to promote the release of their movie.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: ''Hoo, boy.'' During the three-minute or so spots for an upcoming movie they're going to air, they practically show you enough scenes that you could put together a decently accurate article about it on TheOtherWiki without even seeing the movie itself.
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'''Turner Classic Movies''' (April 14, 1994-present) is a [[LongRunner long-running]], commercial free cable-TV channel dedicated to airing classic movies, most of them from the Turner Entertainment and Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer, Creator/UnitedArtists, RKO, Creator/WarnerBros and [[Creator/TheCriterionCollection Janus]] film libraries. TCM daily airs many familiar classics (mostly released before 1980 and often pre-1970), along with tons of foreign films and obscure rarities that would otherwise never be able to see the light of day--including stuff that nobody would think about, like trailers and even two-reel live-action comedies. The network shows no outside commercials, although between (never ''during'') films they will show old trailers of films or short commercials for the network's merchandise.

The network won [[http://www.peabody.uga.edu/news/event.php?id=59 a 2008 Peabody Award]] for their dedication to broadcasting and restoring classic and foreign films.

TCM is one of the last film networks that have knowledgeable on-air personalities introduce a film before its airing. Film historian Robert Osborne, who has been with the channel since its beginning, is the most famous of the two he does introductions and outros for the films that air prime time every day (and a new one each time a film is shown, too, as TCM's prime time schedule often features a loose theme). Film critic Ben Mankiewicz is the other. He presents a handful of films that air during the daytime and on the weekends (although his aren't new for every episode).

Compare and contrast to {{Creator/AMC}}, which was once much like TCM before it experienced NetworkDecay, partially because TCM had gained the rights to so many of the classic movie catalogs, and partially as a way to appeal to more younger audiences through the use of more recent movies and original dramas like ''Series/MadMen''.

You can find its Web site [[http://www.tcm.com/ here.]] The official Website/YouTube channel can be found [[http://www.youtube.com/user/TurnerClassicMovies here.]]
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!!! "Turner Classic Tropes":
* AudioDescription: Even when this feature for the visually impaired was at its lowest adoption rate in the mid-2000s, TCM has continued to be one of the largest advocates of this service, which helps to allow those who aren't able to see a film still enjoy it with narrated descriptions on much of TCM's library.
* BadExportForYou: There are channels that go by names such as TCM France, TCM UK, and TCM Asia, but their programming is not the same as the U.S. flagship. This is presumed to be a function of these channels' programmers not having the rights to certain titles enjoyed by U.S. TCM programmers.
* GuestHost: In 2011 Robert Osborne took a five-month sabbatical following a surgical operation, leading TCM to employ a number of guest hosts in his absence.
** ''The Essentials'', a weekly presentation of a selected film which airs Saturday evenings, has featured a celebrity guest host (or co-host with Osborne) since it debuted in 2001. Hosts have included Rob Reiner, Peter Bogdanovich, Sydney Pollack, Molly Haskell, Carrie Fisher, RoseMcGowan, Alec Baldwin, and (as of 2013) Creator/DrewBarrymore.
*** A variation that runs during the summer months is ''Essentials Jr.'', which shows films for kids and families. Hosts have included Creator/TomKenny, Creator/AbigailBreslin, Chris O'Donnell, JohnLithgow, and (as of 2013) Bill Hader.
** TCM also has an occasional "guest programmer" feature, in which a special guest (usually, though not always, a celebrity) chooses a lineup of films for a given night and pairs with Osborne to introduce them.
** In 2013 TCM introduced a new ''Friday Night Spotlight'' feature, with a guest host joining Osborne to present films based around a given subject or theme. Music/{{Cher}} was the first guest host for the program.
* InMemoriam: Since 1998, they've typically shown a "TCM Remembers" tribute to someone in the movie business who's recently died and dedicated a night of movies he/she were involved with. A montage of all those people who died the past year is also shown at the end of the year.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: When TCM screens a film not available on a legitimate DVD release, TCM subscribers record the film and...share the wealth...with people who don't have access to TCM.
* {{Letterbox}}: They sometimes show [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5m1-pP1-5K8 an educational short]] explaining to non-cinephiles how {{aspect ratio}}s work and why letterboxing is a good idea.
** Also notably, they always run the films they air in their original aspect ratio, completely uncensored. This even occurs on the HD feed, whereas TBS and TNT will stretch out films across if they only have the pan and scan standard def version on their HD channels.
* MarathonRunning: They ''love'' this. Marathons of films by certain directors, from a specific time period or genre, exploring a particular theme, or starring a given actor (usually on his/her birthday) are particularly frequent, including an all-day Creator/AkiraKurosawa marathon on what would have been his 100th birthday in 2010.
** They also have an annual "31 Days of Oscar", showcasing [[AcademyAward Academy Award]]-winning films (including many more contemporary films than under their usual format) for a month leading up to that year's ceremony.
** In honor of {{Judy Garland}}'s 90th birthday (June 10, 2012), they gave a 24-hour marathon of her films which were chosen by historian John Fricke (an expert on Judy Garland's work and ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''), with Fricke acting as Robert Osborne's co-host for the day.
** They also honored actress Vivien Leigh by playing a 24-hour marathon of her films on what would have been her 100th birthday (November 5, 2013).
* NetworkDecay: [[DoingItForTheArt Heroically averted thus far]], as explained in detail on [[{{NetworkDecay/NotableAversions}} this page]].
** Notably, there are very few post-2000 films shown; the most recent movie featured on the channel is ''LeHavre'' (2011), which aired as part of TCM's annual Labor Day tribute to the Telluride Film Festival.
** Even more impressive? InAWorld where every basic cable channel seems to be about "maximizing profit" and squeezing commercials into every nook and cranny (so that you won't change channels, don't you know), TCM steadfastly refuses outside advertising [[note]](the closest they have to commercials are spots for their website, where they sell [=DVDs=] and whatnot, and their printed programming guide...and these are only shown ''between'' films, never during)[[/note]] and runs everything uncut (even if it's rated R or TV-MA). And the network has been this way ''from the very beginning''. This [[{{Determinator}} near-insane dedication to task]] won them [[http://www.peabody.uga.edu/news/event.php?id=59 a 2008 Peabody Award.]]
* ReallyDeadMontage: The channel airs a "TCM Remembers" tribute each December, showing the various film personalities (from both sides of the camera) who have died in the preceding year.
* RogerRabbitEffect: In 2002, a special sing-along edition of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' was hosted by Robert Osborne and WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls to promote the release of their movie.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: ''Hoo, boy.'' During the three-minute or so spots for an upcoming movie they're going to air, they practically show you enough scenes that you could put together a decently accurate article about it on TheOtherWiki without even seeing the movie itself.
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30th Nov '13 10:47:25 AM JIKTV
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You can find its Web site [[http://www.tcm.com/ here.]] The official YouTube channel can be found [[http://www.youtube.com/user/TurnerClassicMovies here.]]

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You can find its Web site [[http://www.tcm.com/ here.]] The official YouTube Website/YouTube channel can be found [[http://www.youtube.com/user/TurnerClassicMovies here.]]
29th Nov '13 11:48:34 PM JIKTV
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** They also have an annual "31 Days of Oscar", showcasing {{Academy Award}}-winning films (including many more contemporary films than under their usual format) for a month leading up to that year's ceremony.

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** They also have an annual "31 Days of Oscar", showcasing {{Academy Award}}-winning [[AcademyAward Academy Award]]-winning films (including many more contemporary films than under their usual format) for a month leading up to that year's ceremony.
29th Nov '13 11:43:11 PM JIKTV
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'''Turner Classic Movies''' (April 14, 1994-present) is a [[LongRunner long-running]], commercial free cable-TV channel dedicated to airing classic movies, most of them from the Turner Entertainment and {{MGM}}, Creator/UnitedArtists, RKO, Creator/WarnerBros and [[TheCriterionCollection Janus]] film libraries. TCM daily airs many familiar classics (mostly released before 1980 and often pre-1970), along with tons of foreign films and obscure rarities that would otherwise never be able to see the light of day--including stuff that nobody would think about, like trailers and even two-reel live-action comedies. The network shows no outside commercials, although between (never ''during'') films they will show old trailers of films or short commercials for the network's merchandise.

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'''Turner Classic Movies''' (April 14, 1994-present) is a [[LongRunner long-running]], commercial free cable-TV channel dedicated to airing classic movies, most of them from the Turner Entertainment and {{MGM}}, Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer, Creator/UnitedArtists, RKO, Creator/WarnerBros and [[TheCriterionCollection [[Creator/TheCriterionCollection Janus]] film libraries. TCM daily airs many familiar classics (mostly released before 1980 and often pre-1970), along with tons of foreign films and obscure rarities that would otherwise never be able to see the light of day--including stuff that nobody would think about, like trailers and even two-reel live-action comedies. The network shows no outside commercials, although between (never ''during'') films they will show old trailers of films or short commercials for the network's merchandise.



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!!Tropes:!!! "Turner Classic Tropes":



*** A variation that runs during the summer months is ''Essentials Jr.'', which shows films for kids and families. Hosts have included TomKenny, AbigailBreslin, Chris O'Donnell, JohnLithgow, and (as of 2013) Bill Hader.

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*** A variation that runs during the summer months is ''Essentials Jr.'', which shows films for kids and families. Hosts have included TomKenny, AbigailBreslin, Creator/TomKenny, Creator/AbigailBreslin, Chris O'Donnell, JohnLithgow, and (as of 2013) Bill Hader.



** Even more impressive? InAWorld where every basic cable channel seems to be about "maximizing profit" and squeezing commercials into every nook and cranny (so that you won't change channels, don't you know), TCM steadfastly refuses outside advertising [[note]](the closest they have to commercials are spots for their website, where they sell [=DVDs=] and whatnot, and their printed programming guide...and these are only shown ''between'' films, never during)[[/note]] and runs everything uncut (even if it's rated R or TV-MA). And the network has been this way ''from the very beginning''. This [[TheDeterminator near-insane dedication to task]] won them [[http://www.peabody.uga.edu/news/event.php?id=59 a 2008 Peabody Award.]]

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** Even more impressive? InAWorld where every basic cable channel seems to be about "maximizing profit" and squeezing commercials into every nook and cranny (so that you won't change channels, don't you know), TCM steadfastly refuses outside advertising [[note]](the closest they have to commercials are spots for their website, where they sell [=DVDs=] and whatnot, and their printed programming guide...and these are only shown ''between'' films, never during)[[/note]] and runs everything uncut (even if it's rated R or TV-MA). And the network has been this way ''from the very beginning''. This [[TheDeterminator [[{{Determinator}} near-insane dedication to task]] won them [[http://www.peabody.uga.edu/news/event.php?id=59 a 2008 Peabody Award.]]



* RogerRabbitEffect: In 2002, a special sing-along edition of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' was hosted by Robert Osborne and ThePowerpuffGirls to promote the release of their movie.

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* RogerRabbitEffect: In 2002, a special sing-along edition of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' was hosted by Robert Osborne and ThePowerpuffGirls WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls to promote the release of their movie.
15th Nov '13 6:32:28 PM Mdumas43073
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* NetworkDecay: [[DoingItForTheArtHeroically averted thus far]], as explained in detail on [[{{NetworkDecay/NotableAversions}} this page]].

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* NetworkDecay: [[DoingItForTheArtHeroically [[DoingItForTheArt Heroically averted thus far]], as explained in detail on [[{{NetworkDecay/NotableAversions}} this page]].
14th Nov '13 8:31:02 PM allboyband
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Compare and contrast to {{Creator/AMC}}, which was once much like TCM before it experienced NetworkDecay, partially because TCM had gained the rights to so many of the classic movie catalogs, and partially as a way to appeal to more younger audiences through the use of more recent movies and original dramas like *MadMen*.

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Compare and contrast to {{Creator/AMC}}, which was once much like TCM before it experienced NetworkDecay, partially because TCM had gained the rights to so many of the classic movie catalogs, and partially as a way to appeal to more younger audiences through the use of more recent movies and original dramas like *MadMen*.
''Series/MadMen''.



** In honor of {{Judy Garland}}'s 90th birthday, they gave a 24-hour marathon of her films which were chosen by historian John Fricke (an expert on Judy Garland's work and ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''), with Fricke acting as Robert Osborne's co-host for the day.
* NetworkDecay: Heroically averted thus far, as explained in detail on [[{{NetworkDecay/NotableAversions}} this page]].

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** In honor of {{Judy Garland}}'s 90th birthday, birthday (June 10, 2012), they gave a 24-hour marathon of her films which were chosen by historian John Fricke (an expert on Judy Garland's work and ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''), with Fricke acting as Robert Osborne's co-host for the day.
** They also honored actress Vivien Leigh by playing a 24-hour marathon of her films on what would have been her 100th birthday (November 5, 2013).
* NetworkDecay: Heroically [[DoingItForTheArtHeroically averted thus far, far]], as explained in detail on [[{{NetworkDecay/NotableAversions}} this page]].
10th Nov '13 2:45:59 AM lizaphile
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** Also notably, they always run the films they air in their original aspect ratio, completely uncensored.

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** Also notably, they always run the films they air in their original aspect ratio, completely uncensored. This even occurs on the HD feed, whereas TBS and TNT will stretch out films across if they only have the pan and scan standard def version on their HD channels.
2nd Nov '13 3:34:13 PM Gamingboy1
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Compare and contrast to Creator/AMC, which was once much like TCM before it experienced NetworkDecay, partially because TCM had gained the rights to so many of the classic movie catalogs, and partially as a way to appeal to more younger audiences through the use of more recent movies and original dramas like *MadMen*.

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Compare and contrast to Creator/AMC, {{Creator/AMC}}, which was once much like TCM before it experienced NetworkDecay, partially because TCM had gained the rights to so many of the classic movie catalogs, and partially as a way to appeal to more younger audiences through the use of more recent movies and original dramas like *MadMen*.
2nd Nov '13 3:33:32 PM Gamingboy1
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Compare and contrast to Creator/AMC, which was once much like TCM before it experienced NetworkDecay, partially because TCM had gained the rights to so many of the classic movie catalogs, and partially as a way to appeal to more younger audiences through the use of more recent movies and original dramas like *MadMen*.
7th Oct '13 8:28:50 AM SeptimusHeap
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** Even more impressive? InAWorld where every basic cable channel seems to be about "maximizing profit" and squeezing commercials into every nook and cranny (so that you won't change channels, don't you know), TCM steadfastly refuses outside advertising [[hottip:*:(the closest they have to commercials are spots for their website, where they sell [=DVDs=] and whatnot, and their printed programming guide...and these are only shown ''between'' films, never during)]] and runs everything uncut (even if it's rated R or TV-MA). And the network has been this way ''from the very beginning''. This [[TheDeterminator near-insane dedication to task]] won them [[http://www.peabody.uga.edu/news/event.php?id=59 a 2008 Peabody Award.]]

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** Even more impressive? InAWorld where every basic cable channel seems to be about "maximizing profit" and squeezing commercials into every nook and cranny (so that you won't change channels, don't you know), TCM steadfastly refuses outside advertising [[hottip:*:(the [[note]](the closest they have to commercials are spots for their website, where they sell [=DVDs=] and whatnot, and their printed programming guide...and these are only shown ''between'' films, never during)]] during)[[/note]] and runs everything uncut (even if it's rated R or TV-MA). And the network has been this way ''from the very beginning''. This [[TheDeterminator near-insane dedication to task]] won them [[http://www.peabody.uga.edu/news/event.php?id=59 a 2008 Peabody Award.]]
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