Had Comcast been targeting only WarnerMedia channels and had TCM been moved after the HBO Max announcement I would be more inclined to agree with you on that. However Comcast and Charter has targeted non-WarnerMedia channels as well. Like I mentioned with Comcast Oxygen (owned by their NBCUniversal division) was relaunched in 2017 under a true crime format. Investigation Discovery has been broadcasting in this format since 2008 and became the highest rated cable network among women aged 25-54 in 2016. Oxygen throughout its existence has targeted women. They eventually stopped offering WeTV and Investigation Discovery which both compete with Oxygen to new Xfinity customers. They no longer offer Up TV and WGN America new subscribers as well. Charter also dropped Epix from its Gold package at the same time it stripped Cinemax from Silver & Gold. In fact Comcast's latest move with Starz has surprisingly got the DOJ looking into them for potential abuse of their market power. Not to mention their own customers are not happy with the TCM move as well. They actually have gotten so many complaints on their own forum they locked the thread about it. To be transparent this isn't the first time Comcast has done this. TCM used to be in their basic tier before they moved it to the Digital Preferred Tier in 2012 which it stayed until now. Also if you go to Zap2It and put in a Comcast zip code to see what shows on the 3 linear Hitz channels most would agree it isn't a suitable replacement for Cinemax even with HBO Max launching in May. Most of the movies are from 2006 and before and most are from (you can probably guess) Universal Pictures. You will find the occasional film from Sony Pictures, MGM (post 1986) and Hallmark scattered throughout the schedule. Movies repeat at a more frequent rate throughout the day than they ever did on any Cinemax channel. The movies from Sony & MGM are the same ones that are shared with their respective OTA diginets (and other syndication packages) and you can even find some of them on free streaming services like IMBDtv, Vudu (with ads), tubi TV, etc. Hell few of those MGM movies are shared with MGM HD. Although... Comcast subs can't watch MGM HD as it was dropped back in February. The value proposition alone of having the entire HBO service plus the HBO Max originals, curated Turner Network content, exclusive Studio Ghibli movie collection, Crunchyroll/Rooster Teeth content will be enough to push Comcast and other distributors both in the pay-TV sphere and online like Apple, Amazon, Hulu, etc. to include HBO Max in their existing HBO subscriptions. They would be foolish not to and let AT&T be the only company that does. That's a powerhouse of content people would pay for. They would have a lot of subs cancelling their Comcast-HBO subscriptions just to get standalone HBO Max subscriptions if they didn't work with AT&T. Customers would also be more inclined to stay with AT&T's video services after the launch of HBO Max if they used that service knowing they would get all the linear HBO channels plus HBO Max with say DirecTV or U-Verse TV but not with Xfinity. Also I predict HBO Now would be the first to go before Cinemax is even touched. Why kill the service that can stand on its own for a while when you can kill the one that is made 100% redundant by HBO Max.