In this media-centric world we live in, finding good entertainment options can often be complicated. At home, I have satellite television, where there’s hundreds of options which I can watch, but there always seems to be nothing of interest on. There’s multiple streaming services offering a variety of content and Youtube channels online providing niche programming. Then there’s always the choice of re-watching the never-ending stack of DVDs and Blu-rays littering the house. Or there’s video games, available to be played on different consoles or mobile devices, as well. With all of these options — and more — I’ve finally realized I want my COMET TV!
Last week, I found myself travelling for a Thanksgiving family road trip and once I shut down the evening’s festivities, I was randomly introduced to COMET TV. This network features different science-fiction options, with a variety of supernatural, horror, adventure and fantasy subgenres to boot, but where the network definitely shines is its late-night programming.
I was introduced to the channel with the screening of Creature (1985), which I have somehow never seen. Much can be said about the movie’s low-budget special effects or B-movie feel, but I absolutely loved every minute of it. The following night, I watched Deep Space (1988), which offered an equal amount of cheesy goodness with each minute I watched. If you’re a true fan of great sci-fi horror throughout the years and you already know about these movies, your geek cred shall never be revoked. I was instantly hooked.
I couldn’t be bothered to move very much during each commercial break because I was caught up in a zone to find out more of the channel’s offerings. While everything found on the channel isn’t a healthy dose of ’80s nostalgia, everything you can find on it feels like a comfortable throwback that you might have totally forgotten about (or you were never exposed to). I was encouraged to learn the channel caters to offering popular favorites, cult classics and undiscovered gems every day. In fact, the company’s successful tagline hopes that you: Watch COMET and Space Out. I’m sold!
If you’re into retro-future nostalgia like I am, you’ll love this channel!
So, the biggest question remains: Where Can I Watch COMET?
COMET is available over the air, broadcasting on cable, streaming for free online and can be found on Roku and Apple TV. As of July 2016, the network had grown to 72 markets covering 72 percent of U.S. TV households. COMET is a subsidiary of the Sinclair Broadcast Group and operated by the MGM Television division of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The majority of the programming comes from MGM’s film and television library, which includes the following TV shows, just to list a few:
- Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot
- Men Into Space
- Mystery Science Theater 3000
- Stargate Atlantis
- The Outer Limits (1963)
- The Outer Limits (1995)
While the broadcast channel isn’t offered in my local viewing area, I’ve been watching its offerings live via its webpage. In fact, after shutting down my TV set, preparing to go fall asleep in one room last week, I tuned into the site to watch the ending of a couple of movies in my bedroom, which didn’t have a TV. I definitely recommend checking out the site for your viewing pleasure and maybe finding where you can watch it offline.
All pop-culture and horror fans should definitely check out the programming of this great channel. I’m so glad I finally found it. I’m off to watch some more via its webpage, now that I’m home. You should, too.