[mythtv] Re: Re: Ticket #255: Improved scheduling of consecutive
programs with pre-roll/overrecord
hamish at cloud.net.au
Thu Sep 29 23:03:55 UTC 2005
On Thu, Sep 29, 2005 at 05:48:37PM -0500, David Engel wrote:
> I know this is going to piss off some people, but here is what I now
> intend to do.
> 1. Table any changes which add soft scheduling for the time being.
> 2. Add default start-early and end-late settings for new recording
> rules. Existing rules will have to be edited if wanted.
> 3. Limit the existing pre-roll and post-roll settings to 30 seconds
> 4. After 3 or 4 weeks, re-open this discussion. Hopefully by then,
> the big soft scheduling proponents will have real world experience
> with the above changes and how much of a problem there still is.
Is #3 particularly useful/necessary?
Australian television stations are appalling for running late. One
station in particular routinely runs 15-20 minutes late due to live
reality television programs (even though they know this always happen
and could schedule for it).
I'm abusing post-roll by setting it to 20 minutes. This works as poor
man's soft scheduling so far. In my case I could put a hard 20 minutes
on every program as I have three tuners and would probably never get a
conflict. Currently my third tuner only does about 1 hour a week.
However, most Australian users would not (we only have 5 OTA stations
so 3 tuners is excessive); hard extra time would cause conflicts, while
post-roll allows for best effort. Programs are rarely repeated here
so a conflict is a missed program.
Of course I'm really arguing for the soft scheduler, which would be
great for Australians. (I've even glanced at the scheduler code in the
past but found it a bit daunting to start working on this though.)
However I think your interim solution would actually make things worse.
Hamish Moffatt VK3SB <hamish at debian.org> <hamish at cloud.net.au>
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