[mythtv] New Method for Commercial Detection.

Steve Hodge stevehodge at gmail.com
Wed May 3 05:07:50 UTC 2006

On 5/3/06, Robert Dunn <anakinberrybread at paradise.net.nz> wrote:
> Lucas Meijer wrote:
> > One quickly goes to think of an online database of known commercials
> > (probably region specific), but that
> > off course would have problems of its own: (deliberate) corruption of
> > the database with incorrect fingerprints,
> > being the first one that comes to mind.
> >
> This isn't as much of a problem as you would imagine, the reason this
> technique can work is because commercials repeat, where as programs do
> not. Even if someone were to submit keys for the latest episode of a TV
> Show. They wouldn't detect the program unless it aired again before the
> keys 'timed out' and were removed from the database. Over here there are
> very few TV shows which would have the same episode aired within a
> couple of weeks of each other.

I guess you don't have Sky, Rob? What you say is only true of FTA
broadcasts in NZ, and not of most Sky channels.


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