[mythtv] Commercial replacement instead of skipping
Michael T. Dean
mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Tue Feb 27 22:58:43 UTC 2007
On 02/27/2007 03:57 PM, Joshua Thompson wrote:
> On 2/27/07, Brad DerManouelian <myth at dermanouelian.com> wrote:
>> Commercial flagging does not work in real time. Given the nature of
>> it, I can't imagine it ever will. The simple work-around to this
>> problem is to watch LiveTV delayed for about 15-20 (or more depending
>> on the length of your show) minutes so the commflag can do its thing
>> and you'll miss the commercials that way.
> As a rule of thumb you need to be behind by 8 minutes for every 30
> of air time in order to avoid all the commercials, at least in the US.
> not an exact science of course but it works well for me.
I'm pretty sure you'll never see more than 42 minutes of content in any
recently-produced 1-hour primetime show--meaning 9 minutes of
commercials per 30 minutes of air time (based on info from a USA Today
article--I know, not a great source, but better than a WAG--see
Oh, and that 42-minutes includes recaps and teasers. And, as more and
more producers are bowing to the networks' pressure to have 6 shorter
breaks per hour instead of 4, the amount of content left after
commercials is declining. (The new shorter breaks tend to average more
than 2/3 the length of the old breaks.)
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