[mythtv-users] Australian TV station show times...

Bruce Nordstrand brucen at ksl.com.au
Tue Jan 8 13:29:34 UTC 2008

Dan Cotter wrote:
> Anyone else notice how far shows can be away from their scheduled 
> start times?
> I had to set to record 5 minutes early and end 15 minutes late, I am 
> still missing the end of some shows (I am in brisbane).
> I look after boxes for my family/friends, most only have 80GB 
> harddisks, so its a big deal to have to record 55 minutes just to be 
> sure to get a 30 minute program.
> Apart from SBS, once you get to prime time (6pm onwards) every show 
> seems to be at least 5 minutes late on every channel. Also many 
> channels (channel 10 is the worst) don't show a water mark on most 
> shows from the last add break to the credits, as if they are 
> deliberate trying to foil add removing software.
> I remember hearing that someone was settings up a real-time online 
> server that would show when exactally a show had just commenced, with 
> the idea you could just poll it every couple of minutes. Was this ever 
> done?
> Cheers,
> Dan

I too have been noticing they are getting worse. I get my signal from 
the Woolongong area of Sydney and am only seeing pretty close to 
start/end times from ABC and SBS. Prime (7), WIN (9) and Southern Cross 
(10) are abysmal - WIN especially. I too have 5 in front and 15 behind 
and I missed at least half of the shows recorded off WIN. I am talking a 
programmed start time of say 7pm and the actual show I am after starting 
15 to 20 mins *after* that. I don't know what they are playing at but 
thank goodness for Myth where I can just adjust and edit later if need be.


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