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

Mike Perkins mikep at randomtraveller.org.uk
Tue Jan 8 14:39:09 UTC 2008

Bruce Nordstrand wrote:
> 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
> 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.
I don't know what the legal situation is in Oz but in the UK, if the networks 
were consistently that sloppy I think both trading standards and the various 
regulatory bodies would be having a close look at the situation. After all, 
these people are supposed to be providing a service, and presumably they have to 
have some kind of licence (with conditions) to enable them to do that.

Worth taking a look, if you know the right people?

Mike Perkins

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