[mythtv-users] Commercial Flagging in the UK

Nick Rout nick.rout at gmail.com
Tue Nov 24 03:44:27 UTC 2009

On Sun, Nov 22, 2009 at 6:42 AM, Mark Greenwood <fatgerman at ntlworld.com> wrote:
> On Saturday 21 Nov 2009 17:24:29 Mark Garland wrote:
>> > > Basically, commercial flagging just doesn't work for me (Myth 0.22).
>> Hi,
>> I'm based in the UK and would say that the commercial flagging has worked
>> pretty well in both 0.21 and 0.22.
>> In particular, I quite like watching the old Star Trek Voyager series on
>> Virgin's channel (channel 20?) and that really does work well.  Every single
>> advert is caught and skipped beautifully to the second.
>> Occasionally it can get confused - I remember watching a cartoon called "Bob
>> and Margaret" and the screen faded to black between scenes - that confused
>> it.
>> I've just asked the missus and she informs me that the More4 channel doesn't
>> work well for her - "How Clean Is Your House" and "Location, Location,
>> Location" being the worst offenders.  She tells me that it occasionally
>> misses adverts completely, although she just skips manually.
>> Even though the BBC programmes do not have commercials, I still run
>> mythcommsflag over them.  As I record a few minutes before (and after) to
>> account for schedule slippage, running mythcommsflag over the programme
>> means that the beginning few minutes of wasted recording is skipped over and
>> as soon as play is pressed the programme starts perfectly.
>> As to settings, mine has just come out of the (K)Ubuntu repositories, so
>> whatever they're set to as default is what I'm using.  Would be happy to
>> look up the settings explicitly if requested.
>> Hope that helps,
> Thanks to both of you. That's all interesting and useful stuff, I think it's like I suspected, it works well on some channels but not others. Apart from the commercial-free channels I tend to mostly record FilmFour, Channel 4, and Dave, and I hardly ever get a successful commercial detection on those channels.

You do have to worry about a country with a TV chanel called 'Dave'

What next?

> I'll play with the settings a little more and see if I can tweak it. Thanks again
> Mark
>> MG
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