[mythtv-users] So: how *could* CBS solve the sports delay problem?

Robert Johnston anaerin at gmail.com
Tue Nov 1 16:39:10 UTC 2011

On 31/10/2011 11:48 AM, jedi wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 01:35:26PM +1100, Christopher Kerr wrote:
>> On Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 1:12 PM, Jay Ashworth<jra at baylink.com>  wrote:
>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>>> From: "Brian J. Murrell"<brian at interlinx.bc.ca>
>>>> There is no solution other than for CBS to stop being anti-social and
>>>> sticking with the schedule it has set. This becomes yet one more reason
>>>> for people to turn to "alternative" and/or "grey-market" avenues for
>>>> obtaining the shows they want to see rather than putting up with this
>>>> none-sense.
>>> So, humor us here, Brian: how *could* CBS do this?  What do you suggest that
>>> they do to make it possible for things after football not to shift in time?
>>> Be specific and detailed; show your work.
>> First things to mind:
>> 1) Schedule 30 minutes of filler (rerun some comedy or other, I don't
>> care) after sporting events. Don't show it in scheduling data as a
>> real program to prevent people trying to specifically record it,
>> because it's whole purpose is to get overrun into
>      This isn't just a football problem. Networks seem pathalogically
> incapable of scheduling enough time for baseball games. I pad them
> with at least an extra hour and sometimes even that doesn't manage
> to cover the whole thing. Their schedules should be correct more often
> than they are wrong considering that they have all the information and
> have been doing this for a long time.
>> 2) More sensibly, if more annoyingly, do what Australian broadcasters
>> do and schedule 30+ minutes of handshaking, backpatting, speeches,
>> replays and speculation about next week. And ruthlessly cut if off
>> when it reaches the end of its slot.
>> 3) Follow the lead of the Australian broadcaster who introduced a
>> channel which is basically all sport, and don't schedule major events
>> back to back, so if something runs overtime all it cuts into is a
>> rerun of last week's boxing.
>> I, for one, am all in favour of option 3. Don't mix sports programming
>> with regular programming, it's just annoying.

I know the BBC runs national news reports (live) following sports 
events, along with post-game analysis, and has variable-length "coming 
soon" trailers. They use long trailers and analysis/highlights to pad 
events that run short, and drop the trailers and shorten/drop the news 
and analysis, and even speed up/drop show credits if events run long and 
schedule is behind. Essentially, "throw-away" programming directly 
following the game to get schedules back on track.

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