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

Ryan Patterson ryan.goat at gmail.com
Wed Nov 2 10:59:21 UTC 2011

On Sun, Oct 30, 2011 at 10:12 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?

All networks these days broadcast one digital HD channel and one or
more digital SD channels.  Usually the secondary digital SD channel
shows the weather or some crappy movie, etc.  When a sporting even
overruns its allocated time slot, it should be moved to a secondary
digital SD channel.  Normal programming can continue on the primary HD
channel.  They would just have to ensure to keep the secondary channel
schedule free in case they need to use it for this.  In fact mark that
time as "NFL game overrun" so people can schedule it to be recorded.

This solution would allow everybody watching the game in progress to
continue watching without issue.  Everybody tuning in for the regular
programming wouldn't know any difference.  Anybody recording the game
should get the full event (just delete the overrun program if you
don't need it).  The only "loss" in this plan is the network doesn't
get the sports viewer audience to continue watching the regular

Another option is for the channel to renegotiate with the sporting
league so they can rewrite the rules for the game to not go so long.
Why does hockey have overtime then switch to goalie shots?  Just do
the goalie shots as soon as regulation time expires.  Same with other
sports.  Just come up with a quick entertaining tiebreaker event and
problem solved.


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