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

Eric Sharkey eric at lisaneric.org
Wed Nov 2 15:26:23 UTC 2011

On Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 11:11 AM, Scott and Nicole Harris
<snharris99 at live.com> wrote:
>> >> 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.
>> >
>> > As did the other person suggesting this, you've overlooked the fact that
>> > 90+% of viewers get their TV by cable or satellite, and those outlets *don't
>> > carry the transport stream* (TTBOMK), they break it down, and send along
>> > (usually recompressed harder) the baseband program streams for which they're
>> > contracted to the station.
>> I've had both Verizon Fios and Comcast Cable here in New Jersey, and
>> we get most of the secondary channels, too, so I don't think that
>> would be a problem.
>> Eric
> "most" != "all"

Well, I only say most because I don't really know how many there are.
You can bet that if this were common practice, the cable providers
would provide the channels necessary to watch the games.  They'd lose
too many subscribers otherwise.


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