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

jedi jedi at mishnet.org
Mon Oct 31 17:48:34 UTC 2011

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.

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