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Thu Jan 24, 2013, 01:32 AM

New stunt some networks are pulling that bugs me...

Starting their shows 2 or 3 minutes past the hour or half-hour.

Why are they doing it?

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Reply New stunt some networks are pulling that bugs me... (Original post)
Archae Jan 2013 OP
TheMadMonk Jan 2013 #1
Archae Jan 2013 #2
HipChick Jan 2013 #3
Populist_Prole Jan 2013 #4
RudynJack Jan 2013 #5
Populist_Prole Jan 2013 #7
In_The_Wind Jan 2013 #6
RebelOne Jan 2013 #8
Spike89 Jan 2013 #9

Response to Archae (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 01:54 AM

1. PVRs. /nt

 

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Response to TheMadMonk (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 02:10 AM

2. Errr...what?

What's a PVR?

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Response to Archae (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 02:42 AM

3. It's the device that allows me to never watch commericals again..

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Response to HipChick (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 02:47 AM

4. Care to elaborate?

Coyness might be clever but it's maddenly irritating to those that desire a straight answer.

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Response to Populist_Prole (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 03:00 AM

5. More commonly known as

DVRs. Digital Video Recorders.

You set it to record, say, Big Bang Theory every Thursday. If the episode extends past the half-hour, it doesn't allow the DVR to change channels at 9:30 to record something on another channel. It locks you in to the next show on that channel.

It's annoying, it's insidious.

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Response to RudynJack (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 12:48 PM

7. I see, and I concurr

I have a DVR and notice the same thing. I'll record a movie that is shown to be 2:03 long.

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 03:04 AM

6. Maybe it's to capture more viewers for the next 1/2 hour.

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 01:18 PM

8. C-Span does it all the time. n/t

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 02:14 PM

9. Genius, from a programmer's perspective

The hour and half-hour times are an open invitation to surf. Viewers are less likely to leave your network if their only options are shows already in progress. If I'm not mistaken, the broadcast networks are not allowed to do this, but because cable channels are not under the same federal jurisdiction, they can.

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