Thu Jan 24, 2013, 02:32 AM
Archae (37,443 posts)
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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New stunt some networks are pulling that bugs me... (Original post)
Response to Populist_Prole (Reply #4)
Thu Jan 24, 2013, 04:00 AM
RudynJack (1,044 posts)
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.
Response to Archae (Original post)
Thu Jan 24, 2013, 03:14 PM
Spike89 (1,569 posts)
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.