Registered: May 2002
Originally posted by rodneyremington
Frasier tonight on NBC finishes at 9:31! It canceled out another seasons pass recording set to go from 930-1000. NBC, are you listening??
They're listening fine, just not the way you want them to .
From NBC's point of view, they got to include an extra commercial spot for you and stopped you from switching to another network at 9:30. If your 9:30 recording was on NBC, it was scheduled to start at 9:31, and would have worked just fine. As far as NBC was concerned, it was a total success.
What this means to us, is that we have to rank shows based on how much we really want them overall, not just based on the time slot. Lets say show X is on from 9:30 to 10:00, and Frasier is on from 9:00 to 9:31. They need to be ranked correctly in the season pass manager. If show X is more important than Frasier, rank it first, show X records Frasier doesn't. If Frasier is more important thant show X, rank it first, Frasier records show X doesn't. If this was all of the season passes scheduled, they might as well both be on from 9:00 to 10:00 since you can't record all of both shows anyway. Shows should be ranked this way anyway, since a show can switch nights or times permanently. If they were on different nights, both at 9:00, and show X permanently moved to the exact same time slot as Frasier, correctly ranking them would get the most desired show. Before the schedule change, it wouldn't have mattered.
Based on the number of complaints before padding was added, by people who don't know how to use padding, and a very conservative view about watching TV, people get very upset when they miss the beginning or end of a show. This makes it a reasonable assumption, that if the whole show cannot be recorded, don't record any of it.
Now, if the guide times are not standard, and the actual show times don't match the guide times, then we have bigger problems. Since it means the guide times are completely worthless. At least with standard times, multiple networks play nice even if they mess with actual times. With non standard times, I would expect actual times to match. This solves the problem of trying to determine what a network will really do. When they don't match, it's bad for both getting all of the shows from a single network, and not missing parts of a show.
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