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Pad your recordings!
FOX's late football game ran long, so "The Simpsons" started about 15 minutes late. That, "The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special: In 3D! On Ice!", and "The Cleveland Show" will all run late.
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fabunobo From: fabunobo Date: January 11th, 2010 01:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Our tiwo has been cutting things off a LOT lately. Every now and again, I think the dvr or Timewarner Headquarters get's slightly off the real time and it fraks up my life! I wish there were a way to tell it that you wanted it to record a five minute buffer on each end EVERY time. That would rock as an improvement. It's ultra sucky in a comedy such as Cougar Town when they are doing something funny right at the close and it yanks and cuts it off. Pft!
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: January 11th, 2010 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

There are a couple of channels, like Sci-Fi and USA Network, where I have most of my Season Passes padded by one minute to allow for the show to run just a fraction over. I did that with "House" and "Bones" for a while, too, because they used to eat a half minute into the next show. "ER" used to start a minute before the hour, back in the days when the schedules all said "10:00pm" no matter what, but the wild spread of DVRs forced all of the networks to change their schedules to reflect reality. I remember rejoicing the first time NBC changed the program listings to show "9:59" so I could stop telling the TiVo to start recording "ER" a minute early every week!
fabunobo From: fabunobo Date: January 11th, 2010 02:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
With the tiwo, it seems to be a systemic problem (more than one show), so I suspect my internal clock theory and not the networks. But I may be wrong. If the networks are being shifty in an attempt to encourage people to "watch live tv and feed on all our commercials" they are making a foolish mistake. Who has time to watch tv nowadays? I'm too busy.
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: January 11th, 2010 02:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

It may be a little of each. The best way to tell is to occasionally watch live in the evening, just long enough to see if the clock changing on your cable box at the top of the 8:00 hour matches the network primetime feed beginning. NBC, CBS, ABC, and FOX begin their primetime block on the nose at 8:00pm EST. The evening news shows begin on the hour, too, but 8pm is your best bet.

And, yes, a lot of wiggling happens at the beginning and end of shows, with a quarter minute, half minute, or even minute being shaved from one show to another. Letterman gets an extra half minute of Craig's slot, for example, but that's OK; he's the boss. If it's a minute or more, though, these days it tends to end up in the schedule that way.

Of course, this doesn't count the shifts from live events running long, like football games that go into overtime. That's frustrating, but there's nothing they can do about it -- except maybe for Sci-Fi, which frequently has their late-evening reruns of the primetime shows start late because of wrestling shows running long. And by wrestling I mean "wrestling" shows, which are scripted, and not a real sporting event. Yeesh.
retrev From: retrev Date: January 12th, 2010 05:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I remember when one of the cable networks (TNT maybe?) used to start all their shows 5 minutes early and advertised as such. That way you'd be engrossed in a show before any other shows started on other networks.
retrev From: retrev Date: January 11th, 2010 02:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
All those shows are available free of charge from Hulu (with ads) if you missed any bits, you can watch them at hulu.com
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