Networks Messing With Show Times To Screw Up TiVo?
from the silly-networks... dept
It’s not clear if this is being done specifically to screw with TiVo-like devices, or if broadcasters simply can’t keep shows within their customary time constraints, but a number of shows are running a minute or two over, screwing up systems designed to record in half-hour or hour increments. If broadcasters really are doing it to mess with TiVo, it’s a short-sighted policy only bound to anger viewers and make them not want to watch shows. Of course, the real response is for DVR makers to be able to record in odd time increments to make sure shows are fully recorded, and make use of multiple tuners to handle periods of overlap. Broadcasters, instead of trying to block out TiVo and others, should provide the type of metadata those devices need to accurately record the full show. Of course, instead of doing that, TV execs seem to think they need to “fight back” against these devices that let people watch TV the way they want to.