December 14 2008

CBS Football Can Bite Me

cbs hateI am so freakin’ tired of CBS messing up my Sunday nights.

I understand football is popular, no argument there.  I don’t care for it, but I don’t deny those who enjoy it.  What I don’t like is CBS seems incapable of scheduling around it, and for those of us who use our DVRs to record, we’re basically getting the short end of the stick.

For those of you who don’t use a DVR, you set them to record this show or that show, and they know that show X is 1 hour long, so it records 1 hour.  If your show starts late due to football, well, too bad, you lose the end of the show you want.  You do have the option of recording the show after the one you wanted, but that is kept as a separate file on your DVR and means eating up an hour of space for possibly as little as a few seconds of footage.   I am really tired of not getting all of Amazing Race because of this.

So, how does CBS rectify this to everyone’s satisfaction?  It’s fairly simply really, and insulting that they haven’t done it yet.  Move 60 Minutes and all the shows that air after it, back one hour.  So, instead of shows starting at 7 PM EST, you’ll start them at 8 PM EST.  You could fill the time after a game with sime form of sports analysis.  This would put the shows back on the hour marks instead of 60 Minutes starting at 7:32 PM EST like it did tonight, and throwing the three hour Survivor fnale in to total chaos.

Oh, by the way, this does not mess up the west coast channels.  Yes folks, it’s true, this only messes up the eastern and central time zones, so if you have no clue what I am talking about, now you know.

Grow up, CBS.  It’s the 21st century, you can certainly figure out some way to get your shows to start on time.

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  • I think CBS is a bunch of fools when it comes to this particular subject. You would think they had been in the business long enough to know how to run a network… apparently you would also be wrong if you thought this.

  • Despairing

    In Britain, the DVRs (actually called PVRs over here – Personal Video Recorders) have what is called "Actual Recording". The broadcasters send a signal between each programme to tell the PVR when to start/stop recording, so that you don't miss anything.

    For example, last night's big BBC event was the live "Sports Personality Of The Year". It inevitably overran by a few minutes, with the programme after it scheduled to start at 2100. It actually started at 2104. My PVR started recording at 2104, when the BBC sent out the programme start signal.

    The technology exists, so surely it's not a great leap for the American broadcasters to implement it?

  • Despairing – I have not heard of us having that in the USA, but that is EXACTLY what we need. As I am not the first person I have seen complaining about this same situation, I am going to guess that we don't have it, and that makes no sense to me. Thanks for letting us know!

  • Lisa (kystorms)

    This is exactly what CBS did to Jericho, in its first season. I have to wonder now, reading you post if CBS has been this ignorant for a long time. Great post.