[mythtv-users] The Heidi Game: Why TV stays on the sports program

Tom Lichti tom at redpepperracing.com
Wed Nov 2 18:54:28 UTC 2011


On Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 1:39 PM, Roger H <mythtvuser1818 at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 12:06 PM, Jim Berwick <jim at jamesberwick.com> wrote:
>
>> I've almost never seen the allotted time for NHL, NFL, or MLB cover
>> the entire game and a post game wrap up.  NFL games usually run long
>> enough that the last few minutes of the 1PM game is in the 4PM game's
>> recording.  I don't watch a lot of baseball but every night there's a
>> game on Fox or some other channel I record a lot of I miss an entire
>> recording or more of the Simpsons or during MLB playoffs Conan on TBS.
>>  NHL games are timed perfectly so that after a 2.5 hour recording you
>> can miss the last 3-5 minutes of every single game.
>>
>
> I am not sure about TSN or RSN but the Hockey Night in Canada on CBC
> always schedules 3 hours for their NHL games, which is more than enough to
> cover the game and a regular season overtime/shootout and they then fill
> the rest of the time with post game coverage.  Since there is a 3 hour time
> difference between Eastern and Pacific timezones, they can (and do) show 2
> games back to back.  If they show a third (afternoon) game, they tell the
> NHL to have it start at 3:00pm (Eastern) so they can break for a 30 min
> news cast at 6:00pm and then have a 30 min pre-game show at 6:30.
>
> Of course come playoff time, if the game goes to overtime, they need to
> start pre-empting other programs as they keep playing 20 min (game time)
> periods (with full 15 minute intermissions between them) until someone
> scores.  These periods go a bit faster though as there are no commercial
> timeouts (only a brief pause about half way through the period to shovel
> the goal creases).
>

TSN schedules them for 2.5 hours. I got bit enough times that I added
padding to my hockey rule. For the playoffs I think I add 180 minutes just
to cover all possibilities.

Tom
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