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#21 OFFLINE   lucky13

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 11:41 AM

I understand AND I'm ticked.

I understand when play is stopped for nearly 20 minutes because of a player not moving on the field (saw this a couple of weeks ago - injury looked real bad).

HOWEVER - taking this week as an example... When the Patriots game was over, just after 7pm, I was expecting them to start 60 minutes - but NO - they cut to the Giants game which still had a lot of time left. So, I padded my "Amazing Race" timer some more. Then they kept playing - AND it went into overtime - until after 8pm!

This is great for the Giants fans, they get to see their game and that's what the contract with CBS calls for. But us up here in New England? If we wanted to see that for THAT long we would probably have the Sunday Ticket package!

I had a 2-hour time for Amazing Race that only got 40 minutes because 60 Minutes was pushed back OVER an hour!


As I understand it, when CBS has a doubleheader, the network waits until the last game is over (until all late games are over) before starting the evening's programs. Then the eastern half of the country gets the shows fed at the same time.

When CBS airs only one game, early or late, those markets whose game runs past 7 PM get the lineup pushed back. Those markets where the game ends on time (or who had the early game) do not join the overrun, and get 60 Minutes at 7 ET.

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#22 OFFLINE   sorentodd45

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 06:56 PM

What I don't understand is that if you are already home to "pad" Amazing Race (or Cold Case), then why not just watch the program "live"?

Just note what time 60 Minutes starts and then do the math (adding 1, 2, or 3 hours) after that.

If I lived back east (which I don't), and I was also trying to get Housewives and Bros and Sisters (which I don't watch), then I would just set my DVR to record ABC, since I know those shows will always start on time.

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 08:12 PM

What I don't understand is that if you are already home to "pad" Amazing Race (or Cold Case), then why not just watch the program "live"?

Just note what time 60 Minutes starts and then do the math (adding 1, 2, or 3 hours) after that.

If I lived back east (which I don't), and I was also trying to get Housewives and Bros and Sisters (which I don't watch), then I would just set my DVR to record ABC, since I know those shows will always start on time.


I don't watch "live" anymore if I can help it. Too many commercials.

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 08:14 PM

I don't watch the spoiled brats run after the pigskin anymore.

The only CBS show that I watch on Sunday night is Cold Case. I know every other week it is going to be late. This has become the rule rather than the exception. I try to glance at the other CBS shows and see how much padding to add to the timer. If you have to get up at 0400 on Monday morning, you don't stay up to watch the Sunday night shows.

CBS should put pressure on the NFL to figure out a way to shorten the games or some other solution with programming. One show could be "disposable" (repeat) for that week and this could be rotated among the three shows until Fball season is over. Or this may be one less timer I have to worry about padding or setting, for that matter.

Kind of the same thing happened on Monday evening on Fox with House. But, that is a rare occurence with them. I happen to begin watching it at 2017 and saw baseball was still on. So, I just set a 2.5 hour timer and watched something else.

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 08:32 AM

Re: Why didn't I pad TAR more? I saw how much time there was in the NY game and figured CBS wouldn't go past 8pm with football - so I changed the 30-minute pad to an hour. Then, while waiting for what I THOUGHT would be 60 Minutes to finish up, my fiancee and I watched last week's TAR (which she'd missed). By the time I came back from that and discovered what had happened, it was too late. My choice was to watch the 40 minutes of TAR that DID record, or wait until I could get the whole episode from Usenet. I chose the latter.

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 10:18 AM

CBS should put pressure on the NFL to figure out a way to shorten the games...


They already put pressure on the NFL a couple of contract renewals ago to lengthen the games, by allowing for more commercial time. That's why, for example, the second games now start at 4:15 instead of 4:00 -- because the first games are longer due to added commercials.

The NFL doesn't allow the networks to sell in-game sponsorship announcements the way other sports do (notice that you'll never hear about "the State Farm starting lineup" or "the Chevy player of the game" during an NFL broadcast), hence the desire for more commercial time.
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