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So is there extra time added to PTAT programming

Discussion in 'Hopper System Support Forum' started by kucharsk, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. kucharsk

    kucharsk Godfather

    Sep 19, 2006
    I don't have a Hopper, but from what I understand PTAT records the local transponder block during "prime time," which in the Mountain Time Zone would be 7 - 10 PM.

    The problem is, at least here in Denver, most prime time network programming starts at 6:57 or 6:58 and ends around 10:02 - 10:03.

    Does this mean PTAT in this market will cut off the beginning of 7 PM shows and the end of shows ending at 10 PM?
  2. n0qcu

    n0qcu Legend/Supporter DBSTalk Gold Club

    Mar 23, 2002
    PTAT records from 6:57 to 10:01
  3. JimD

    JimD Legend

    Apr 8, 2005
    My local (East Coast) primetime starts at 8PM, so I would expect PTAT to begin at 7:57. Last night (or was it the night before?) I would swear I saw in the status display that PTAT was starting at 7:27. Perhaps it sees that a show starts at 7:30 and continues into PT - so it adjusts the start time accordingly?

    I admit that I may have hallucinated that. :) I can't find any PTAT recordings that started at 7:30, but I delete most of them anyway.
  4. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 7, 2005
    Kittrell, NC
    I can't speak to last night... but I think in cases where a program starts prior to primetime the Hopper will go ahead and start "early" in that situation... Something like sports (wasn't the Home Run Derby on FOX last night?) might actually start a half hour before primetime and in that case the Hopper seems to start early to pick up that program.

    Similarly, even if it normally would end at 11:01pm for the night... IF a program starts at 10:30 that runs for an hour, it will keep going until the last program ends too.
  5. BillJ

    BillJ Icon

    May 5, 2005
    While we're on this topic, what happens when the prime time block gets screwed up by earlier sports programming. Example: during football season I change our Good Wife weekly timer to run an extra 45 minutes. Last fall it seemed like CBS football ran over schedule about 75% of the time even though they shifted prime time start times on days when they had a double header. I don't see how PTAT could handle this any better than other receivers relying on the guide.
  6. RasputinAXP

    RasputinAXP Kwisatz Haderach of Cordcuttery

    Jan 23, 2008
    It really can't. If sporting events from 4PM run over and blow up the grid...there's nothing you can do.
  7. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 7, 2005
    Kittrell, NC
    Yeah... sports overruns blow up on the Hopper just like any other receiver. I'm mostly fortunate on Sundays, though... because I don't watch whatever comes after Good Wife (The Mentalist I think?) so... up to an hour of overrun would be ok... The problem is every once in a while when you have a game with an extended weather delay or something that runs REALLY late..

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