[vdr] Confirm messages

Laz laz at club-burniston.co.uk
Sun Jan 29 23:41:25 CET 2006


On Sunday 29 January 2006 17:14, Darren Salt wrote:
> I demand that Klaus Schmidinger may or may not have written...
>
> > Darren Salt wrote:
> >> Just wait until you want to record a film on, say, ITV2. You know, one
> >> of those which is split in half so that they can stick in some other
> >> programme, the scheduled start and end times of which are works of
> >> fiction.

Yes! I've been caught out by this several times in the past. I'm now very wary 
of setting timers for films on ITV channels because nearly all of them have 
the news or something in the middle as a separate event. The same is true of 
BBC3 which shoves in a 60-second news bulletin in the middle of films so you 
only end up with the first half of the film...plus a few minutes of the 
second half from the additional 10 minutes you've given the timer!

I try to watch out for things like this now when I'm setting timers...

> > Can you give an example of this?
>
> Not *specifically* the works-of-fiction bit (I've observed this during live
> viewing, returning from doing something else while the other programme was
> supposedly still on only to find that the film had already been resumed),
> but I can provide plenty of examples of schedule data - this sort of
> interruption is *very* common; barely a film goes by without one on some
> channels.
>
> However, the default timer margins should cover this.
>
> And on some other channels (ITV1) they put more than one programme in the
> way - that's to do with a commitment to showing news at 22:30.
>
> Two examples are attached.

I'm not sure how checking for these 'mid-film interruptions' could be done 
reproducibly, apart from checking the following 2 or 3 events to see if they 
have the same title and extending the timer to cover both (much easier than 
as two separate timers!). This behaviour might also pick up several 
back-to-back episodes of a series, for example. I suppose the subtitles could 
be compared, too, although these don't always seem to be set properly for 
channels in the UK!

Maybe this could be Yet Another Confirm Message: "Do you wish timer to include 
event at 10:30 - 11:40 pm?".

Cheers,

Laz



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