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# 65225 31-Jul-2010 11:42
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I was watching a recording of the TV One pilot for "This is not my life" last night and in the second hour I seemed to be fast forwarding an awful lot. I got the stopwatch out and indeed I got 11 minutes of viewing for every 4 minutes of ads.  That's 20 minutes an hour - horrendous.  No wonder I never watch live TV anymore!

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  # 360627 31-Jul-2010 13:57
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Cool show though, I didnt notice the ads; i just subconsciously skip foward over ads

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  # 360649 31-Jul-2010 15:05
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burtz: I was watching a recording of the TV One pilot for "This is not my life" last night and in the second hour I seemed to be fast forwarding an awful lot. I got the stopwatch out and indeed I got 11 minutes of viewing for every 4 minutes of ads.  That's 20 minutes an hour - horrendous.  No wonder I never watch live TV anymore!


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11 minutes of viewing plus 4 minutes of ad = 15 minutes - which means 16 minutes of ads per hour.




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  # 360653 31-Jul-2010 15:09
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Gee whiz excuse my horrendous maths - I should hand in my geek hat lol !

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  # 360672 31-Jul-2010 15:51
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Isn't that usual? normally isn't a show that's an hour long actually only 40-42 minutes? and half hour shows 20-22?

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  # 360907 1-Aug-2010 06:07
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14 minutes of adverts per hour is usual in broadcasting. "This Is Not My Life" felt like it had more than usual.

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  # 360915 1-Aug-2010 08:15
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compost:
burtz: I was watching a recording of the TV One pilot for "This is not my life" last night and in the second hour I seemed to be fast forwarding an awful lot. I got the stopwatch out and indeed I got 11 minutes of viewing for every 4 minutes of ads.? That's 20 minutes an hour - horrendous.? No wonder I never watch live TV anymore!


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11 minutes of viewing plus 4 minutes of ad = 15 minutes - which means 16 minutes of ads per hour.

Only 16 minutes??. I thought the norm was 18 minutes these days. A commercial hour is 42 minutes..6




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  # 366366 11-Aug-2010 18:14
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old3eyes: Only 16 minutes??. I thought the norm was 18 minutes these days. A commercial hour is 42 minutes..6

It tends to vary depending on which market the programme was originally made for. It's true that most American programming runs around 42 mins for a "one hour" slot, but British material is often closer to 50mins.

 
 
 
 


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  # 366429 11-Aug-2010 20:27
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Deev8:
old3eyes: Only 16 minutes??. I thought the norm was 18 minutes these days. A commercial hour is 42 minutes..6

It tends to vary depending on which market the programme was originally made for. It's true that most American programming runs around 42 mins for a "one hour" slot, but British material is often closer to 50mins.


Ah yeah so then they just cut bits out. Was surprised when I first saw some recordings of Top Gear from the UK to find they had things it the shows that we never saw on Prime. Not sure how much that happens for other shows.







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  # 366435 11-Aug-2010 20:32
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 as some will know master chef aus starts at 17:15 and goes to 1800 hrs = 45 mins cut out the adds and prog overun and the actual prog is only 23 mins.

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  # 366600 12-Aug-2010 07:56
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The lack of ability of Freeview-spec PVR to automagically skip ads is one of only two features holding me back from purchasing at the moment. The other is the inability to record programs to external devices.

HTPC seems to overcome this, at the expense of ease of use.

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  # 366601 12-Aug-2010 08:04
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sultanoswing: The lack of ability of Freeview-spec PVR to automagically skip ads is one of only two features holding me back from purchasing at the moment. The other is the inability to record programs to external devices.

HTPC seems to overcome this, at the expense of ease of use.


the vu+duo satellite receiver can do both .


  1. records in .ts and is transferable to networked pc's or to external esata hdd

  2. the 3 6 and 9 buttons jump forward in preset steps also has 128 times ff


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  # 366756 12-Aug-2010 12:56
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wiredr:
sultanoswing: The lack of ability of Freeview-spec PVR to automagically skip ads is one of only two features holding me back from purchasing at the moment. The other is the inability to record programs to external devices.

HTPC seems to overcome this, at the expense of ease of use.


the vu+duo satellite receiver can do both .



  1. records in .ts and is transferable to networked pc's or to external esata hdd



  2. the 3 6 and 9 buttons jump forward in preset steps also has 128 times ff




Nice. Is there a terrestial / HD equivalent?

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  # 366765 12-Aug-2010 13:16
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Deev8: It tends to vary depending on which market the programme was originally made for. It's true that most American programming runs around 42 mins for a "one hour" slot, but British material is often closer to 50mins.


Actually you will find anything coming out of the BBC in the UK will be 30/60 mins long as the UK still has tv licenses and the BBC receives most of that money so they are not allowed to display commercials. The only advertising they do is in between shows and only for other shows on the network.




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  # 366884 12-Aug-2010 17:48
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browned: Actually you will find anything coming out of the BBC in the UK will be 30/60 mins long as the UK still has tv licenses and the BBC receives most of that money so they are not allowed to display commercials. The only advertising they do is in between shows and only for other shows on the network.

It used to be the case that BBC programmes were 60 minutes long, but things have changed over more recent years. Like any state-owned broadcaster the BBC have been squeezed financially, and they simply can't get all the funding they need through the licence fee. Nowadays the BBC get a lot of their funding through overseas sales of their programming, and together with occasional dross they do make some really good TV programmes. Most of their important overseas markets are dominated by commercial broadcasters who need to insert commercial breaks in any programmes - so understanding the needs of their customers the BEEB adopted a shorter format for quite a number of the programmes which they intend to market to overseas broadcasters. If you take Torchwood, which is currently being reshown here in NZ, that is broadcast by the BBC in the UK as a 50 minute programme. The Torchwood broadcast is followed by the 10 minute "Torchwood Declassified", which is a behind the scenes look at that episode.

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  # 366919 12-Aug-2010 19:18
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Nety:
Deev8:
old3eyes: Only 16 minutes??. I thought the norm was 18 minutes these days. A commercial hour is 42 minutes..6

It tends to vary depending on which market the programme was originally made for. It's true that most American programming runs around 42 mins for a "one hour" slot, but British material is often closer to 50mins.



Ah yeah so then they just cut bits out. Was surprised when I first saw some recordings of Top Gear from the UK to find they had things it the shows that we never saw on Prime. Not sure how much that happens for other shows.


That was the reason I stopped watching it on Prime. With the downloaded version you got the full 60 minutes.  Same for Dr Who.  You get the Confidential program as well which Prime won't show here..




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