Ok... so this has been bugging me for a while. I don't watch much network TV but I do have quite a few cable programs that I record weekly on the DVR for later viewing. This has become increasingly difficult as apparently there is a movement to abandon the long standing on-the-hour and on-the-half-hour start/end times for programs.
We seem to routinely have programs starting at 9:01 and running to 9:31 or it will be listed on the channel Guide for 11pm yet the actual start time isn't until 11:21pm.
This wreaks havoc with the DVR scheduler as a program that runs 1-minute over will block the next recording that wants to start. It seems to be getting worse.
I know live programs and sporting events have always had a bit of margin in the end-time but does anyone know what is driving the abandonment of the long standing top-of-the-hour and 30-past-the-hour start / end times?
At least I got that off my chest. :-)