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      CommentAuthortallman
    • CommentTimeMar 5th 2006
     
    I realize I probably should have put this up a while ago, but if you're around and watching the Oscars, stop by the blog and drop a comment or two:) Hopefully I'll get back from dinner in time to write up my selections... Anyway, again, tongight at 8, Oscars Liveblogging...

    Be there or be square:P

    ~tallman
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      CommentAuthorSpencer
    • CommentTimeMar 5th 2006
     
    This post promted a mostly unrelated question in my mind.

    All of my life, I've lived in Texas, which is in the Central Time Zone. So pretty much every TV program that airs in other time zones is advertised as starting "7/8 Eastern" or "8/7 Central" or "5 Central / 6 Eastern" etc.

    Which has always made me think, "Oh those poor Eastern people have to stay up later to watch something." Right? I know that most TV programming doesn't air an hour ahead for Eastern people, then again for Central, so that we've both watched it at, say, 7pm in our respective time zones. But then if I'm remembering correctly, stuff does get aired a second time later for Mountain and Pacific people. I'm just not well-educated on this subject.

    Anyway, is this at all a problem for anyone? Locally, the main TV shows start at 7 and go until 10, then the news comes on. I would hate to have to stay up until 11pm to watch a favortie show. 'Cause I have to up early for work, like most of the nation.


    I doubt I'll watch the Oscars. They're disappointing every year. It seems to mostly be about who's wearing what. I just don't care. My one hope is that either Philip Seymour Hoffman or David Strathairn win Best Actor. I wish they could both win.
    • CommentAuthorSamael
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2006
     
    It can be a pain in the ass- it happens all the time. I think that it effects sports fans the most, though- if a game takes place on the West Coast, people over here either have to tape it, or stay up until ungodly hours to watch it.

    I'm lucky, in that I don't watch much television, and especially not sports, so it's never actually effected me.
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      CommentAuthorfoucault
    • CommentTimeMar 8th 2006
     
    Actually, I've always wondered if it's a pain in the ass that all the shows start an hour earlier for you guys. All I've ever known is shows starting at 8:00 or 9:00, rather than 7:00 or 8:00...can't say it's ever bothered me. One of those perspective things, I guess...


    I don't sleep very well anyway (insomnia for 6 years and counting...woo!), so going to bed by a certain time is rarely that much of a worry...it takes me forever to fall asleep anyway.
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      CommentAuthorDyre
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2006
     
    The only thing I've ever found annoying about time zone-dependent program timing is that there's a lot of times where there will be something happening on the west coast that will be broadcast live throughout the rest of the country but not here. Actually, not even west coast events get this. Some of the hockey stuff during the Olympics was broadcast on the east coast live but delayed a few hours here because it woud have had to start airing ass-early or something.

    It's not that big a deal since the delay is usually only a few hours, not days, but when something does have an element of excitement to it because it's live, that's pretty much eliminated when it's not actually live, the rest of the country has seen it already, and it's especially lame when it could be something happening like 20 minutes away but I have to wait three hours to see it.
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      CommentAuthorSpencer
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2006
     
    Shows starting at 7pm isn't a problem at all. Most people are home by then and haven eaten dinner or are eating dinner.

    The west coast definitely gets the short end of the stick. You guys just aren't as important to the major broadcasting companies. And in this day of our great technologies, they have no excuse to not air stuff live really early in the morning. Most people have VCRs or Tivo and can record shows.