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post #1 of 15 Old 09-02-2013, 10:30 AM - Thread Starter
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I was wondering of anyone has seen two vertical white streaks that run diagonally on your TV located around 7 o'clock? I have a 55" VT50 plasma and searched on the Plasma Display VT50 Forum and did not see anything so I assumed I needed to ask the question here.

Just hope it's on their end and no, I don't see it on other channels. Thank goodness.

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I didn't get to watch much of CBS coverage last weekend... is this the first time the graphics have been 16x9 for US Open CBS tennis?
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Caught a lot of CBS's delivery, as well as ESPN or Tennis Channel, and haven't seen anything like that (NYC FIOS to a 65" plasma). Lines are typically an AC problem (except they're horizontal or diagonal) and not limited to one network of course. -- John
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I looked and looked and could not find the men's final this evening. It turned out our local CBS affiliate was showing the match on their sub channel. In SD. When was the last time I watched a major sporting event in SD? I recorded and haven't watched it yet but not excited to watch...
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I looked and looked and could not find the men's final this evening. It turned out our local CBS affiliate was showing the match on their sub channel. In SD. When was the last time I watched a major sporting event in SD? I recorded and haven't watched it yet but not excited to watch...

You're not the only one. Mine did it too. CBS needs to insist on better clearances.

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You're not the only one. Mine did it too. CBS needs to insist on better clearances.

Well after next year CBS doesn't need to worry about it because the tournament goes exclusively to the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network.

BTW also blame the USTA for insisting on a Monday final for 2013 and 2014. While it was a noble concept for them to give 48 hours between the semis and the finals (like every other grand slam tournament), they should rework the schedule to get the tournament done by the second Sunday. The USTA has plenty of courts at the National Tennis Center.
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Well after next year CBS doesn't need to worry about it because the tournament goes exclusively to the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network.

BTW also blame the USTA for insisting on a Monday final for 2013 and 2014. While it was a noble concept for them to give 48 hours between the semis and the finals (like every other grand slam tournament), they should rework the schedule to get the tournament done by the second Sunday. The USTA has plenty of courts at the National Tennis Center.
Don't blame the USTA for all of it, the weather made a mess of the schedule earlier in the week.
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Don't blame the USTA for all of it, the weather made a mess of the schedule earlier in the week.

The USTA IS to blame when they intentionally move the schedule as they did for this year and next year. In prior years, weather was to blame. However, the USTA insisted on a Sunday women's final (instead of Saturday prime time) and a Monday afternoon final (instead of a Sunday afternoon final).

There has been talk of putting a roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium to join Wimbledon and the Australian Open as having their main stadiums covered. Cost was deemed to be too high.
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For some reason the US Open doesn't seem as much "fun" since ESPN got their claws into it. I used to be annoyed when USA Network went into all tennis all the time mode, preempting the "normal" schedule, but now I kind of miss those days. This year, the finals were the only thing I watched any part of ... and I missed the first set or three at that.
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A rant here--since this topic is about tennis (but this also covers football, golf, baseball, etc.), why can't networks get it through their heads that these events always run longer than the scheduled time allotted? When they schedule a sports event to last (let's say) 2.5 hours, why don't they just change their schedule to 3 hours? What I'm getting at is-when these events run longer than listed schedules, it throws off all programming following it. If (as in my case) you set your DVR to record a show, invariably what happens is that you only see the first 5-10 minutes of the show you wanted. This is due to all shows being delayed because the sports event screwed up the schedule. If the networks would just add time to the schedule, and show that schedule to be "official", maybe the program guides for viewing/and/or electronic program guides for DVR's would be accurate. Sorry about this. I just get tired of missing shows due to stupid scheduling-had to let off some steam.
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For some reason the US Open doesn't seem as much "fun" since ESPN got their claws into it. I used to be annoyed when USA Network went into all tennis all the time mode, preempting the "normal" schedule, but now I kind of miss those days. This year, the finals were the only thing I watched any part of ... and I missed the first set or three at that.

Well all fans of World Wrestling Entertainment were extremely happy that the USTA went to ESPN. There used to be three weeks that WWE fans hated (the two weeks of the US Open and that Westminster Kennel Club dog show). Personally although I am a huge fan of Monday Night Raw, I preferred the US Open on USA. They offered better coverage than the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network.
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Sports by their very nature are unpredictable. A tennis match can run anywhere from 2.5 hours to double that depending on how many sets it goes. Golf tournaments can be delayed by weather or go into sudden death in the event of a tie. Team events are similarly affected. To its credit, CBS is now delaying '60 Minutes' by 30 minutes on Sundays where they have the late afternoon national NFL game because those games never ended before 7:00 Eastern anyways.

And since they view DVR's as tools of the devil undermining their business plan, they really don't care about EPG schedules. Like most things in life, being proactive is usually the best practice. In the event of a sports telecast, I always plan for overruns by scheduling the next 2 or 3 shows for recording. It's really not that difficult - just plan for it.
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. Like most things in life, being proactive is usually the best practice. In the event of a sports telecast, I always plan for overruns by scheduling the next 2 or 3 shows for recording. It's really not that difficult - just plan for it.

OMG!!!! Common Sense being expressed here on the AVS!!!! Who woulda thunkit !!! wink.gifbiggrin.gif
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OMG!!!! Common Sense being expressed here on the AVS!!!! Who woulda thunkit !!! wink.gifbiggrin.gif

Yeah, that's fine if you don't mind committing one tuner for 2+ hours to one network, I need a boatload of tuners as it is, they don't need to worry about me watching their shows on Sundays. Way too much good tv on Sundays to worry about keeping one tuner tied to their network half the night. Sundays have way too many good shows that are causing conflicts all over the place now. PBS Masterpiece, Dexter(various Showtime shows), various HBO shows, Breaking Bad, Copper, etc...etc.. A couple of weeks ago, I had True Blood, Dexter, Masterpiece Mystery and Breaking Bad all at 9:00pm ...
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There is too much good stuff on Sunday nights, don't understand why the networks consider the other 6 nights of the week the television equivalent of chopped liver. But HBO and Showtime series are easy to reschedule because they repeat those Sunday night premieres a dozen times or more over the next week on multiple channels - plenty of opportunities to catch them. Cablenet shows that repeat several times that night are a higher priority, and broadcast network shows that don't repeat have the highest priority. Fortunately, I don't watch much broadcast TV - the home of mindless reality and procedural drivel, IMHO.

I try to make sure I don't tie up both tuners with recorded shows at the same time to leave one tuner free for the Sunday night football game. The accursed strategy of running some shows over their 60 minute allotment - AMC, I'm talkin' to you - occasionally causes headaches, but I find I can usually work around the conflicts if I get creative and realize I'm going to have to shunt some quality TV off until later on in the week. Even AMC and FX will generally repeat their outstanding original series at least once later on in the week. It's generally no big deal, just takes some planning. I've never missed anything I wanted to watch because of my 2 tuner limitation.

I'm going to be switching to DTV and a more advanced DVR in a few months so I expect these two-tuner conflicts will soon be over for me anyways.
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