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Joe6,320 posts since 9 Oct 2005
Meridian (South) South Today
I used my Virgin Media subscription to view hundreds of pounds' worth of adult on-demand material when my wife Ann was asleep. Luckily she thought it was an error on their part and I'm still in the clear to this day.

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Inspector Sands12,474 posts since 25 Aug 2004
BBC Choice Scotland. Going into THE BEAT ROOM. I'd previewed the end credits and forgotten to reset the programme duration in the playlist so when it went to air we saw only the end credits.

I always thought that was a crazy way of watching the end of a programme, was bound to happen one day.


There was a system I remember from years ago that played out announcements automatically, but the timing had to be put in as how many frames into the programme. So if you wanted an anno over the credits 58 minutes into the programme you had to enter 87000... recipe for disaster
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thegeek4,509 posts since 1 Jan 2002
London London

There was a system I remember from years ago that played out announcements automatically, but the timing had to be put in as how many frames into the programme. So if you wanted an anno over the credits 58 minutes into the programme you had to enter 87000... recipe for disaster
In my first or second week working in playout, one of my jobs was previewing programmes, and putting metadata into the PICS database. In- and out- timecodes were easy, and I thought 'start of end credits' was easy too. Until the week after, when I was at home and thought that the announcement over the end credits of a quite sombre programme on BBC Four came in a bit hastily. And then realised that the timecode I'd put in had gone straight into the automation. I gave things a little bit more breathing space after that...
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Blake Connolly1,659 posts since 21 Apr 2001
London London
I once managed to accidentally take next 30 seconds into a programme. I know it was 30 seconds because after I restarted it I only needed to drop one promo to get to the subsequent live programme exactly on time, through sheer luck.
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Rich Tea391 posts since 16 Apr 2017
Anglia (West) Look East
I have an ongoing one that has slowly become evident in recent months since about February/March this year. There may be others here who are also having the issue.

Panasonic Viera TV on Freeview. The EPG guide will no longer show the next 7 days listings and will only give me the current TV output and if I'm very lucky the next programme. It's also slow to load even these meagre details. I emailed Panasonic this week about the issue and they told me to do a couple of things I'd already done, such as return the TV to factory settings. They also asked me to do something called a "dry tune" which was unplugging the aerial and then asking it to load the channels, which sounded odd as it was not likely to receive them without an aerial. Did all these things with no resolution.

But I've discovered a thread on Digital Spy in which people have stated more widespread issues with Panasonic TV's and the EPG. Yet in my email this week with Panasonic they acted as if there are no general issues with their TV's regards this issue. Any further thoughts are welcome.

Here is the DS thread on the subject below;

https://forums.digitalspy.com/discussion/2268162/panasonic-epg-problems
Last edited by Rich Tea on 19 August 2018 10:28pm
Xilla188 posts since 29 Nov 2003
As a toddler so I’m told, I once put the remote control in the VCR player.


I put a a slice of toast in ours when I was 4. I thought if you'd press Play the slice of toast would appear on-screen.

Needless to say, it didn't.

I also woke up in the middle of the night during my college days and switched over to one of the "naughty" channels, not knowing my mum was taping a repeat of Bullseye on Challenge...
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