I suspect most readers here are more than used to adjusting their PVRs to make sure they grab the last few minutes of late-running shows, but media watchdog ACMA has published a bit of a Dummy’s Guide to the EPG.
“Excited about the start of the 2013 TV ratings season? Recording your favourite shows means you can watch them when it suits you, but no one likes to sit through a show only to find that the last 10 minutes are missing,” it asks.
“Knowing how to use your electronic program guide (EPG) will help you to avoid these annoying situations. To help you get the best out of your EPG, the ACMA has some helpful tips that are as easy as 1,2,3!.”
Frankly the bigger question should be why are networks allowed to start shows so late in the first place?
To be clear, ACMA’s jurisdiction here is limited. It can’t compel networks to schedule shows on the half hour. It can only require them to keep an up to date EPG so that if a show is scheduled to start at 7:37 it does so.
But while it indicates networks are updating EPGs daily, inaccuracy still emerges and confusion reigns with promos contradicting promos.
We’ll all forgive running late when the show is Live. ABC has also shown us that nobody really minds if a show starts at 9:35pm so long as the EPG reflects this. But networks have previously admitted they run late to stop us changing channels.
We really need ACMA to step up its monitoring of EPG accuracy rather than the audience having to adjust for network tricks.
And the 6pm News starts bang on 6pm night after night after night…