Anyone remember when TBS used to start tv shows/movies/etc at 5 minutes past the hour instead of on it? That never made sense, glad they don"t do it anymore.

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I remember it. In fact, I was thinking about it the other day and wondering when and why they quit doing it.
Turner figured that if a show was good, you"d watch it until the end. Thus making you miss the beginning of a show on another channel. Follow the programming up with another good show that you will watch since you missed 5 minutes of everything else. And repeat.
I thought about that recently too. I have no idea when they stopped doing it.I always thought that it was so you would continue watching whatever was on next on their channel, because you already missed the first 5 minutes of everything else.
Or maybe you surfed during a commercial on another channel and caught a good TBS program, then you stay. The 5 minutes caused a commercial on another, but the program on TBS.I thought it was a good approach.
Quoted:Anyone remember when TBS used to start tv shows/movies/etc at 5 minutes past the hour instead of on it? That never made sense, glad they don"t do it anymore.
Actually it was a really good idea and there were a couple of reasons why Turner did it.First, it gave his channel offset listings in TV Guide and other TV programming listings. Everything else was flush in the 8:00pm column. WTBS? Offset, thus eye catching, at 8:05pm.The other was that back then, channel surfing was slower, despite having far fewer stations to surf. I lived in Atlanta at the time and we had channels 2, 5, 8(PBS), 11, 17(WTBS), 30(PBS), 36 & 46 (and later 69). You could surf through the channels, looking for something at 8pm and upon maybe not finding something, land on WTBS at 8:05 and catch the beginning of something and not miss any of the show. Now that you"re hooked on watching a show on TBS, the show ran to the :35 part of the hour, meaning that you"ve missed 5 minutes of a show on another channel, but you"re all set for the next WTBS show! Hooray!
I didn"t realize they had stopped. I never watch anything live anymore, while it"s airing (DVR everything), so I guess I hadn"t noticed.
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Agree 100% about it being annoying at the time.
What I hate is when DVR starts recording and the show is running a little late and you miss the last five minutes.I don"t know if DVR started at :05 for those shows or not but that does piss me off.
TBS Superstation started to cut back "Turner Time" in 1997 and scrapped it completely by 2000. TBS now schedules programs conventionally, at the top and bottom of the hour.
Quoted:I remember it. In fact, I was thinking about it the other day and wondering when and why they quit doing it.
In 1996, famed socialist Ted Turner sold out to the highest bidder (ironic, huh?) and Turner Broadcasting was acquired by Time Warner. The :05 and :35 was changed by Time Warner in 1997.

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FOX at least runs some shows to :01 past the hour. Really messing up DVRs
Quoted:What I hate is when DVR starts recording and the show is running a little late and you miss the last five minutes.I don"t know if DVR started at :05 for those shows or not but that does piss me off.