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Arithmetic 101 for TCM programmers


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scheduled start time for L'Amore: 2:00 AM EST on December 9

scheduled start time for The Miracle: 3:15 AM EST on December 9

time slot allocated for L'Amore = 75 minutes

scheduled running time for L'Amore = 79 minutes

 

Now here's the hard part:

75 minus 79 = MINUS four minutes (a new concept: NEGATIVE numbers)

 

In Arithmetic 101 for TCM programmers, there is no such thing as a negative time slot. In case you still do not understand what this means, it is simply that something is not going to happen as it is shown on the posted schedule!

 

So you get a *grade of* *F* in this course. Back to the signup sheet for another semester of scheduling TCM movies-- after you get back from your cruise, of course.

 

musikone

 

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The problem arises when you want to record back-to-back shows in the middle of the night and put them on separate tracks. With one show, sure, just add extra time, but for two shows the only "solution" is to record them together with no break, which "works" in that you don't miss anything. But it still means that if you want to see the second movie first you have to fast forward to the precise point that it begins. Not exactly ideal, and it's compounded by the fact that a hugely disproportionate percentage of the better and more obscure films are screened in the wee hours, as in Silent Sundays and with many of their best foreign movies.

 

I'd guess the problem comes from someone up there not knowing whether they're running the short version or the long version of the movie, with the schedulers figuring the former and the people who print the running time assuming the latter. What's really needed is better inter-departmental communication so that they'll all on the same page as to which version of the movie they're showing.

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