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Wednesday September 07, 2005
11:59 PM

Timezones

[ #26639 ]

So I am watching one of the best tennis matches I've seen in a long time on the USA network on DirecTV. Agassi vs. Blake. Blake wins first two sets 6-3. Agassi wins next two, 6-3. Tied 4-4 in the fifth.

Then they decide to stop showing it on USA and switch to CBS. Except it is not on CBS, "Rock Star" is. (Incidentally, some chick was getting booted off the show, and she and these other dudes and chicks -- bandmates? -- were totally crying, which is about as un-rock as it gets.)

And the worst part of it is that USA went away to show LAW AND ORDER SVU RERUNS. Freaking *RERUNS*.

What probably happened is that on the east coast they decided to switch to CBS, but on the west coast they didn't, and I get a local (west coast) CBS feed, and the national (default: east coast) USA feed.

But so do millions of other DirecTV viewers.

Amateruish idiots.

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  • A modern version of the Heidi game [wikipedia.org]. More technology involved, but still a case of disorganized decision-making.

  • ...saw the match to its end. CBS even went over their alotted time to show the whole thing, which I was concerned about around 1 AM.
  • Thankyou. I thought I was alone in my anger last night. I'm in Arizona and was watching USA via Dish Network when they suddenly switched to bloody Law and Order reruns. Utter bastards.

    And, like you, no CBS coverage. Nope. Nothing. Had to visit the bloody US Open website for the scores. Thanks CBS/USA for totally screwing your west coast viewers.

         
    • I got this reply:

      Thank you for expressing your concerns about our US Open coverage. Regarding Wednesday night's match between Andre Agassi and James Blake, our commentators announced several times that viewers in the east would need to switch over to CBS to continue viewing the match. Due to contractual obligations we could not continue our coverage after CBS's US Open Highlights show began at 12:37AM (Eastern). Requests to allow us to continue our coverage were denied.

      While the eastern feed of USA network