Monday, May 26, 2008

StarHub set-up box ruins American Idol finale

Looks like I'm not the only one who is complaining about my StarHub DVR set-top box not recording the final moments of the American Idol finale during the live telecast last week. Those in the U.S. faced the same problem too with their TiVos. From Buzzwatch:
“The winner is … David …” Argh!

That’s how last night’s “American Idol” finale wrapped up for some viewers who had taped the show on TiVos and other digital-video recorder devices. Because “Idol” ran slightly long, some DVRs cut off the show before the winner was revealed–leaving those viewers hanging at the most suspenseful moment.

The poorly timed cutoff has become something of a tradition for the Fox program. Viewers who timeshifted the show with DVRs were denied the climactic moment last year, too.

If anything, this year’s incident was worse. The “Idol” finale came down to two contestants, both named David. Some viewers report that their DVRs stopped recording just after host Ryan Seacrest uttered the words, “The winner, by 12 million votes, of ‘American Idol’ 2008 is…David”–but before he revealed the last name.

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