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  1. #1
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    Icon14 CBC.ca has VOD content ready to watch BEFORE it airs on its traditional TV stations

    I don't know how long this has been going on, but each time I go to the CBC website, I've noticed that complete episodes of CBC programs like Dragons' Den, The Romeo Section, Marketplace, The Fifth Estate, etc. are all available for streaming BEFORE they finish airing on traditional TV stations [even the early-bird airings that air an hour earlier on CBNT (St. John's Newfoundland) and CBHT (Halifax, Nova Scotia)].

    Since I also skip the commercials, I can finish all the brand new, unaired CBC content well before it finishes airing on the CBC's traditional TV stations. I'm not sure how early the episodes appear online, but today's Dragons' Den was up by at least 7:55pm ET (although I assume it was ready even earlier). The Romeo Section was available online by at least 8:15pm (though it was probably ready even earlier).

    That's a good way to drive eyeballs to the CBC website and bypass traditional TV. No need to even wait until a show finishes airing on traditional TV before you can access the VOD option.

    I'm not aware of any other channel that does this, but it is rather handy to be able to watch something online BEFORE it finishes airing on traditional TV. And it's all legal. God bless the CBC.
    Last edited by PokerFace; 11-27-2015 at 07:06 PM. Reason: added CBHT (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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    Today's Marketplace episode was made available as a VOD stream at about 7:13pm ET (or a bit earlier perhaps) on the CBC website. It only started airing on traditional TV at 7pm ET on CBC's Halifax, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland TV stations. Not bad at all.

    http://www.cbc.ca/marketplace/episod.../retail-tricks
    Last edited by PokerFace; 11-27-2015 at 07:03 PM. Reason: added Halifax, Nova Scotia
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    It took longer than usual, but today's new Fifth Estate episode is now available on the CBC website. Perhaps the CBC likes to now wait until there are 15 minutes left in a currently airing show before uploading it to its website. It's still before I can watch it on the Toronto CBC channel (via OTA), so it's still a handy option to have.

    http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2679603914
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    It appears that CBC places the fresh, new TV episode uploads within its Featured TV section for the CBC player a few minutes before they appear anywhere else on its website.

    http://www.cbc.ca/player/tv
    [Freshest TV episodes usually appear here first ... about 15 minutes before the end of the early-bird (an hour earlier) Nova Scotia and Newfoundland broadcasts]
    Last edited by PokerFace; 11-27-2015 at 08:11 PM. Reason: typo
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    When I miss an episode of a CBC show, I hate watching it on CBC Player because it keeps buffering. I have to wait about a week before the problem is resolved. For example, I missed an episode of Heartland and I became so frustrated with it that I make sure I tape the program, if I am not going to be home.

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    If you have consistent buffering, you can always reduce the quality of the HD a bit and see if that reduces or eliminates the buffering you experience.

    With full HD, I will often get some drop in quality for brief moments when I jump ahead or have too many tabs open. By reducing the HD quality to half of the vertical HD bar, I can have more tabs open and a better overall viewing experience. If you have a slow Internet speed like I do, or there is congestion on your network, buffering can sometimes pose a problem, but that can happen on other sites too.

    The content that I watch with the CBC player doesn't really require full-HD quality to enjoy it, but even when I have many tabs open, I can still get full HD if that's something I'm in the mood for.

    I'm not sure if the CBC player improved its running of the commercials since I last watched the commercials a year ago (some of the commercial breaks would ruin my jumping-ahead attempts with an occasional black screen and audio only -- until I refreshed the page and started again), but without commercials (thank you, adblock technology), I now enjoy the CBC player enough to use it more often than when I had to suffer through the commercials (especially the very loud Telus ones).
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    The early-bird online uploads to the CBC website seem to be less predictable than I first thought. Today, Interrupt this Program (which airs at 7:30pm ET on CBC's Nova Scotia channel, etc.) was available for streaming at 7:36pm ET, but Marketplace (which airs a half-hour earlier than Interrupt...), was uploaded a few minutes after Interrupt... first appeared). Previously, Marketplace appeared at 7:15pm ET, so perhaps somebody was asleep at the wheel, or simply went for a bathroom break.

    And the first appearances of those fresh CBC uploads, now appeared on the main page of the CBC player (labelled as Latest from CBC), instead of the other sub-section of the CBC player via the TV column-heading link.

    Anyway, I still like having the early-bird online viewing option that the CBC player offers, even if the upload times are a bit less predictable than I had initially thought.

    http://www.cbc.ca/player/
    [This time, this page had the fresh CBC uploads listed the earliest]
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    Started streaming the 22 Minutes Holiday Special from cbc.ca at about 7:39 pm (perhaps it was up a bit earlier) and finished it in 10 minutes. With the help of FF skip-jumps I saw all I needed to see and still had time for a few chuckles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PokerFace View Post
    If you have consistent buffering, you can always reduce the quality of the HD a bit and see if that reduces or eliminates the buffering you experience.

    With full HD, I will often get some drop in quality for brief moments when I jump ahead or have too many tabs open. By reducing the HD quality to half of the vertical HD bar, I can have more tabs open and a better overall viewing experience. If you have a slow Internet speed like I do, or there is congestion on your network, buffering can sometimes pose a problem, but that can happen on other sites too.

    The content that I watch with the CBC player doesn't really require full-HD quality to enjoy it, but even when I have many tabs open, I can still get full HD if that's something I'm in the mood for.

    I'm not sure if the CBC player improved its running of the commercials since I last watched the commercials a year ago (some of the commercial breaks would ruin my jumping-ahead attempts with an occasional black screen and audio only -- until I refreshed the page and started again), but without commercials (thank you, adblock technology), I now enjoy the CBC player enough to use it more often than when I had to suffer through the commercials (especially the very loud Telus ones).
    CBC Player still requires Adobe Flash, and since Apple gave it the kiss of death years ago, so it gets worse and worse every year in terms of loading videos. Most major sites like YouTube have started abandoning Flash in favor of HTML5 video, but it may be awhile for the CBC to play catch up.
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    Thursday's episode of The Nature of Things was first found only within the individual listing for the series on the TV page (and perhaps on the CBC first page, simply http://www.cbc.ca) and as of this moment, it's still not even shown on the main CBC Player page or TV-heading page ... unless you scroll down the TV page and click its own titled link (listed under 'T' for The): http://www.cbc.ca/player/tv/The%20Nature%20of%20Things

    It's also currently listed on the main CBC first page: http://www.cbc.ca/
    Last edited by PokerFace; 01-07-2016 at 10:29 PM. Reason: typo
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    It appears that the CBC likes to play musical chairs with its early-bird content. Today's Marketplace was available to stream at 7:05pm (or perhaps a bit earlier), but only from the individual TV listing for it (sort of like with yesterday's The Nature of Things) here: http://www.cbc.ca/player/tv/Marketplace

    And as of 7:24pm (ET), it's still not showing up in any of the other sections it should also be posted (as it was in the recent past) ... not even on the cbc.ca first page. Sneaky buggers.
    Last edited by PokerFace; 01-08-2016 at 06:24 PM. Reason: updated to 7:24pm
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    Today's new episode of Dragons' Den just went up (7pm ET) on the CBC website (same time as it airs on traditional TV, and an hour before I can see it via OTA).

    http://watch.cbc.ca/dragons-den/seas...5a-00ae8b58a4b
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    Just like in the past, the CBC sometimes makes it difficult to find the early-bird showing of a show, so for today's Marketplace, I had to find it here (still wasn't up in any other section on the CBC website as of 7:55pm ET, anyway - sneaky buggers): http://www.cbc.ca/marketplace/ and it will eventually also appear here: http://watch.cbc.ca/marketplace/seas...2-6940f6655a21
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    I just got back and went to the CBC website after 9pm to watch Marketplace but I couldn't find it anywhere, until I came back to this thread and clicked one of the above links and then several others until I stumbled across the link for today's episode that already aired hours ago.

    On the page where it shows the picture of the episode to stream, it doesn't work, and there's even a note saying that if you have trouble with the video watch it on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afzEk5dMgSc and then there's another bonus link about rewards programs that are apparently good: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q70goHPQzlk

    And after what took over 15 minutes to stumble across the working link for today's episode (I still don't remember how I found the hidden page), that used to be much easier to find until they redesigned the website to make it even worse than before, here it is: http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/823499331815 ... which I found from this link: http://www.cbc.ca/player/tv/Marketplace

    The main page for Marketplace still only has the older episodes up, so the CBC website is now run by disorganized loons ... and they wanted the extra moola to help with the digital aspect of their service. Wow. Time to hire somebody that knows how to set up a website that doesn't play hide and seek each week with its fresh content. One week it's on one page, then the next week it debuts first on another page, if you even have the patience to search for it. I assume most people go to YouTube to find what they want much easier.

    They can't even seem to make up their mind on what system to use to stream the videos, as a few weeks ago they had switched to a smoother video player, but now they went back to the old one that still works for me (even in HD), but is hated by many.

    CBC website GRADE: D
    You guys SUCK!!!!! You're all fired!!!
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    So based on where I stumbled across the link for today's Marketplace, it came from this page: http://www.cbc.ca/player/ and then by scrolling down that page, you can see the latest Marketplace episode to click.

    But before they changed the website somewhat, it was much easier to find a show link from the CBC Player page headings, but not anymore. What a mess!
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    None of the tricks to view today's Marketplace before it airs in Toronto (8pm ET) worked, so I had to use the CBC youtube link to watch it before 8pm (no links on the CBC website worked to play it, so they always refer to their youtube link ... BOZOS!).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHTg5zzFEKE
    [Full Episode: Fake degrees: Exposing Canadians with phoney credentials (Marketplace)]
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    Comes in handy for those in Eastern Ontario where I am since CKWS in Kingston and CHEX in Peterborough went CTV and they haven't had an over the air CBC Station available in that area since.

 

 

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