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Why is Live PD delayed? It doesn’t make sense to delay a show that is suppose to be LIVE. Watching live and following along on Twitter is part of the experience. I switched from DirecTV not long ago and this is one of the many things that really disappoints me. On DirecTV, Live PD is actually LIVE. What’s the deal? Any chance Cox will get their act straight and start showing LIVE shows live?
Live PD is not "actually" or "truly" live. A&E could not live-broadcast a dead body, someone exposing them self, using an x-word, an undercover agent or a child's face. It's live footage from the field but transmitted to the A&E studio and recorded, edited and delayed from a few minutes to several hours.
For example, Dan Abrams said, "Let's go live to Calvert County..." where the footage was late afternoon; however, as I was watching it "live" on TV, it was dark in Maryland. I don't recall watching any nighttime footage from Salinas, CA
If you were watching on DirecTV in Arizona, you were watching an east-coast feed. It's similar to the east coast watching an NFL game at 1 PM and you at 10 AM. Since switching to Cox, you're now watching a 3-hour delayed west-coast feed from the A&E studio to your west-coast headend of Cox. A&E wants us to watch Live PD during our respective broadcast primetimes. What we watch live during our primetime is nowhere within your primetime.
Bruce, I understand it is not truly live and on east coast is delayed a little to bleep the bad words and hit the mute button to keep an address or social security number from going out live. And at slow parts they show edited pieces from earlier in the day or earlier in the week, but it is advertised as to be interactive. In fact viewers have tweeted about seeing suspects dropping or throwing items as the officers are not looking and the show informs the officers on scene to look for those items. They ask viewers to tweet questions for special guests, they answer questions posted about specific laws or slang terms. You cannot interact with the show when it is 3 hours later. What I am saying is exactly what you point out with live sporting events. They start when they start and you are watching at the same time I am watching, your clock says 1pm and mine says 10am. All I am asking for is when they go on air at 9pm from the A&E studios in New York, I can start watching in Arizona even if it happens to be 6pm. I did it on DirecTV. If that was an East Coast feed why can't I get that on Cox. If people don't want to watch "Live" at 6pm they can always DVR it. Either A&E or Cox is missing the boat here. Don't advertise as a "live" interactive show and then show it 3 hours later.