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    Television Show Length

    I know different shows do things different ways but what is the most widely accepted standard television length and sequence? 28:30 with 5 seconds black/then 5 sec. bars/etc..........

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    It really varies broadcaster to broadcaster and cablecaster to cablecaster, etc, etc. From what I have seen in the U.S., 15 - 60 seconds of Black; 30 - 60 seconds of Color Bars & Tone; 10 - 15 seconds of Slate or Metadata; 20 - 10 second countdown. Sometimes the Slate/Metadata and countdown are combined. So even though all these events occur, first video (or audio) usually starts at the first hour of Time Code, 01:00:00:00 (hh:mm:ss:ff). Then 30 seconds - 2 minutes of Black after last video or end of credits.
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    Yes, it does vary a lot. An interesting discussion was had in our local industry recently about the fact that New Zealand now has more commercials per hour than most other countries (a turnaround which has frustrated viewers here no end). What this means is that our standard program length is now shorter than our trading partners, making programs more difficult to sell overseas unless a separate edit is made.
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