Greasyjohn
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October 23rd, 2015 at 12:21:44 PM permalink
I have Time Warner Cable. This is not a scientific conclusion but it seems like there is about 5 minutes of programming followed by 5 minutes of commercials. And some commercials are long--kinda like infomercials. 30-years-ago there were two or three commercials in a row every 15 minutes (now there's about seven commercials in a row).

Those of us that watch TV are getting over-saturated with this junk. Remember that scene in Taxi Driver where Robert De Niro's character pushes over his television with his foot? He was tired of commercials too.
Romes
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October 23rd, 2015 at 12:42:40 PM permalink
Quote: Greasyjohn

I have Time Warner Cable. This is not a scientific conclusion but it seems like there is about 5 minutes of programming followed by 5 minutes of commercials. And some commercials are long--kinda like infomercials. 30-years-ago there were two or three commercials in a row every 15 minutes.

Those of us that watch TV are getting over-saturated with this junk. Remember that scene in Taxi Driver where Robert De Niro's character pushes over his television with his foot? He was tired of commercials too.

1) Get DVR, and skip all the comercials.
2) Use apps (like Netflix) and ditch cable. No commercials.
3) Again dump cable and torrent shows.
4) There are more options I don't want to write out =)... but yeah, dump cable.
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Dieter
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October 23rd, 2015 at 12:52:15 PM permalink
Yes, Netflix and Hulu are splendid.

No experience with paid Hulu; free Hulu is missing some program options and is definitely ad-supported. However, the ads are fewer than on TV.

The downside: you don't have the same immediacy and full variety of programming. I'm a season or two behind on some shows, and some other "must see" shows I'm not going to see.

Then again, if I cared about watching TV, I would do it differently. I'm not really picky about what mindless drivel I have on while I flop on the couch, so a year out of date is fine by me.
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EvenBob
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October 23rd, 2015 at 12:56:56 PM permalink
Quote: Greasyjohn

I have Time Warner Cable. This is not a scientific conclusion but it seems like there is about 5 minutes of programming followed by 5 minutes of commercials.



All half hour network shows are usually 23min
long, with 7min of commercials. All one hour
shows are usually 43min long with 17min of
commercials. Often they will cram 70% of
the commercials into the last 20min of air
time because by then you're hooked and will
watch till the end. Cable shows especially like
to do this.
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rdw4potus
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October 23rd, 2015 at 1:00:16 PM permalink
Based on runtimes of DVDs I own, an "hourlong" drama in 2000 was 47-48 minutes long, and was 42-43 minutes long in 2012.
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Dalex64
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October 23rd, 2015 at 1:07:18 PM permalink
The problem I have with Hulu is my limited bandwidth. The shows play just fine - the resolution scales down to a speed that my connection can support.

The ADS, however, are FULL HD. It usually takes 4X the time it is supposed to take to get through the ads, in fits and spurts. It does not downconvert the ads. It is pretty infuriating.
Ayecarumba
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October 23rd, 2015 at 1:11:14 PM permalink
Tivo DVR allows users to skip entire blocks of commercials with the push of one button. The one button feature only works on certain channels though.

Still, better than sitting through the same Viagra commercial a dozen times...
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RS
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October 23rd, 2015 at 1:11:53 PM permalink
The problem is your limited bandwidth, NOT Hulu.
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EvenBob
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October 23rd, 2015 at 1:16:26 PM permalink
Quote: rdw4potus

Based on runtimes of DVDs I own, an "hourlong" drama in 2000 was 47-48 minutes long, and was 42-43 minutes long in 2012.



In the 50's an hour show was 52-53min long.
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Dalex64
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October 23rd, 2015 at 1:17:14 PM permalink
Quote: RS

The problem is your limited bandwidth, NOT Hulu.



The problem is they don't downconvert their ads like they do their television shows. I just barely meet their bandwith requirement
Quote:

In addition, you will need a broadband internet connection. We recommend a downstream bandwidth of at least 1.5 Mbps for a smooth playback experience.

but they don't honor that requirement with the advertisements.

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