reply to funchords
Re: Ergen is an idiot
said by funchords:True, but that forced TV shows to have very low budgets, leading to less entertaining television that people only watched because there were only 3 channels at the time. As long as we're being reminiscent, let's at least be realistic.
Before cable TV, the television ecosystem ran just fine on 26 minutes of programming and 4 minutes of commercials.
said by funchords:Now there you have a very good point. It's gotten so bad that I actually start looking at the timestamps between when I hit the Fast Forward button and when I can finally hit Play again, and it's hitting 5 minutes regularly on certain channels for certain programs, though I realize that part of this is because they've completely eliminated commercials at the beginning and end of the program and moved them all in between.
Now we get 21 minutes of programming and 9 minutes of commercials (and that's not including the Informercial that is a chunk of the broadcast day).
Reduce the commercials by 50% and charge 2x more for them. You'll reduce the need for the viewer to hit the "ENOUGH!" button.
Game shows are worse -- I love Wheel Of Fortune, but I can get through an entire 30-minute broadcast in 10 minutes when I cut out all the commercials and unnecessary introductions.
What are you talking about. The last time I had only 3 channels at a time to watch was when I had 1 channel off of an antenna in 1979. After I got cable, there were MANY more than just three channels, and they were commercial free because we got cable...