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TV had fewer commercials in the past.

March 09, 2018 08:02AM
The average one hour network TV show has 15 minutes of commercials , and the average one hour show on a cable network average 17 minutes of commercials

Fox wants to cut that down to just 2 minutes of commercials for every hour of programming

With so many streaming services out there now , most people just stream a show and binge watch , and the network channels are quite aware of this and are losing viewers in droves


Watching Netflix shows demonstrates that. And while the increase wasn't exactly linear, it does seem in general to have gone up and up the more years pass by. The old sitcoms from the 1960s, for instance, were in the 23-25 minute range, and now generally run in the 21 minute range. Hour shows follow that pattern too. And they used to have more shows per year.

This follows a pattern across the board for consumers. Bugs me a ton, too. Candy bars are smaller; yogurt cups have lost nearly 3 ounces; icecream went from 64 to 48 ounces . . . and prices went up. I think that's pretty sleazy. It's like corporations are hoping we just don't notice.

Throw in the fact that they're also managing to get us to do more and more of the work ourselves, and we the consumers are losing the battle. That "more work" thing probably started with self-serve gas stations, then onto ATMs, grocery check outs, managing your own accounts online, etc. etc.

Time for a rollback on all of that. I think we deserve more for our money, and shouldn't have to add our own labor to the mix, either.

  Fox whats to cut their commercial breaks by 2020

IowaRam102March 08, 2018 09:44AM

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sstrams23March 09, 2018 03:30AM

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IowaRam18March 09, 2018 06:13AM

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Aries12March 13, 2018 10:29AM

  This is FACT....

JamesJM19March 09, 2018 08:42AM

  I bet the payoff will be.....

Ramgator22March 09, 2018 03:51AM

  I could amost see that happening

IowaRam16March 09, 2018 05:56AM

  Re: I bet the payoff will be.....

Aries11March 13, 2018 10:31AM

  Re: Fox whats to cut their commercial breaks by 2020

MamaRAMa22March 09, 2018 05:01AM

  TV had fewer commercials in the past.

Billy_T22March 09, 2018 08:02AM

  yea ,if you watch old Andy Griffith or Gillian's Island reruns today

IowaRam19March 10, 2018 02:28PM

  That's true..

sstrams15March 11, 2018 07:03AM

  they have eliminated the long intros that

ferragamo7930March 09, 2018 11:19AM

  yea , I miss those

IowaRam16March 10, 2018 02:32PM

  Re: yea , I miss those

IowaRam13March 10, 2018 04:03PM

  It's reached the height of the absurd. . . . . .

RAMbeau23March 10, 2018 06:05AM

  I enjoy good commercials

waterfield20March 10, 2018 06:30AM

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JamesJM20March 10, 2018 07:32AM

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waterfield17March 10, 2018 10:26AM

  good commercials..................yes

IowaRam15March 10, 2018 02:19PM

  Re: good commercials..................yes

Aries16March 13, 2018 10:52AM