1967...an episode of Star Trek was 50-51 minutes long...now what is it?A typical episode on tv is what,about 44-46 minutes? Less maybe?
I recently recorded an episode of Lost for later viewing... after removing the ads, the actual show ran for 39.57 minutes... take out the "Previously on Lost" and you've only got 35 -36 minutes of new material.
It's all in pursuit of the almighty 'advertising' dollar... and TV execs, believing they have a captive audience, care nothing of the viewer and will continue to erode our viewing experience.
The prices just keep going up and the service goes down.
Ain't that the truth! I was considering Foxtel via cable to get Rugby League games that aren't shown on free-to-air, but to get that I would be forced to purchase umpteen shopping and news channels I'd never ever watch, such is the packaging structure... and then there's 20+ years worth of repeats... shows that are repeated several times annually, and new content is far and few between.
I had Foxtel about 10 years ago, but with the way they've restructured their packages, I'd have to pay and extra $49 to get the same channels as I had then... and we've already discussed the endless repeats, so they can shove it where the sun don't shine, cos $89.95 per month for very minimal new content and a handful of Rugby League games is hardly value for money.
Also, there should NEVER EVER be advertising on pay TV. You're paying a premium price to avoid commercials, and airing ads is double dipping at your expense... protest this by closing your wallets.
As for airing the wrestling on the sci-fi channel... well that's no different to showing adult movies/content on Nickelodeon during peak childerens viewing times... it's inappropriate and out of context. Shame on the programmers.