Thursday, February 16, 2006
Demand Networks Stop Running Their Shows Long
Fox and ABC both screwed over their viewers last night. Fox ran American Idol to 9:03 and ABC pulled similar trick with Lost. Those overruns used to be a cute innovation (pioneered by NBC) to create "flow" from one show to another and keep people from switching the dial. But now, with Digital Video Recorders, Tivo, or even VCRs in virutally every home, all these tricks do is frustrate and annoy viewers. People with VCRs can miss the last seconds of their show. People with DVRs find themselves cheated out of a chance to record a second program because the box recognizes Idol as running from 8 to 10 p.m. for taping purposes. Call ABC at 212-456-7777 and let them know you're mad. Call Fox at 310-369-1000 and tell them to stop jerking us around. Go on the message board of Lost and American Idol (you have to register) and politely let them know how annoying this is. If you don't complain, they'll never stop.