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ABC Introduces On Demand Service With Compulsary Commercials

Will You Put Up With Commercials For Free TV?

I don't just love TiVo because it allows me to watch my favorite shows whenever I can fit it into my crazy schedule. I also love it for the fact that I don't have to watch commercials. I decided a long time ago: Commercials, me no likey. ABC seems to be totally missing the point with their new video-on-demand service that streams their shows on TV, for free and anytime you want (like HBO's On Demand). The catch? You have to watch the commercials.

ABC's (with Cox Communications) new service would be great if you don't already have a DVR. The ability to fast forward through the commercials has been disabled, so to get that free content, they've got you, Clockwork Orange-style. ABC executives say this is a direct challenge to DVRs like TiVo, but the addition of force-fed advertising just makes me want to go home and hold my TiVo (his name is Gilligan) closer. It's a dealbreaker for me. What about you?

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