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Do You Ever Watch Commercials?

I know that commercials are unavoidable — if they don't get ya in the product placement of your shows, then you're a captive audience in the movie theater. One place I no longer watch commercials on is the TV — thanks to TiVo! I buzz through everything, including boring parts on the shows themselves (Adult ADD: I'm looking into it).

I assume that's what everyone else does too, which is why it's interesting that TiVo is being used by the ad agency Starcom to see what commercials people are watching. Even though I insist that I don't watch any, I guess I might stop every once in a while for an ad spot that looks really goofy (or has my favorite new song in it, courtesy of Apple).

What about you, since so many of you TiVo or use DVRs — do you brake for certain commercials (and what kind if you do?), or do you fast forward through everything?


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tvjunkie45 tvjunkie45 8 years
I don't have a DVR, but I mute the tv when the commercials are on.
Jaimieheart Jaimieheart 8 years
Without commercials I would be hungry, thirsy and have to pee! /wink
Anniina Anniina 8 years
jennjennbubba:"obviously I watch them on normal tv but when in On Demand I speed through them..." Same here. And when I have to watch, I mute them. And read magazines. I like quiet times in between.
kendallina kendallina 8 years
I usually fast forward through commercials except I will stop and play Sonic Drive-in commercials because they crack me up.
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 8 years
i work in marketing and advertising. i love commercials. i even compete in ad wars where knowledge of commercials is favorable. i can even tell you what companies produced which commercials in some cases!
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 8 years
obviously I watch them on normal tv but when in On Demand I speed through them...
imdamoos imdamoos 8 years
I use the commercials as little breaks to go get something or just to walk around. I'd rather do that than get the remote and fast forward, then rewind because I went too far.
rickimc rickimc 8 years
I read during commercials, and will sometimes even do so with shows I DVRed.
grys grys 8 years
i don´t have Tivo So is Live Tv for me... and when the commercials are on i usually get up and do something or start flipping the channels, but sometimes i do like to watch the commercials.
neko neko 8 years
Not unless they're extremely well-done or clever. Even then, they rarely, if ever, entice me to purchase the product they are selling.
beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
i haven't watched tv in months - i have been watching things online (muting the sound and looking away when there is an ad before the show) and on DVD instead.
verily verily 8 years
Sometimes I watch them, especially if it's live TV. And with DVRed TV, I sometimes forget that I can fast forward through them.
star54 star54 8 years
Commercials are my time to either go to the washroom or get a snack. Or I just flip channels and see what else is on in the meantime.
CoralAmber CoralAmber 8 years
I mostly skip, but if I catch a glimpse of something interesting I'll go back and check it out. Usually it a new movie, tv show, or just something that looks wacky. p.s. I have been trying to cope with my "Adult ADD" and have just started using ADD planner. I get it to say reminders out loud or open up things I should be working on.
Swen Swen 8 years
I don't have Tivo, but I do kind of like commercials. I notice that when I watch TV with my friends, they'll all change the channel to a different show for 5 minutes while the commercials are on, and it drives me nuts for some reason. I like to sit through and watch the commercials, or get up for a few minutes to do something.
calamari calamari 8 years
I always watch commercials. But, like afrochic, I work in the ad industry. But I think the most exciting, creative and fun advertising is showing up online...not on TV
aistea311 aistea311 8 years
Some commercials are just so funny and I enjoy watching them :)
ayanaphil ayanaphil 8 years
Don't watch commercials. You would think I did though because of me working in the Ad industry.
jdots24 jdots24 8 years
I hate watching commercials! If I'm watching something live, I'll wait 20 mins or so just so I can fastforward through the commercials!
LittleRedRyan LittleRedRyan 8 years
I wonder if with all the Tivos out there speeding through commercials if some ad agency has ever worked on a super slowed down commercial that when fast forwarded via Tivo it plays at normal speed?
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
I don't really watch enough TV to justify the expense of a Tivo. Only really have time for CNN, The Daily Show and the Colbert Report. Everything else gets downloaded on my iPod to watch at the gym or when I'm traveling. :)
melanie-RN melanie-RN 8 years
Ive only figured it out during recorded shows......can you do it during the "live" program?
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