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Old 11-17-2014, 08:13 AM   #1
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Fast forwarding during TV shows when not interested...

I have started a new thread so as not to go off topic on the Homeland thread that started this

http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb...d.php?t=522741

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This is in danger of going off topic but I see this comment in threads about all kinds of things and am just baffled that people would watch a movie or tv show or by extension read a book and just Fast Forward whenever they get to a spot that 'bores' them. How does one know just when to hit the button and then just when to stop? Baffling.
I do it all the time.

Some examples:
SCANDAL - I pretty much fast forward when ever Olivia Pope and The President are alone. No seriously, - they have been having the same conversation since episode 1. Over it.

I have also found on some shows there is the main storyline / character and then there are sub-plots that have nothing to do with the main plot.

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Remember JUDGING AMY?
Amy's character had a brother played by Dan Futterman. The brother had a subplot that never had anything to do with Amy or her mother (Tyne Daly). The actor Dan Futterman left the show and they brought in Kyle Rahm and his character Kyle McCarty (I had to look all that up).
The Kyle McCarty character had subplots in every episode that you could fast forward through and it had zero significance on watching the rest of the show.

Interestingly enough the creator of the show is Barbara Hall who now has MADAM SECRETARY on the air and she is doing the same exact thing with Tim Daly's character. He recently had an episode where he went off on his own story that had nothing to do with Tea Leoni. PERFECT fast forwarding material

On the shows that I do this with, I usually make sure to watch the "previously on" to see if I missed anything of great importance - but I fast forward all the time.
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Old 11-17-2014, 08:17 AM   #2
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Old 11-17-2014, 08:29 AM   #3
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I don't FF dramas. But I'll FF lots of other things: Survivor or any other reality show (the only other ones I watch are the competitions like The Voice, SYTYCD, etc.), Talking Dead, SNL, talk shows like Jimmy Fallon (I always FF the couple of minutes right after his monologue where he talks about what guests are coming up during the week), etc. And of course the news (all coverage of fires and cute animals that were abandoned). Oh and sports.
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Old 11-17-2014, 08:50 AM   #4
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Happens to us on How to get away with murder. Almost every episode.

Also I do it if there's a guest I want to hear/see on shows like Fallon or Kimmel. I skip the spots where there are other guests I don't care about being interviewed.
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Old 11-17-2014, 08:55 AM   #5
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Sons of Anarchy, anytime Gemma, Unser, Tara is on. I used to FF through all Juice scenes but I'm more tolerant now. Yeah, I can watch some episodes in as little as 10 minutes. Why do I watch it at all? Because I like those 10 minutes and I hope things will get better.
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Old 11-17-2014, 09:25 AM   #6
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This is baffling to me, too. I can understand if you're fast-forwarding through a scene here or there for whatever reason but to fast forward through every X scene of every episode because it is the "same" or "boring" or whatever - how do you know if you're always fast-forwarding through it?
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Old 11-17-2014, 09:28 AM   #7
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The only shows I FF in are news shows; I'll skip stories that don't interest me.

Dramas are (supposed to be) scripted as holistic units. If there is regularly stuff that doesn't matter to the larger storyline, then it's probably a badly-written show that I won't keep watching anyway.
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Old 11-17-2014, 09:30 AM   #8
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SNL. I watch in about 15 minutes, usually.
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Old 11-17-2014, 09:52 AM   #9
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Or NFL games.....ball is down....30-sec skip. Game watched in about 45 minutes


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Old 11-17-2014, 09:55 AM   #10
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Or NFL games.....ball is down....30-sec skip. Game watched in about 45 minutes

YES! Though, hurry-up offense mucks this up (<30 sec to snap), occasionally "spoils" a good play.
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Old 11-17-2014, 09:59 AM   #11
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American Idol is the only show that I use ff for. I always just ff to the performances and critiques on the performance shows.

Scripted shows live or die based on the entirety of the show. Either I like it enough to devote 45 minutes to watching it or I don't. There's no shortage of replacement shows.
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Old 11-17-2014, 10:07 AM   #12
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Soaps

My sisters used to record their 3 favorite soaps that were on while they were working, and then catch up on Saturday or Sunday (which would be the days I would visit my mother with whom they lived).

They would skip over the storylines they didn't like, and get caught up for the week in an hour and a half to two hours.

Getting stuck being there while they did this, I couldn't help but notice how stupid most of shows were. They had interchangable characters and storylines, and they would take sooo much time to get anything done.

One week, a damsel-in-distress blonde had been kidnapped and was locked in a cellar (screaming a lot). Her heroic type boyfriend was at a cocktail party. In every episode that week he would say to whoever he was talking to, "I have to find (insert name here)", and start for the elevator. The next day you find out he stopped to talk to somebody else (same line), and the girl was still being menaced in the basement. It took him a whole week to make it across the room and into the elevator!! Of course you don't notice this sort of thing unless you do binge watch.
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Old 11-17-2014, 10:07 AM   #13
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YES! Though, hurry-up offense mucks this up (<30 sec to snap), occasionally "spoils" a good play.
That's when a one-button sequence on a Harmony remote comes in handy; 8 seconds back, 30 seconds forward
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Old 11-17-2014, 10:24 AM   #14
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Never understood it for dramas or comedies. Probably never will.
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Old 11-17-2014, 10:28 AM   #15
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That's when a one-button sequence on a Harmony remote comes in handy; 8 seconds back, 30 seconds forward
Ooh - I'm going to have to play with that!
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Old 11-17-2014, 10:35 AM   #16
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The only shows I FF in are news shows; I'll skip stories that don't interest me.

Dramas are (supposed to be) scripted as holistic units. If there is regularly stuff that doesn't matter to the larger storyline, then it's probably a badly-written show that I won't keep watching anyway.
Pretty much this. Excluding reality/news/etc, I don't FF. If I find myself getting antsy, the show goes on the bubble. Too much "why TF doesn't this story MOVE already", and it joins the glory of the Deleted SP list.
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Old 11-17-2014, 10:36 AM   #17
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The only shows I FF in are news shows; I'll skip stories that don't interest me.

Dramas are (supposed to be) scripted as holistic units. If there is regularly stuff that doesn't matter to the larger storyline, then it's probably a badly-written show that I won't keep watching anyway.
I only FF sports (if my team is losing with little hope of coming back), news shows like 60 Minutes or Real Sports if there's a story I don't care about, and sometimes the recap of last season's episode. I never FF scripted shows. For the Sopranos-Malfi example, if you FF during the time when she was "in danger" you might have missed the whole reasoning behind it. Unless you know ahead of time that there's nothing important happening during a said scene, how would you know you're not missing something?
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Old 11-17-2014, 11:18 AM   #18
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I'm in the group that won't FF in a scripted show but do do it for news and late night. We don't watch much sports or reality so they are not really an issue but I imagine they would also be prime candidates for the FF button.

I can't get used to the 30 second skip: It seems to go too far or not far enough, which then of course results in a too far. The way that Tivo's FF button works is perfect for me, the way it auto rewinds just a bit depending on how fast you were forwarding usually puts the 'live' play in just about the right spot.
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Old 11-17-2014, 11:54 AM   #19
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I often do it for news. For scripted shows, I might FF past a subplot that I find boring. Sometimes there's enough good stuff in a show that I'll continue to watch the good parts and skip the bad. But if I'm doing it consistently, I'll probably drift away from it and do/watch something more interesting.
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Old 11-17-2014, 12:55 PM   #20
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I don't FF through any program content except commercials, although on occasion I'll FF through an NFL game if I inadvertently see the score from a later point in the game. I'll often record two games airing at the same time and switch back and forth between them. If I see an updated score on the other game for a segment I haven't watched yet I'll FF until I get caught up to that point.

My feeling is, if the show bores me enough to want to FF through parts of it then it's not worth recording in the first place. I'll just stop watching it and delete the series recording at that time and move on to something I'd rather watch.
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Old 11-17-2014, 01:35 PM   #21
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My feeling is, if the show bores me enough to want to FF through parts of it then it's not worth recording in the first place. I'll just stop watching it and delete the series recording at that time and move on to something I'd rather watch.
This is me- I could never just skip stuff because I know it could come back to bite me later on when I don't understand something.
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Old 11-17-2014, 01:41 PM   #22
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I think Sports, Reality competition shows, and SNL are a whole different category vs scripted shows.

I never have FF'ed a scripted show (on the first run) but do it all the time on the above categories.
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Old 11-17-2014, 04:24 PM   #23
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SCANDAL - I pretty much fast forward when ever Olivia Pope and The President are alone. No seriously, - they have been having the same conversation since episode 1. Over it.
I agree with this example 100000%! Excruciating. However, I still don't FF. With my luck something will finally be said that's pivotal and I will have missed it. lol. It's an opportunity to check email, web surf for a couple of minutes, etc.

I don't routinely record sports or news but they are prime for FF-ing. Same for the various talent shows. But like many others, I don't FF scripted shows.
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Old 11-17-2014, 06:14 PM   #24
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I agree with this example 100000%! Excruciating. However, I still don't FF. With my luck something will finally be said that's pivotal and I will have missed it. lol. It's an opportunity to check email, web surf for a couple of minutes, etc.
This. Exactly.
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Old 11-17-2014, 09:34 PM   #25
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I use the FF liberally during late night Cinemax movies.
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Old 11-17-2014, 10:21 PM   #26
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Old 11-17-2014, 10:59 PM   #27
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I think Sports, Reality competition shows, and SNL are a whole different category vs scripted shows.
I know what you _mean_, but SNL is completely scripted.

I actually have all of this season and I think most of last season's SNL not watched.. but when I was watching it regularly, I _used_ to FF through boring skits.. Then I got addicted to my 'watch faster than realtime' recorder... which I can now do about as easily on my iPad with VLC (without the need for realtime play to the other recorder).

Basically, some of the bad skits had just a bit of funny in them, but weren't funny enough to watch realtime..

If I could realistically watch scripted shows faster than realtime and "get" all of it, I would. (I listen to podcasts all the time at 2x too -- only have to skip back once in a while.)
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Old 11-17-2014, 11:56 PM   #28
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The only shows I do this with are some of the contest shows. When I watch American's Got Talent or American Idol, I only watch the performances. I don't care about the background of the performers and almost always fast forward through that stuff. I usually fast forward through the professional performances on those shows too that they use as filler.

Well, and Sports, of course. And late night talk shows.
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Or NFL games.....ball is down....30-sec skip. Game watched in about 45 minutes
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YES! Though, hurry-up offense mucks this up (<30 sec to snap), occasionally "spoils" a good play.
Yeah, you cannot watch the Pats this way. You'll miss half the plays.
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