Originally Posted by Hercules67
That's precisely the reason why I hate "ON DEMAND". There is nothing on demand about it. It takes forever to watch a 42 minute show "On Demand" versus TiVo. I've had to do it to catch-up.
That's funny, because I HATE commercials, but still _SOMEWHAT_ like On Demand.
1) After a few days, most shows "convert" to a version with RELATIVELY few commercials
2) Obviously I can watch the HD version... (I still mostly record SD versions for disk space reasons.. though just in the past week or so have converted more SPs to HD.. I'm already up to 70% on my Roamio Plus, so I'll probably put a bunch back to SD)
3) Some shows DO let you fast forward through commercials.. Mostly not the main networks though. (e.g. Food Network and I am almost positive Discovery do let you FF through commercials.) Yes, latency is a pain.
4) Many channels, including many of the broadcast channels, do NOT have copy protection, so I can still record them (on another recorder) and FF through the commercials. While this is admittedly not HD anymore, it is widescreen, and looks pretty good to me. Yes, sounds like a lot of steps, but for some shows that DON'T convert to the low-commercial-count version, it works..
Basically, having it is a lot better than not having it.
Oh yeah, Colbert & Daily Show do convert to a version that's like 21 minutes long. Some of the commercial breaks are removed ENTIRELY, the other ones usually have one or two short promos for their own shows.