. . . But Skipping the Commercials

Before Sarah Palin beats me to it, I thought I’d propose my very own addition to the English language (as far as I know):

“Synch-ron-ate”:  taping a show, then watching it — without commercials — so as to finish at the same time as the live telecast.

So, if I want to watch a 30 minute show like The Daily Show, commercial-free and the same night it airs (at 10 p.m.), I have to wait at least until 10:10 to start watching.

Then, each time there’s a commercial, I skip (“zip”) through it, and continue watching the program.

Allowing for the 10 minute head start I spotted the unabridged program, I finish watching at exactly the same time — 10:30 p.m.

With the three hour-plus Oscars tonight, the calculation is a little more difficult.

But if you do the math, you’ll see that, if you want to synchronate with the Oscars, you’ll need to wait until about 8:15 p.m. (Central) to start watching.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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