. . . 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.