Wednesday, January 28, 2004

The death of reality tv?

Here’s an interesting one from the “Jargon Watch” column by Gareth Branwyn in this month’s Wired Magazine:

The 10-FF40-10 Solution
Using a DVR to watch an hour-long reality show in less than 30 minutes. It's easy: Record the show, view the first 10 minutes (the setup), fast-forward through the middle 40 (zzzzz), then watch the last 10 (the reveal).

As if it wasn’t bad enough that consumers can use their DVR’s to skip commercials, now reality shows have to worry about people skipping product placements. I believe this method would also work for the 30 minute reality show – simply reduce your viewing times to 5 minutes on each end and fast-forward through the middle 20.

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