Saturday, September 24, 2022


How long since you watched a movie on broadcast TV that contained commercials?

Remember when there was only one movie on TV a night? Remember when you used to have to go to the video store to rent a movie? Remember when… well, you get the picture.

Nowadays there are so many places to watch movies it’s almost overwhelming! Should you watch a movie at the movie theater? Or on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO, Disney+, Fandango, Redbox, etc.? Is it even worth watching movies on TV anymore with all the commercial breaks?

When was the last time you watched a movie on broadcast TV that contained commercials? Please tell us in the poll below.


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E Step
1 year ago

Old Western a week ago.

1 year ago

I watch a movie on over the air tv every night. Do not go to theater or rent movies and don’t even know how to do the other methods mentioned. I even watch black and white tv, for what that is worth.

John Koenig
1 year ago

I clicked on “Within the Last Few Days” but then I realized you said BROADCAST TV. The RV park I’ve been “isolating in place” for about a year includes BASIC CABLE in the monthly rate. I do have an Over The Air antenna to pick up actual broadcast TV but, it’s been a year or more since I’ve used that antenna. I’m amazed at just how many ads there are, even on PAID CABLE TV these days. When I had a “Stick & Brick” I rarely watched OTA TV and, would NOT pay for the crappy service Cablevision provided. My local public library had an EXCELLENT selection of DVDs and BluRay disks. If my local library didn’t have the title I wanted, said title was usually available from another library that was a member of the local cooperative library system. Public Libraries are the hidden gems in most towns.

Mike Albert
1 year ago

Movie theater…. what’s that????

1 year ago

TV antenna reaches out enough to get 30 channels watching MeTV, PBS, local weather and states next door. Everything else through WI-Fi (Netflex, Philo, Hulu, Disney). Movies with out commercials.. But I don’t watch much TV. And the News is depressing, disappointing, maddening, so read the highlights on the tablet and move on.

Ron Lane
1 year ago

We have DISH so any movie (or program) that has commercials, I record and watch later and fast forward through the commercials. However, I do watch the three news networks in the morning (CNN, FOX & MSNBC) and they have a LOT of commercials. I switch to another channel whenever a commercial comes up. When all three are airing a commercial (sometimes the exact same commercial) I will shut down the tv until evening and then watch a pre-recorded program.

1 year ago

We haven’t had cable for 20 years. Free airwaves for us. Our preference is PBS as we have 5 channels in our town. We also go with free airwaves, DVD’s in our RV.

1 year ago

Record and Zip thru commercial

Grant Graves
1 year ago
Reply to  Tom

Yep, that is the way I do it. I can’t remember the last time I watched a live movie.

1 year ago

I will watch but will always pause long enough to fast forward though the commercials.

1 year ago

Mostly we stream what we want to watch. The only thing we watch live on cable tv is very important breaking news and sports. Speaking of which, gotta go. Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament is about to start.

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago

It’s easy to judge the popularity of any TV show by the number of commercials and how often they pop up. It seems like you can get stuck watching as much commercial time as program time. This is where recording programs comes in handy, so you can skip through this stuff.

1 year ago

Cable and sateliteTV are sunset business models, the end is on the horizon. Remember the 8 track tapes in your car? All the broadcast networks are now streaming for a monthly fee. Depending on your personal selection, much cheaper than cable/satellite. We stream most of our video entertainment and sometimes use the old fashioned TV antenna on the roof to get local OTA broadcasts. If we don’t have WIFI, we have a couple of hard drives full of movies we can plug into the TV.

1 year ago
Reply to  Bounder

Wait! Isn’t the dinosaur cable you refer to, used to get ‘streaming WIFI’? Last time I checked my bill, WIFI was caught up and passed the cost of satellite. Then, on top of the monthly cable bill you have for WIFI, you pay an additional monthly fee for each streaming company. Just wait until the competition is gone and WIFI and streaming companies are free to charge whatever they want.

Philip Sponable
1 year ago
Reply to  GeorgeB

How soon they forget… $9.99 a month and NO commercials… 😎 

Edward Wullschleger
1 year ago

We’ve been watching a movie or two with commercials on our Roku TV every week lately…but that’s not “broadcast TV” so I answered “months ago”.

richard west
1 year ago

I remember when cable started, they said uncut commercial free programming. Now you pay extra for everything. Since Amazon joined the Censorship Group I don’t use their services. We use basic Directv, Broadcast, CG exchange movies. I’m smart enough to filter out the propaganda coming over the tube.

Neal Davis
1 year ago

Sometimes we camp places where our dish cannot get a signal, but our antenna does pull in over-the-air stations. However, we never watch movies that way. At home we watch television via our DirecTV satellite dish. I cannot justify spending 2 hours watching a 90-minute movie with 30 minutes of commercials, especially when the movie is cut to allow for more commercials.

Tom Moeller
1 year ago

I cut the cord and it’s constant carshield and Medicare commercials.So tired of it.

1 year ago

Usually I record the movie and zip past the commercials.

Seann Fox
1 year ago

I record everything I watch on my DVR and then when I play back to watch it I can easily fast forward through all the commercials

Gary W.
1 year ago
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Bill N Stacey
1 year ago

We Cut The Cord Completely! Only Classic DVD,s… We Will Not Allow Ourselves To Be Influenced By Cable Companys, Internet Streaming Apps Or Over The Air Programming….

Steve flippo
1 year ago

Nothing on pay cable worth paying for. Im saving $100 a month by switching to roku. Dont regret it a bit. I dont feel the need to subscribe to appletv, netflix, or any of those other rip off spin offs.

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