Late Night Commercials

The FCC regulates what’s allowed to be broadcast on TV. I don’t know the exact rule, but I know indecent material may be broadcast late at night. The problem with this is that TiVo, and other digital video recorders make it easy to time shift TV shows.

This weekend, we’ve been watching a Monk marathon. Our TiVo is setup to record Monk whenever it’s on, and apparently a few of the episodes were broadcast late at night. Monk hasn’t been indecent, but some of the commercials sure have. I’m not offended by these commercials, but I’d probably feel differently if I had kids in the house.

The FCC and cable companies are going to have to re-evaluate what the broadcast at any time because of the growth of PVRs. Late at night is no longer a meaningful test for appropriateness.

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