Well, Molly and V talking about fast forwarding was enough to overcome my frustration with the forums and actually post.
Molly, I'm wondering where in the constitution you saw anything about fast forwarding? I don't think it says "life, liberty, and the pursuit of fast forwarding though commercials." Fast forwarding is certainly not, in my opinion a Constitutional right. To my knowledge, the Betamax case did not address fast forwarding either. It specifically talked about time shifting of programs. So there is no legal precedent regarding fast forwarding through commercials, and there are no laws specifically allowing or denying it.
Oh, and could you maybe never ever say again that you don't think you should have to watch commercials because you already pay for the show? Your cable or satellite bill in no way pays for the content of the channels. It pays for the carriage and distribution of the channels. If you'd like to see the quality of TV you would get with no commercials or subscriptions (like HBO), watch the community TV station in your area.
I agree that advertising is reaching a threshold moment and will have to adapt. I also think the Philips patent is really dumb, but it's not unconstitutional or illegal.
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