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Here's how many hours of commercials Netflix saves you from each year

Cord-cutters looking for even more reasons to ditch cable TV can now point to a new study that estimates the hours of commercials Netflix can cut out of your life.

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Your days are too short as it is. You try to fit in work, chores and binge-watching all 144 episodes of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." You'll save quite a bit of time by watching all your shows on Netflix rather than cable TV, according to a numbers-crunching study from Cordcutting.com. It concludes that commercial-free streaming services can spare you from exposure to 160 hours of ads each year.

Cordcutting.com took user data from Netflix (over 75 million subscribers) and did the math based on CEO Reed Hastings' assertion that those people stream 125 million hours of content every day. That works out to about 1 and 2/3 hours per person. Next, data from Nielsen gives a figure for the amount of commercial time in an hour of cable TV (around 15 minutes). Keep on crunching, extrapolate those numbers and you get the 160 hours of saved ad-free time over the course of a year.

Cordcutting.com is a news and reviews site that has a deep interest in people cutting the cord on cable. A survey earlier this month from Cordcutting.com's sister site AllFlicks says 75.5 percent of Netflix subscribers believe the streaming service can replace traditional TV. Of course, Cordcutting.com's ad-hours conclusion doesn't account for all the extra time you might spend watching TV just because all 144 episodes of "Buffy" are right at your fingertips. Who needs sleep when you've got vampire-fighting teen angst?