"Redeem the time." This injunction was repeatedly voiced by my male parent. In keeping with his instruction, I have made some adaptations to my television viewing routines. I have read after or have been told by numerous people that they save much time by recording their favorite programs, then skipping the commercials when they view. Most seem to estimate the time saved at one-third the total length of the program. I believe I have made a major improvement on this technique.
By recording the program then skipping the show and watching the commercials I save twice as much time as my friends save with their approach. Additionally, another benefit accrues to me. I get the greater amusement, for the advertisements tend to be much more entertaining than is the programming!
This one cracks me up every time.