PBS and its "ads"

SDavies@mtroyal.ab.ca
Wed, 10 Jul 2002 14:42:31 -0700 (PDT)

My experience with the Jazz series was the same. It was the first
DVD set we bought for classroom use. If you think how hard it is to fit
any documentary video into a 50 minute class, imagine the frustration of
not being able to skip past the unnecessary announcements. (If I timed it,
it probably wouldn't turn out to be as long as it seems.)
I'm expecting to have more of these kinds of problems when we start
acquiring our feature films on DVD too. We'll be waiting thru
announcements of what is coming to theatres "this fall" for years to come,
since these can't be skipped either.
We've taken to telling people that DVDs need to be cued before class
starts.

On a related note, I see the U.S. Congress is discussing PBS
announcements as they appear on air, and how they are looking more and more
like commercials.
See the Studio Briefing for today at:
http://us.imdb.com/StudioBrief/2002/20020710.html
The paragraph is headed "Longer Underwriting Announcements On PBS
Under Fire".

Stephen Davies
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