I'm usually not home when Comedy Central runs new episodes of Futurama, so I set my DVR to record them. Then, when I go to watch them later, there's a big chunk of The Colbert Report (which, by the way, has to be the longest sustained one-note gag in the history of teevee) tacked on at the front end of the show. This means that the last several minutes of the show I actually want to watch get cut off. Fine. I can set my DVR to record for an extra five minutes. But lately, even when I do that, it still cuts off some of the last minute or so of the show.
Well, over at Hot Air, Jazz Shaw has a post explaining what's going on, and it's apparently all about squeezing extra ad revenue out of their lineup. Now, I don't begrudge anybody making a buck or two, but I have to figure that in the long run, they're going to drive people away from watching their shows as they air. Like I said, you can tweak your DVR, but if you don't have one and you want to catch something else on another network, you're probably not going to put up with this bullshit for long. And as Shaw points out, you can watch a lot of these shows online, where Comedy Central gets a lot less ad revenue. That's the route I think I'll be taking from now on.