09
Sep
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Commercial breaks have never been enjoyable, but after growing accustomed to Netflix's commercial-free experience and the brief pauses between Hulu videos, sitting through five minutes worth of ads while watching cable is more jarring than ever. It's possible to channel surf long enough to find something else to watch during that time, but you know the drill - either every show that's interesting happens to go to a commercial break at the same time, or you get too engrossed in something new to remember to turn back. Thankfully, there's now an app for Android that can address the latter problem. The aptly-named Commercial Break for Android sends you a notification every time a commercial you wish to skip comes to an end.

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The app is pretty painless to use. It doesn't try to sync up to your TV, request your content provider, or even need for you to have a cable subscription of any kind. I was able to request notifications for a show I have no means of watching, and my phone vibrated when the show was back on, just as expected. Suffice to say, the app works even if you leave the room or turn off the TV. Unfortunately, the number of available channels isn't comprehensive. Actually, that's putting it generously - there are less than a dozen channels to choose from.

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Commercial Break comes to Android from iOS and brings with it new support for live programming. If you regularly watch the supported networks or consume a lot of sports, it's worth a look. You can grab it from the Play Store for free.

Sources: Commercial Break, Facebook

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. He now lives in the City of Bridges, adjusting to the presence of actual snow. His phone of choice is the HTC One.

  • Thomas’

    Why do app screenshots always have such a cluttered status bar?

  • QwietStorm

    Oh my god I feel lazy just knowing something like this exists.

  • RH

    Nice concept. I've started now, just waiting til a show I like is over for a season, then getting the entire year, and watching it back to back some rainy weekend. 30 minute shows are just 20 minutes long. The days of being a slave to a special show are over, the networks just haven't caught on yet.

  • José Daniel Gómez de Segura

    In Spain there is a similar app, also working with a limited list of channels:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.loremsolutions.duck

    I tried it once and the notification came with a slight delay, but still ok. The only problem is... who watches live TV nowadays?