I have noticed a small trend this year that I am pleased about, but that confuses me. When I started recording on DVDs, (won't say how many years ago
) the length of an average network program allowed me to only out two episodes per disk. Over time, the programs gradually got slightly shorter, just a little bit, until eventually it reached the point where I could fit three episodes of a show on one DVD. It has been like this for a number of years. This year, to my surprise, there are several shows that I really have to work at fitting three episodes per disk. It's tight, to the point that the title cards I generate for the shows need to be shorter, and I have to cut the closing credits (not an issue really).
The last few years, that has not been the case, but this year, three or four programs are like this. My DVD recorder hasn't reduced the amount it can put on a blank DVD, so it must be the program lengths, right? Are they INCREASING the length of network programming (CBS, NBC, ABC) or is it something else I'm missing?
I am happy about this if true, but I am also surprised that it would happen. Would the big three netowrks really increase the length of their programs? On the other hand, I'm told (haven't done it myself) that there are shows on the WB that once the commercials are removed, are UNDER 40 minutes long!