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Mar 01 2008

My Problem With Movies Shown On Cable TV

Movies on TV - I made this in photoshop :)Have you ever watched a movie that you have seen in theaters or on DVD that is unrated due to strong language or partial nudity? Those additions are not needed to get the movies point across, but for some strange reason it makes the movie better just because of the character or the plot. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get that version of the movie to be played on cable TV? Of course it would, but because of the FCC and “younger viewers”, the providers wouldn’t allow it. The question that I have is why can’t they show both. I will be talking about that a little later, but for now I want to explain my summary of the last 70 years of TV and movies.

Over the years, the TV industry has greatly increased the number of viewers, its programming, the technology and the quality of the shows. (HD for example) However, one concept that has not changed too much is what they can say and do on TV. It has changed drastically over the past 50 years, but they have only changed it based upon society’s view on what is considered inappropriate and the same goes for movies.

Movies in the 1940’s like “Casablanca”, “Citizen Kane”, “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “The Grapes of Wrath” are classic movies that were black and white which depict life’s struggles and how the character’s deal with those issues. Moving on to the 1960’s there were amazing advances in the film industry like, Psycho, The Sound of Music; Bonnie and Clyde; The Graduate, 2001: A Space Odyssey. The 1980’s were geared towards the teenagers featuring the “brat pack” in Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club. Along with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Back to the Future, Lethal Weapon, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Say Anything, Footloose and Dirty Dancing.

Lets jump to the present and deal with the problem that I have with movies shown on cable TV. Watching TV has changed a lot since the creation of the DVR (Digital Video Recorder – TiVo and Cable provided ones) because you no longer have to be in front of a TV to watch it. You are most likely thinking, “What about VCR’s” and you’re right, it was possible at that time, but the problem is the quality was bad and you had to program the VCR manually. However, the DVR has amazing features to it that makes watching shows and living your life work together. They have the technology to create amazing features and they choose not to follow through.

The problem that I have doesn’t stop with showing movies with the language in them, it goes beyond that to showing movies on TV and have them make sense after they are “edited for content”. I was watching a movie that I saved on my DVR and not only did they cut out inappropriate scenes, but they cut out scenes that were referenced in other sections of the movie. If I was watching that movie for the first time, I am either going to be really confused or miss out on a joke because I didn’t understand why they were mentioning it. It is one thing to cut out inappropriate scenes but don’t cut something that will change the plot of the movie.

There is a solution to this problem, if the cable providers can broadcast both versions and allow for a password to broadcast the appropriate selections. If I am a 23 year old male who is living on his own who does not have small children, I should be allowed to watch an unedited version since I am paying for it anyway. The FCC needs to lighten up and allow for the use of a system such as this. Cutting it for time is also ridiculous because how does the web get away with it, by running ads. I’m alright with 30 seconds of ads every 20 minutes if it means that my DVR could have the unrated, uncut movie that I want to watch.

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Timothy Haroutunian

Timothy Haroutunian is a ServiceNow Cloud Implementation Specialist at Acorio. ServiceNow is an IT Management solution that allows for a complete view of your IT and physical environment.

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