If you’re a fan of the TV program “Dexter,” you will remember that something rather important happened in the last thirty seconds of the last episode of the last season. If you’ve never watched “Dexter,” imagine an equally important scene in a television program that you do care about. Or game-winning points scored by your favorite team right at the buzzer. Now imagine that you sit down to watch after some delay. In the case of reader K., that viewing is on DVD. That pivotal scene is the first thing you see, part of a promotional clip for… the very DVD you’ve just sat down to watch. So they’re spoiling something you’ve just rented or purchased, assuming that anyone who buys the DVDs had already watched the last season or failed to avoid spoilers?
After our tip submission form ate her original letter, K ranted to us:
I bought Dexter season 6 on Bluray because I’m the sort of dork who feels bad about piracy and still buys all my media.
Every time I put in a disk (not first watch, mind you, every… time… ) there is a 3 minute ad for Showtime that I can’t skip and can’t fast forward.
THEY SPOIL THE LAST 30 SECONDS OF THE FINAL EPISODE OF THE FREAKING SHOW IN THAT AD.
Guess that’s what I get for giving them my stupid money instead of stealing… 0_o
Yes, Showtime, why are you assuming that people who have purchased the DVDs have already seen the last season? Many people wait for the discs of programs they like to come out instead of subscribing to Showtime. Don’t punish them for being patient and not pirating their program.