iPhone: Nobody really likes commercials, but if you choose to do something productive with them, Commercial Break can warn you when it’s time to get back to the couch.
Let’s start with the bad news. Commercial Break currently only works with ten channels in New York City, and three (ESPN, ESPN2, and CNN) everywhere else in the country. If you ever watch those channels though, this is absolutely worth the download. You just tell the app what you’re watching, and it will send you a push notification when commercials are coming to an end. In my testing, notifications fired reliably within a couple seconds of the show returning.
Commercial Break is free, so even though it’s a little short on channels right now, it’s worth checking out.