We only watch live, non-DVR’d television if there’s a new Breaking Bad or a big game. And when we do, there’s the pesky problem of commercials we can’t fast forward through. Try as you might to click the remote, but the ads aren’t going anywhere. Enter Commercial Break, a free iPhone app that helps you avoid the loud and dumb interruptions that take up 20 minutes of every TV hour. Once you select the channel you’re watching, the app uses an advanced algorithm to time the length of commercial breaks, and then pings you when they end. That means you can mute it, run to your fridge and grab a beer without worrying about missing a touchdown, or a shooting on a cop show — or an ousted contestant on The Bachelorette.
Hold up: you’re not using Commercial Break to watch The Bachelorette. If you are, we can’t help you there.