Commercial Break is available on Apple’s App Store free of charge during its public beta.
“The average American sees more than ten hours of commercials every week. Commercial Break is two Israelis’ attempt to help them take back that time,” said Commercial Break co-founder and CEO Haim Kairy. “The idea came to me after channel-surfing one day: I realized that my co-founder, Eli Ben David, and I could apply our backgrounds in engineering and sound production to automate the tedious channel-flipping that we all do while waiting for our program to come back from commercials.”
Commercial Break’s unique algorithms identify the end of commercial breaks by analyzing dozens of cues from audio and video signals, 40 times per second. To use the app, viewers simply select the channel they’re watching to start getting instant alerts when commercials end.
After its public beta, the company plans to expand to additional US cities and make the app available for Android.