But there’s still one vestige of broadcast TV that invites you to stop watching: interminable opening credits sequences. Star Trek’s theme song is retro-catchy the first ten times. After that, it’s tedious and irritating. Or consider House of Cards, whose melancholy opening sequence lasts nearly two full minutes(!). There’s only so many times I can watch those DC time lapses.
So why can’t Netflix automatically skip these opening titles for me?
DVDs typically have chapter markers inserted at the end of the opening credits — which is handy when you’re viewing an archived copy on the Apple TV. But why don’t streaming services offer the same feature? My guess is it’s just cheaper and easier to omit it.