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Directv can insert local commercials into national channels

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by DJ Rob, Sep 17, 2011.

  1. Jeremy W

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    It's a little more difficult for cable companies to make their commercials unskippable, since they're simply inserted into the signal instead of being played out by the local STB. Although it's certainly possible, and I'm sure we'll see this "feature" expanding to cable, and eventually to most commercials.
     
  2. HoTat2

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    Oh OK ... ,

    Thanks, my bad then ...
     
  3. Tom Robertson

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    I suspect you all are right that there is a problem that DIRECTV might need to look into. I expect they were meant to be skippable but maybe something was tagged incorrectly or maybe a bug in the skip logic.

    If it is in the tagging, hopefully they can fix it in a few days. If a coding bug... that might take a little longer.

    I don't think this is how DIRECTV wanted things to go.

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
  4. P Smith

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    The 'bug' easily did pass a test of its SW developer, not telling about first QA ? Sweet dreams...

    It's a feature to control us !
     
  5. Jeremy W

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    I don't know, the voices in my head (and I know they're actually in my head, because my tinfoil hat keeps out any mind control efforts) say that if the ads are not skippable, DirecTV could charge more for them.
     
  6. ACR_Ted

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    Has anyone in the affected areas called DTV to find out just what is going on and whether or not the disabling of the skip function is deliberate?

    If it is done on purpose I would imagine that a lot of us would cancel service...I know I certainly would do so! I can get 50+ channels off air (albeit about 2/3 of them are religious, Spanish and/or home shopping) so that would be good enough for me. I've already gotten to the point where I only watch TV once or twice a week now...

    Ted
     
  7. bill875

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    I DVR'd the Weird Al Yankovic Special on Comedy Central HD tonight (10/1). During the ad breaks I was surprised to see Hardee's ads on a National channel, then I saw a commercial for a local Ear/Nose/Throat doctor in Charlotte, NC which was surprising as I knew I was not watching any of my local Charlotte channels. So that brought me to Google "DirecTV inserting Local ads" which brought me to this thread. I have no problem with local ads if I don't have to see DirecTV, Mesothelioma or Coin ads. Glad to know I'm not crazy and that this is an actual initiative on DirecTV's part.
     
  8. Jeremy W

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    I don't think anyone really has a problem with the ads themselves. It's just the fact that they're unskippable.
     
  9. Funk Doctor

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    Started seeing these local ads on national channels here in NYC. I can't recall exactly which channels they were on, but I think it was FX, Bravo and maybe Discovery.
     
  10. kevinwmsn

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    +1. Luckily they haven't made it my way yet, but if they make commercials unskippable, I may have to resort to having a bunch of recievers and let the pc flag the commercials for me.
     
  11. ChrisPC

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    I noticed the ads here in TN a few weeks ago, and didn't think they were local at first. I saw one ad at the gym and thought they had switched to Comcast, but I didn't see those stupid anti-D* and anti-Uverse ads. All the ads I saw were regional, not local. One day, I saw an ad for a local ambulance chaser and realized D* was inserting them somehow. They definitely have a lower resolution than the other ads.
     
  12. JoeTheDragon

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    was it on a RSN channel? they have local ad's and D* can if wanted feed in local ad's on RSN channels at there up link center.
     
  13. jamieh1

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    Watching History HD and saw some local ads for the Ral/Durham Market, also saw some on ESPN HD. Also the resolution changes for some ads.
     
  14. Richierich

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    How Do You REALLY Feel About The Deion Sanders Commercial???

    This is your Psychiatrist Speaking. Can you Hear??? :lol:
     

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