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Ridiculous in-guide Ads

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Juppers, Dec 21, 2010.

Are there too many ads in the guide?

  1. Yes! Please remove this junk or at least give us a way to hide them.

    49 vote(s)
    6.3%
  2. No. The amount of ads don't bother me at all.

    637 vote(s)
    81.7%
  3. I don't care.

    94 vote(s)
    12.1%
  1. Dec 21, 2010 #1 of 432
    Juppers

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    DirecTV has slowly been adding more and more in-guide ads and banners. Just now I went to look for a movie to watch and typed in 500. I was greeted with *4* lines of ads, and 2 channels worth of guide. I page down, and there is a fifth in-guide ad. Yes, in 12 lines of guide area, 5 of them are ads. Am I the only one that finds this ridiculously stupid and annoying?
     
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  2. Dec 21, 2010 #2 of 432
    ladannen

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    Normally I would say yes but in the 500 example you gave the banner ads are promoting the new "on demand" channels.
     
  3. Dec 21, 2010 #3 of 432
    spartanstew

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    What's the difference between options #2 and #3?

    The banner ads have never bothered me, so I don't care.
     
  4. Dec 21, 2010 #4 of 432
    Laxguy

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    I presume you're talking about the onscreen guide? I seldom use it to look for anything, preferring Titantv.com.
    But I'll test in the next day to see how annoyed I can get.
     
  5. Dec 21, 2010 #5 of 432
    P Smith

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    A competitor has an option to turn it off. Hidden in Enhancements ...
     
  6. Dec 21, 2010 #6 of 432
    Satelliteracer

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    HBO and Cinemax VOD were launched last night for the first time on DIRECTV. As a result, those two banners were added to let customers know. There will be a more "elegant" solution down the road to inform customers, but for now that's what is used as a quick, cost effective way to let customers know those services have launched. For customers without broadband connections, they didn't even see those banners. They were specifically targeted to customers that have on Demand HD-DVRs and may not have known those services were launched.
     
  7. Dec 22, 2010 #7 of 432
    P Smith

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    Is it BlackArrow work ?
     
  8. Dec 22, 2010 #8 of 432
    dualsub2006

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    Every so often they show up in the sports section as well. I don't love them but at least they are relevant. The local cable company places actual ads for things like cars and electricians in their guide. I can deal with this stuff.
     
  9. Dec 22, 2010 #9 of 432
    Juppers

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    Isn't that what the TVMail feature is for? At least those you can delete after you have read them .
     
  10. Dec 22, 2010 #10 of 432
    Jeremy W

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    The number of people who actually read TVMail is probably pretty low. I used to, until they started sending out useless crap every other day. Now I just leave it alone and ignore the indicator.
     
  11. Dec 22, 2010 #11 of 432
    BubblePuppy

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    Absolutely.
    I've never liked the banner ads.
     
  12. Dec 22, 2010 #12 of 432
    matt

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    Those banners slow down the "legacy" HR machines, I don't care for them at all.
     
  13. Dec 22, 2010 #13 of 432
    smiddy

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    I don't care...now.

    I did care when I was using the HR21-200, it seemed to slow it down. :)
     
  14. Dec 22, 2010 #14 of 432
    hdtvfan0001

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    Ditto...not even the wife or youngins' seems to care about it at this point. :D
     
  15. Dec 22, 2010 #15 of 432
    MysteryMan

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    Am looking forward to the more "elegant" solution.
     
  16. Dec 22, 2010 #16 of 432
    hobie346

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    Give me the option to remove or more...guide ads. No I don't like 'em but at the moment Direct controls the guide and therefore the ads. The only upside is the current ads are for Direct programs.
     
  17. Dec 22, 2010 #17 of 432
    matt

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    I agree, at least the ads are for D* stuff. The cable company here puts whatever someone wants to pay for in their guide, not just shows they have on demand. You sometimes hear people say that satellite TV and radio and also cable TV shouldn't have commercials. "I have to pay to watch/listen to commercials?!" I understand networks have to pay for the shows, that is why we have commercials, but I pay for satellite service, and included in that is the cost to program the STB and all the related backend to make it work, and I think it would be "ridiculous" if AT&T, Target, Axe, etc started showing up on my STB so whoever is providing service can make more money.

    As long as they remain just colorful eye-catching ways of showing what would normally be in the guide anyway, they are ok I guess, although I still don't care for the noticeable lag on legacy boxes.

    That's another reason I don't like the cable here. The guide works in pages, and its 4 lines of shows then an advertisement. Next page is 4 lines then an ad. That's right, an ad on every page. Complete bull, especially when you have to pay for each active box, each with it's own DVR service fee.
     
  18. Dec 22, 2010 #18 of 432
    william8004

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    I remember when we didn't see commercials before the movie at the local theater.

    "The Times They Are A-Changin'"
     
  19. Dec 22, 2010 #19 of 432
    Laxguy

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    Me, too! When the only way to see a preview was..... the Previews at the theatre....they were welcomed with enthusiasm. Now I try to go late enough to miss all that, or more likely wait for home viewing.
     
  20. Dec 22, 2010 #20 of 432
    zimm7778

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    The multi-colored liquid they used to show was great.
     

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