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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.

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    12.1%
  1. tonyd79

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    My ad between those movie channels is one for an on demand version of a movie on encore. Not PPV. Just another choice that you already paid for.

    I'm not a big fan of the ads (which are all really referenced not ads per se) but you are making a mountain out of a molehill.
     
  2. tonyd79

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    I have them take it off regardless.
     
  3. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

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    That's not now it works at all. You have to start watching the movie to be charged, not just click on the ad.
     
  4. markrubi

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    Why not just use the messages feature to notify customers? I've been kinda of irked at the banner ads in my guide.
     
  5. tonyd79

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    then we get the customers who are irked at the messages.

    Nothing wrong with multiple paths to notify people.
     
  6. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

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    And on this forum.
     
  7. tonyd79

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    I see it differently. When they start selling Windex, I will have a problem. But now they are:

    a) informational (this channel changed)
    b) Other options for viewing programming you have a right to already like on demand versions of premium channel movies that they consider hot
    c) options for PPV

    These are all viewing choices. So, they don't bother me much at all. No more than paging past a channel I have on my favorites list that is showing a program right now that I have no interest in.

    Calling them "ads" is slanting what they are. They are not ads. They aren't even trying to sell you a new package.
     
  8. raott

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    They are clearly ads and Directv employees on this website have said they have been effective.
     
  9. damondlt

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    Um yes it is , 2 Adds for Directv Cinema, Thats PPV! All the Premium inserts, Are at the Begining of HBO. Also there is another Directv Cinemax PPV ad, in the 600, about Basketball movies.:rolleyes:
     
  10. damondlt

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    Yep, like the 20% that just goes along with what ever Directv does!
    ;)
     
  11. damondlt

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    And the 20% that does nothing but ignore the other 562 and growing posters already in this thread over the ads.

    They hate it!!
    So instead of trying to score Brownie points with Directv, maybe you could Embrace and listen.
     
  12. jimmie57

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    I am looking at one between 509 and 525 right now. It is a Life of PI Direct Cinema. Press to Watch.
    Is it FREE ?
    or are they trying to get me to watch it and PAY ?
    This equates as Advertising to me.
     
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  14. damondlt

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    They are trying to get you to pay!

    Even the ones from 499-501 come up EVEN IF YOU DON"T SUBSCRIBE!

    Sales pitch, "OH sorry you must subscribe first"
     
  15. cypherx

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    Exactly. I see the links to Cinemax and Starz VOD but I don't subscribe. What are Cinemax, Starz and Showtime VOD banner ads doing on top of HBO anyway? Shouldn't they be paired with the first premium channel of that said service?
    Instead of pressing 501 and seeing 6 HBO channels at once, we only see 1. Sure you can push the down arrow but then you only see 2 HBO's. Ok so lets page down. Now you see 6 HBO's, but the first one is now off the screen.
     
  16. tonyd79

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    Glad you can tell me what I see with my own eyes on my TV.
     
  17. tonyd79

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    You missed by 3rd option?

    You call the actual movies in the PPV section ads, too? Or entry points? They are choices for you to watch.
     
  18. damondlt

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    Current Guide has the following adds
    1. 56-70 Rise of the Guardians (PPV)
    2. 206-207 GSP VS DIAZ (PPV EVENT)
    3. 219-220 Universal Sports Network Free Trial (Sales Pitch)
    4. 259-260 Playing for Keeps (PPV)
    5. 276-277 Life of PI (PPV)
    6. 309-311 Universal Sports Network (Sales Pitch)
    7. 500-501 Cinemax OD ( Sales Pitch)
    8. Starz OD (Sales pitch
    9. Showtime OD (Sales pitch)
    10. HBO OD (Sales Pitch)
    11. 501-502 Encore OD (Sales Pitch)
    12. 520-525 Directv Cinema, Get it before Netflix ( PPV Sales Pitch)
    13. Life of PI (PPV)
    14. 567-568 Shorts Movie Channel ( Sales Pitch HD EXTRA)
    15. 616-618 GSP vs DIAZ (PPV Event)
    16. 624-625 BasketBall Movies( PPV Sales Pitch)
    17. 733-750 BasketBall Movies( PPV sales Pitch)
    Now I left the PPV and Directv Cinema alone since they are in the PPV section 100-199 where they be long.;)

    But the premiums, well I don't subscribe to Cinemax so it shouldn't be in my Guide if it was just for OD option. They are there to promote sales of the Premiums more so then OD access.

    Most customers are well aware you can tune directly to the on demand channels in the 1,000s
     
  19. jimmie57

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    I never go to the PPV area of the Guide.
    I don't do PPv's, they are way too expensive and usually will be on HBO, Showtime, etc. in a few weeks / months.
     
  20. tonyd79

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    Glad you speak for most customers.

    I guess you also speak for most customers of Comcast and Fios, who do the same thing that DirecTV does. They have a button to push for On Demand but the portals sit right in the guide. Some of them directly to particular movies. Guess you also speak for how efficient that is...so much so that DirecTV has added the little notch on the channel name to allow you to express to On Demand for that channel.

    So glad you speak for all customers.

    Pick a fight you can win. I would be happier with them not there but it is not worth the effort or the bitterness to complain.

    So bitter that you call a free trial a sales pitch. Yes. Giving you something for free is sooo annoying.
     

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