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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.

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  2. No. The amount of ads don't bother me at all.

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  3. I don't care.

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  1. jimmie57

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    I hate them. I have called them more than once about these, sent several emails about them.
    The one thing I suggest to them all the time is to change the Bright White area on the right end of them to the orange / yellow color like the select button and it would cut way down on the glare from them. Needless to say I get no intelligent response.

    One thing I notice is that they do not show up on the NON DVR receivers. Makes me want to add one of those so I can get rid of the banner ads.
     
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  2. inkahauts

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    I still don't get the massive hate for them trying to let people know what new channels or channel moves that have happened.

    The ppv ones are with ppv so if your looking there those should be there as well.


    So that narrows it down to maybe one or two adds for upcoming new shows or somethign of that nature. That's hardly anything.

    I will say however that it is beyond ridiculous IMHO that they have not made it so you see more than six channels and 90 mins at a time on screen. That's far more annoying and maddening to me.



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  3. TorinTPG

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    I can live with ads, but the silly new messages drive me crazy

    It does seem the Genie handles this better and dies not always show that I have a new message

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  4. joed32

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    Why look at the messages, there isn't anything important there. I haven't looked at any messages for over 10 years.
     
  5. jimmie57

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    I have not seen an "Banner Ads in the Guide" about new channels.
    What I see is Ads for Referring a new person,
    Press here to Record now,
    Ad for Sunday Ticket,
    Direct Cinema Gatsby, press to select now

    The above a in my Favorite Guide of only 80 channels. I never go to the PPV area of the Guide.

    Edit: I am on a different TV now and the channel selection is slightly different than the one I was on when I originally posted.
    I do have one in the Guide that is about the new FS1.
     
  6. inkahauts

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    I have not seen an "Banner Ads in the Guide" about new channels.
    What I see is Ads for Referring a new person,
    Press here to Record now,
    Ad for Sunday Ticket,
    Direct Cinema Gatsby, press to select now

    The above a in my Favorite Guide of only 80 channels. I never go to the PPV area of the Guide.

    Edit: I am on a different TV now and the channel selection is slightly different than the one I was on when I originally posted.
    I do have one in the Guide that is about the new FS1.


    Interesting. I haven't seen one for referrals.

    Great gatsby showed up for me and is an extension of the ppv ones in a couple extra places it seems.

    But the others I have are in relation to FOX sports new channel and the move if the playboy channel. That's on channels I get by the way not even my favorites list.

    I don't recall I I have seen one for CBS sports yet but I almost always see one for new channels Or channel moves. I have never seen one for refer a friend. How odd. That should be relegated to messages only.


    Messages is a good way to find out about free previews and such as well. Otherwise I wouldn't know when they are on Most the time.


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  7. ejbvt

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    If you add "en espanol" you can get the annoying banners in Spanish, too! They usually confine those to be in the 400s, but they are just as annoying and often are the same as the English ones.

    The only good thing about the ads is that they add some color to the guide, but the info they display is worthless. Get rid of the ads and put channel logos in the guide instead of the channel in often-incoherent jumbled letters. Most channels offer a logo (or version of it) with the name stylized like the channel. Directv already has logos that will fit there, too, the logo that displays with in the annoying banners. A picture is worth a thousand words.
     
  8. inkahauts

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    If you add "en espanol" you can get the annoying banners in Spanish, too! They usually confine those to be in the 400s, but they are just as annoying and often are the same as the English ones.

    The only good thing about the ads is that they add some color to the guide, but the info they display is worthless. Get rid of the ads and put channel logos in the guide instead of the channel in often-incoherent jumbled letters. Most channels offer a logo (or version of it) with the name stylized like the channel. Directv already has logos that will fit there, too, the logo that displays with in the annoying banners. A picture is worth a thousand words.


    See to each his own. I'd hate channel icons like dish does it takes way to much space and is distracting. Now if you offered a toggle between the channel number or icon, that I'd be ok with.

    As for calling them useless... I still disagree. How else do you find out about these things? And saying coming here isn't realistic, as we are a tiny portion of dtvs actual users.

    Or to say it another way.. What's the best way for DIRECTV to communicate a move of a channel or the launch of a new channel to its subscribers?


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  9. TorinTPG

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    It gives you that annoying "NEW" prompt anytime the banner is displayed...drives me nuts!
     
  10. cypherx

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    If you use a favorites list,a lot of times the banners for new channels in HD or moves do not show up. To be effective they should make them show up.

    Logo's would be nice. Google image search Xfinity X1 and your likely to see a nice logo filled dark full screen guide. Dark guides are nice so your not blinded in a dark room. Still wondering why they don't at least change the color scheme on SD equipment. I know they may not have the memory for advanced graphics, but they should at least be able to alter the color palette (light blue to dark grey or something).

    Take a look at the NFL Sunday ticket banner between ch 355 and 356. See the small NFL Sunday ticket logo? Small enough to fit in the row but it could be used next to the actual number in the 700's for the channel name. I think they keep extra space at the edges of the screen though as a "safe area" so it doesn't look too squished on a 4:3 TV, or cut off on TV's that have terrible overscan (lot of old rear projection TV's).


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  11. Drucifer

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    The problem with banners for channels that have upgraded from SD o HD is they look just like the PPV ad banners, which most of us have trained our minds to ignore.
     
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    ejbvt

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    Exactly. The "now HD" banner is attached to the HD channel. If you're watching the HD channel, you already know it's HD. The "Now HD" banner should be attached to the SD channel.

    Logos are basic marketing. You don't need to read ESPNHD to know it's ESPN just from the style of the logo. It looks so much more professional and it's easier on the eyes. It breaks up the monotony of the black and white and gives some separation to the rows. The font does NOT need to be as big as it is and there's no reason why each channel only has 1 row of text. I shocked as to how far cable (CABLE!?!?!?) has come in guides. Comcast (in some areas), TWC (in a few areas), many Dish receivers, and others have moved to 2013. Directv has not. It's sad because, with all the software issues they're having and the lack of Pac12 Network, once Sunday Ticket is no longer exclusive... Directv has nothing to motivate me and others to stick around and put up with this.
     
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    cypherx

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    The logos look real good on the iPhone / iPad app. Thank goodness they don't litter those apps with random one liners.




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    I usually just ignore them except when two or more show up on the same guide page.
    The real problem is that each entry takes up a row in the guide thus reducing the number of channels that can be shown on the affected guide page.
     
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    Drucifer

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    It the two together that I now notice mo' often.
     
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    P Smith

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    I don't think there is some restriction what would not allow them to take all channel's rows one night :(
     
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    cypherx

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    I don't think there is some restriction what would not allow them to take all channel's rows one night :(


    Nope, no restriction. Just change favorites list to "channels I get", go to ch 100 and scroll up from there. There are multiple "full pages" of colorful rows for PPV / On Demand movies.

    Makes sense though in that area. When looking for a movie, the bright colorful logo can sell a movie better than black and white text.


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  19. Sep 9, 2013 #419 of 432
    cypherx

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    I don't think there is some restriction what would not allow them to take all channel's rows one night :(


    Nope, no restriction. Just change favorites list to "channels I get", go to ch 100 and scroll up from there. There are multiple "full pages" of colorful rows for PPV / On Demand movies.

    Makes sense though in that area. When looking for a movie, the bright colorful logo can sell a movie better than black and white text.


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  20. inkahauts

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    Nope, no restriction. Just change favorites list to "channels I get", go to ch 100 and scroll up from there. There are multiple "full pages" of colorful rows for PPV / On Demand movies.

    Makes sense though in that area. When looking for a movie, the bright colorful logo can sell a movie better than black and white text.


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    Yeah actually those are perfect there. They are already ready to go, just hit play on those banners and they will start at the begging. Just like a on demand cable system, or better even.


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