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Poll: Are there too many ads in the guide? (853 member(s) have cast votes)

Are there too many ads in the guide?

  1. Yes! Please remove this junk or at least give us a way to hide them. (684 votes [80.19%])

    Percentage of vote: 80.19%

  2. No. The amount of ads don't bother me at all. (88 votes [10.32%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.32%

  3. I don't care. (81 votes [9.50%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.50%

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#26 OFFLINE   NR4P

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 09:10 AM

For those really annoyed at the cluttering of the guide, I recommend that we go to the Directv customer service website, log in and write there. I suspect if they get 50 or more written complaints in a short period on a single issue, they will take it very seriously.

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#27 OFFLINE   betterdan

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 09:26 AM

At my local theater you could even sing along with the bouncing ball. ;)


You could even do that with the pornos at the drive in... :lol:

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 02:31 PM

I suspect if they get 50 or more written complaints in a short period on a single issue, they will take it very seriously.

Good luck with that.

#29 OFFLINE   shedberg

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 02:47 PM

You know what? I would rather these ads in the guide than have them be forced on us in the future by not allowing fast forwarding through a show!

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 02:48 PM

The banners have never bothered me.... however, it would be nice to have the choice to turn them off.
[Disclaimer] The definition of "soon" is based solely on DirecTV's interpretation of the word, and all similarities with dictionary definitions of the word "soon" are purely coincidental and should not be interpreted as a time frame that will come to pass within a reasonable amount of time.

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 02:48 PM

You know what? I would rather these ads in the guide than have them be forced on us in the future by not allowing fast forwarding through a show!


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Posted 23 December 2010 - 02:59 PM

I hate the banner ads the only ones I would like to see is for free preview or channel additions or changes thats it.

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 03:02 PM

You know what? I would rather these ads in the guide than have them be forced on us in the future by not allowing fast forwarding through a show!

Don't worry, I'm sure we won't have to choose. We'll just have both.

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 03:38 PM

Thanks for writing. You’ve been with us for several years and we would like to thank you for keeping your business with us. I understand your feedback regarding the ads on your program Guide. We insert our announcements based on the schedules we receive from the program providers. On rare occasions, channel programming schedules change and we may not always receive notification in time to adjust our announcement. Please be advised that your feedback is very important to us. Please be advised that I am forwarding your email on for research

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 09:29 PM

The best option would be to allow the user to select no ads, or keep some sort of minimal advertising with a slightly lowered bill. But then the ads would have to be opened to 3rd parties and that could get ugly.

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:09 PM

The best option would be to allow the user to select no ads, or keep some sort of minimal advertising with a slightly lowered bill. But then the ads would have to be opened to 3rd parties and that could get ugly.

They want "eyes on" them, so give us the option to "click & delete".

It's not that big a deal to see them once, but annoys the hell out of me to keep having them in my face.
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:36 PM

I presume you're talking about the onscreen guide? I seldom use it to look for anything, preferring Titantv.com.



Laxguy: Thanks for the info to TitanTV. I added a greasemonkey script to tune your TV directly from there also. Channel numbers will show as boxed links that change the channel for you on your DVR. (Maybe that will get you away from Safari :) )

http://userscripts.o...ipts/show/93441
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:47 PM

Laxguy: Thanks for the info to TitanTV. I added a greasemonkey script to tune your TV directly from there also. Channel numbers will show as boxed links that change the channel for you on your DVR. (Maybe that will get you away from Safari :) )

http://userscripts.o...ipts/show/93441


Excellent! And thanks. I'll try to get to it after few movies tonight... Th Night FB didn't pan out too well, but thanks to DVR I didn't spend much more than ten minutes on it, plus five minutes of fast forwarding.
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 11:53 PM

They want "eyes on" them, so give us the option to "click & delete".

It's not that big a deal to see them once, but annoys the hell out of me to keep having them in my face.


I do not know the answer to this question because it is literally years since I built a special list of channels that would appear in the guide. Was it called "Favorites" ?.
My question is, do the banner ads appear there as well?
If they do, then that is where the line should be drawn. No banners in favorites, especially if those banners advertise channels not in your favorites.

Edited by armophob, 24 December 2010 - 12:30 AM.


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Posted 24 December 2010 - 12:12 AM

Isn't that what the TVMail feature is for? At least those you can delete after you have read them .


Guide banners are much more noticeable than TVMail.
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Posted 24 December 2010 - 12:14 AM

For those really annoyed at the cluttering of the guide, I recommend that we go to the Directv customer service website, log in and write there. I suspect if they get 50 or more written complaints in a short period on a single issue, they will take it very seriously.


You would have to weigh that against the number of people that click on the banners and use them daily...and the counts are in the multi millions.
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Posted 24 December 2010 - 01:23 AM

I wonder how many of those are accidental clicks because the box didn't respond fast enough so was clicked again...

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Posted 24 December 2010 - 01:33 AM

I wonder how many of those are accidental clicks because the box didn't respond fast enough so was clicked again...


That has happened to me a few times.

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Posted 24 December 2010 - 02:20 AM

I like the ones that tell me what ppv shows have been preloaded on my dvr.. and i have zero problem with the ones at 500, letting me know what premium channels have dod now.. two are to tell you a channel has moved, and that is at the old location of the channel which is excellent in my book.. same as they used to do, but now its more obvious and less confusing than before, and one is for a sports program that lets you hit it and one of the big games will record... I don't think this causes an issue, because they seem to be using them more to inform you of things going on rather than to sell you more products (other than the PPV) And while there are several in one spot at channel 125 and 500, otherwise, there really aren't many in the guide that i see....

As long as directv keeps them to this, and doesn't start selling general ad space for them, like a tivo would do, I'll be fine with them.

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Posted 24 December 2010 - 02:20 AM

If the banners are things for DirecTV, I don't really mind.

If they are ads in general for another product, I do get a bit annoyed but it just isnt a big deal right now as i dont see them that much anyway

I just dont want them inserted every page

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Posted 24 December 2010 - 08:04 AM

The ads are particularly annoying for those of us who are unable or uninterested in receiving On Demand programming. My internet setup (Hughes.net) will not support On Demand now or anytime in the foreseeable future. Sure would be nice to block ads for features that are not available.
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Posted 24 December 2010 - 08:15 AM

I do not know the answer to this question because it is literally years since I built a special list of channels that would appear in the guide. Was it called "Favorites" ?.
My question is, do the banner ads appear there as well?
If they do, then that is where the line should be drawn. No banners in favorites, especially if those banners advertise channels not in your favorites.


I only use a favorites list and there are most certainly advertisements in the favorites as well. Although they are always stuck between two channels in the guide. So if you had a favorites list with only 1 channel, could there possibly be an ad? Are there more adds in the full list vs the shortened list? I'd have to look

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Posted 24 December 2010 - 08:16 AM

I think there are too many of them, but they don't all need to vanish completely. Some are good pointers as to "ch x moved" , but we don't need to see one on every other page.

It could be worse. The local cable co has a big banner ad on the bottom of each guide page, and it's twice the height of DirecTV's ad's. They also sell that space to whomever. You could see ad's for sleeping pills, mattresses, ppv events, pizza places, walmart, etc..

As long as DirecTV stays out of that space, were cool.

I wouldn't mind if the GUI was in a higher resolution, because you could fit more lines on a single screen, then when a line is wasted on an ad, it's not as big of a loss. Maybe at 720 or 1080 height, you could fit 11 rows horizontally, and if one of those 11 was a subtle ad every few pages, no big deal. As long as they are randomly scattered throughout it's OK. If it's like cable, where its in a 'fixed' position at the bottom of the screen, then that's real annoying, because it's on every single screen.

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Posted 24 December 2010 - 08:42 AM

I do not know the answer to this question because it is literally years since I built a special list of channels that would appear in the guide. Was it called "Favorites" ?.
My question is, do the banner ads appear there as well?
If they do, then that is where the line should be drawn. No banners in favorites, especially if those banners advertise channels not in your favorites.

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"Channels I get" had twenty-two
"Favorites" [just over 100 channels] had fourteen
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Posted 24 December 2010 - 09:12 AM

If the banners are things for DirecTV, I don't really mind.

If they are ads in general for another product, I do get a bit annoyed but it just isnt a big deal right now as i dont see them that much anyway

I just dont want them inserted every page



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