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Ridiculous in-guide Ads


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Poll: Are there too many ads in the guide? (852 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. (683 votes [80.16%])

    Percentage of vote: 80.16%

  2. No. The amount of ads don't bother me at all. (88 votes [10.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.33%

  3. I don't care. (81 votes [9.51%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.51%

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#21 OFFLINE   billsharpe

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 11:49 AM

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

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I remember when you used to get a cartoon, short subjects, a newsreel, and a preview before the main distraction. The admission price then was about 50 cents! And on Sundays there would often be a double feature.

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#22 OFFLINE   betterdan

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 04:33 PM

I remember when me and my brother and sister could see pornos from the backseat of our parents car while travelling down the highway and looking over at the Riviera Drive In screen in Oklahoma City :D

Amazing that they could get away with playing pornos on that huge screen which was easily viewed from the highway.

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 04:41 PM

That's one way to make it look bigger! :lol:
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 08:51 AM

"I remember when the guide didn't have these @#%!$ ads".

This morning's count is fourteen in a custom guide out of the twenty two in all.

My irritation threshold is about two, which as a matter of fact, is all that my non recorder has.
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#25 OFFLINE   Jon J

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 08:57 AM

I remember when you used to get a cartoon, short subjects, a newsreel, and a preview before the main distraction. The admission price then was about 50 cents! And on Sundays there would often be a double feature.

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

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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.
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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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#35 OFFLINE   crashdumy

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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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