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.