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What Irks me :) Paying for channels that have Ads!


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#21 OFFLINE   PrinceLH

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 10:36 PM

It's such crap, how the Viacom channels....TVLand has abused the commercial overdrive, making the programs longer then they need to be. They also edit programming, to cram more commercials in and delete the start and end credits, to stick even more into their programming. Then we get to pay more, thanks to the Viacom deal with Directv. I wish that Directv would have pulled their programming and added some of the oldies channels instead.

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 07:03 AM

Commercials during the movies is why I will not add EDIT : HD EXTRA PACK to my package of programming.
I am an old dude, 69, and I remeber that the commercials used to be only between shows / programs. Then every 15 minutes. Even then it was just 1, not what we are fed today.
This makes a big case for a DVR. I record at night and watch the next night while it is recording again. I can usually watch 4 hours of programming in just 3 hours by fast forwarding thru the commercials.

Edited by jimmie57, 02 September 2012 - 05:41 PM.

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 04:31 PM

Commercials during the movies is why I will not add HD Net to my package of programming.
I am an old dude, 69, and I remeber that the commercials used to be only between shows / programs. Then every 15 minutes. Even then it was just 1, not what we are fed today.
This makes a big case for a DVR. I record at night and watch the next night while it is recording again. I can usually watch 4 hours of programming in just 3 hours by fast forwarding thru the commercials.


I'm not sure what you are talking about here... Doesn't HDNet show commercial-free movies? I know HDNet Movies does... but I haven't watched HDNet (now AXS) in a while.

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 05:41 PM

I corrected it. It is the $4.99 package of HD stuff. Has lots of commercials.

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 08:21 PM

Some do, but some only have one commercial break, for an intermission. MGM is one that is good that way. Viacom are nothing but greedy swine. The programming that they are showing, on TVLand, is syndicated stuff from decades ago and it costs them very little to show. If Encore Westerns can show their westerns, commercial free and also remaster the old shows, or movies, then what is Viacom doing, outside of ripping off the consumer?

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 01:01 AM

What aggravates me is that they pop graphical ads for programming when there may be subtitles to read or other text part of the film. But I can't read it because the stupid ad is blocking it!

Ya watching MAINSTREAM networks is pretty much a joke now...... I THINK DIRECTV,DISH,TWC SHOULD CREATE THIER OWN NETWORKS WITH NO ADS ON THEM!!!! (Your paying them already,WHY SHOULD WE HAVE TO SEE THIS CRAP??)

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 08:34 AM

Ya watching MAINSTREAM networks is pretty much a joke now...... I THINK DIRECTV,DISH,TWC SHOULD CREATE THIER OWN NETWORKS WITH NO ADS ON THEM!!!! (Your paying them already,WHY SHOULD WE HAVE TO SEE THIS CRAP??)


As has been said before... you are ONLY paying to see the channel, you aren't paying enough to fund content creation. IF you had to also pay all the bills to create content too, your bill would be MUCH higher.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 09:29 AM

Ya watching MAINSTREAM networks is pretty much a joke now...... I THINK DIRECTV,DISH,TWC SHOULD CREATE THIER OWN NETWORKS WITH NO ADS ON THEM!!!! (Your paying them already,WHY SHOULD WE HAVE TO SEE THIS CRAP??)



Sounds like a good deal,with no ads comes a Premium channel price and the cheapest I have on DISH is the Encore package a la cart for $5. a month,but you also have to realize Encore is also subsidized by the Starz network.;)

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 11:23 AM

As has been said before... you are ONLY paying to see the channel, you aren't paying enough to fund content creation. IF you had to also pay all the bills to create content too, your bill would be MUCH higher.


When TVLand and Nick At Night, where showing oldies programming, they were doing quite well. They never had to fund anything to create new programming. It was all syndicated, older programming. If they want to create new programming, by all means do so, but put it on another one of the Viacom channels and not on an oldies station, mixing and matching. It's ridiculous that they need to add an extra 16 minutes of commercials, per hour, to show the same old, lame, tired infocommercials. Less commercials, make them at a premium and make the sponsor pay more for them.

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Posted 26 September 2012 - 03:21 PM

Since I've been off work, I've been watching more T.V. Recently started watching some of the stuff on Hallmark HD. Of course, it's another Viabomb station. Tried to watch some episodes of Perry Mason. They cut to commercials right in the middle of some of the dialogue. How much more crap can they shove into that hour? They've pretty much gotten rid of the opening and closing credits, now cutting to commercial during dialogue? How much of the story can we lose to make any sense of it? It's terrible! Viacom is getting more ridiculous every day!

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 06:14 PM

My elderly mother thought that she was getting senile when she was watching "Gunsmoke" on TVLand and could not understand what was going on. We then watched another episode of "Gunsmoke" together. Between the cutting to commercials in mid sentence and the fact that a significant portion of the show was missing made the show nearly unwatchable. It was like expecting to see a full length movie and getting only the trailer.
I will no longer watch TVLand after watching an episode of "MASH". Not only was the show expanded by five minutes but many scenes were cut out.

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 06:44 PM

My elderly mother thought that she was getting senile when she was watching "Gunsmoke" on TVLand and could not understand what was going on. We then watched another episode of "Gunsmoke" together. Between the cutting to commercials in mid sentence and the fact that a significant portion of the show was missing made the show nearly unwatchable. It was like expecting to see a full length movie and getting only the trailer.
I will no longer watch TVLand after watching an episode of "MASH". Not only was the show expanded by five minutes but many scenes were cut out.


Expanded?
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Posted 27 September 2012 - 06:55 PM

The only channels you're really paying for are any that you might subscribe to specifically like HBO or Showtime. Now, when those start running ads, you'll have a legitimate beef.


They already do. They have their little channel ad at the bottom right hand side of the screen, and they also popup ads at the bottom of the screen advertising other shows.

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 07:52 PM

Expanded?

Yes, they take an hour long episode of Bonanza, or Gunsmoke, turn it into an hour and 10 minutes long. They remove almost all of the opening credits and run the credits at end, during the end of the show, across the bottom of the screen. It's just horrible. I sure wish that Encore Westerns, would grab all of the early Bonanza and later color versions of Gunsmoke and add them to their lineup. Don't even get me started, on Perry Mason, on Hallmark HD. Being a crime drama, you do need to see the story play out, to get a feel for the story. Viacom cuts away, for commercials, right in mid sentence. You come back to a piece missing and you lose the flow of the investigation. It's just horrible. I truly have distain for Viacom, for what they're doing to classic television. It's a link to our past, in this country, and they exploit it and ruin it.

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 09:54 PM

They already do. They have their little channel ad at the bottom right hand side of the screen, and they also popup ads at the bottom of the screen advertising other shows.


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Posted 29 September 2012 - 04:37 PM

They already do. They have their little channel ad at the bottom right hand side of the screen, and they also popup ads at the bottom of the screen advertising other shows.

Yeah, you gotta love the stuff floating across your screen, when your trying to watch the end of a program. It's in black and white, but the ads are in color. Totally tasteless. Viacom is an abomination to television entertainment.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 11:25 PM

I will no longer watch TVLand after watching an episode of "MASH". Not only was the show expanded by five minutes but many scenes were cut out.

Game show network has become another dissapointment!!!!

They used to show GOOD 80s and earlier GAMES,now they got new remade versions of games i loved... I DONT WANNA SEE THAT GARBAGE!!! (Whammy,Family Feud,Pyramind,The Newlywed game -- ALL CRAP COMPARED TO THE ORIGINALS OF THESE SHOWS!!!!)

What a waste......

Edited by Dude111, 03 October 2012 - 06:52 PM.


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Posted 03 October 2012 - 05:08 PM

I think that I've also detected something more ominous, on some of the Viacom channels. It almost sounds like they've speed up the the speech, by removing dead spots between syllables. It almost makes them sound like they're talking too fast. I also noticed something similar on some episodes of Perry Mason, as well on Hallmark, recently. If this is the case, it's a new low for Viacom.

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 05:36 PM

I think that I've also detected something more ominous, on some of the Viacom channels. It almost sounds like they've speed up the the speech, by removing dead spots between syllables. It almost makes them sound like they're talking too fast. I also noticed something similar on some episodes of Perry Mason, as well on Hallmark, recently. If this is the case, it's a new low for Viacom.


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