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advertisement on STARZ during movie

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by dunigan1, Jul 18, 2010.

  1. dunigan1

    dunigan1 New Member

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    I was just watching a movie(2012) on STARZ and 10 minutes in a box appears at the bottom of the screen showing an advertisement for the pillars of earth. This is the first time I've seen any kind of advertisement on a premium channel during a movie. Is this something STARZ does or something new? I have directv although I'm sure it was from the feed STARZ sends since it was advertising one of their shows.
     
  2. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    I hate those animated ads inserted over the main programming. If I still subscribed to Starz and saw that, I would call up and cancel immediately. This is the new way to circumvent the DVR, and its very obtrusive.
     
  3. dunigan1

    dunigan1 New Member

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    that's what I was thinking. If the premium channels are going to show ads then I should just go to netflix or somewhere I can watch a movie uninterrupted.
     
  4. LarryFlowers

    LarryFlowers New Member

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    I'm not sure I would like it either, but they aren't running paid advertising, just promos for their own shows.

    Still, if you feel strongly about it Contact Starz by using their feedback page at http://www.starz.com/help/feedback If you don't feel you get a reasonable response, then first cancel Starz and then let them know you did it and why.
     
  5. Henry

    Henry Retired Member

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    I saw the ad/promo today when I had my TV parked on that channel during the replay of 2012. I watched the premier of 2012 last night and didn't see the ad. I wonder if that was intentional?
     
  6. elaclair

    elaclair Rescued Racers Live Here

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    I also was watching 2012 this afternoon. And while I "tolerate" them doing self-promotions, having that promotion block out the sub-titling of the two tibetan monks talking was, to be kind, total BullS**t.
     
  7. fluffybear

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    Could not agree more. The worst part is at times the networks run these ads and cover up an important part of the show. It is bad enough that we have to put up with these awful bugs which take up a 1/3rd of the screen that some networks insist on using but now they want to make me hate them even more by using animated promos.

    If I were paying for a premium channel and they pulled a stunt like that, I would cancel them before the promo was even finished running.
     
  8. dunigan1

    dunigan1 New Member

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    oh my god it keeps getting worse. after I posted the first post, I saw a starz logo in the corner, which irritates me, but I think I have seen that before so it's not new. Then I saw the bug block out the subtitles like said above. I thought I paid specifically to get ad free movies. Perhaps they don't consider ads for their own programming to be the same as ads for other stuff?
     
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  10. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    The premium channels used to be really bad about doing this sort of thing (banners on the screen OR during the end-credits) during free preview weekends. IF you were getting a freebie, it was one thing... but for the paying subscribers it was annoying.

    IF they take to doing this regularly, I agree they will turn a lot of people off their premium subscriptions and back onto buying/renting movies.
     
  11. fluffybear

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    I guess we should be thankful that they have not taken the PBS (membership drive) approach during a FREE Preview Weekend. ;)
     
  12. phrelin

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    Starz has for years regularly squished the credits doing promos which drives me nuts.

    They started doing these bottom of the screen things awhile back. When I decided to cut my costs recently, among HBO, Showtime and Starz ...well... I decided I'd buy the "Pillars of the Earth" DVD set or stream it depending on reviews and the same with the five or six movies they have each year that I just can't live without.

    Also, the whole Starz group is reorganizing mostly for financial reasons.
     
  13. Henry

    Henry Retired Member

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    At least they don't take promo breaks like SHOTOO does on BBAD... and they've been doing that for a few years now. :(
     
  14. armophob

    armophob Difficulty Concen........

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    Glad someone brought this up, I got pretty annoyed as well when I saw it. If I were watching during a free weekend and saw that, it would certainly not sell me on the channel. Watermark logos are bad enough, but distracting ads are too much.

    I was going to turn on CC in hopes of it covering up the ads. Guess that is out.:(
     
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  16. trainman

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    Closed-captioning, which is generated either by the TV or the set-top box, will cover up pop-up ads, or whatever else is under it.

    What got covered up in this case, apparently, is subtitling that was literally part of the movie.
     
  17. armophob

    armophob Difficulty Concen........

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    ah, ok, so I will try to experiment with it
     

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