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CI Channel question

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by TDK1044, Aug 8, 2010.

  1. TDK1044

    TDK1044 Godfather

    Apr 8, 2010
    I find that the CI Channel is totally unwatchable in real time because of the same old clips from the same lame old shows being shown over and over again instead of commercials?

    Why is is like that? If CI can't sell any Ad time on the channel then just run the shows. Don't irritate the viewers by running endless repeat clips (of shows that are years old) over and over again?

    In our house, we no longer watch the channel in real time at all. If we see a show we like the look of, we DVR the show and skip through the irritating repeat clips.

    Does anyone know why this one channel is set up this way? :confused:
  2. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

    Sep 16, 2006
    I personally think PBS has the best system of all. Show a preview, show the sponsors ads, run the show without interruption, show the sponsors ads again, show previews of upcoming programs.

    To be honest, I actually dont even bother skipping through the commercials when I am watching PBS, because they are short, and non-intrusive. I see more commercials on PBS in a week than I do on all the other shows I watch and 30skip through.
  3. TDK1044

    TDK1044 Godfather

    Apr 8, 2010
    PBS has it right. CI breaks into its shows, but instead of commercials, you get the same exact clips from 'Nash Bridges', '24' and 'Crossing Jordan' over and over and over again. The channel is unwatchable in real time. :)
  4. billsharpe

    billsharpe Hall Of Fame

    Jan 25, 2007
    Getting off topic here, but I'm not sure PBS has it right. KCET in LA had over 500 hours of pledge drive shows in the past year; KOCE in Orange County had over 1000 hours. Many of these shows were repeats of repeats. Only possible way to watch, if interested, is to record the shows and fast forward through the pledge breaks.
  5. QuickDrop

    QuickDrop Hall Of Fame

    Jul 20, 2007
    I think most people would agree that PBS's programming completely sucks during pledge weeks. What is even sadder is that the horrible repeats of repeats must attract more "pledgers" than normal programing. It's like when you compare the ratings of Keeping Up with the Kardashians to the ratings of Mad Men.

    Anyway, I totally agree with the C&I criticism. I can only guess that it's because A&E wants to brand it as a premium channel, but keep start times consistent with non-premium programming.
  6. Tom Servo

    Tom Servo Icon

    Mar 7, 2007
    Are they branding it as a premium channel? Cuz it ain't worth paying extra when the shows get interrupted. I just figured they'd insert commercials if they ever could sell any.

    I agree, they should bookend the shows with clips, and not intersperse them through the program.
  7. QuickDrop

    QuickDrop Hall Of Fame

    Jul 20, 2007
    There's pretty much no reason not to have commercials if A&E wanted commercials. Even if they couldn't get a good asking price, they would still make some money.

    A couple other possibilities:

    Some genius decided that people hate commercials but didn't think far enough ahead to realize the only alternative was showing the same two clips of Nash Bridges over and over again.

    I don't know if it still the case but ratings are usually tied to ad revenue, so networks who don't show commercials don't have official ratings. In such cases, it could allow the network to ask for more money than their total viewership is worth. (A few years ago, some cable companies attempted to push Turner Classic Movies into showing commercials just so they would know whether they were paying too much for the channel.)

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