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DirecTV and Dish Collaborating on ASAP Advertising Program.

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Grentz, Apr 26, 2010.

  1. Alan Gordon

    Alan Gordon Chancellor

    Jun 7, 2004
    Dawson, Georgia
    I guess it depends on where you live, or what service you have as I've seen VERY little of that commercialization you speak of.

    That being said, I agree with the rest of your statements.

    I'm also concerned about any sizing issues, as I've found TiVo's Thumbs Up insignia to be very inconspicuous, and one of DirecTV's banners that show up on The Weather Channel, but one of the pop-ups on The Weather Channel is way too large.

  2. MartyS

    MartyS New Member

    Dec 29, 2006
    Yeah, I've seen that and pretty much stopped watching some of those channels when they tend to get too intrusive. Bravo is the worse, where their Pop Up promos block 1/4 of the screen.
  3. MartyS

    MartyS New Member

    Dec 29, 2006
    Well, all those in-programming pop ups, product placement and yeah, even "painting" a playing field with a logo are one of the ways they found to work around the DVR's and skipping commercials. It's only going to get worse until they PO some members of Congress (or their spouses) and they institute hearings to stop the practice.... :hurah:
  4. MartyS

    MartyS New Member

    Dec 29, 2006
    We already have them... on about 80 - 90% of the broadcast channels. You can't get around them :nono2:
  5. jtbell

    jtbell AllStar

    Nov 24, 2008
    Oh Yippee! More Advertising! AWESOME!!!!!
  6. WholeHomeDVR

    WholeHomeDVR AllStar

    Oct 8, 2008
    I want MORE advertising. I want advertizers to pay MORE to DirecTV so I can pay LESS.

    I have no problem with ad ad popping up when I fast forward or pause. Even a locked (no ff/skip) AD before a PPV or VOD would be fine to me if they can use it to reduce the cost. Plaster the EPG with ADs.

    The more ways to generate revenue without increasing my bill is great! And since they are tracking our usage the ads are targeted to me and may even be interesting...
  7. kevinturcotte

    kevinturcotte Active Member

    Dec 19, 2006
    You will *NEVER* pay less without losing some channels. Packages are going to up $2-$4 every year, no matter what. And even if more advertising brought it more money, they would *STILL* charge us more, because they can.
  8. Avder

    Avder Hall Of Fame

    Feb 6, 2010
    Locked ads are already on on plenty of pieces of content we pay for. Ever insert a DVD into your player and find you cant skip through the previews that start playing and the 575 different copywrong warnings? Thats one of the reasons so many DVD ripping programs spring up. A lot of people that use those programs aren't using them to pirate DVD movies, but instead using them to simply rip out all the mandatory advertising that's forced on them by idiotic ad execs.

    I don't mind product placement when its done tastefully, like a guy in a sitcom sipping a can of coke instead of generic soda. That's fine. That's not intrusive, in fact it makes things a little more real. What is intrusive is when you literally have no choice but to suffer through ads you don't want to see for stuff you don't want to buy to get to the content you paid good money for.

    I won't tolerate pop-up ads that show up when I hit pause or fast forward. If DirecTV does that they will likely end up losing me as a customer and I'll just go back to my previous method of watching TV: downloading it off the internet if it's really important.

    The problem with advertising is it wants to be front and center on everything. How many pro sports venues can you name off the top of your head that no longer have a corporate name? How many times per game do you hear something like "this <insert common place event for your favorite sport> brought to you by <some damned company>". Hundreds of times per game? A Little less? All of that advertising ends up starting to take away from whatever it is you are trying to watch. Whens the last time you got to see the end credits for a brand new show roll by uninterrupted or unsquished so you could actually see who played what part?

    And what about the ads themselves? Theyre so boring and repetitive. Stale, unwatchable for the most part. And they're LOUD. So loud in fact that they've managed to tick off members of Congress and bills are starting to be introduced that would finally ban the common practice of compressing the audio. When an ad comes up, I reach for the mute button, because I don't want my ears to bleed.

    If advertising played within boundaries I would be okay with it. If the ad's were entertaining to watch, I would be a lot less likely to mute them. If they matched the programs normal volume I would be less likely to mute them. If they stopped trying to sponsor every power play, free throw, stolen base, batting order, starting lineup, forward line, infield shift, fast break, and halftime show, and boxed seat, I could probably tolerate them.

    But as it is right now, advertisers are going to continue until everyone's DNA has a corporate sponsor, and your dreams are brought to you by whatever company has the latest and greatest sleeping pill.

    That's why I want LESS advertising. And I'd pay a few bucks a month more if it would mean a few more channels would go commercial free, uninterrupted like The 101 does with some of its shows, and HDNet does with a lot of its stuff too.

    Advertisers be damned. I'm paying for this stuff. Get off of my screen.
  9. paulh

    paulh Godfather

    Mar 17, 2003
    When they implement this interactive content, will they think about the commercial customers?
    Not too long ago, I was staying in a hotel and turned on the Weather Channel. After little while, I realized it was a national feed with no local weather info. As a DBS'er my inconvenience was reduced as I thought of a satellite win vs cable.

    ..then I saw the "Press a red button to get local weather" and grumbled that this (obviously) DirecTv service was taunting me with local weather info that it would not show me...
    That "local weather" pop up should never display on a commercial account...

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