Obama campaign ad

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by a k, Oct 21, 2008.

  1. fluffybear

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    Ken, I can see we are not going to agree with one another on this so I will just agree to disagree with you.
    As for Tampa Bay winning, I have no favorite in this series so I wish them luck but personally I think the Phillies will take it in 5.
     
  2. Capmeister

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    Mod edit: political content redacted.

    Seriously, I understand not wanting to see it, but if the McCain campaign paid for an add, it too would be there.
     
  3. Ken S

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    Fair enough...for the record I won't be watching the commercial doesn't matter whether it is Obama or McCain.
     
  4. islesfan

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    I don't mind this, but I wish I could get them to stop calling me! I've already voted [mod edit] and the robocallers keep calling me all the time to try to get my vote. That's a real annoyance! Downloading something to my DVR, OK maybe not the nicest thing, but I can ignore that during dinner!
     
  5. rudeney

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    If you have “selective call forwarding”, just setup the incoming survey number for Candidate X to forward to the local campaign headquarters for Candidate Y, and vice-versa. :p
     
  6. n3ntj

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    I saw it also and am not opening the Showcase ad. He can pay D* whatever they want, but that doesn't mean I have to watch his ad.
     
  7. fluffybear

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    Problem here is 9 times out of 10, these calls are coming from boiler rooms and either the number is unknown, coming off a outbound only line, or been altered to fool caller ID boxes.

    You have to love Bell South (AT&T) Privacy Director. Since getting this service, No more unwanted callers. Unless you are willing to identify yourself or state your name to privacy director, the call does not come through. If you elect to state your name, Privacy director notifies me and allows me to either accept or reject the call. Nice thing about this service is robo-dialers have no idea how to handle the service.
     
  8. rudeney

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    Yeah, I had that until it went up to like $6/mo. I canceled it and I just either don’t answer the phone when it’s “unavailable”, or I answer something like, “911, what’s your emergency?” or, “Thank you for calling the suicide hotline. Please press 1 if you are thinking of shooting yourself with a gun. Press 2 if you are thinking of jumping…”
     
  9. islesfan

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    That's brilliant! Unfortunately, I live in one of the very few places where the phone company is still government owned, and we are lucky to approace two cans and a string for nearly $40 a month! (I use my Sprint cell phone far mroe than my home phone). Ironically, I only have the land line for 2 reasons. The first was DirecTV (but now the HR2x can use the LAN connction instead). The second is faxing. If I had a viable alternative to fax with, I would drop them tomorrow. Also, as a government entity, they are able to keep competitors out, so no VoIP options here either. I eagerly await the Sprint AirRave to solve this problem!
     
  10. fluffybear

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    I knew someone who had answering message (which had 3 mailboxes) with a similar style message (except it was more political). The only way to leave him a message was if you selected the correct party affiliation (or knew the bypass code). The other 2 options would take you to announce only mailboxes which basically told you that you were a loser and hung up on you.
     
  11. SoCool

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    It is true, if I did not read about the ad here, I would not have known about it. It is also true that if the ad offends me, I do not have to watch it. It makes no difference which candidate the ad is for, it is the mere fact that the ad has no entertainment or product or services attributes. I pay Directv each month a fee which entitles me to a subscription for certain programming. The level of programming I receive is my choice. However, it is entertainment programming, not political endorsements. What will be next, religion? Directv has no right to impose this type of advertisment, it is an invasion of privacy. As a subscriber it is my choice as to what type of entertainment I wish to see in my home. If the decision to broadcast this message was solely monetary, then an effort should have been made to allow a subscriber to delete the content at will, not wait for an expiration date. I people do not speak up about this, it will set a precedent. Directv will then be able to choose other content which will be delivered to your DVR and may be offensive in nature to some or all subscribers. We pay for the entertainment we receive, we should not have to receive political content from our service provider. Sorry for the rant, commercials are fine, politcal messages, no matter who they are from should not be tolerated.
     
  12. fluffybear

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    Agreed!
     
  13. McCoyRJ

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    D* needs to allow us to delete unwanted content when we want to in the Showcase list. I rarely look at it anyway, but it is annoying that I can't get rid of ****e like this when I want to.
     
  14. cartrivision

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    When is the last time you got paid to watch or read an ad, political or otherwise? Get a grip.... or at least a clue.
     
  15. cartrivision

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    I think that they should cut their prices, increase subscribership by selling their services at a price that triples the number of subscribers but makes it impossible to sustain their business, then give the upper management a few hundred million in bonuses for the subscriber gains, then declare bankruptcy and ask George Bush to bail them out for the good of the country. Bush probably wouldn't go for it though because that goes way beyond "spreading the wealth".... that would be outright socialism.... which I hear people like Bush are REALLY against.
     
  16. hasan

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    Since this is just content being downloaded to D*'s dedicated space on the hard drive, I don't really care. It isn't using any resources that I have access to, so it almost borders on being none of my business, and certainly is none of my concern. Every once in a while I check the Showcase area just to see what junk mail they have decided they should send me, then I don't look at it again for a few months. I'd be downright upset if they put this rubbish in the Guide, like some of the other advertising they do. I don't like ads in my Guide, period, I don't care who they are for, or what the content. The Guide is hard enough to read as it is, so cluttering it up with the junk they have been is quite annoying.

    As far as I'm concerned, whatever they send to the Showcase area is much ado about nothing.


    (the following is an apolitical, non-partisan rant, feel free to disregard it, or if a mod so feels, redact it, I won't be offended)

    I have been sooooo tempted to answer one of the robo-calls, just so I could play with them a bit...but I have (aha! one just came in...and this one didn't hang up, it spewed out a bunch of propaganda and then hung up, thus eating up a few minutes on my answering machine)...the feeling that there is no live person on the other end that I could play with, just a recording like the one that interrupted this very sentence!:)

    I'll be glad when this is all over and we can return to a lower level of whining and snivelling from each side about the other. After one has watched enough of these cycles take place, one becomes jaded. I truly empathize with the advocates, if not zealots on all sides. Given time they will ultimately see the folly of their fascination. In the mean time the wailing and finger-pointing continue at fire breathing levels, all the time looking for that "savior" who will save us from ourselves.:)

    Was it Faulkner who said "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing"?....boy, did he have that right.

    (...and yes, I will hold my nose and vote, just as in every election since Goldwater, but now, at least, I don't have any illusions about what is really happening.)
     
  17. Ken S

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    So, all of the religious stations and the news channels and the CSPANs aren't included in your package?
     
  18. TomCat

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    FOX has stated that it will delay the game by 8 minutes. I guess that's a tacit admission that there would otherwise be 22 minutes of fill and regular commercials, had not the Obama campaign bought the time.

    [... political commentary ...]

    I don't find this practice any more annoying than a Lexus ad on my Tivo (Tivo has begun even putting adds in the "delete-don't delete" page of late) but then all ads are annoying except for Victoria's Secret ads :) .

    I think where I draw the line is when we lose control over it. To actually be "bothered" by the Obama ad you have to make a conscious decision to view it. If they were doing pop-ups over "Fringe", I'd be a little irritated. I also don't like adds inserted in the EPG. If I have control, OK. If they force it on me, Katy bar the door.
     

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