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Programming interrupted for DirecTV commercials

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by VHS or Beta, Jun 9, 2010.

  1. Jun 9, 2010 #1 of 21
    VHS or Beta

    VHS or Beta AllStar

    Feb 22, 2008
    I was just in the middle of watching an interesting live interview on MSNBC at 12:07pm when suddenly the program got cut off for a pair of DirecTV ads, one for refer-a-friend and the other ironically claiming how much better than Dish they are. At the end of the second ad it cut back into the programming in progress where the segment had just ended and I could see I missed it.

    Obviously this was a technical error where either a human or an automated system at DirecTV's end inserted their own commercials where no break was scheduled. Is anybody over there accountable for this sort of thing or is the attitude simply, "oh well, that's how it is"?
  2. Jun 9, 2010 #2 of 21

    rufusgb Cool Member

    Mar 23, 2010
    You were watching something interesting on MSNBC? No offense, but I call BS.
  3. Jun 9, 2010 #3 of 21

    Fabuloso AllStar

    Jun 13, 2009
    there are people that are accountable for that at the uplink facilities in Long Beach Ca, and Englewood Co. But it was probably just an accident
  4. Jun 9, 2010 #4 of 21
    VHS or Beta

    VHS or Beta AllStar

    Feb 22, 2008
    Yes it was interesting and regardless of whether you would agree with that, the point is that DirecTV shouldn't be pre-empting content with their ads.
  5. Jun 9, 2010 #5 of 21

    DogLover Hall Of Fame

    Mar 18, 2007
    I don't know much about broadcasting, but I thought there was also code in the broadcast stream that automated systems used to put in commercials. Is it possible that the error was on the MSNBC side, and when the code came in, the pre-planned commercials (that happened to be DirecTV) were shown?

    Maybe some of the broadcast engineers out there will chime in an help us learn something new.
  6. Jun 9, 2010 #6 of 21

    Avder Hall Of Fame

    Feb 6, 2010
    Same thing happened last night during the Twins game on fox sports north. Cut to commercials suddenly after two outs, then after the ad it cut back just in time to see the third out had been recorded and...back to commercial and the exact same ads.
  7. Jun 9, 2010 #7 of 21
    Jeremy W

    Jeremy W Hall Of Fame

    Jun 19, 2006
    Yes, the system is automated. And yes, it's certainly possible that MSNBC mistakenly sent the signal for the "local avails" to play. It's also possible that DirecTV's equipment just went nuts and played them on it's own. The only way you'd know is if someone was watching at the same time on a different provider. If they saw commercials too, then MSNBC did it. If they didn't, it was most likely DirecTV's fault.
  8. Jun 9, 2010 #8 of 21

    Mavrick Hall Of Fame

    Feb 1, 2006
    They were probably just wanting you to:

  9. Jun 9, 2010 #9 of 21

    johns70 Legend

    May 2, 2010
    Oh well, that's how it is.
  10. billsharpe

    billsharpe Hall Of Fame

    Jan 25, 2007
    Please, no cracks about the channel, unless of course you include an emoticon :D
  11. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    May 17, 2010
    Guess they had another "transmission glitch".
  12. Lije Baley

    Lije Baley AllStar

    Dec 7, 2003
    Well, I call your BS BS.
  13. JLucPicard

    JLucPicard Hall Of Fame

    Apr 27, 2004
    I was watching a recorded program the other day (Law & Order?) and twice within a minute the program cut to a bumper for the upcoming local newscast and then cut back to the program - obviously at the wrong times.

    I've seen this happen over the years, so it does happen. I don't recall any of those incidents flashing DirecTV ads, so I have a problem saying your experience was some DirecTV conspiracy. Just sayin.
  14. GP245

    GP245 Godfather

    Aug 17, 2006
    Direct's servers used to insert "local" commercials in cable networks' programming has been slightly off for months.

    Networks provide Direct the time commercials breaks occur and unfortunately, Direct's computer is slightly off and rolls its commercials
    a bit early cutting off the tail of the networks' commercials.
  15. Mark Walters

    Mark Walters Legend

    Sep 21, 2009
    It happens all the time..especially during live events--someone has a quick trigger. For MSNBC, they probably play something in mid-segment to test out things since no one watches the channel. I'd rather watch paint dry. :lol:
  16. Leinie

    Leinie New Member

    Sep 5, 2009
    Yup I was watching that game also, I was like WTF!
  17. Mavrick

    Mavrick Hall Of Fame

    Feb 1, 2006
    Nothing beat what happend awhile back on our local NBC affilate when they cut out of a program and showed about 45 seconds of a porno I guess the guy in master control must have been watching it and hit the wrong button and put it on air by mistake. :D
  18. gnwes

    gnwes Mentor

    Oct 9, 2006
    i wonder what was he doing during the 45 seconds it took em to realize it was broadcasting :eek2:
  19. Paul Secic

    Paul Secic Hall Of Fame

    Dec 16, 2003
    Dish does the same thing on various channels also.
  20. marker101

    marker101 Legend

    Nov 6, 2007
    it's all done via remote signalling, contact closures, etc. The networks sends them and the equipment on the other end responds. Same thing with The Weather Channel on cable. I've seen instances where "Local on the 8's" wasn't the local product due to a miscue by TWC.

    It happens.

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