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What Is With T.V. Land And The Commercials?

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by PrinceLH, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. PrinceLH

    PrinceLH New Member

    Feb 18, 2003
    Can't believe the commercials, on TV Land. It's totally ridiculous, that a television program, like Gunsmoke, or Bonanza has been stretched into half an infomercial Those programs were originally edited for one hour, including commercials. Now, they turn them into an hour and 15 minutes, an hour and 18 minutes. On top of that, they edit the credits and insert them near the end of the program, while the show is still playing. Is Viacom that greedy for revenue, that they make their daytime shows unwatchable? I get fed up and turn it over to my Over-the-air system and grab AntennaTV or MeTV, so I can actually watch a show in 60 minutes. TV Land is just brutal!:nono2:
  2. Charise

    Charise AllStar/Supporter DBSTalk Gold Club

    Jan 25, 2004
    Yep, they are all that greedy, sad to say.
  3. txtommy

    txtommy Icon

    Dec 30, 2006
    Watch Gunsmoke and Bonanza on the Western Channel commercial free. :D
  4. PrinceLH

    PrinceLH New Member

    Feb 18, 2003
    I do that. However, the Westerns Channel only have the early episodes of Gunsmoke(the best episodes) and they are in Black and White. Bonanza, over there, is the so called lost episodes, and are kind of a snapshot of 3 years of the series and not the best episodes. Gunsmoke aired for 20 years, so the first half where black and white, but the second 10 years where in color. I will say, however, that Encore Westerns did a good job restoring these series and deserves credit. TVLand is just a shell of it's past glory.
  5. mitchflorida

    mitchflorida Godfather

    May 18, 2009
    I, for one, was disappointed that the Viacom dispute ended so quickly. It is really a very sleazy operation, if you notice what sort of programming they put on their other channels, including, MTV, Spike, etc. And of course the ads. I hate how they roll the credits at 60 mph at the end of the show. Of course, I use a DVR so I really skip the ads, and so should you.
  6. jdspencer

    jdspencer Hall Of Fame

    Nov 7, 2003
    Commercials are why the DVR was invented!
  7. Renard

    Renard Godfather

    Jun 21, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    Gee, I hate that when the channels are cutting our favorite commercials with stupid shows, movies, or sport events. (sarcasm)
  8. Church AV Guy

    Church AV Guy Godfather

    Jul 9, 2007
    They frequently air half hour shows, like The Dick Van Dyke show in a 35 or even 40 minute block. That's just about 50% commercial time:eek:, and as you said, the closing credits air in a small inset window in a corner of the screen that shows OVER the end of the episode. So the answer must be YES, they are THAT greedy for revenue!:nono2: I too have quit watching TV Land and am watching METV and AntennaTV.
  9. PrinceLH

    PrinceLH New Member

    Feb 18, 2003
    Unfortunately, MeTV and AntennaTV are out of market, in my area. I do have a great antenna array and I can usually pitch it towards lake Ontario and snag the Rochester, NY market. Antenna only comes in, if I snag Buffalo and that's only about 40% of the time. Too bad that Directv wouldn't add these two networks to their SD lineup. It's what Nick At Night and TVLand used to be, before Viacom ruined them.
  10. djzack67

    djzack67 Icon

    Sep 18, 2007
  11. ejjames

    ejjames Icon

    Oct 2, 2006
    I just bought the entire 5 seasons of The Twilight Zone on blu ray. They went back to the 35mm camera negative, and the resolution and restoration done is just incredible.

    Most episodes run 25:30 to 26:00. I'm seeing entire scenes, cut for syndication, that I've never seen before.

    If you're a fan, the picture you get from the sci fi...sorry...SCY FY channel marathons don't do it justice. Try blu ray.
  12. trainman

    trainman Hall Of Fame

    Jan 9, 2008
    These same restored episodes are also available for streaming on Netflix (except Season 4, for whatever reason), in case anyone wants to check them out before spending money for the Blu-ray.
  13. fleckrj

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    Sep 4, 2009
    Cary, NC
    At least TV Land extends the time of the program to add more commercials. BBCA cuts segments from the program to add more commercials into the same amount of time. They are both greedy, but I like TV Land's method better than BBCA's
  14. ejjames

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    Oct 2, 2006
    I am aware of the HD episodes on Netflix, and although it looks good, it can't match BR. I'm also into commentary tracks, and some episodes have 3 or 4. Netflix, however, is a good way to go for many viewers.
  15. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010

    Mr. Zack: Time to change your sig!!

  16. zimm7778

    zimm7778 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 11, 2007
    I posted this awhile back on another thread when this topic came up. I'd love for one of the premium distributors to take one of their channels and start airing classic tv shows the way they were originally aired. Not the syndication cuts, not the ridiculous further cuts made for them to be aired as they are now. The original versions. I think a lot of people would pay for that.
  17. FLWingNut

    FLWingNut Godfather

    Nov 19, 2005
    Including one that we'll never see in its original format -- WKRP in Cincinnati. Due to music rights issues, we will likely never see them they way they were originally broadcast. Even the one season they put on DVD is dubbed over with different music. What a shame.
  18. wipeout

    wipeout Icon

    Jul 15, 2003
    The History Channel has been ruined as well. I always used to be able to find interesting content on there and now all you get is crap reality programs. It is just soooo frustrating to pay all this monbey every month and get stuck with TV you have no interest in watching.
  19. maartena

    maartena Hall Of Fame

    Nov 1, 2010
    Your signature is wrong. You are no longer waiting for BBC America HD. :D
  20. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    OK; see post 15....

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