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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. Carl Spock

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    Absolutely. If it takes something like this to see The Dick Van Dyke Show or M*A*S*H uncut, I'll vote for making a classic half hour TV episode take 37 minutes any day.

    Beyond that, really how hard is it to hit "Record" and start watching 15 minutes later? As pointed out upthread, this is why DVRs exist.
     
  2. mreposter

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    Sadly, other subscribers disagree with you. Once History started running those "crap reality programs" their ratings shot through the roof.

    Some of us might like interesting, educational and sometimes challenging programming, but there are far to few of us to make a difference.
     
  3. john262

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    That's why I am unplugging it when my contract runs out.
     
  4. john262

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    Yes of course we can do that, but that doesn't make what Viacom is doing:mad: right. Then we have people like my grandmother who doesn't even know what a DVR is. She is stuck with watching all of those commercials or turning it off.
     
  5. Carl Spock

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    So what's your solution, john262? Have them cut the program to smithereens to fit in the normal 15-16 minutes of commercials an hour?

    Another alternative would be to insert only the 7-8 minutes of commercials per hour that was common in the 1960s and 1970s. That isn't a realistic choice. If you were TVLand and could either run M*A*S*H with 4 minutes of commercials or, say, Friends, with 8 minutes of commercials, which would you run?
     
  6. Scott Kocourek

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    I'm moving this to the TV Shows Forum where everyone can participate.
     
  7. SayWhat?

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    The Nick channels do it too and a couple of others. Maybe they're all ViaCon channels.
     
  8. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    Winters,...
    Great idea!
    The more the merrier!
     
  9. john262

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    Why isn't that a realistic choice? The networks used to get by just fine with less commercial time so why can't they now? But now it's all about greed. My solution is for Viacom to be less greedy and accept fewer commercial spots. And if they refuse the viewers should boycott them until they do.

    Viacom Reports 33 Percent Gain in Profit:

    http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/10/viacom-reports-33-percent-gain-in-profits/

    A 33 percent gain in profit? They sure aren't hurting. Cut back their commercials spots and make a 25 percent gain in profit. They will still be doing just fine. And while they're at it cut their CEO's multimillion dollar salary.
     
  10. PrinceLH

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    Why don't they just leave the commercial content alone and have the sponsor pay more for the limited slots. Half the time, they're just the same block of commercials, that they just keep replaying. Getting upset with them continually playing the abused animals slot, a few times every hour. Less commercials, get more from the sponsors! My only idea for this dilemma.
     
  11. Carl Spock

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    So john262's solution is for Viacom to make less money selling commercials on TVLand.

    And PrinceLH's answer is for Viacom to charge more for fewer commercials.

    If the ratings decline far enough on TVLand, and Viacom can tie that to viewer disgust over too many commercials, then john262's solution could work.

    If the ratings rise on TVLand and Viacom can determine that is because of viewer satisfaction with seeing less commercials, then PrinceLH has the answer.

    Personally, I don't see either possibility happening. I think more commercials is the obvious answer, especially for older shows with fewer avails. There is only so much Viacom can charge for the 9,263rd rerun of an episode of The Andy Griffith Show. And even with that show's continued popularily, there are only so many people who will watch it.
     
  12. hdtvfan0001

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    I've seen all the ads on TV Land as well...although....it seems like many networks are adding commerical/advertising time. They are not alone.

    The channel self-promotions are getting annoying at times on multiple channels as well.
     
  13. ejjames

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    I remember when we added TVLand to USSB around '95. We had it all ready to go, but we were only given a "thumbs up" with about 5 minutes notice.

    I used to love when they were all about classic tv, and they would air old "retromercials" during commercial breaks.
     
  14. mhayes70

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    I am glad to see that I am not the only one that was thinking this about there stupid commercials.
     
  15. john262

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    What are you, a Viacom shareholder? Why are you taking the side of a greedy big corporation that is trying to shove more commercials down our throats?

    :grin:
     
  16. Carl Spock

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    You've got me. I make ten cents each time Viacom runs a commercial.





    :p
     
  17. Paul Secic

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    Back in 1996 we had TCI and TVLand shared a channel with A&E. Then they moved TVLand to digital. Of course they charged more.
     
  18. renbutler

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    The most overused words in 2012:

    "greed" and "greedy"

    It's become an epidemic. The words have almost lost all meaning.
     
  19. PrinceLH

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    Yes, I remember when TVLand first appeared. I remember when it first arrived, I was a C Band user and it was fantastic. So was Nick At Night, back then. Those retro commercials were excellent and I couldn't stop watching the format. Now, I just pick and choose what I watch on those channels. I'd rather watch Antenna TV or MeTV, because that is where most of the good content went. Too bad Directv wouldn't pick these two feeds up, full time.
     
  20. john262

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    Maybe those words are used more nowadays because the big corporations are more greedy nowadays.
     

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