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Old 12-23-2014, 12:13 PM   #21
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On the subject of commercials, I have noticed that on the Jimmy Kimmel show, the break before the last guest lasts about 12 minutes. Sometimes it's around 10 or around 15 minutes. I usually DVR the show so I can skip the commericals, but for those that watch his "live" show (that isn't "live" at all..don't get me started on that) I am not sure anyone hangs around for the last 10 minutes.

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Old 12-23-2014, 01:47 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by rodi View Post
Youtube's insertion of ads at the beginning is annoying also - and I haven't figured out a way to get past that.
Many websites connected to TV shows if you want to watch it on the Web have this annoying feature. I would sometimes watch The Tonight Show on the Web if I missed part of it the night before. They always have ads and you can't skip them. But another offender I have encountered has been Comedy Central's "The Daily Show." I forget which, but one of those shows bombards you with not one but FOUR or FIVE ads you have suffer through before the show starts, or between segments. At least I can mute the volume with my speakers but it really rots.

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Old 12-23-2014, 02:01 PM   #23
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We use the DVR, Netflix, or Amazon Prime to avoid commercials. I really wish we could get rid of cable tv, but my husband likes to watch sports.
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Old 12-25-2014, 10:51 AM   #24
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Originally Posted by John Galt III View Post
There are so many commercials on TV now that I want to cancel cable. But the GF wants to keep it, so we do. I hate paying $90 a month to have 20 minutes (seems like) of commercials in a 60 minute show. Sometimes I will watch something on PBS that is only mildly interesting to me, simply because it has no commercials! May have to check out the DVR scenario.
IMO the DVD island one of the best things since sliced bread.
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Old 12-25-2014, 11:14 AM   #25
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I have purposely not watched any live TV since the 22nd because of the last minute xmas advertising glut.
I have several shows and movies recorded on my DVR if I decide I want to watch TV.
I've had the cable music channels on for background music.
Ads are displayed on the screen but there is no audio for the ads.
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Old 12-25-2014, 04:36 PM   #26
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Phase II...after Christmas sales...ARGH

I've already received 5 emails from retailers hawking major price slashing. STARTING TOMORROW.

Oh brother...
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Old 12-25-2014, 06:24 PM   #27
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I'll simply point out that if it wasn't for advertisers this site wouldn't exist.

So as Xmas gift to our nice host everybody should click on a banner ad!

I just did and found out that has some great sales on household stuff, but you should act now the sale won't last forever.

This message brought you by MPA marketing professionals of America, getting people to buy crap they don't need for a more than a century.
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Old 12-26-2014, 07:37 AM   #28
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Didn't want to start another thread for this, but noticing that a number of members don't do facebook or twitter... I think I found a solution to block some of those popover colored square links to Twitter, Google, Facebook, Gmail and some other social linkage programs. Recently some of these links have become so large as to block the text on articles, and I could find no way to make them disappear.
I don't know if this is really the solution, but... so far it looks to be working for me. I use Ad Block Plus. Right clicking on the icon for this brings up "options".
The tab "Add your own filters" brings up a box where you can add this:
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Yeah... not necessarily advertising, but one more of the unwanted add ons that becomes intrusive.


I think everyone realizes that advertising is here to stay, and accepts that within reason, but where's the limit? If split screen TV ad/content became the norm, is that too much? Who sets the limit?
instead of what YOU would do... do you think there is a limit to what the public will pay? In other words... will supply and demand become more sharply defined? Printed media seems to be evening out after a long drop in circulation.

How do you see the future?
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I can't do anything in Facebook or Twitter without seeing an ad for some online war game. No idea what it's advertising but it's got Kate Upton in a nice white dress with some armor dressing. Never really knew much about her. Let's just say I've become a big fan. So, ads aren't all bad.

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Old 12-26-2014, 09:30 AM   #30
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I gave up on broadcast TV and cable even though we get both for free. Can't stand the commercials. I've probably seen 10 minutes of commercials this year. I don't think I'm missing anything.

Between Netflix, Amazon TV, Hulu, youtube, and other content sources, it's hard to go hungry for entertainment options.

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