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Old 02-03-2011, 11:26 AM   #21
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Well, maybe you guys aren't crazy:

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I Hear Ringing and There's No One There. I Wonder Why. - New York Times
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Old 02-03-2011, 11:26 AM   #22
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Actually a TiVo makes it really easy to determine if the beeping is coming from the TV programming or from elsewhere.
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Old 02-03-2011, 12:41 PM   #23
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If I'm watching a DVRed show I just fast forward through the commercial. No sound. If I'm watching live pre-recorded TV I hit the mute button during commercials, because 1) despite recent congressional action the commercials are still 50% louder than the show, and 2) even at lower levels the inane babbling of commercials (especially the mandated high speed "small print" at the end of many of them) drives me nuts. I firmly believe that my decades of not watching commercials contributed significantly to my LBYM, since I didn't expose myself to their subtle (screaming) demands that I need this, that, or the other. I used to avoid them by changing the channel and watching a 3-4 minute burst of a different show. America's Funniest Home Videos is good for that. But I determined that was not good for my longevity when DW informed me that if I didn't quit she was going to kill me. So now I just mute.
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I'm not sure why you (and the NY Times) think that the point is to get you to listen more closely to the commercial. That seems like quite a leap of logic.

I haven't heard one of these, but I would think that the second I notice a beep, I'm going to stop listening to the commercial, and work on finding out what is beeping.

As Rustward does, whenever I hear a weird noise, I say "Was that on the TV?," back up with the Tivo back 20 seconds button, and listen again.
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I particularly hate the commericals that play a doorbell...

Yes, I think they do it on very much purpose because it's a sure attention getter...

I'm gonna buy a unique electronic chime for my own doorbell, then I can train myself to disregard all of the "usual" doorbell sounds, because they aren't mine...
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My pet peeve is the little "pop up" ads that will slide up from the bottom of the screen during the middle of the show. Bonus points when these ads obscure meaningful subtitles, just to make sure I know that this week's "CSI: Miami" is a new episode.
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Here, I found the ad. This is the audio part -- is this the one?

AARP Insurance Ad
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Here, I found the ad. This is the audio part -- is this the one?

AARP Insurance Ad
Now that's funny!
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One of the local furniture stores did the most annoying commercial around Christmas time. They used the weather warning alert sound in the background of the audio. I'm assuming they hoped to get people to pay attention with that sound when all it did for me was to assure I would never shop there.
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My pet peeve is the little "pop up" ads that will slide up from the bottom of the screen during the middle of the show. Bonus points when these ads obscure meaningful subtitles, just to make sure I know that this week's "CSI: Miami" is a new episode.
Totally agree these are the worst. When the Haiti earthquake hit last year, one station was running sit-com pop-ups so funny little people competed in the corner against bodies being carried out on stretchers on the main screen.

And I predict we will soon see these pop-ups being used for Burpus Cola and other commercials, with a never-ending crawl below them for more commercials that will obscure one-fourth to one-third of the picture.
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REW, I neither use, nor would suggest, Tivo or a DVR.

But I have the right, low-tech solution for you!!

There's this really neat button that I discovered on my remote, called "mute". I mute all commercials. You know how I feel about Madison avenue and its effect on spending habits - - not healthy to listen to, IMO.

Also, when I am reading the board or posting (like right now), I mute the TV. I can watch captions between posting (right now, these captions are describing Cairo and the video is showing tanks in the background). If something looks interesting, I can quit posting for a few seconds and un-mute.
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Cummon, us LYBM types don't have no stinkin' remote controls.
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Cummon, us LYBM types don't have no stinkin' remote controls.
So true, got me there. Besides, if I was truly LBYM enough, even if I did have a remote it probably wouldn't have the "mute" button like the fancy ones do.
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I remember that my grandmother would always get up, walk to the TV, and turn the volume down when the commercials came on. This anti-commercial trait has been passed on to me, probably due to upbringing than genetics.

This guy's a bit crude (some bad language), but I agree with him 100%:

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My pet peeve is the little "pop up" ads that will slide up from the bottom of the screen during the middle of the show. Bonus points when these ads obscure meaningful subtitles, just to make sure I know that this week's "CSI: Miami" is a new episode.
None of these examples are as infuriating as radio commercials that have a siren in the audio. I usually only listen to the radio when I'm driving.
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No Al, you've got it all wrong.

I'm sitting here at my desk attempting to entertain and enlighten the Intertube reading public while CNN chatters in the background. Suddenly I'm interrupted by voices in my head an annoying beep. Thousands Hundreds A dozen One lonely snowbound forum reader is deprived of all that wit and wisdom while I investigate the source of the sound, then rant and rave about it.

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I realize that some who respond will ignore this qualifier and offer the alternatives mentioned above plus others, but it makes me feel good to point this out to those of you who actually pay attention.
Your imagination is running wild. I have been on this board for quite some time and I can assure you that the above is not true.

Have you tried newspapers instead? You read what interests you and there's no sound.
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My pet peeve is the little "pop up" ads that will slide up from the bottom of the screen during the middle of the show. Bonus points when these ads obscure meaningful subtitles, just to make sure I know that this week's "CSI: Miami" is a new episode.
I hate those things, too, because sometimes there is stuff on the bottom of the screen the viewers actually need to SEE which get blocked out by some dumb promo. TNT is awful with this.

Do you recall Saturday Night Live doing a spoof on TNT's use of this? They broadcast NBA basketball games and SNL did a skit with the never-ending promo characters and their show's theme show music interfering with the game's announcers trying to cover the game. It was hilarious.
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None of these examples are as infuriating as radio commercials that have a siren in the audio. I usually only listen to the radio when I'm driving.
I've gotten caught by that one, too.
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