Forced Commercials on BBC DVD

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  1. Scott-S

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    I want to call everyone’s attention to the forced commercials on BBC documentary DVDs.

    I sat down to watch the DVD of BBC’s “Voyage to the Planets and Beyond” today. To my great dismay, I was forced to watch 2 commercials before I could do anything. I could not go to the menu, I couldn’t FF, I couldn’t even use the stop button. This sort of thing has got to stop!!

    It took over 3 minutes from when I inserted the disc, until I was finally at the menu.

    I went to DVD’s of Documentaries because I finally got fed up with trying to watch them on TV / Satellite due to the large channel logos that are on screen all the time. Now I guess I will just give up all together.

    Please do not purchase or rent any videos from BBC. This is the only way to get the point across.
     
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    Scott,
    I just tried out the disc, and if you press "next" then you skip over the commercials (one at a time). Two presses of the button and you're at the main screen. I believe this is the same as Universal.

    BTW - I saw your website, stopthelogos.com and it made me laugh. In the summer of 2001 I considered abandoning my TVShowsOnDVD.com idea and creating a site for network logos because I was sick of seeing them. Glad to see someone else created the site when I decided to stick with my original idea.

    Gord
     
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    That is weird. I tried everything and nothing worked. I wonder if it is a difference in our players?

    I don't have a "Next" button on my remote, but I did try FF and Next Track. Neither would work.

    I was so angry, I tried every button I had [​IMG]

    p.s. Glad you like my site. I just wish I could get more people to join the fight.
     
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    Well, I'm plugging your site at least until more people join up! I've said it a billion times, but I don't think it's any coincidence that shows on DVD are selling when they've become unwatchable on their network airings. I wanted to work for a TV station, but this general lack of respect for presentation quality made me decide to forget about it.
    What ads are on the DVD, trailers for other DVDs or something totally unrelated? Most Warner discs let you use the Title control to go directly to the main program. Results on some players seem to vary from others though when skipping intros and junk.
     
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    Jesse;

    There was an Ad for BBC America and one for BBC DVD's (I think - I was too busy trying to get it stopped to watch it)
     
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    Scott, the button that worked is the one that I use to jump to the next chapter on a DVD. It works on my Sony, Panasonic and my Mac (using both DVD Player and Trans Lucy apps).

    What player do you own?

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    I have a Samsung DVD-HD931.

    The next chapter and FF button are the same button on the remote. If I hold it down it FF's, if I just hit it, it goes to next chapter. In this case, if I hit it, I get the circle/slash telling me NO!!!!
     
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    Ahhh...sounds like the disc is reading it as a FF, not as a skip. Bummer man [​IMG]

    Gord
     

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