I'm surprised, still no TV banner ads

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  1. Tom.le

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    I'm watching Die Hard in letter box format on channel FMC "Fox Movie Channel". They keep showing banners on the bottom half of the letterbox displaying little inside "tid bits" of the movie.

    Now this can't be a new idea, but I'm surprised the movie industry/television stations don't show letterboxed movies more often than showing the cropped 4:3 version, and show all those snazzy banner ads above and below the show you're watching. Don't get me wrong, I hate ads, but I have a funny feeling that's where things are headed in the future. I hate watching shows on TNT or TNN, forgot which, where they constantly show a black bar at the bottom to display what they're playing, like Star Trek TNG. Argh..
     
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    I've mentioned this before... I don't think I'd even mind if the trade-off was no commercial breaks, and with more people skipping commercials with VCRs and Replays and the like, I'm not sure why a network hasn't given the idea a test yet.
     
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    Why would they letterbox the show and put banners outside the content (which somebody would be sure to come up with a way to mask it with real letterbox black bars) when they can keep it full frame and splatter the banners all over the content? Once a network executive crosses over the hump and makes the decision to do banners, the next thing on his mind is going to be "Why letterbox it? People (i.e. Wal-Mart shoppers) hate letterboxing!"
     
  4. Tom.le

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    Also zoom functions on 16:9 sets would ultimately zoom them off the screen anyway.
     
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    TNN is doing it, except they're actually distorting 4:3 images to do it. I can't believe people would sit through that.
     
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    yea, TNN was the one, not TNT as I thought. I hate that bar on the bottom. I watch it on satellite, so if I want to know what show they're playing, I use the handy dandy 'info' button on my remote.
     
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  8. Tom.le

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    It just so happens that "the new" TNN (DirecTV chan 325) has a feedback page. Please, please, everybody send your comments on how you feel about "the new" TNN's "black bar" at the bottom of your screen. I for one don't like it on my satellite channel, when I could just press my info/guide button to see what's playing instead of looking at their "distortion/advertisement" bar.
    "the new" TNN's feedback page:
    http://www.thenewtnn.com/mail_form.jhtml
    Just incase any spam bots are watching, make note of the below address. Oh, and just incase the above feedback form does not work:
    [email protected]
     
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