recent TREND is really annoying on tv shows..

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  1. kevin_tomb

    kevin_tomb Stunt Coordinator

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    Please tell me im not the only one annoyed by this: Almost every TV show in existence does it now. At the end of the show while credits are showing, they compress the hell out of the credits till they can barely be seen and start VOICE OVERS advertising other things and shows and their station etc. TNN is one of the worst with thier show name compressing the image the ENTIRE time the show plays. I know lots of people who wont watch TNN at all now.

    WHat makes these broadcasters think people enjoy this or even pay attention to their rude interruption of credits etc?? Most people are very annoyed in a quick poll I took at work, or say they just ignore the credits now and get a snack... I think its doing a disservice to the makers of a TV show to have their shows butchered like this. I wonder if they approve of this rude practice??
     
  2. MickeS

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    This has been discussed before in the TV section of the forum (which is where this should go probably). Yes, it's really annoying, but the worst thing is that TNN compresses the image WITHOUT maintaining the aspect ratio. So everything is slightly squeezed. I can't watch that channel anymore.

    I like when they do this at sports events though, instead of interrupting for commercials. They do this a lot during the soccer games on Univision, but they maintain the aspect ratio by showing some ads to the side of the picture as well as below it.

    /Mike
     
  3. Jack Briggs

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    Death to TNN!

    This is commercialism, arrogance, and cynicism all rolled into one. Check the credit rolls on History Channel broadcasts. As the zip by at warp speed, they are compressed vertically so the network can advertise the VHS version of the program you just watched. The final impression is that The History Channel exists as a commercial preview of the videos it wants to sell you.

    Wonder if those videos also come with the obnoxious yellow station bug?

    Commercial television becomes increasingly unwatchable. How about a little respect for the viewers?
     
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    Oh yeah...I forgot to add that I whole heartedly disapprove of the little interruptions that appear at the bottom of the screen during the show to advertise. I was watching something the other night (I don't remember what it was) and after every ad break, during the show, the image would get squished up so another advertisement could be shown down at the bottom of the screen. It wasn't a show promo either. It was product advertising. Ugh!
     
  6. Todd Hochard

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    I've noticed that, for instance, the WB network will put text adverts for shows on the bottom of the screen during the show. I find this very annoying.

    With this and all of the things mentioned above, it is becoming increasingly apparent that broadcast and cable channels exist solely to advertise to you, with quality programming no longer even a consideration.

    I'm debating getting rid of cable altogether because of things like this. I understand advertising is necessary, but non-stop???

    Todd
     
  7. David Von Pein

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    Voicing-over the credits makes perfect sense to me. Why not use that useless time to promote something else coming up? Pretty much nobody gives a flying leap about the credits anyhow, unless you're married to the gaffer.

    Saying "I won't watch so-and-so" simply due to this credits compression seems totally ludicrous! It's the same mentality of those individuals that absolutely REFUSE to buy a WB DVD simply because of its snap-case packaging! Lunacy! ("Yes, dear, I love the movie JFK, and want it on DVD desperately.....but you know why I can't buy it! It's got the dreaded I'll-rot-in-Hell-forever-if-I-so-much-as-touch-it piece of cardboard wrapped around it!")

    Does this make ANY sense??
     
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    I've noticed that FX does this as well while airing Buffy re-runs. It really doesn't bother me that much.

    Steven: "It's thick, it's brick and it's maaaaaaaaade for a chicken!"
     
  10. Jesse Skeen

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    I can live with the credits being ruined, but I will NOT watch any show that has the network logo on during the ENTIRE show! I've heard of people putting black tape over the screen when watching shows just so they don't have to see them!
     
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    The possibilities are endless...
     
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    I don;t think that refusing to watch a show because of a ticker or an annoying logo is particularly wrong, it certainly isn't in the same league as refusing to buy a movie because of the case. The logos/tickers are on the screen, obscuring, distorting or distracting from the image.

    Have you even seen the TNN logobar? I can't watch that station anymore, and it's not at all "idiotic", IMO.

    /Mike
     
  15. Jack Briggs

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    David: This thread was started by someone who is patently offended by the crass commercialism being proferred by cable and broadcast channels. And I've ceased watching some channels because of those station bugs. They are distracting and trashy. It's not "idiotic" to boycott networks that deface the programming content and annoy the viewers with their stupid logos and other commercial messenging schemes. The participants in this thread are very justifiably angered at the situation, thank you. JB
     
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    Also, David, thread-crashing is frowned upon seriously here. Please remember that for future reference. Thank you.
     
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  18. Jack Briggs

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    Because, David, the entire image is being squeezed in order to fit it into the remaining window left by the black bar. It's not the same as letterboxing. Now, why don't you go start your own thread in praise of station bugs and in-program messenging? Enough.
     
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  20. David Von Pein

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    Sorry Micke......I see your point. I never watch TNN anyway. Just checked it out today 'cause of this thread. Didn't really notice that the picture was out of proportion.
     

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