Wow. Station advertising. Have you heard this?

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  1. CRyan

    CRyan Screenwriter

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    Good grief. Never thought this would happen. We have come to despise the staion bugs, but now we have something new it seems. At least on TNT. We are watching "Sleepless in Seatle" and just had a very interesting surprise in an important part of dialogue in the movie.

    Not a new staion bug animation, but a VOICE OVER. Good grief. Right in the middle of programming, an obtrusive voice came over saying what was coming up next on TNT - right over the movie dialogue. What in the world is happening?

    Is this a common practice? Has anyone else see this? I do not generally watch a lot of TV, so I am not sure if I have missed out on this new annoyance.

    C. Ryan
     
  2. Craig S

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    After hearing this news, I'm loving my DVD collection even more. [​IMG]
     
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    I've never seen voice over interruptions in the middle of a movie, but for a long time, the 30 second snippet at the end of sitcoms has been interrupted or talked over by stations advertising upcoming shows.

    This heinous practice seemed (at least to me) to be limited to syndication airings, but last week, I was watching a new episode of something-or-other (Friends?) and the station interrupted the closing gag. I couldn't believe it.

    Of course, when you look at the fact that television programming is primarily just a lure for a captive audience to whom one can advertise, it seems like the next logical (if insidious) step.
     
  4. Jeff Kleist

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    TNN seems to be the leader in making your viewing as obnoxious as possible. First the blackbar, now this

    Most people are not even bothering with it, except for RAW which if free of these boils.
     
  5. Dave Barth

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    The basenote was discussing TNT, not TNN.

    I agree that the black bar on TNN is about as bad as I can imagine exhibiting something while leaving it viewable enough that people will still watch it.
     
  6. Wayne Bundrick

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    Guys, it's possible that some bozo in the TNT control room accidentally pushed the button to play the voiceover during the program instead of during the credits. Until it happens again, I'd give them the benefit of the doubt.
     
  7. Jack Briggs

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    No matter what, as I go through this interim month between giving up on cable and switching over to DBS, I'm finding that living with OTA signals and the regular broadcast networks' more subdued station bugs makes me not that enthusiastic about paying for television anymore. Threads such as this only reinforce that notion. Why pay money only to have my blood pressure made dangerously high? Hell, I might even hold off on DBS for a while.
     
  8. Jacob_St

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    On the Oxygen network they put text advertisments in their black bar. One mentioned some type of Orange juice being available for purchase when the characters on the show were drinking orange juice. Weird stuff!
     
  9. Jack Briggs

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    And it just keeps getting worse and worse--TNN's black bar was bad enough, but it merely obscured the lower portion of the image at first. Now, the stupid network compresses the image vertically. Try watching ST:TNG now. Worf looks like a menacing munchkin now.

    I tell you, I can live without all this crap.

    Add to that that such channels as The History Channel seem to exist only to sell the VHS copies of the programs it broadcasts, and well...

    Enough with this crass commercialism already!
     
  10. John Tillman

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    Due to the splintered NY situation, my programming is from 3 separate sources, OTA, Dish & cable.

    I left cable for a clearer dbs picture and HD. The HD is fine, but as dbs SD gets more and more compressed, I'm getting kind of frustrated with it. I brought cable back in for internet service, and found HBO/MSG/FSN (all HD) embedded on the line as a huge bonus.

    If you can get it, OTA is the best for clear & uncompressed SD. NYC and surrounding areas was loaded to the gills (both SD & HD) prior to 9/11, but will take years to get back to where we were.

    I guess everyone has their complaints, but try to explore all your signal sources so you can shift gears when you get upset about what they are doing.
     
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    Can someone PLEASE tell me what the point of HDTV is if they still have these stupid logos on it??? I'd rather see them go back to black and white!
     
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    It's getting to the point where TVs are going to need 2 screens--one for the programming, and the other for continuous advertising, station IDs, upcoming program teasers, voiceovers, and the like.
    Or worse, when HDTV takes off and everyone has a 16:9 screen, they'll continue to make 4:3 programming with an ad bar on the side to fill out the 16:9 screen. I suppose the upside of that is I could cover up the ad bar (or 2nd screen) with a matte! [​IMG]
    I always thought the point of paying for cable/DSS was to get channels without so many obnoxious ads, etc. It's as bad as AOL, 20+ bucks a month and they spray you with more ads than the free Juno service...
    KJP
     
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