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post #31 of 35 (permalink) Old 2017-12-09, 07:25 PM
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So in pursuit of ad-free channels, how do we identify them? I have lost all tolerance for ads in all forms (except for logos in the background of a movie and that sort of thing). So I search the guide for a movie called 'Idiocracy', and see that it happens to be upcoming on a particular channel called 'FXX HD', and so being a discriminating shopper, I begin to consider subscribing to this channel, but not if it is just another ad polluted station of course. That's the way I roll. Don't hate the player, hate the game. One in the hand is worth two in the bush. Don't eat yellow snow.

Is there some simple way to know if the channel is ad-free?

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post #32 of 35 (permalink) Old 2017-12-09, 10:10 PM
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If it's TVO, TCM or a premium movie channel it will be ad free. That's only during the programming. There are lots of ads between shows. PBS is mostly ad free but watch out for the pledge drives. There may be other ad free channels I missed. If you hate ads, don't even consider watching a CTV owned channel. They are the worst when it comes to advertising pollution.
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ExDilbert. Yes CTV is bad but the worst is the CBC's Documentary channel. Not only are the ad breaks as long as allowed but they double stack ads and show the sort of ads that other channels would consider to bad to be shown...that is the really silly ones, the modern equivalent of those Ktel ads of the 70's. Many good programs...if you have a PVR.


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post #34 of 35 (permalink) Old 2017-12-11, 11:11 AM
 
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I like that we now have shows that are full length advertisements. I work in advertising, and there are shows that are looking for freebies or pay to have your business featured

AMAZING RACE CANADA is my favourite example of a show that is pure advertising - what a joke. CTV comes to our business every year looking to do a segment at one of our facilities and using our products. They want big $$$. If you watch the show is stacked with advertising from start to finish.

I think they had one segment last year that had 7 products (car, gas station, food at the gas station, drink at the gas station, credit card, a TV show, and electronics) all part of one competition.
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post #35 of 35 (permalink) Old 2017-12-11, 11:36 AM
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Product placement has been happening since TV went public. It happens in movies as well. It's just a lot more blatant now. I'm amazed at what some talk show personalities get away with. I've seen them do segments with tables full of a single manufacturerer's products in what is supposed to be an informative piece. I don't know how much they get paid but it must be substantial. Then there are the "doctors" who flog devices and supplements that they have a major interest in. Timothy Leary almost got it right 50 years ago, except for modern network TV it should be turn off, tune out, drop the ads.

Then there is TCM, still commercial free after all these years. How do they do it when networks like CTV whinge about losing money despite their overabundance of advertising placement?
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