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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 2015-08-15, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
 
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Anyone else tired of all the commercials on TV.

I am sick of Nissan/Hyundai/Tim Hortons. It would be nice if we saw different commercials, if it all. Just not the same ones 10X an hour.

Absolutely drives me nuts.

It's like 3 people in the whole world own everything.

Repetition crap.

Another reason for me to drop cable when my promo expires. I always was hesitant. But I think I will next time.

Commercials drive me nuts.
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post #2 of 30 (permalink) Old 2015-08-15, 08:56 PM
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Commercials don't bother me because I haven't watched any since I purchased my first VCR almost 40 years ago. Suggest you get a PVR, HTPC or equivalent.

Even for "Live" sports events, I set a recording and start watching say ½ hour after it starts so that I never have to watch commercials. If you're worried about the money, how much is your time worth. Figure say 300-1000 hours per year?
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post #3 of 30 (permalink) Old 2015-08-17, 01:24 PM
 
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You would think with the ability to skip commercials with PVRs and Netflix that companies would perhaps reduce commercials to entice more actual tv viewing but they aren't. They need to make some changes.
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Linear TV Viewer has gotten crazy in the last 20-25 years. We have gone from 25 minute episodes down to as low as 18-19 minutes. Same thing for hour-long series. They use to be around 50-51 minutes and now average about 38-40 minutes. Every half hour you are watching anywhere from 10-12 minutes of commercials. Plus a lot of syndicated programs on US channels now have lower third ads when returning from commercial break.
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Actually in a 1 hour time period you now get only 36 minutes of show. This is shameful.
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I can't remember the last time I actually watched any commercials.
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post #7 of 30 (permalink) Old 2015-08-17, 09:20 PM
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36 minutes of show
And some of those minutes will also include ads at the bottom.

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And many of those shows have blatant product placements written directly into the script. NCIS:LA is an hour-long MS commercial.
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Some of the old time classic TV shows have been sped up such that they feel unnatural, just to increase the available commercial time in the hour. They digitally increase the speed of the action while keeping the audio range to its original. I watched an episode of Hogan's Heroes and Rockford Files on a Me TV station and was quite annoyed by the rapidity of the pace compared to what I remembered of the original. Nobody spoke that fast!
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^It's not just the really old stuff. TBS has apparently sped up Seinfeld reruns 9% to allow for more ad time.

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I cut the cord over 2 years ago due to poor content, commercials and cost. I do get some on Hulu Plus, but the amount has dropped drastically. No stupid station icons either, but still some annoying stuff remains.
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Sports is what I watch mostly and prefer to watch LIVE. I end up hitting mute when a commercial is on. I also think it's the repetition of which we see the same commercials drives me nuts.

I realize it's marketing and sponsors but really do we need to see car commercials 10 times an hour.

Maybe the commercials are so bad I don't want to watch lol, could be a reason as well.

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I grew to hate Bruno Mars' music after the Super Bowl last year... When every commercial break you'd hear "Locked Out of Heaven" it became a bit much.

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I realize it's marketing and sponsors but really do we need to see car commercials 10 times an hour.
Many commercials are no longer informative. They have reached the level of brainwashing. It's something that needs to be addressed by regulation. However, I doubt the US would regulate TV advertising and Canada just follows the US in such matters.

I read an article a few years ago that stated the US and Canada have the most TV ads in the world. At the time, it averaged 10 minutes an hour. Don't know if that included station promotions. Since then, it's almost doubled. In contrast, Europe averaged 4 minutes an hour. It hasn't been that low here since the 1950s or early 1960s. Counting infomercials and product placements (such as talk shows and game shows,) advertising probably makes up 50% of TV air time on many ad supported stations.
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^^^^
Used to be ad time was regulated. Not now.

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