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Is adverts on the TV DRIVING you cRaZy?





chasbeen
The amount of adverts on TV in my country are just getting rediculous. I'm watching 7 minutes of TV and this is followed by 5 minutes of adverts.

My most hated adverts are Cars and Credit Card advertising.

I have actually started watching programs and started to do other things around the house while the adverts are on.

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Hogwarts
chasbeen wrote:
The amount of adverts on TV in my country are just getting rediculous. I'm watching 7 minutes of TV and this is followed by 5 minutes of adverts.

My most hated adverts are Cars and Credit Card advertising.

I have actually started watching programs and started to do other things around the house while the adverts are on.

Whats your feel? Question Very Happy Question


I agree with you, ads are far too long these days, which is one of the reasons I don't watch much tv.

But, there are reasons for ads. For one I hate it when somebody says "Life would be so much better if there were no ads on tv", yet without ads, tv would effectively cease to exist.

The best thing to do would be to have less ads at a higher cost, yet this would disadvantage smaller companies who can buy a short ad for a low(ish) cost. If the ads were shorter and more expensive, the would not be able to use televison as a medium to advertise to their customers.

By the way, this should be in the Movies and Television forum...
Kaisonic
I don't really mind TV ads these days. Most of 'em are either interesting or pretty funny. It's when I see the same ones over and over again in a hour-long program that really piss me off. Like when I'm trying to watch the Daily Show and Colbert Report, that freakin commercial with Lipozene plays at least 4 times throughout the hour. But other than that, I don't mind 'em.
Nameless
Silly people, you can just watch the TV stations without advertising. Like here in Australia, the ABC.

Failing that, record shows and fast forward ads.

Or just talk, read a book, or play turn based hand held video games during the ads. You could even flip stations and have a quick round of SSBM during the commercials. Laughing
reddishblue
I suppose if you like often near substandard programming you can watch the ABC.
I use the internet more then the idiot box so I don't care.
Idoru
Have to agree that it's getting a little out of hand. It's fortunate that there is so many
ways around it. To get exposed for adds is just something I do when I'm to lazy to
watch through another, better forum than TV.

On the other hand, it's a good thing that some people still puts up with it, so there is
some nice series produced (Wich I later can watch without the commercial Smile )
kirby
Frankly i could stand it if it where only ads but In australia enire programs are just ads news shows get paid to do storys on new products and people and after 11pm on ever channel is a call in game where people pay huge amounts of many to sms answears to winn tiny amounts of cash

Thank god the goverment funded ABC hasnt got advertisements and it has the chaser! best show on ATM
qscomputing
I don't mind the adverts, as long as they don't drag on for too long. Unfortunately, many channels do have long advert breaks these days. Sad
yy1124
heh..

Same thing for my case but even worst, a 30 minutes may have upto 20 minutes advert...and when they start showing the ad is not consistent, it can be after 5 minutes from the previous one....

for that, i gave up on TV
FireFoxDB
Oh god, here in holland it's full of dumb ringtone commercials and other mobile phone crap. Anybody remember the loituma gif with Inoue Orihime from Bleach? They now try and sell you the crap with a self-drawed girl and call they call it: Swedish girl with the leek. Evil or Very Mad

Although the only funny commercials are from KFC and insurance company's.
ItsWesley
Personally I only hate those boring adverts about loans and such, they always seem to be the same boring tosh, I think they should reinvent those adverts and have catchy soundtracks or action, otherwise they all look the same! If more adverts were like that I wouldn't mind.
watersoul
Oh adverts are the worst, telling us what rubbish we need and if we don't have a particular thing then our live's are worthless or whatever! ...its why I tend to watch next to no TV, it wind's me right up and I have to switch it off.
On a related note, is it just me or are the adverts louder than the programme they're shown between? I'm convinced, and so are my friends, makes sense I suppose, it would definately help with the brainwashing!
Rolling Eyes
chasbeen
These were all good points. It sounds like Australia has a commercial free station that has no adverts. They probably pay a small license fee every year to get this channel. This is like my old country where the BBC ran 2 non-commercial channels. Introduce this to other countries and these channels would have huge appeal and give the beleagured user a fair deal.
seagullspirit
most big stations have lots and lots of commercials and thats the reason I don't watch TV anymore.. well not quite anymore but I only watch during sports events like Champions League matches Wink
riv_
This is not generally a popular comment, but I have to say it anyways. You know, if you don't like what's on your TV, you could always turn it off...
I tried it a long time ago, and now I can hardly stand to watch TV (unless I'm really sick)
There's so much to DO. I don;t want to sit and have my TV shout at me. Not only the ads, shouting about all the htings I should buy. It also seems strange to sit and watch OTHER people DO stuff.
I'd rather do something myself!
You should give it a try!
Soulfire
During the Superbowl, it was rediculous. I know that the Superbowl is famous for their commercials, but I honestly swear there was more commercial time than game time, and that gets to be rediculous.

When I do watch TV, it makes me mad, because we see more ads than shows.
Captain Fertile
chasbeen wrote:
These were all good points. It sounds like Australia has a commercial free station that has no adverts. They probably pay a small license fee every year to get this channel. This is like my old country where the BBC ran 2 non-commercial channels. Introduce this to other countries and these channels would have huge appeal and give the beleagured user a fair deal.


A small license fee - try just over 132 a year for 2 terrestrial BBC channels.

Actually I like the quality of BBC shows and their children's programming is excellent plus if you get freeview you get a lot of good extra BBC channels with no adverts for free (on top of your licence fee of course which everyone in the UK with a TV must pay). Plus the BBC produces Top Gear - the best show on the goggle box at the moment.

I agree that adverts are general entertaining (sometimes more than the shows) with a few exceptions but when you get the same adverts in every commercial break it gets very tiresome indeed.

I dreaded the superbowl, as I do every year because of the plethora of commercial breaks. This year however it did not seem as bad as usual.

I think this was mainly down to Chicago's inability to regain possession of the ball (hence usher a new commercial break) rather than TV advertising officials taking pity on the viewers.
darknight985
Soulfire wrote:
During the Superbowl, it was rediculous. I know that the Superbowl is famous for their commercials, but I honestly swear there was more commercial time than game time, and that gets to be rediculous.

When I do watch TV, it makes me mad, because we see more ads than shows.


Yes I agree but what really pisses me off is when the same commercial is shown twice in a row! I know thats is because of a mixup somewhere but it drives me insane Evil or Very Mad The most I have seen the same commercial three times in a row. I swear. All I did was turn off the tv and went to go do something else.

But usually to get past the commercials I just record the show then when I watch it I fast foreward through them but then what makes me mad is when the remote stops working AT THAT POINT!!!! so ofcourse I have to go back and rewind it... i hate tv
randomgeezer
adverts are totally frustrating, but some of them are dudey!

Put the lime in the coke you nut!
Captain Fertile
randomgeezer wrote:
adverts are totally frustrating, but some of them are dudey!

Put the lime in the coke you nut!


Hmmm, yet again at the fear of showing my advancing years what does dudey mean? Embarassed
ncwdavid
I live in Ireland and the ads are not bad at all. Like in a 30 min program there is one set of like 3 min ads. I have that cable TV and when I watch the American channels there like and ad every 5 minutes. Well it seems that way, it annoys me alot. Thats why I try not to look at them too much.
Da Rossa
I hate:
1- Very repeated ads
2- Ads about toothbrush
3- Chrismas season, that distort the Christmas Spirit
4- Phone companies ads
5- Ridiculous ads (like M$'s ad to get the original windows, claiming to be more reliable and with more performance)
Captain Fertile
It really irritates me when an advert takes a well known song you really love and changes the words to suit the advert. Evil or Very Mad

It totally kills the original song and is hugely irritating whenever the advert comes on. GRRRRR!
m00tmuffin
I don't start feeling super irritated after watching TV advertisements until I see the same half-dozen or so ones in a specific amount of time, and I absolutely CANNOT stand the "paid for by..." long ones late at night, ugh. Drives me crazy. You get so bombarded with messages and symbols and all this crap that you sort of just become desensitized to advertisements on the whole, which is sort of sad, but that's really the way it is.
funnyerror
You are all right! The shows that take an hour to watch are only about a half an hour long. But you could just get a DVR or Tivo and fastforward the commercials...
Captain Fertile
funnyerror wrote:
You are all right! The shows that take an hour to watch are only about a half an hour long. But you could just get a DVR or Tivo and fastforward the commercials...


Yes I could just get a DVR or two (checks empty wallet) erm maybe not! Crying or Very sad
standready
chasbeen wrote:
I'm watching 7 minutes of TV and this is followed by 5 minutes of adverts.

In the US a 1 hour program is generally 34 minutes in lenght including opening and closing credits.

watersoul wrote:

On a related note, is it just me or are the adverts louder than the programme they're shown between?

Yep, Same here in the US. The FCC, which regulates our TV, banned it but never stopped it. That is why I am happy my TV remote has a "mute" button.

I realize that ads pay the bills for operating the station but the quality of shows (please don't get me started on scripted "reality" shows) do not justify the amount.
As a small business owner, I can't afford TV ad cost especially when you consider that the public mentally "shut downs" because they are just too many ads. Ads must be repeat several times before consumer gets it.
HoboPelican
Captain Fertile wrote:
It really irritates me when an advert takes a well known song you really love and changes the words to suit the advert. Evil or Very Mad

It totally kills the original song and is hugely irritating whenever the advert comes on. GRRRRR!

Not only those that change the lyrics, but just use part of them...
some examples that are really bad.

A Disney Cruise ad using Iggy Pop's "Lust for life". They kept using "lust for life" over and over and in my mind the song continued
Quote:
Here comes johnny yen again
With the liquor and drugs
And the flesh machine

LOL, not exactly my idea of a Disney cruise.

Or the Mercedes commercial that used the Janis Joplin tune about crass commercialism, "Oh lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz" to sell their autos.

Or the company (I forget which) that was trying to show that it was patriotic to buy their cars with CCRs "Fortunate on". The line used was "some folks are born, made to wave the flag, ooh they're red, white and blue." Of course, they left off the rest of the verse ,"And when the band plays "Hail To The Chief",oh, they point the cannon at you, Lord" poking fun at right wingers blindly following the president during the Viet Nam war.

One of my favorites is some car company that recently used the Dandy Warhols "Bohemian Like You" to sell their cars. The line used was "you got a great car" spliced with "I used to have one to". But in my head I heard the whole verse..
Quote:

You got a great car
Yeah what's wrong with it today
I used to have one too
Maybe I'll come and have a look

Sounds like a lemon to me.

None of these ads lasted very long (except the Disney one), so I assume they got the idea eventually. Don't hijack part of a song and think we won't notice.
Wink
seanooi
I cut down on watching the television when i was young. Mostly due to the excessive ads.
Like if I really like a show, and it's written in the paper to be on for an hour, but i'd only get about 30 minutes or less out of it and it really pisses me off.
So right now i hardly ever touch the television. Only if i'm really bored i'd flup through a few channels for the next 5 to 10 minutes or so and turn it back off.
kaypep
Haha, the "cRaZy" part of the thread topic is already driving me crazy through pure irritating - :X

Yeah, I totally despise TV adverts that seem so irony and fake.
Get some popstar to advertise for a TV, so it seems perfect. But it seems atrocious to me D: so fake.
Haha, I don't know how you think, but if my post is, in anyway, offensive to you, IM SORRY! T.T
Scott
I can't stantd most TV commercials, I hardly ever watch TV anymore. The internet is where it's at.
catscratches
Adverts are just getting longer and longer *taps watch*. Though I rarely watch TV. Nothing interesting. Just commersials. Except the commersial-free channels, and they never have good programs. Just programs about farmer and so -- Seriously. Farmers speaking about potatoes, I wonder if anybody actually watch those programs... On the commersial channels it's getting more and more commersials for each day. And the programs are average, not very interesting... Though that's my point of view, and in my mind, everything is getting more boring for each day going. Life is boring. Learn to live with it (though I have not --)
watersoul
It was mentioned earlier that the UK BBC channels don't have adverts, being funded by the "132 per yr license fee" instead, well they do have adverts of a sort, it's just they advertise themselves and their services available on BBC TV internet & radio. These breaks are handy to make a cup of tea etc Smile and although people complain about the annual fee, it does pay for 8 TV channels, the BBC website (with no pop-ups or advertising), and also 11 national radio stations, 46 local radio stations, and the world service.
It's not very much to pay each week, and being independent of business and often critical of the government in power (whoever it is), long may they continue I reckon.
OutlawSpirit
dont drive me crazy but they kinda annoyin.... thats why paying a tvlicence in the uk at least gives you a bit of a break when you are watching BBC channels, same for the radio.. no adverts there on BBC radio stations...

but i agree... the amount of adverts is kinda stupid and most are boring too..
catscratches
In Sweden we have free, commersial-free channels that are owned by the government! But they just send boooring programs...
eggg
I think advertising in general is out of control. If you think about it, the free market can only function as a selection mechanism for the best goods and services, if people have realistic information about consumer items. The whole point of advertising is to subvert that sort of educated decision making by inundating people with self-serving exaggerations and outright lies.

It's bad for the market, and I think, for society as well.

We shouldn't be spending truckloads of money to achieve sensory overload when there are droves of people who can't afford to go to college. It is much better for a free society to encourage education and individual judgement than to try and transform the masses into a bunch of consumer-robot peons. I think an independant consumer product review organization would be a much more useful approach than our current advertising war. But then, I side with the consumer, not with the bastards who are throwing their money around and buying the media in this country...
xorcist
That's why they have Tivo and DVR now but I hate when I see online companies going and advertising all over the tv. I saw this one ad for a free xbox on tv its like those website that you go to and complete offers, refer people and you never get the xbox. I do not mind advertisements but I hate when it takes away so much from the show that you are watching.
bigdan
Nameless wrote:
Silly people, you can just watch the TV stations without advertising. Like here in Australia, the ABC.

Failing that, record shows and fast forward ads.

Or just talk, read a book, or play turn based hand held video games during the ads. You could even flip stations and have a quick round of SSBM during the commercials. Laughing


Well said Nameless, I owe you a tall frosty one. Very Happy Plus the ABC has Spicks and Specks and The Chaser. Enough said. Very Happy

The video ads on the net are far more annoying IMHO, they start with you knowing, and some of them are hard to turn off. The annoying ads will soon migrate to the net, and somehow they'll make a way to ensure you can't do anything else unless you watch it....sadly. So anyone who says the net will be free of annoying ads...that many not the case any more.

I know there are utilities out there to block it, I use Adblock, but it also blocks YouTube, so it's been deactivated.
bartdou
Watching TV is nothing but a waste of time, i don't understand why there are still so many people watching TV everyday, what can you get from TV? News? The newspaper can not satisfy you? And you can watch film or tv series by purchasing DVD, it's so convenient. some program hosts are quite boring,
Oh, let's say byebye to TV...
The_Gamer294
the other day i just noticed.. tv land doesnt have as many ads as other channels. or maybe the a team is a long show and needs less ads. Very Happy
Artelis
bartdou wrote:
Watching TV is nothing but a waste of time, i don't understand why there are still so many people watching TV everyday, what can you get from TV? News? The newspaper can not satisfy you? And you can watch film or tv series by purchasing DVD, it's so convenient. some program hosts are quite boring,
Oh, let's say byebye to TV...


You have to wait for the DVD to come out, and some never do. I'd say if you're not that desperate to be up to date on a tv series, then you shouldn't have to worry. Live sports coverage, live news coverage, live anything coverage is another reason for tv. I'm sure there are plenty of reasons to have it around if the need fits you.
HoboPelican
Artelis wrote:
bartdou wrote:
Watching TV is nothing but a waste of time, i don't understand why there are still so many people watching TV everyday, what can you get from TV? News? The newspaper can not satisfy you? And you can watch film or tv series by purchasing DVD, it's so convenient. some program hosts are quite boring,
Oh, let's say byebye to TV...


You have to wait for the DVD to come out, and some never do. ....


And buying the shows on DVD can be expensive....To get the complete Friends DVD, prices range from $180 to $300! As much as I hate some commercials, I am willing to put up them.

But I will still complain about them! Wink
Fake
I love ads, shows us something new everytday and the creativity can be fun to watch
bigdan
Fake wrote:
I love ads, shows us something new everytday and the creativity can be fun to watch


Some of them are good, some of them are bad.

There are two Australian ads I will make mention of:

1 - The Sorbent(sp?) toilet paper ad, where it's "scrunchers versus folders", that smug brat is someone I'd love to wipe the look off his face
2 - The Jamster ad for their new cow ringtone based on "Move It". Who would waste money on that! Surprised

In any case, you won't be able to avoid ads....they'll simply move online and become intrusive.
Jaan
Ads encourage piracy.
Agent ME
A lot of ads today are making me wtf to myself.

Has anyone seen the "Head on! Apply directly to forehead!" (wtf are they selling? I don't want to know anymore) or the Zwinky commercial? "Get Zwinky!" What is a zwinky? And then Zwinky used to have a bunch of internet ads "Get your free zwinky now". Might want to tell us what it is...

At least there's a few funny ones out there...
windrei
5 mins of advertisements is not very long to me.... which country are you in....?

i am in hong kong, the amount of advertisement in tv is about 5 mins for 12 mins program, quite similar to you. But i dont think it's troublesome or annoyed, i cannot sit on chair or sofa for so long to keep watching a program. The advert time gives me a chance to have a break...

and sometimes i think some adverts are quite funny to watch~~ why dont enjoy them ?
tijn01
Advertisements in general are driving me crazy, everything we buy, everywhere we go we are forced to be subject to advertising...
The worst is the 'special advertising reports' that are disguised in the newspaper as real articles!
bikeflyer05
Mostly the ones on Sci-Fi do. They advertise the upcoming movie on saturday until saturday. It is terribly annoying. Advertisments arent that bad but when played way to much it makes you want to change the channel. Sad but true. You say in your country its getting real bad, where do you live? (Not a stalker just curious.)
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