QUOTE(Puckforbrains @ May 29 2012, 09:14 AM)
QUOTE(SorryaboutthatWhoa @ May 28 2012, 08:48 PM)
as someone who does fast forward through commercials, I'm against it. There are no shows without advertisements, That's what helps pay for them. Does anyone honestly not understand how television works? Take away advertising dollars and tell me how shows and networks are profiting from a program? Do you honestly think people are going out and buying tons of mad men merchandise?
Edit: so it's either, deal with commercials, deal with ridiculous amounts of product placements and in show ads, or start watching telelvision shows on a pay per view basis.
I deal with commercials, thanks.
We fucking get it dude. We know how TV works. Actors get in front of the Wonkavision camera, then it turns them into millions of tiny particles that are then beamed into your TV. We've all seen that episode of 'How It Works'.
And yes, I wish I could watch all the shows I want on a PPV basis - or at least let be pay for may cable a la carte - meaning I only pay for the channels I watch. You know how many channels of shit we pay for and never watch?
And let me ask this - how many people honestly pay any attention or are influenced to make a purchase based on a commercial?
I'm the wrong person to a part of this - I think the advertising industry is a waste of everything that it involves.
An a la carte model would probably destroy a lot of those smaller "fringe," channels, as they can only exist when forced down our throats.
As a guy that only watches Cartoon Network, Comedy Central, FX and AMC (and, I guess, NBC, ABC and Fox, since you're proposing getting rid of advertising and, therefore, free ota channels) I'd be mostly ok with this, as those channels all do decently well, but a good chunk of other channels would disappear. Right now their existence is subsidized by other, larger channels.
Also, you pay more attention to commercials than you think. Do you use Tide? Can you name, off the top of your head, more than 3 kinds of deodorant. Commercials! And regardless of how often you pay attention, or think you pay attention, companies still pay huge amounts of money for that moment of your time. If you were guaranteed to skip them then those amounts would drop.