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Commercial Television

God I forgot how annoyingly **** ITV is.



I'd rather pay a TV licence fee than sit
through annoying advert breaks.
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If you wait until it's over you can watch it without the ads by viewing it "again". Sad thing is that the advertisers finance the show by expecting you to see the ads and buy their stuff.
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I rarely watch any TV these days as it is utter carp no matter what channel there is on.

If it wan't for my daughter watching her channels I would get rid of the TV altogether and just watch stuff on the internet or from DVD/Blu-ray.
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Having to watch U.S TV at the moment and it's terrible, 2 mins of programme 5 mins of ads... Repeat until show is over

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OK, I'll bite:

Why are you watching US TV?
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Recently I started watching something on the Discovery channel (think is was Bear Grylls new series) and they cut to an ad-break within a minute of the opening credits ending.

I don't know if it was a one off, but it didn't conform to their usual breaks at approx. 5, 20, 35 & 50 minutes into each programme, which is annoying enough
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The post- title sequence ad break has been around for a while. Especially in the US.





Ive seen it go:

Prologue->adbreak->title sequence->adbreak->program starts
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My daughter was just laughing about a show she just watched where they had the American edit but without the last ads. Like an echo of the return from the ad break.
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Yes. If you watch US shows on a proper channel, like those of the BBC, () there are plenty of edits and fade-to-black
inserted to allow easy advert breaks...
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OK, I'll bite:

Why are you watching US TV?
U.S networks in Dom rep

I've noticed the ad breaks are very odd, none between the shows but then one right after the opening but, then after the credits, then a decent chunk of show, then more ads, the end of the show, more ads, end credits, then new show... And repeat
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Ah yeah, forgot you were in Haiti.

Yup. That's exactly the model of TV that all the anti BBC/Anti TV licence
brigade want to have ....
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I record a number of programmes to send to my brother in Japan. If off commercial tv there are approximately 20 minutes of ads in a one hour programme. I edit those out.
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And another thing! Yes, I know I've got a little behind, and everyone else has abandoned the thread, but:

Why do the people who complain endlessly about paying the BBC licence fee, not also complain that they are paying for commercial TV? It's funded from the money we spend with advertisers and - wait for it - we have no choice!

£145 per annum for a licence fee: whinge whinge whinge. £205 per annum per household paid for TV advertising: not a murmur of complaint.
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Well said.
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Well said.
^^wot nev said^^
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And another thing! Yes, I know I've got a little behind, and everyone else has abandoned the thread, but:

Why do the people who complain endlessly about paying the BBC licence fee, not also complain that they are paying for commercial TV? It's funded from the money we spend with advertisers and - wait for it - we have no choice!

£145 per annum for a licence fee: whinge whinge whinge. £205 per annum per household paid for TV advertising: not a murmur of complaint.


We don't complain because we don't pay for it directly like we do with the TV licence.

Personally I think the BBC should become a subscription service where you pay if you want to watch it. Otherwise you can watch everything else for free, or you could subscribe to other channels.



What has the BBC got to offer these days?

New top gear is likely to be rubbish, F1 has gone, same with Moto GP, no decent comedies.

All they have is the Voice, Eastenders and loads of repeats.

Don't get me wrong, I am not a BBC hater. They have done some great stuff in the past, but they have lost their way in terms of decent programmes, and their funding model needs a serious re-think.

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Their funded model is continually strangled by both the government and the BBC trust. Where they have generated money through pioneering things like digital content and overseas sales as soon as they start to get profitable the BBC trust says it's not 'core business'.

Watch a couple of hours of US TV, see what awaits you once all content is ad funded. Be afraid, be very afraid.
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What has the BBC got to offer these days?
Terrific drama, standard setting documentaries, good comedy, decent news service, a fantastic archive.

Plus, although accused of political bias by both left and right, the fact is the BBC management do not instruct their journalists to promote one side or the other, unlike most other news organisations.

I've heard (in radio interviews) managers from ITV and Sky acknowledge they look to the BBC and try to match them. A Greek, an American and an Indian have all spoken (to me) of the Beeb in near awe. Hobble the BBC and maybe the overall standard would slip.

Finally, yes, they're losing sport in this age of the multi million pound brown envelope, but what do you get charged by rival channels for watching it? More than £145 per annum.
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although accused of political bias by both left and right, the fact is the BBC management do not instruct their journalists to promote one side or the other, unlike most other news organisations.

I've heard (in radio interviews) managers from ITV and Sky acknowledge they look to the BBC and try to match them. A Greek, an American and an Indian have all spoken (to me) of the Beeb in near awe. Hobble the BBC and maybe the overall standard would slip.
As for political bias the management know they (their journalists) are as left wing as you can get, so there is no point. maybe you should ask the tanker drivers in the North West about there love of the BBC after they edited an interview with them

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We don't complain because we don't pay for it directly like we do with the TV licence.

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That makes no sense whatsoever, but if you prefer to pay indirectly, you can send me the money and I'll buy your licence for you.
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As for political bias the management know they are as left wing as you can get, so there is no point. maybe you should ask the tanker drivers in the North West about there love of the BBC after they edited an interview with them
Maybe you could ask the people of Liverpool what they
think about NewsCorp/NewsUK/The Sun ...

At least the Beeb apologises when they lie and make **** up
get it wrong.
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As for political bias the management know they are as left wing as you can get[/url]
Sorry to bore you with a fact, but Nick Robinson, the BBC's chief political editor for 10 years from 2005 to 2015 and now a Today presenter, is a former Chairman of the Young Conservatives and was accused of a conservative bias by Labour politicians.

And a second fact: Chairman of the BBC Trust from 2011 to 2014 was Chris Patten, who served as a government minister under Margaret Thatcher, and in John Major's time was Chairman of the Conservative Party.

You couldn't get more left wing, could you?
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Tend to watch less and less tv now and very rarely anything on ITV as most of it is utter tripe.

Other channels can throw up some gems from time to time but i refuse to pay any kind of subscription, rather find some other form of entertainment
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Netflix and Sky box sets don't have adverts. When I record a show I skip them unless we want coffee.

BBC currently is just crap.
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