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Netflix "trying out" commercials in front of shows

Post by gaastra » August 25th, 2018, 1:37 pm

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/20/busi ... s-ads.html

Remember when youtube was just "trying out" ads in front of videos? What harm could it do right?

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Post by Randall » August 25th, 2018, 3:50 pm

Ugh. Not a deal-breaker, and perhaps inevitable, but unfortunate.

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Re: Netflix "trying out" commercials in front of shows

Post by Ben » August 25th, 2018, 6:40 pm

Okay, so this is really just trailing other shows, between episodes, and can be skipped?

Where’s the problem!?

I’m more peeved that I only get five seconds to find the remote and have to manually revert to fullscreen when the credits of anything come up because they want to shove other content in my face!

I’ll wait to complain when they start to insert REAL commercials INTO content and then offer a "premium" service that cuts them out again! You know that’s coming, sometime, once we are all conditioned to automatically pay our monthly fee and take Netflix for granted...

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Re: Netflix "trying out" commercials in front of shows

Post by gaastra » August 25th, 2018, 10:07 pm

Due to nasty backlash Netflix has "changed it's mind".

http://www.nbc-2.com/story/38913340/rel ... ommercials

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Re: Netflix "trying out" commercials in front of shows

Post by EricJ » August 26th, 2018, 1:51 am

The story I heard was pretty much the way NYT said it in the first place:
"Netflix Tests Promotional Videos but Users See ‘Commercials’"
In fact, the NBC2 article didn't say Netflix was "backing down", it said they were "setting the (original) story straight" after it had been blown into some completely different fan-hysteria.

The backlash sure did sound like the cultural "Ack, COMMERCIALS!!...Kill them with fire!" knee-jerk horror and terror that Streaming-era audiences have toward the "old days" of broadcast/cable.
And that that reaction naturally blew the "Between-episode promos" story into "They're deluging us with non-stop ads...We've been betrayed!"

Happened the last time Starz cancelled its titles off of Netflix, and everyone cried "Our queues are disappearing!"--Whenever there's any hint that the world of streaming isn't the Utopia that modern 10's TV audiences think it is, and that the real world will intrude on their indignantly isolated binge-viewing, viewers always go freakazoid.
Maybe they just haven't quite dealt with all the issues and bridges they've burned with traditional broadcast TV as they think they have?

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Re: Netflix "trying out" commercials in front of shows

Post by Randall » August 26th, 2018, 4:14 pm

I admit that I didn't read the original story (until now). Yeah, it seems like a lot of griping over nothing. Entitlement strikes again. (Though I also dislike the credits shrinking away into a little box; but no biggie.)

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