Originally Posted by left4bread
HBO doesn't have commercials or product placement in their original shows. That's why you have to pay for it. So it's kind of like PBS except instead of a donation, it's a flat fee. And it's unlike PBS because if you can't afford the flat fee... well, you find it online for free
Myself? I have a tiny CRT TV in my bedroom that gets basic cable and HBO, but only because it came with my internet package that was cheaper than internet alone (some special deal). So I just use cable for falling asleep to. I can't bear watching TV anymore. Annoying sitcoms and reality TV shows make me vomit.
The TV in my living room plays Netflix, Youtube, whatever movies I've downloaded, etc. I watch what I want, when I want. No commercials. I bought my friends a Roku because they said their cable bill is ~$200 a month. That's absurd. Netflix is <$10. And it has a plethora of kids shows for their friends to watch. I think the Roku was $25.
Sorry, not trying to derail or rant, I'm just fed up with cable companies.
@left4bread, I was just ranting on advertising in general.
I understand what you are saying about HBO not having commercials for retail products during viewing. I didn't express myself very well (as usual). The huge corporations have created this situation where they feel they have to spend billions on what I feel is a false sense of competition. It's crazy the absurdly huge advertising budgets companies have to create to be "un" competitive. It increases the cost greatly for everything consumers use. HBO is exactly like all others, they just use different avenues. Not during shows, but between and with the graf from product placement. It just kills me to retrieve the mail. The waste of paper, money, and labor to deliver an envelope, post card, flyer, everyday for the same product!. Then walking back to the house I'm approached by a salesman hawking the same product. Then I'm having problems with the doorknob because someone put a paper hanger on it, for the same product. Shoot!, the phone is ringing. It's a rude pushy telemarketer selling? you guessed it, the same product. I'm gonna sit, read the mail an turn on the, same product, I ALREADY OWN!.
The saddest part of all those bizillions spent is, that is only a small fraction of what is being spend on programmatic ads. Not only does that eliminate so many jobs, it's growing at a rate that they will soon eliminate the ability to avoid them like @left4bread is doing. It will move right into the media soon. SORRY FOR THE RANT. I think it's just another huge waste that I support through purchasing retail products.
I think it will be a better day when the large corporations and companies recognize, something I have in my tiny little business, at the retail end, most everyone offers the same product. What separates one from the other is honesty and customer service. That's where the competition should be. WOW, am I ever way off topic.