Do you resent commercials in internet videos?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by senseless, Nov 8, 2012.

  1. macrumors 68000


    Apr 23, 2008
    Pennsylvania, USA
    There is a trend to stick 30 second commercials in front of online videos and some cannot be skipped. Although I accept this for television, for some reason it's especially irritating on the net.
  2. macrumors 68000


    Aug 25, 2007
    Nope not here. Pre-rolls and other ads are how sites remain free and performing adequately.

    There are certain types of internet ads that i find annoying like having to click through 20 slides of a story just because they want to serve you up more ads.
  3. macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Agreed. While I find them annoying, it is the price you pay to get free content.
  4. macrumors 68020


    Feb 28, 2009
    Absolutely resented. I click the back button and I'm on my merry way.

    I do notice it's almost exclusively "old media" outlets that do this, especially, as already noted, TV stations.
  5. macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    They don't bother me that much unless the same commercial constantly replays.... Like on crackle
  6. macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2009
    Google Nexus 7 ad comes to mind playing over and over on youtube.
  7. macrumors 604

    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    If I'm watching good TV shows online, for free, I'm more than happy with watching a 30 second commercial :) I don't find it any more annoying that TV. In fact, probably less annoying, as ad breaks on TV are generally much longer than 30 seconds ;)
  8. Dagless, Nov 9, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2012

    macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Darkplace Hospital
    Thing is if I'm watching non-BBC TV then adverts are slotted in every 15 minutes for 2 minutes. I know when to plan trips to the bathroom or kitchen. Adverts online are disruptive and don't happen when I want them to. I'm not sitting in something that isn't as comfortable as a sofa, waiting patiently to get to something. It's meant to be instant, on-demand content.

    I've only ever seen a few unskippable adverts on videos, but when I do I'll just change website or find the content elsewhere without the ad (which takes less than those 30 seconds I'm forced to wait for).

    Disclaimer: I generally hate adverts, and when I can I record live TV shows, start watching them 15 minutes after they air and then skip all the adverts (Sony DVR has a skip ad button, woo!).
  9. macrumors 65816


    Depends on what I'm watching. A 30 second ad to watch a 20 second news clip - forget it. A 10 or 15 second ad would be more tolerable, but my willingness to wait is proportional to my interest in the clip in question.

    However, a 30 second ad or two in the middle of a hour TV show. No problem.
  10. macrumors 601


    Oct 19, 2005
    Not at all. Being a site owner I see it differently maybe, but nothing is free.
  11. macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2009
    Down the rabbit hole
    Yes. When online I think there is an unwritten expectation that content should arrive more quickly and unwanted content can be avoided.
  12. macrumors 65816

    Aug 26, 2006
    Atlanta, GA
    This. When watching a series of videos on something like CBS's website, you get the same commercial every time. So you sit through the same 30-second ad for every one of the ten four-minute videos you click to.

    I hate advertising in almost all forms, but know it's a necessary evil. But there has to be a better way than plopping the same video over and over and over in front of every clip. That actually makes me want the product LESS, not more.

    I also agree with the person talking about the slideshow articles. You see "Fifteen Best College Tailgating Scenes!" You click on the "article" only to have a slideshow which consists of a small picture with a one-sentence caption plopped in the middle of 14 blinking ads. And of course, the ads always load before the photo of interest.
  13. macrumors 68030

    Mr. McMac

    Dec 21, 2009
    Long Island, NY
    If you can't fast forward through a commercial, I'm not watching. Thank God for DVR's..
  14. macrumors 68040


    Dec 28, 2009
    I find it quite irritating however, nowadays, it's becoming the standard. In the CBS iPad app, I can understand the ads in there since it's content from CBS or promos about one of their upcoming shows. That is fine. When I watch YouTube videos and constantly have to see the same ad over and over again without the ability to skip/fast forward? That is frickin annoying. Thank goodness the elections are over. I was sick to death of all those ads.
  15. macrumors 603


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    I dislike video in general, unless I'm specifically looking for video in the first place.

    When I go to a news site, I don't want a video, I want print. I can't skim a video, and I don't have to mute print. Ads just make it that much worse.
  16. macrumors Core


    Jan 4, 2002
    I agree, I hate when videos start auto playing at full volume. If I want the video I will click it after.

    As for preroll, it is annoying when you can't fast forward through them, and then they replay it 5 minutes later.
  17. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 28, 2007
    Yes I do. The only sites that should have them is Network TV sites. If you're watching a 45 minute episode online and only have 4 minutes of commercials in total that's still much better than watching on TV. YouTube however is getting ridiculous. I remember the days when YouTube first came about and you can go from video to video to video. Now there is an ad every few videos. For a short video you get a 15 to 30 second ad, some you can skip and others you can't.

    Fox and CBS have HORRIBLE online players. I've always had trouble with them. Of course the ads play perfectly fine at full HD, but the show will be pixelated and laggy...They should both take note from ABC.

    In particular I hate the Lexus commercials on FOX. So dramatic :rolleyes:
  18. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 24, 2011
    I hate them, is an abuse.

    1. They are way too long, they should be between 10 to 15 seconds at the most.

    2. They are not related to the content you are watching, so they are invading my experience.

    3. They are not made for the internet, most of them at TV spots. I mean, you do not advertise on TV, News paper and billboards the same thing, internet has it style.
  19. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 6, 2012
    When I see a commercial in a video, I usually just go watch it elsewhere. I only tolerate commercials if in the 15-20 sec. time frame. Otherwise I just zap. They don't bring anything and most often aren't even targeted.
  20. macrumors 65816


    Jan 2, 2011
    I don't like the "limited viewer interruptions" on Hulu Plus.

    In other media I'll back out of the ad unless I really, really want to view the video.
  21. macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2011
    Gramps, what the hell am I paying you for?
    I wouldn't mind them so much if there weren't so many of them. One or two interruptions per hour I can handle, but five? Hell, that's almost as bad as TV.
  22. Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I resent a 30 second commercial in a video particularly if its only a 1 minute or something. I can put up with 10 or 15 second commercials but for a short video I don't want to spend 50% of the viewing time on the commercial. I close it out and move on. That is they lose me as a potential viewer because the commercial takes up too much time
  23. macrumors 68040


    Dec 19, 2004
    It really depends. I hate them when I am watching a show and they kick me out of full screen view so I have to get out of bed to put them back into full screen. Another annoyance is when I start a show and it immediately goes to ad and makes me wait until the ads are complete to go into full screen.

    The ones I find unacceptable are the ones that come up before some user generated content as on Youtube. If the user received part of the advertising income that would be fine. Otherwise these sites should stick to banner ads and the like.

    The biggest no no is paid content. I pay for HBO and Showtime. I don't care if it is just a ten second commercial advertising one of their other shows. I pay for premium content to be commercial free. Just go directly to the blasted show. No three seconds for your banner or fifteen seconds to advertise your other shows.
  24. macrumors 68040


    Dec 22, 2009
    Those still exist? I've been using AdBlock Plus for about two years now.
  25. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    The block the ads but you still have the black silence. You know full well they still exist.

    I don't think I should be plagued with ads when I pay for hulu+.

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