When did Apple start allowing ads in their purchased TV shows?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by jaw04005, Oct 10, 2010.

  1. macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    We purchased an episode of Glee this weekend for $2.99 from the iTunes Store. It has a pre-roll 10 second "house ad" for other Fox shows (Bones and some other show about a lawyer living two lives), and a post-roll 30-45 second ad for the same Fox shows before the Glee credits.

    I was surprised. I thought the point of purchasing TV shows was no ads.
  2. macrumors 68030

    From A Buick 8

    Sep 16, 2010
    Ky Close to CinCinnati
    Blame Fox not Apple, they are by far the worst at self promotion.
  3. macrumors member


    Sep 28, 2010
  4. macrumors member


    Sep 28, 2010
    agreed. :cool:
  5. macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    I imagine it is because of rentals. They are now $.99, so the movie studios (Fox and Disney currently), probably negotiated with Apple that they would only participate in rentals if they were allowed to include some advertising.

    I think it is disgusting and I hate it. It is getting very annoying. If I am paying $2 or $3 an episode, there should be NO advertisements at all.
  6. macrumors member

    Jul 1, 2006
    Well, look at it this way... I used to spend almost a hundred bucks a month for cable and I had to put up with a LOT more commercials than one at the beginning and one at the end.
  7. macrumors member

    Jan 12, 2009
    its not strictly speaking advertising, its a promo.

    but yeah, not ideal.. but at least you guys get tv show rentals!
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 26, 2007
    PAY to go to the Cinema - You get ads, trailers etc.
    PAY for NFL through direcTV ($350 / season) and you still get ads.
    PAY to rent a dvd from Blockbuster - You get ads, trailers etc.

    Its all out there and I agree its total ********.
  9. thread starter macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    It’s not comparable to DVD/Blu-ray trailers. These are spliced within the individual episodes just like the web streaming versions.

    By the way, bought the same episode on Amazon Video on Demand and there are no ads whatsoever in either the HD download or the HD streaming versions (you get both). And it was $0.99 cents to own instead of rent.

    Ridiculous. I’m surprised this hasn’t received more coverage.
  10. macrumors regular

    Mar 1, 2008
    Why rent tv shows on the apple tv?

    All the shows are free on the networks web site. Full episodes. They usually show up the the next day after they air.
  11. macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2009
    Because you can't view those on your nice home theater entertainment system?

    Seriously I don't know why anyone tries to argue this point, it's clear that people like the convenience of not having to go to some website to watch a show. That is the whole reason TV hasn't died yet, because it's way too convenient to just turn it on and watch something instantly.

    In terms of promos (not the same as advertisements!), I think it's really sad that purchased shows have them. I don't see a problem with it in rentals really as long as they are short, but putting them in full price shows is just ridiculous.
  12. macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    On Friday I decided to catch up on this season of Glee, so I downloaded the 3 newest episodes of this season, but I didn't have enough free time to watch them until today, and to my surprise, I now have ads on my paid content. this blows.

    I feel like Apple should have a streaming version of the show (any show) were they are ok to include ads if you decide to rent it for $.99, and then a different downloadable version (without ads) if I'm paying $1.99/$2.99 to own it.

    I tried to do the right thing and buy the content, make Apple and Fox happy, but then they have to go and f it up, I was willing to pay the $57 that they are asking for season, but I see that I must resort to torrents.

    "30 Rock", "The Office" and "How I Met Your Mother" do not have ads, so I am not all that mad.
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 11, 2008
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    The studios have to realize the only way to beat pirating is to offer a SUPERIOR experience.
    Same reason DVDs suck compared to pirating, you are forced to watch trailers, company logos and sluggy menus.
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 30, 2010
  15. macrumors regular

    Nov 18, 2007
    This is absolutely untrue. If you bothered to take 5 minutes to queue up and rip the DVD, you wouldn't see any trailers whatsoever. It's not like you have to manually spin the disc yourself when creating a digital copy.

    When it comes to TV, however, piracy is a vastly superior experience, you get timely releases (in the UK the TV shows are often available for download before they're even aired here), the adverts are chopped out and the result can be watched at your leisure.

    Even the BBC can't get it right, iPlayer doesn't have anything but the latest episodes, and even then only for a couple of weeks. But I absolutely positively feel entitled to everything I might download of theirs, because I bloody well paid for it in the first place- and not through choice.

    Content providers and consumers will be forever at odds, traditional broadcast networks need to die out and be replaced with content providers who own server farms and can afford to buy up and resell a TV series, served from their network, at a sane per-episode/per-season price.

    Funny, Apple are expanding their server farms, and they've got a lot of money to spare. Perhaps a future, big, overhyped TV series will be bid on and bought by this now multimedia company and distributed entirely online to their growing base of iDevice owners. If any one single company could pull this off, it would be Apple.
  16. macrumors 601

    Jun 19, 2007
    Plymouth, MN
    In my experience, the episodes that Apple sells tends to be the same ones that the networks provide to Cable companies for on demand services - Apple nor the cable co do any production work on he video, they just host it.
  17. macrumors 6502

    Aug 25, 2008
    During the last season of LOST, there were LOST promos at the end of each episode.

    I only download a few shows from iTunes and none have ads or promos (yet).

    Your downloading Glee...that's half your problem there... ;) (j/k)

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