Gonnae No Dae That – A Commercial Rant
I’ve had this gripe for a while but it nestled in my brain like a faint ache until I heard Ralph Garman on The Ralph Report have a rant about it too. But then I kinda forgot to sit down and write about it until Wednesday. What caused it to resurface? I was sitting in the cinema with my wife and kids, waiting for ‘The Little Vampire‘ to start when the splinter in my mind snagged and I got all pissed off again.
I, like most, pay subscription fees for my TV and movies. I cut my Sky bill down by shaving off the kids channels, HD and movies but it’s still more than I would like to pay. I also subscribe to Netflix and occasionally partake in Amazon Prime. So why, as a paying subscriber, do I get bombarded with adverts? If I want an app or a game to be ad-free, I upgrade to the pro version. If I am going to be pestered by adds every 20-30 minutes then why the fuck should I be paying for my TV package? If I wasn’t paying for my TV package, I’d expect ads and wouldn’t mind. Netflix doesn’t spam me with ads and I’m fine with that.
Extend that to the big screen – a trip to the cinema (as a family of five) isn’t exactly cheap. So why do we have ads about cars, mobile phone deals, laundry detergent and other shit when we have paid good money to sit down and escape from life for just over an hour or longer? If you’re going to hit me with ads, fill that time with more trailers as I love those. Those are logical in a cinema. But adverts that we see at home? Fuck that noise.
When did it become acceptable for us just to sit down and have this shit forced upon us? I pay a TV license to the BBC – their channels do not advertise. Surely, considering my Sky bill is almost five times that of my TV license each month, I should have the same courtesy?
Either get rid of the ads or give us free, no-ties TV and cinema experiences and have your way with the ads.
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