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So you're watching Family Guy on TBS.

In the middle of the show Bill engvall walks in with a remote control and "pauses" the show to tell you about his TV show that NO ONE watches.

This has happened a "number" of times already.

This goes WAAAAAAAAAAY beyond the annoying things they put on the screen.

As Stewey would say "damn you to hell TBS!!!"

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TBS is now also spamming the screen like NBC does.
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"This is cool, I can pause and play TV anytime I want" - Bill Endvall

Yeah. It's cool.

So cool, I'm going to watch something else soon.

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yea that's bull----. this has happened three times already and every time it does, i change the channel. TBS should stop this bull----. it's f---ing annoying and as much as i love family guy, if this is the type of s--- they're going to pull off to advertise a show no one watched, then f--- TBS, i'll watch something else.
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"This is cool, I can pause and play TV anytime I want" - Bill Endvall

Yeah. It's cool.

So cool, I'm going to watch something else soon.

Little Detective Stabler from USA Network ads needs to hop over to TBS with his little gun and little handcuffs and take care of little Endvall.

I'm done with TBS Family Guy. I already almost never watched it since it it stretchovision(refuse to watch ANYTHING stretched).

Adult Swim is much better. They have episodes w/o parts cut out and no HD = no stretch.
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As Stewey would say "damn you to hell TBS!!!"

That would be good TV. After the country fried moron pauses Family Guy, Stewie walks on screen with one of his weapons he always seems to have. Let there be a Engvall/Griffin battle.

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I'm surprised Bicker hasn't added his adversarial rhetoric to this thread yet

TNT: WE KNOW INTERRUPTIONS
TBS: TURNER BROADCASTING SUCKS
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Remember venting here is totally pointless if you don't vent to the source as well.

Whereas venting to the source is only slightly pointless.

But if you don't then you can't say you didn't try and stop the plague before it destroyed what little sparks of quality there is left.


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ya, that was annoying. Just when I thought TBS had a clue
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I'm surprised Bicker hasn't added his adversarial rhetoric to this thread yet

I swear he works in advertising or for a network. Only a person in bed with this crap would work so hard to defend it. No TV viewer will defend snipes and ad bugs.
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How did that horrible show - Engval - get a second season. It is absolutely the worst piece of crap I've seen in a long, long time. TBS is desperate.
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How did that horrible show - Engval - get a second season. It is absolutely the worst piece of crap I've seen in a long, long time. TBS is desperate.

Haven't you been watching House of Payne?


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How did that horrible show - Engval - get a second season. It is absolutely the worst piece of crap I've seen in a long, long time. TBS is desperate.

Absolute Crap!! BOTH Engvall and House of Payne. Just shows what garbage TBS has become.
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In the middle of the show Bill Engvall walks in with a remote control and "pauses" the show to tell you about his TV show that NO ONE watches.

Actually, that's not true.

The show is about to start its second season, having premiered last year with 3.852 million viewers and averaging 2.7 million viewers throughout its seven episode run last season.

Oh, and House of Payne? Premiered with 3.32 million with a second episode viewership of 3.5 million.
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^^^ They could have Superbowl ratings for all I care, pausing an ongoing TV show during its alloted segment (separate from commercials and pop-up ads while the show plays) to plug another TV show is simply the ultimate insult to the intelligence of the audience. My cable provider offers few HD channels and TBS-HD is one of them, yet I don't even flip through TBS-HD when checking my limited HD options. This channel has been dead to me since I found out they stretch everything but their baseball games (which I don't watch anyway). Knowing what they did to promote Bill Engvall makes me even more certain I'll never watch TBS-HD for as long as I live.
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I don't watch TBS. And you can catch reruns of Family Guy completely commercial and Bill Engvall free on DVD.

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Too bad TBS and TNT cares about ( ) this much about what their viewers think. I've already chosen to not watch TNT and TBS because of their stretching practices. This crap they are pulling now just reaffirms my stance.

HEY, you viewing dumbasses!

NOW!
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TBS - VERY PATHET

(paused)

Planet Green debuts today! Please watch!

(unpause)
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I was watching the Family Guy in question from the OP, and have to say this was way over the top. I was already a pretty dissatisfied customer over the stretch-HD and 1/4 screen commercials during the shows I'm watching, but this pause the show for a commercial crap was the end all for me. I will no longer watch TBS. I don't mind spending $100 to snag all the Family Guy episodes on DVD.

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TBS - VERY PATHET

(paused)

Planet Green debuts today! Please watch!

(unpause)
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UGH those Planet Green ads are EVERYWHERE, seemed like 4/5 dif channels. I'm house sitting for someone with Comcast HD, and while its nice that they've FINALLY added a decent # of channels, the amount of bugs and countdowns and adverts during shows is mind-numbing. No way I'm paying over $100/month for the "right" to watch this crap. Blu-ray + OTA for me.
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haha! "Blu-ray + OTA" that rhymes... could have a chant for a protest or something...

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Does it make the show run long? If not then they have allotted time for this interruption and may have thought it to be a way of avoiding DVR fast forwarding. Creating unnatural breaks could become a very bad trend to say the least. Every day seems to be a race to the bottom.
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I have seen a lot of times they cut a few seconds out of the show here and there. I am an admitted completely Star Trek TNG nerd and have seen pretty decent chunks cut from the episodes (which are 45 mins long on DVD) when they're shown on various networks. I've noticed definitely a few times where about a 10 second chunk of Family Guy was cut on TBS.

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What's also appropriate that if you go here
http://support.tbs.com/ics/support/d...sp?deptID=5475
There are monkeys awaiting to help you out!

Now it all makes sense. That's why TBS has been going "bananas" lately!
All these ridiculous bugs, ads, pausing and stretchovision.

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I have seen a lot of times they cut a few seconds out of the show here and there. I am an admitted completely Star Trek TNG nerd and have seen pretty decent chunks cut from the episodes (which are 45 mins long on DVD) when they're shown on various networks. I've noticed definitely a few times where about a 10 second chunk of Family Guy was cut on TBS.

Family Guy is edited for content. More on TBS than Adult Swim. Plus, they really trash the ending. The other day it looked like they took the studio credits from the end and superimposed them in one corner of the screen over part of the show. This wasn't how the show does an extra segment at the end. The credits looked distorted and mangled.

I have to say, if I had a show(producer, writer, director, actor) there's no way in hell I would want it on TBS. I can't believe these people let a network like TBS destroy their show.
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Why does the screen look “stretched” when I watch TBS in HD?

In an effort to present a consistent broadcast, we have decided to maintain the same aspect ratio for all HD programming. An unfortunate consequence of this is that the standard TV ratio of 4:3 is presented as 16:9. This is what “stretches” the image. We apologize for any dissatisfaction this caused.

So much is WRONG with that statement. First of all, stretchovsion is NOT a "consistent broadcast". NONE of the OTA networks provide a "consistent broadcst" like that. A true CONSISTENT BROADCAST on HDTV is showing content that is 16:9 digital/HD in OAR. This means My Name is Earl, Raymond, King of Queens as well as movies. This also means showing 4:3 SD or HD content in OAR with black sidebars. This means Family Guy,, Home Improvement and any other non-widescreen content, including commercials.

Second, this is not an "unfortunate consequence". This is a simple setting on the broadcasting equipment. It literaly is "flip a switch" and this goes away. We had a local station that stretched and it went away over night. TBS and TNT could do the same. It would require a little more effort to keep the bugs/snipes inside the 4:3 safe area on 4:3 programming(to avoid crap over the sidebars) but is it reall that much effort?

Third, instead of apologizing for this, FIX THE DAMN PROBLEM!!! It is not that hard!!

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When does the second season of Bill Engvall begin?

The second season of The Bill Engvall Show begins on June 12th.

How frakin stupid are people? They have a separate topic informing when Bill Engvall starts!! What, the viewer (singular) of that show didn't see all the snipes, the constant text in the left corner as well as Bill himself pausing Family Guy? UN F*****G BELIEVEABLE!!!!
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The other day it looked like they took the studio credits from the end and superimposed them in one corner of the screen over part of the show. This wasn't how the show does an extra segment at the end. The credits looked distorted and mangled.

Yeah you're right I think they did. It looked terrible and obvious.

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UGH those Planet Green ads are EVERYWHERE, seemed like 4/5 dif channels.

Is it considered ironic if you view them on a plasma TV with the AC cranked up after a long commute home in a Hummer?

For what it's worth, I haven't watch TNT or TBS in months. The last time was to check out the channels after updating my D* service to MPEG4. I haven't been back to them since.
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So much is WRONG with that statement. First of all, stretchovsion is NOT a "consistent broadcast". NONE of the OTA networks provide a "consistent broadcst" like that. A true CONSISTENT BROADCAST on HDTV is showing content that is 16:9 digital/HD in OAR. This means My Name is Earl, Raymond, King of Queens as well as movies. This also means showing 4:3 SD or HD content in OAR with black sidebars. This means Family Guy,, Home Improvement and any other non-widescreen content, including commercials.

Second, this is not an "unfortunate consequence". This is a simple setting on the broadcasting equipment. It literaly is "flip a switch" and this goes away. We had a local station that stretched and it went away over night. TBS and TNT could do the same. It would require a little more effort to keep the bugs/snipes inside the 4:3 safe area on 4:3 programming(to avoid crap over the sidebars) but is it reall that much effort?

Third, instead of apologizing for this, FIX THE DAMN PROBLEM!!! It is not that hard!!

I posted this poll over at DBS to see what they would say over there. Please vote if you haven't yet.

http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=128757

HEY, you viewing dumbasses!

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any video grabs of this, i don't watch tbs at all, but would be in for a good laugh

It's time to give props to WLNS for the HD crawl generator!!!

Now we need WHTV to go HD and Lansing's CW to get a separate transmitter so it isn't a digital sub.
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