Originally Posted by videojanitor
but they said that they wanted to respect the wishes of their viewers, and were going to cease using the bug immediately. It has never returned.
The thing about HBO is that it is paid for by subscribers. If subscribers leave because of the bug, income goes down. So, HBO must have perceived that viewers were going to leave, and nipped the bug in the butt. All of the non-pay channels could care less if you stopped watching, since the advertisers are still paying them.
Of course, there is the point at which the loss of too many viewers will result in ad revenue being reduced, as the advertisers won't pay for eyeballs that aren't there.
The question is how many viewers are going to have to leave before the networks, and its advertisers, take notice that snipes were not a good thing.
As was pointed out in a B&C article, advertisers are looking at the snipe as a way to get to the viewers. But they do not seem to understand the negative effect of sniping shows.
The 40 min, or less, hour program and screen clutter is just pissing off viewers.