Wow. This is unfreaking amazing!
> Even if it is as you say,
Unfortunately, it turns out that it's exactly
as he said it was.
I sit down to watch "Sahara" today, and in a 2h,6m showing I get _8_ interruptions, one every 15 minutes, like clockwork.
> it's not earth-shakingly annoying, so no big deal.
gratified to hear that it doesn't bother you, because it bugged the sh!t out of me.
Seriously, bicker, it doesn't take you out of the experience at all, to have distractions like that? (I'm watching on an 8' screen, in a dimmed environment, not on a TV set, if that makes any difference.) If you were watching a film in a theater, and ads for gummy bears popped up every 15 minutes, would that be OK with you?
[Since it doesn't bother you, maybe they should just leave it up on the screen the whole time? No, that's no good... you'd perceptually filter that out after a while. I've got a better idea. They need a constantly-scrolling screen crawl across the bottom, with an occasional spin and twirl flourish. That'll keep drawing your eyes away from the film and onto their commercial messages. And, oh yeah, a blast of trumpets with "ta da" to make sure you're not ignoring it. That oughta be pretty effective.
Hold on a minute... I think TNT-HD may have a patent-pending on that.]
> You do get what you pay for.
Yeah, well you got at least one right. This is
free, after all. No, wait a minute... I'm paying for this!
I can understand why HFA is getting some flak here, because his comments can be pretty abrasive at times (unnecessarily so, in many cases, IMO). That's just his personality, and unfortunately it costs him some reader credibility when he voices an issue. But he's right on the money here, as far as I'm concerned.
This isn't what _I'm_ paying for, and it isn't the way it used to be!!
. They're making poorly-conceived changes, and apparently the vast majority just doesn't give a d@mn. I find that more than a little sad. And when, a few years down the road, it finally reaches your own personal
threshold of annoyance, and you all wake up and find yourselves asking, "What the he!! happened? How did things get this
bad?", the answer will be... one small "no big deal" step at a time.
This totally trashed the recording I had running of Sahara, so I'll have to wait until the "Free Preview" is over so I can get a clean copy. In about a week, I'll be terminating my Showtime service, and letting their Head of Programming know why. I have no illusions that my isolated actions will have any impact whatsoever. What they will listen to is feedback from _mass quantities_ of customers. But evidently the masses just don't care. So I am confident that in this environment, their consideration and respect for their customers will continue to deteriorate. No reason for me to stick around for that.