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post #3211 of 3285
Turned off Banshee on Cinemax because of that #Banshee during the airing. I don't care if it's a free weekend, it just shows me they will devalue their service. If you pay for a premium channel, you shouldn't feel like you are watching a regular cable channel with that on screen crap.
post #3212 of 3285
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Originally Posted by mike1977 View Post

Turned off Banshee on Cinemax because of that #Banshee during the airing. I don't care if it's a free weekend, it just shows me they will devalue their service. If you pay for a premium channel, you shouldn't feel like you are watching a regular cable channel with that on screen crap.

Awesome posting! I fully agree. it's not a free weekend for me, I subscribe to Cinemax.

I was very annoyed by the hashtag #BANSHEE. It's a bright, bold yellow too! It doesn't blend into the background as a light, transparent hashtag.

I like this show, so I had to watch. Dissapointed though, I should email Cinemax and request it being taken off. Is it only due to the free weekend preview? Hopefully it goes away next week! mad.gif
post #3213 of 3285
Welcome to the new era of Twitter hashtags cluttering our screens. The networks feels they need to REMIND people what hashtag they need to use for shows while watching said show.
post #3214 of 3285
Well, another thank you letter is in order to them...for discouraging me to subscribe haha
post #3215 of 3285
The dumb thing about hashtags is that those who actually know what they are and how to use them don't need to be reminded of what they are. If you need a constant prompt to figure out how to use Twitter/Facebook then you probably don't even know what Twitter is and the hashtag just becomes a cryptic onscreen message.

#moreannoyingideasfrommarketingexecutives
post #3216 of 3285

^^^ +1, those damn "pound" signs always irritate me when I see them. When my daughter is watching TV with me and they come on(which seems like all the time :rolleyes:) I always say, "what does pound CSI mean" :D she never seems to have a good answer what the pound sing is but always corrects me and says "it isn't a pound sing, it's a hashtag" :rolleyes: whatever! one more piece of crap on my screen to ignore!

post #3217 of 3285
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^^^ +1, those damn "pound" signs always irritate me when I see them. When my daughter is watching TV with me and they come on(which seems like all the time rolleyes.gif ) I always say, "what does pound CSI mean" biggrin.gif she never seems to have a good answer what the pound sing is but always corrects me and says "it isn't a pound sing, it's a hashtag" rolleyes.gif whatever! one more piece of crap on my screen to ignore!

When the # symbol is used on it's own it's a pound or hash sign.

When the # symbol is followed by a stupid phrase that will undoubtedly be replaced by something else the kids are playing with in a few years and TV execs want to jump on the bandwagon to look cool, then it's a hashtag. biggrin.gif

I'm slightly surprised we didn't see QR codes embedded on screen. They were popping up everywhere a couple of years back.
post #3218 of 3285
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The dumb thing about hashtags is that those who actually know what they are and how to use them don't need to be reminded of what they are. If you need a constant prompt to figure out how to use Twitter/Facebook then you probably don't even know what Twitter is and the hashtag just becomes a cryptic onscreen message.

#moreannoyingideasfrommarketingexecutives
That's not really true. Please note that I do not support the practice of putting them on screen for an entire show, but I do understand the reasoning behind it. They want to get everyone united around one hashtag for the show, to increase it's visibility on the social networks and grab the people who look at the trending topics and want to see what #CSI is all about.
post #3219 of 3285
From what I've seen (Posted by others on this board) Commercial and Pay TV) I'm glad I bailed out seven years ago. When Pay-TV became available 34 years ago I was like a child on Christmas morning. I had no idea there would be a time where I'd lose interest in watching it. mad.gif Oh well, they can go wherever they want, I will follow my own path. biggrin.gif
post #3220 of 3285
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I'm slightly surprised we didn't see QR codes embedded on screen. They were popping up everywhere a couple of years back.

My guess would be that the only reason such a thing didn't become popular is that the artifacts from MPEG-2 compression would make the QR code too difficult for a camera to read.
post #3221 of 3285
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Awesome posting! I fully agree. it's not a free weekend for me, I subscribe to Cinemax.

I was very annoyed by the hashtag #BANSHEE. It's a bright, bold yellow too! It doesn't blend into the background as a light, transparent hashtag.

I like this show, so I had to watch. Dissapointed though, I should email Cinemax and request it being taken off. Is it only due to the free weekend preview? Hopefully it goes away next week! mad.gif

It's Monday night and it's still there. You should email Cinemax if you haven't done so. Also on their Facebook page if you have account.
post #3222 of 3285
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Originally Posted by Young C View Post

Awesome posting! I fully agree. it's not a free weekend for me, I subscribe to Cinemax.

I was very annoyed by the hashtag #BANSHEE. It's a bright, bold yellow too! It doesn't blend into the background as a light, transparent hashtag.

I like this show, so I had to watch. Dissapointed though, I should email Cinemax and request it being taken off. Is it only due to the free weekend preview? Hopefully it goes away next week! mad.gif

It's Monday night and it's still there. You should email Cinemax if you haven't done so. Also on their Facebook page if you have account.

I too expected it to be gone after the weekend. I was very disappointed. Do you have the email address to send the complaint off to?
post #3223 of 3285
I don't know the email address. I guess try using the form at http://www.hbo.com/#/about/contact-us.html and choose Other
post #3224 of 3285
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Originally Posted by VisionOn View Post

The dumb thing about hashtags is that those who actually know what they are and how to use them don't need to be reminded of what they are. If you need a constant prompt to figure out how to use Twitter/Facebook then you probably don't even know what Twitter is and the hashtag just becomes a cryptic onscreen message.

#moreannoyingideasfrommarketingexecutives
That's not really true. Please note that I do not support the practice of putting them on screen for an entire show, but I do understand the reasoning behind it. They want to get everyone united around one hashtag for the show, to increase it's visibility on the social networks and grab the people who look at the trending topics and want to see what #CSI is all about.

Except those who use Twitter and care enough to tweet this stuff already know what shows and actors they are following or where to find them. Those tags are already out there and being used and shared before the show has even aired. They are even less useful considering hashtags that are user-generated usually create more publicity than the constantly lame attempts by social media marketing execs to do the same, who inevitably start creating more and more ridiculous tags to follow. Which is why #Banshee and #Fanshee exist. Networks don't stop at just one unifying tag, they will throw as many tags out there as necessary to gain some traction.

So I stand by my original statement. If you need to be told about something like #CSI then you don't use Twitter or are not fanatical enough about the show to care it exists to begin with. Especially on Cinemax. It's not exactly the first destination for the aging technophobe. They are just tweeting to the choir.

That's why I know about #GoTSeason4 without HBO needing a constant onscreen reminder.
post #3225 of 3285
This page is cringe worthy rolleyes.gif

It's OK to do a hashtag for the TV series during the opening scene or the introduction credits. It would leave the viewer with thinking "Oh, they have a Twitter account that I can do live tweeting with through-out the show." But to leave the stupid hashtag on for the whole show is preposterous. The viewers already see it! The viewers already know the hashtag! mad.gif
If somehow the viewers forget the particular hashtag, a quick Google search would easily reveal the Twitter page in seconds. Internet connection wouldn't be a problem as the viewer was about to go on Twitter.

I watched The Blacklist on NBC last night.. During the opening scene they had a small hashtag with #NBCBlacklist that lasted for only 10 seconds. That's how it should be done! To let the viewer know the situation and then be taken off-screen seconds later.

Here we are, paid subscribers of a premium movie network, Cinemax, and we have to put-up with this #banshee nonsense. The executives over at NBC are smarter than Cinemax when it comes to Twitter hashtags.

Sorry for the rant tongue.gif
post #3226 of 3285
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Originally Posted by Young C View Post

Here we are, paid subscribers of a premium movie network, Cinemax, and we have to put-up with this #banshee nonsense. The executives over at NBC are smarter than Cinemax when it comes to Twitter hashtags.

It's one of those situations of a social media department at Cinemax trying to justify their existence and jumping onto the Twitter train. Just like all those stupidly obnoxious pop-ups we had to suffer through on NBC a few years ago, eventually they will either give up or move on to another annoying culture trend.

At least they haven't started broadcasting Tweets during the show. So it could still be worse. USA have been doing that recently and I still remember the obnoxious screen mess G4 used to make when Heroes and Star Trek were playing.
post #3227 of 3285
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I don't know the email address. I guess try using the form at http://www.hbo.com/#/about/contact-us.html and choose Other

Here's my email.
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Banshee Twitter hashtags - removal


Hello,

I am a paid subscriber of Cinemax via Dishnetwork. I find it very annoying to have the hashtag "#Banshee" on the screen during the whole episode. Can you guys please remove it?

It's OK to display the hashtag! Just please display the hashtag during the opening scene or the introduction credits only. The viewers will see the hashtag and acknowledge Banshee has a Twitter page and can tweet live.

Season one of Banshee did not have the hashtag on during the whole episode. What changed?

I'd like to hear the reasoning behind this. Please email me back and let me know your thoughts. Thanks
Colin
post #3228 of 3285
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Originally Posted by VisionOn View Post

It's one of those situations of a social media department at Cinemax trying to justify their existence and jumping onto the Twitter train. Just like all those stupidly obnoxious pop-ups we had to suffer through on NBC a few years ago, eventually they will either give up or move on to another annoying culture trend.

At least they haven't started broadcasting Tweets during the show. So it could still be worse. USA have been doing that recently and I still remember the obnoxious screen mess G4 used to make when Heroes and Star Trek were playing.

Ha. I remember that! Those are the worst tongue.gif
post #3229 of 3285
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Originally Posted by Young C View Post

Ha. I remember that! Those are the worst tongue.gif



Yeah, you deserved to die G4! tongue.gif
post #3230 of 3285
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Originally Posted by Young C View Post


The executives over at NBC are smarter than Cinemax when it comes to Twitter hashtags.

Plus NBC is a free channel when you use an antenna.
post #3231 of 3285
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Originally Posted by mike1977 View Post

I don't know the email address. I guess try using the form at http://www.hbo.com/#/about/contact-us.html and choose Other

Message sent. I hope I wasn't too caustic for them to read it.
post #3232 of 3285

Not for nothing, but HBO/Cinemax has never displayed any screen bugs during their normal (non-preview) paid programming. They, along with HDNET Movies, are AFAIK the only providers who seem to continue to regard their viewers with a modicum of respect in this regard.


Edited by Solfan - 1/15/14 at 6:48am
post #3233 of 3285
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Not for nothing, but HBO/Cinemax has never displayed any screen bugs during their normal (non-preview) paid programming. They, along with HDNET Movies, are AFAIK the only providers who seem to continue to regard their viewers with a modicum of respect in this regard.

Every repeat of Banshee this week has had the hashtag present throughout the entire program, even though the free weekend is long over. It is in a bright yellow color which is rather distracting. Do they really want something on the screen that distracts from the programming?
post #3234 of 3285

I'm not home now, but when I return I'll look for it.

 

Losing one of the two last hold-outs would be just tragic.

 

Any type of 24/7 screen bugs are intentionally distracting and contemptuous.

post #3235 of 3285
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I'm not home now, but when I return I'll look for it.

Losing one of the two last hold-outs would be just tragic.

Any type of 24/7 screen bugs are intentionally distracting andcontemptuous.

The worst I've seen on HDNET movies before was a transparent channel bug, but no solid bugs, snipes, or end credit squishing. (HBO squished the credits during The Dark Knight Rises to have someone talk about True Blood season premiere)
post #3236 of 3285
HBO emailed me back about the #Banshee hashtag:

Hello Colin,

Thank you for writing to HBO. Your comments are useful in helping us to understand our subscribers' point of view. Be assured that your opinions have been noted and shared with the relevant people here at HBO. Again, thank you for taking the time to send us your comments, and for your interest in HBO.

Sincerely,

HBO Consumer Affairs

__________

Sounds so automated! What is the outcome? Will you guys remove the hashtag? An explanation why?

Oh well. At least I got a "response" tongue.gif
post #3237 of 3285
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Originally Posted by Young C View Post

HBO emailed me back about the #Banshee hashtag:

Hello Colin,

Be assured that your opinions have been noted and shared with the relevant people here at HBO.

post #3238 of 3285
Looks like ya gotta watch from Max Go if you want to see it without the #$@$% hashtag. mad.gif
Edited by mike1977 - 1/17/14 at 7:54pm
post #3239 of 3285
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Looks like ya gotta watch from Max Go if you want to see it without the #$@$% hashtag. mad.gif

Ha! That's bizarre.
So they figure their 2nd tier programming line is free from it but not their main source?

Come on guys.. People with mobile devices can tweet too! Internet connection = Twitter. Idiots. You guys are losing Twitter followers!!

rolleyes.gif

/rant. sorry! biggrin.gif
post #3240 of 3285
Well, it's disappointing not seeing a lot of complaints on their Facebook. Silence to them is just telling them it is ok to pull this crap and we'll see more of it in the future, and maybe even more annoying on screen graphics that may even cover subtitles in a movie! (I've seen it happen on Starz!) You can't blame anyone then because we all have a chance NOW to nip this in the bud! We pay for premium service...we should get THE best viewing premium experience from the HBO networks.
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