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Old 04-21-2006, 11:07 AM   #1
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I hope you like commercials

I hope everyone likes commercials....or paying for the right to be able to change the channel on your OWN tv.

Philips Develops Way for Broadcasters to 'Freeze' Commercials

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Yes, according to Royal Philips Electronics (PHG). A patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office says researchers of the Netherlands-based consumer electronics company have created a technology that could let broadcasters freeze a channel during a commercial, so viewers wouldn't be able to avoid it.

The pending patent, published on March 30, says the feature would be implemented on a program-by-program basis. Devices that could carry the technology would be a television or a set-top-box.

Philips acknowledged, however, that the anti-channel changing technology might not sit well with consumers and suggested in its patent filing that consumers be allowed to avoid the feature if they paid broadcasters a fee.
It also mentions being able to watch without commercials, but I can see that feature being disabled since they disabled it on the new TiVO devices I believe.
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Old 04-21-2006, 11:11 AM   #2
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wow, that is gay.

glad i don't watch much TV.
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Old 04-21-2006, 11:39 AM   #3
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I've got an idea for a patent. It's an advertising device. Two big burly men will knock down your front door, wrestle you to the ground, and hold a laptop that shows nothing but television commercials for two hours (or more, depending on the life of the battery) in front of your face. It's gonna make me so much money.
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I already pay twice what I should for cable... I wont pay for that pile of crap.
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and if you close your eyes they will tickle your feet until you pay attention and repeat every word you hear during every commercial. If you defecate on yourself then ... thats just your bad luck.
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there is only a handful of shows worth watching on tv.. i can handle the commercials for them.
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Re: I hope you like commercials

Something I just thought about:

What happens when you're flipping channels? Let's say, for instance, the TV is tuned to channel 3. You want to watch a show on channel 14. Rather than hitting the 1-4-Enter buttons, you decide just to flip the 'up' button 'til you get there. Little do you know, channel 9 is on commercial lock. So up you go...flip, flip, flip, 'til you get to channel 9. Then your TV locks in. You have to sit there and watch 'til the end of the commercial break before you can continue on the rest of the way to 14.


If this device ever makes it's way into TV's, I'm going to go on a Cable-company-CEO killing rampage.
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I pay hella less for cable than I'm actually getting, haha.

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i just download the shows i like from torrents.

usually CSI, American Chopper, Monster Garage, Deadliest Catch, Mythbusters and **** like that are already in DVD quality rips days before they air and without commercials.
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I'd boycott any commercial that they had up on there that did it. I'd purposely write horrible letters, get a huge group of people to ***** and complain to that company until they just stopped sponsoring them. Then what commercials are they going to have to show if they can't afford to keep anything on the air anymore?
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