Please Enjoy This Video With Your Commercial


One of the trends that seems to be taking major hold is the growing reality of a short commercial with virtually every single piece of video you encounter on virtually any site these days (other than YouTube-type videos).

Junk Mail BoxThe main problem with this is that, in many cases, the video I’m interested in is as short or shorter than the commercial I’m supposed to wait through.

This sort of blatant annoyance advertising has to die and the sooner the better. There’s some suggestion that hitting F5 while viewing such a video will dump you out of it but that hasn’t worked for me anywhere I’ve tried it.

This evolution seems like the surest way to curb broadband usage as no one is going to want to watch much video after a bit more of this. Worse, if this just continues then it’s going to just add unnecessarily to the drain. There has to be a better way.

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  1. I happened by your blog by chance and thought I’d add my two cents.

    I hate the ads too and find them disruptive to my browsing experience.

    I’ve been to some sites where you can make a donation (even $2) and the ads will be gone once you log in for the next year. For sites that are run for free I think it’s a great way to help pay for the cost of running the site.

    I’ve also been across a page which allows you to enable an ad blocker once you log in for no cost a few days at a time.

    As you say the ads suck and it would be great if they would go away, but I think they’re here to stay.

  2. Remember that I’m mainly talking about the commercials that are appearing embedded within most videos you watch. Ads on the sites themselves I’m perfectly fine with. It’s when I need to watch a 30 second video commercial just to then watch a 20 second video of something that I really lose it.

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