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3rd Dec '17 12:42:49 PM StarTropes
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* A September 2017 ad re-assured viewers that there were still people who enjoyed cable, just like how there are people that enjoy unpleasant things like banging their heads into a low ceiling, drinking sour milk, or getting a paper cut.

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* A September 2017 ad by [=DirectTV=] (yep, them again) re-assured viewers that there were still people who enjoyed cable, just like how there are people that enjoy unpleasant things like banging their heads into a low ceiling, drinking sour milk, or getting a paper cut.cut. And now they're showing cable users enjoying other unpleasant things like wet shopping bags and bad haircuts.
7th Nov '17 3:25:23 PM CaptainAmazing
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* Around 2014, Time Warner Cable was looking to hit AT&T U-verse on the fact that their service at the time could ''only'' show live TV on ''four'' different devices at once. So they made up a bizarre scenario where a kid couldn't watch cartoons on a rainy day because ''four'' different other family members were watching ''four'' different live streams at once. That is, until a Time Warner rep showed up and saved the day. Presumably the family didn't have any cartoons DVR'd, or TWC just didn't want to admit that U-verse could do more devices at once if some were watching DVR'd content.

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* Around 2014, Time Warner Cable was looking to hit AT&T U-verse on the fact that their service at the time could ''only'' "only" show live TV on ''four'' different devices at once. So they made up a bizarre scenario where a kid couldn't watch cartoons on a rainy day because ''four'' different other family members were watching ''four'' different live streams at once. That is, until a Time Warner rep showed up and saved the day. Presumably the family didn't have any cartoons DVR'd, or TWC just didn't want to admit that U-verse could do more devices at once if some were watching DVR'd content.
7th Nov '17 3:24:03 PM CaptainAmazing
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* Around 2014, Time Warner Cable was looking to hit AT&T U-verse on the fact that their service at the time could ''only'' show live TV on ''four'' different devices at once. So they made up a bizarre scenario where a kid couldn't watch cartoons on a rainy day because ''four'' different other family members were watching ''four'' different live streams at once. That is, until a Time Warner rep showed up and saved the day. Presumably the family didn't have any cartoons DVR'd, or TWC just didn't want to admit that U-verse could do more devices at once if some were watching DVR'd content.
22nd Oct '17 5:36:02 PM nombretomado
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* [=LivingTV=] was a bit more subtle in some of the promos for ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' that aired while the series was running on ChannelFive - "Hi, I'm Creator/RoseMcGowan and you are watching [=LivingTV=], the ''real'' home of ''Charmed''." (Justified in this case as Living has shown the entire run [[AdoredByTheNetwork numerous times]], whereas Five [[ChannelHop let the final season go]] to Creator/Channel4.)

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* [=LivingTV=] was a bit more subtle in some of the promos for ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' that aired while the series was running on ChannelFive Creator/ChannelFive - "Hi, I'm Creator/RoseMcGowan and you are watching [=LivingTV=], the ''real'' home of ''Charmed''." (Justified in this case as Living has shown the entire run [[AdoredByTheNetwork numerous times]], whereas Five [[ChannelHop let the final season go]] to Creator/Channel4.)



* SkyOne LOVED to point out in promos for their series that they would show up years before coming to terrestrial, most notably in one for ''Series/LawAndOrder'' which specifically mentioned the series' FTA home ChannelFive; this one was narrated by Steven Zirnkilton... who, for those who don't know, is the fellow who provides the opening voiceover for all the ''L&O'' shows.

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* SkyOne LOVED to point out in promos for their series that they would show up years before coming to terrestrial, most notably in one for ''Series/LawAndOrder'' which specifically mentioned the series' FTA home ChannelFive; Creator/ChannelFive; this one was narrated by Steven Zirnkilton... who, for those who don't know, is the fellow who provides the opening voiceover for all the ''L&O'' shows.
21st Sep '17 3:39:45 AM IAmNotAFunguy
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* A series of commercials in summer 2016 show an average family whose Internet provided by the cable company has just gone down. Apparently first thing after it went down the cable company went as far as to lock the family in their houses a-la ''Series/BigBrother'' because rather than use the time the Internet is down to go out and have some family time away from technology, the family is left panicking at home and with nothing to do, even going as far as to spy on the neighbors using their working Internet.

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* A series of commercials in summer 2016 show an average family whose Internet provided by the cable company has just gone down. Apparently first thing after it went down the cable company went as far as to lock the family in their houses a-la ''Series/BigBrother'' because rather than use the time the Internet is down to go out and have some family time away from technology, the family is left panicking at home and with nothing to do, even going as far as to spy on the neighbors using their working Internet.Internet.
* A September 2017 ad re-assured viewers that there were still people who enjoyed cable, just like how there are people that enjoy unpleasant things like banging their heads into a low ceiling, drinking sour milk, or getting a paper cut.
2nd Aug '17 5:24:44 PM kablammin45
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** As of TWC's new face as Spectrum, they aren't even being subtle about selling themselves as better than satellite television, having slogans such as "[=DirectTV=] Bad, Spectrum Good".
29th May '17 11:52:02 PM Lirodon
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* Since Australian pay TV is practically just Foxtel, the mudslinging is between them and broadcast networks. Foxtel's [[UsefulNotes/AustralianRulesFootball AFL]] channel is advertised as being completely "ad-break free siren to siren", while many sport events on Seven (including the some AFL games) are broadcast with an on-screen graphic announcing that it's "live and free".

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* Since Australian pay TV is practically just Foxtel, the mudslinging is between them and broadcast networks. Foxtel's Fox Sports' [[UsefulNotes/AustralianRulesFootball AFL]] channel is advertised as being completely "ad-break free siren to siren", while many sport events on Seven (including and even the some AFL games) are [[CommercialPopUp bug in the corner]] constantly brags about it. Meanwhile, almost all OTA networks broadcast sporting events with an on-screen graphic announcing that it's "live and free".
11th Apr '17 12:19:02 AM lizaphile
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These commercials are usually seen as cheesy and filled with bad acting, even though they come from big-name companies such as Comcast or Time Warner Cable that should be able to afford better production values. An example is a Time Warner commercial that showed pictures of a cheetah, rabbit and snail and told you to "pick the fast one". Apparently, rabbits are faster than cheetahs. (At least at [[AnimalStereotypes doing one thing]].)

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These commercials are usually seen as cheesy and filled with bad acting, even though they come from big-name companies such as Comcast or Time Warner Cable Spectrum that should be able to afford better production values. An example is a Time Warner commercial that showed pictures of a cheetah, rabbit and snail and told you to "pick the fast one". Apparently, rabbits are faster than cheetahs. (At least at [[AnimalStereotypes doing one thing]].)



* Time Warner Cable has a series of ads where the clean-cut, good looking cable guy happens to run into the satellite guy, whose service just got cancelled. The customer occasionally stands between the two and compares their services. They eventually upgraded to the satellite guy ''stalking'' the TWC guy.

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* Time Warner Cable (now owned by Charter under the new Spectrum branding) has a series of ads where the clean-cut, good looking cable guy happens to run into the satellite guy, whose service just got cancelled. The customer occasionally stands between the two and compares their services. They eventually upgraded to the satellite guy ''stalking'' the TWC guy.
23rd Dec '16 7:04:16 PM faunas
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* [[https://youtu.be/QIgZHZpiq1U A '70s percursor to those cable/satelite ads]]: "pay TV"[[note]]what cable was then called, plus satellite (the scrambled ones) channels, for the most part, and those over-the-airwave pay channels such as e.g. [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wometco_Home_Theater Wometco Home Theater]][[/note]] vs "free TV"[[note]]i.e., those channels over the airwaves, which were originally, then mostly, free, and some by satellite (unscrambled), as well as "community antena television" which was a big communal antena to which [[=TVs=]] were connected to get better reception, in areas where it was poor like mountains and the countryside, the underlying technology later being repurposed for modern cable TV[[/note]]. It was a ScareCampaign which urged people to sign a petition to ban "pay TV", as people shouldn't pay for what they already had for free and [[ScareEmStraight it would be another place where monsters appeared]]. With shades of NewMediaAreEvil, as well as the added bonus the ad was run in movie theaters.[[note]]At the time, theaters got all the recently-released movies, while "free TV", which broadcast all TV movies, had to wait a couple of years before broadcasting them. "Pay TV" (supposedly) undercut the theaters because movie channels such as Creator/{{HBO}}, Creator/{{Showtime}} and others, which were the mainstays which lured costumers in the early years, shortened the period between their premiere and their first broadcast - which could become ''zero''![[/note]] According to some commentaries, this bilge was successful in some communities up until the day [[MoneyDearBoy local governments discovered "pay TV" could be taxed]].

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* [[https://youtu.be/QIgZHZpiq1U A '70s percursor to those cable/satelite ads]]: "pay TV"[[note]]what cable was then called, plus satellite (the scrambled ones) channels, for the most part, and those over-the-airwave pay channels such as e.g. [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wometco_Home_Theater Wometco Home Theater]][[/note]] vs "free TV"[[note]]i.e., those channels over the airwaves, which were originally, then mostly, free, and some by satellite (unscrambled), as well as "community antena television" which was a big communal antena to which [[=TVs=]] [=TVs=] were connected to get better reception, in areas where it was poor like mountains and the countryside, the underlying technology later being repurposed for modern cable TV[[/note]]. It was a ScareCampaign which urged people to sign a petition to ban "pay TV", as people shouldn't pay for what they already had for free and [[ScareEmStraight it would be another place where monsters appeared]]. With shades of NewMediaAreEvil, as well as the added bonus the ad was run in movie theaters.[[note]]At the time, theaters got all the recently-released movies, while "free TV", which broadcast all TV movies, had to wait a couple of years before broadcasting them. "Pay TV" (supposedly) undercut the theaters because movie channels such as Creator/{{HBO}}, Creator/{{Showtime}} and others, which were the mainstays which lured costumers in the early years, shortened the period between their premiere and their first broadcast - which could become ''zero''![[/note]] According to some commentaries, this bilge was successful in some communities up until the day [[MoneyDearBoy local governments discovered "pay TV" could be taxed]].
23rd Dec '16 7:03:20 PM faunas
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* [[https://youtu.be/QIgZHZpiq1U A '70s percursor to those cable/satelite ads]]: "pay TV"[[note]]what cable was then called, plus satellite (the scrambled ones) channels, for the most part, and those over-the-airwave pay channels such as e.g. [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wometco_Home_Theater Wometco Home Theater]][[/note]] vs "free TV"[[note]]i.e., those channels over the airwaves, which were originally, then mostly, free, and some by satellite (unscrambled)[[/note]]. It was a ScareCampaign which urged people to sign a petition to ban "pay TV", as people shouldn't pay for what they already had for free and [[ScareEmStraight it would be another place where monsters appeared]]. With shades of NewMediaAreEvil, as well as the added bonus the ad was run in movie theaters.[[note]]At the time, theaters got all the recently-released movies, while "free TV", which broadcast all TV movies, had to wait a couple of years before broadcasting them. "Pay TV" (supposedly) undercut the theaters because movie channels such as Creator/{{HBO}}, Creator/{{Showtime}} and others, which were the mainstays which lured costumers in the early years, shortened the period between their premiere and their first broadcast - which could become ''zero''![[/note]] According to some commentaries, this bilge was successful in some communities up until the day [[MoneyDearBoy local governments discovered "pay TV" could be taxed]].

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* [[https://youtu.be/QIgZHZpiq1U A '70s percursor to those cable/satelite ads]]: "pay TV"[[note]]what cable was then called, plus satellite (the scrambled ones) channels, for the most part, and those over-the-airwave pay channels such as e.g. [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wometco_Home_Theater Wometco Home Theater]][[/note]] vs "free TV"[[note]]i.e., those channels over the airwaves, which were originally, then mostly, free, and some by satellite (unscrambled)[[/note]].(unscrambled), as well as "community antena television" which was a big communal antena to which [[=TVs=]] were connected to get better reception, in areas where it was poor like mountains and the countryside, the underlying technology later being repurposed for modern cable TV[[/note]]. It was a ScareCampaign which urged people to sign a petition to ban "pay TV", as people shouldn't pay for what they already had for free and [[ScareEmStraight it would be another place where monsters appeared]]. With shades of NewMediaAreEvil, as well as the added bonus the ad was run in movie theaters.[[note]]At the time, theaters got all the recently-released movies, while "free TV", which broadcast all TV movies, had to wait a couple of years before broadcasting them. "Pay TV" (supposedly) undercut the theaters because movie channels such as Creator/{{HBO}}, Creator/{{Showtime}} and others, which were the mainstays which lured costumers in the early years, shortened the period between their premiere and their first broadcast - which could become ''zero''![[/note]] According to some commentaries, this bilge was successful in some communities up until the day [[MoneyDearBoy local governments discovered "pay TV" could be taxed]].
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