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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]].
23rd Dec '16 6:49:31 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 cable, 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]]. It was a ScareCampaign which urged people to sign a petition to ban cable, "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 6:10:13 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 cable, 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 cable 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]]. It was a ScareCampaign which urged people to sign a petition to ban cable, 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 cable "pay TV" could be taxed]].
5th Nov '16 7:02:00 AM LampKirby
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* In the UK, there was a brief but bitter war between Virgin Media and Sky, after a falling out meant that Sky withdrew some of their channels that had previously been available on Virgin. So instead of saying "You can watch this on our service", Sky's ads for the next few months all said "You can't watch this on their service", i.e. their ''Series/{{Lost}}'' poster read "Answers are coming... but not to Virgin Media".

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* In the UK, there was a brief but bitter war between Virgin Media and Sky, after a falling out meant that Sky withdrew some of their channels (such as Sky1) that had previously been available on Virgin. So instead of saying "You can watch this on our service", Sky's ads for the next few months all said "You can't watch this on their service", i.e. their ''Series/{{Lost}}'' poster read "Answers are coming... but not to Virgin Media".
24th Sep '16 1:39:24 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 ChannelFour.)

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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 ChannelFour.Creator/Channel4.)
27th Aug '16 3:03:32 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[[/note]] vs "free TV"[[note]]i.e., over the airwaves[[/note]]. It was a ScareCampaign which urged people to sign a petition to ban cable, 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. According to some commentaries, this bilge was successful in some communities up until the day [[MoneyDearBoy local governments discovered cable 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[[/note]] 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[[/note]].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 cable, 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 cable could be taxed]].
23rd Jul '16 12:27:27 PM smittykins
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** In the mid-2000s, Time Warner ran a series of black-and-white ads featuring the Hardways, a family dressed in 1950s attire and using corded dial phones, record players, and a mid-80s MS-DOS computer. By the final commercial, the Hardways have switched to Time Warner and are now wearing contemporary clothes and using modern equipment, in glorious color.
7th Jul '16 2:27:34 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[[/note]] vs "free TV"[[note]]i.e., over the airwaves[[/note]]. It was a ScareCampaign which urged people to sign a petition to ban cable, 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, with the added bonus the ad was run in movie theaters. According to some commentaries, this bilge was successful in some communities up until the day [[MoneyDearBoy local governments discovered cable 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[[/note]] vs "free TV"[[note]]i.e., over the airwaves[[/note]]. It was a ScareCampaign which urged people to sign a petition to ban cable, 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, with as well as the added bonus the ad was run in movie theaters. According to some commentaries, this bilge was successful in some communities up until the day [[MoneyDearBoy local governments discovered cable could be taxed]].
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