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Held Hostage

One thing that really, really annoys me is when I start a DVD to watch a movie or a TV show and it is set up so that I have to endure trailers and announcements of other programs without being able to switch directly to the main menu. (I’m looking at you right now, BBC.) I haven’t spent good money to purchase DVDs of TV shows only to be held hostage and force-fed trailers and advertisements for other shows without the option of clicking away. This is an insult to paying customers! Next time, somebody show me how to use BitTorrent, please.


4 Responses to “Held Hostage”

  1. Savannah says:

    Even worse is when the first advertisement you can’t skip over is the one that basically says, “Don’t pirate movies.” It’s like, Hello! I just paid for this movie! I’m not the one you should be telling to start paying for movies instead of pirating them!

  2. That drives me *crazy*. One of the major reasons we have Netflix instead of broadcast TV is so that we (and especially my daughter) do not have to watch ads; then you have to sit through the preview of “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” so that you can watch the movie you ordered! Argh! We still have an ancient VCR and that’s one thing I like better about video tapes!

  3. Eve Bodeux says:

    Michael, you have “ranted” on a topic that is a real pet peeve of mine. When my kids have watched their fav French movie for the (literally) 50th time, I can’t tell you how annoying it is to sit through those ads yet again. And, as Savannah noted, some DVDs won’t allow you to skip them. Really, the gall of those companies to make us pay to sit through those. Especially when they are ads for older movies from several years ago on a DVD we still like. ARGH!

    In addition, I have (sadly) noticed that French DVDs (which used to not do this) now have started to follow the American lead. *Not* a good thing! Seriously, is there anywhere we can complain about this? On the movie studios FB and Twitter accounts?

  4. J. Whittaker says:

    Just hit the chapter forward button rather than the menu button and you skip each ad and trailer.

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