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When I started noticing that the TV credits of a movie would go by faster than normal, or they'd start to show them and split the screen to show you the upcoming shows the network was running; I figured I was probably the only person bothered by this. Aside from the actors listed in the credits.

But sometimes I had reasons for wanted to see the credits. Maybe a song I thought I heard in the movie, or an unknown actor I recognized, etc.

I understand why they do it. I also understand why stations throw their logos in the corner of the screen.

But when I'm watching movies that have captions, or a scene in which something is covered up by a huge CBS logo, it's frustrating.

Now, I've had friends complain about CNN having other news scroll down below. That, I love. I feel like I'm getting twice the news. My buddies claim it confuses them. I hate to imagine what they'd do if they were chewing gum while trying to process all that info.

But, the worst in all this...are those annoying pop-ups, that your eyes have no choice but to look at. You know the ones, where a character like Homer Simpson appears on your screen, and then runs, and grabs something like a donut, and then the words appear that say "new episode of the Simpsons at 8:00 p.m."

This takes your eyes of what you're watching and causes you to miss something and want to pull an Elvis and shoot the TV set. I'd love the Nielsen ratings to do a survey, and find out just how many people see those things pop up, and then write down that information. I'm guessing exactly 1% of the population.

So, does that make it worth pissing off the other 99% of us?

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Love the soapbox....keep 'em coming!! You should try watching the Simpsons dubbed in French....just not the same thing.... ;-)

Nov. 25, 2007

Je crois que c'est le même.

Nov. 25, 2007

Je ne suis pas d'accord. Different voices, American idioms, etc. Nothing wrong with the French version, it's just different when all I know is the English version. :-)

Nov. 25, 2007

The logos appearing on films and the wee mascots running at the bottom of the screen doesn't happen in the uk but it does in Europe and they are usually huge and brightly coloured. TV just plain sucks right now. Its gone the same way as politics.

Nov. 25, 2007

Those network logos cost a friend of mine a nice chunk of cash when they purchased a new plasma TV not so long ago. Wife left on the Home Shopping Network overnight and the "HSN" logo image got burned into screen, thus appearing (ghost like) on every channel you flipped to. Was not covered under warranty. I've heard the new ones don't really have this problem, although it's not completely fixed.

Nov. 25, 2007

Sounds like the wife just had a ploy set in motion for ordering a new TV off of Home Shopping Network. Very suspicious, if ya ask me.

Nov. 26, 2007

I did a lot of research into plasma screens and found although the quality is brilliant at first, the pixels fade after a while. The old cathode ray tube screens are still the best.

Nov. 26, 2007

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