Too Many Tv Commercials

Too Many Tv Commercials – What Is The Cause

If you watch television, you have surely noticed that there are just too many tv commercials. The tv commercials are dominating the majority of the program on every channel.
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I was once a big tv guy, but I have cut my television hours by 80 percent, because of the excessive commercials. They have taken one of America’s favorite pastimes, and turned it into a nightmare.

No matter what channel you switch to, there is a seventy percent chance it will be at a commercial, or be going to commercial within sixty seconds. There are also networks like TV Land, which bury you in commercials every few minutes.

I was a regular watcher of TV Land programs a few years ago, because I like certain shows they run, but I made the decision about six months ago to stop watching them completely, due to them showing too many tv commercials.

I timed them a couple of times, and they were showing eleven commercials in a row, which took five minutes and forty nine seconds, and then when the show came back on, it only played for four minutes and sixteen seconds. That’s more commercial time than show time.

Not only do we have too many tv commercials, but lets not forget the assault of annoying commercials we have gained over the last few years.

I am talking about the drug companies, that show someone dancing through the tulips, as they read the potential benefits of their product, but then come the negatives, which would keep me from taking it. Shouldn’t that be your doctors job, to decide what is best for you?

And to add to the problem of to many tv commercials, is one of the most annoying commercials, the lawsuit commercial.

The ones where the lawyer from “Do We, Cheat UM, and How”, tells us that if we have ever had this happen to us, call their law office immediately, to join their class action suit.

We Are Being Attacked With Too Many Tv Commercials

One of the main reasons that we as consumers are bombarded with these endless commercials, is that the stars of the shows we like to watch, demand ridiculous pay for what they do. I know they are good, but their salaries need to be brought back to reality.

We have daytime shows where the star is getting a million dollars an episode, and sitcom stars that are getting two million per episode.

When we wonder why there are too many tv commercials, it is because the television networks have to recover the outrageous salaries that a lot of these stars want.

And the reason we have so many annoying commercials, like I mentioned above, is because the networks will show anything now, because they assume we will just tolerate it.

A good example is Jon and Kate plus 8. They were getting seventy five thousand per episode. After they broke up, Kate got a deal for a reported two hundred and fifty thousand an episode. Now the rumor is that she is almost broke.

If most Americans got a quarter of a million dollars a week, for over a year, they would be set for life, but many television stars spend it as fast as they get it.

The networks need to get their house in order, and stop paying outrageous salaries to the stars. I am sure a reality star, or a movie star, would work for a lot less, if forced to do so.

Since the average American worker makes about thirty to forty thousand a year, I think a sitcom star could be convinced to do an episode of their show, for one hundred thousand dollars, instead of one or two million.

Back in the day when we all had analog television, and we all had an antenna on our roof, or rabbit ears on top of the tv set, we didn’t have much to complain about, especially because watching television was free, and we never felt there were too many tv commercials. In fact I actually liked the commercials back then.

But today is a different story. We are paying a lot of money to get television into our homes, and I don’t appreciate them using my living room, as their billboard to show an endless amount of annoying commercials.

Too Many Tv Commercials – How To Combat The Problem

Since our government will probably do nothing as usual, the only thing we can do is not support anything advertised on tv. A lot of those ads are tracked, to see what the results are. If you watch the ad on different days, you will see the phone number, or the web address is different.

That is so they can track the response the ad got. If it is not good, they will most likely pull the ad. If that starts to happen, networks will be forced to cut their budgets, instead of adding more commercials, which has gotten us to this problem of too many tv commercials.

If we don’t do anything, they will continue to bombard us with excessive tv commercials, and continue to accept more annoying commercials. Avoiding the commercials is quite easy. Setup your favorite channels on your favorites button, and just go to another channel you like, when a commercial comes on.

I do that now, whenever I watch tv, and this lets me avoid all the excessive tv commercials. There are definitely too many tv commercials being shown, and if we do nothing, there will be even more excessive tv commercials to come.

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  1. Joe, 02 July, 2013

    Well the leftards control the media so ask them to reduce the money going into their pockets. *Laugh*.

  2. Cjamke, 10 July, 2013

    Hey joe,
    You talk like the typical republican. Liberals don’t own the networks. I know this because most big business prefers screwing the average guy and since big business supports republicans, with that in mind its only possible the networks, aka big business, are owned and operated by republicans.

  3. Thinkforyourself, 03 August, 2013

    Hey, when are we all gonna stop sitting around playing the stupid party game, and actually do something?

  4. Leon Larry, 12 August, 2013

    I pay for Verizon’s Fios and still between programs on Network channels (4-13) five minutes are wasted on dam commercials. It seems the more consumers buy the products that are advertised the more that company advertises. We need less commercials aired on TV not more. If a companies product is good it will speak for itself. You don’t have to con consumers with commercials or ads that makes the product look great.

  5. Bert, 20 August, 2013

    Cancel my Dish, gone back to old antenna, not paying $90.00 a month anymore.

  6. Chuck, 18 September, 2013

    As a retired person, I watch a lot of tv but refuse to be subjected to those annoying commercials which break in every few minutes. There are many shows that I really like. I either record them on my DVR so I can fast forward or wait until Netflix gets the series of my favorite shows. Also, I pay for On Demand and some shows disable the fast forward ability. Why?? I pay for On Demand and should be able to fast forward. Also, like someone before me said. There are so many commercial breaks with multiple commercials that I have gotten to the point it is no longer worth watching commercial tv. I pay for premium channels like HBO, Starz and Showtime. Many of my series shows are on these channels and commercial free. Also,I wouldn’t by any product advertised on TV.

  7. m, 19 September, 2013

    Unfortunately when u switch to another chanell there is another commercial there too, its like they time it so u have to watch commercials no matter what Chanel u r on

  8. Ed Ladegaard, 03 October, 2013

    I now see 6, 7 and more commercials during a “now these messages”. I find it offensive and disgusting. Then on the morning shows it will be “coming up we will have the weather, (or something else)” then you have to suffer through 6 or 7 more commercials and promos. We need to do something

  9. Don Zielinski, 16 October, 2013

    Really, I find most of the commercials are generated by the different networks themselves plugging upcoming programming rather than product sales. It’s really shameless considering all of the banners and screen-crawlers that populate the program almost endlessly!

  10. Mark, 18 October, 2013

    The average 30 minute TV program is around 22 minutes long the rest of the 30 minutes is commercials. You end up on average watching 4 minutes of a program for every two minutes of commercials. Commercial breaks are a LOT longer then they use to be and many stations do not schedule their commercials at the same time to help stop channel surfing by viewers. I watch less TV now because of the commercials. When there are programs I want to see I record them and just fast forward through the commercials. To try and get people from doing what I am doing many stations are now one minute off from the correct time. This way the last one minute of your program gets cut off from being recorded. For most programs that is fine with me, the last 60 seconds are not always the most important part of the program.

  11. Peter, 28 October, 2013

    THe networks are forcing us to download tv series and movies from illegal sites plus use our PVR’s to avoid watching so many commercials. I heard that the networks hire people to take re-runs and cut out parts of the episode so they can add more commercials. We pay a lot of money for cable and satelite tv. I cancelled my satelite and I am now back on an antenna and a PVR…. Good riddance commercials. Beware advertisers and networks… You are burning yourselves!

    Like others have said, I did not mind watching a few commericals during programming before but it is now to the point where you are forced to watch more commercials (the same commercials over and over again) than the tv series. Enough is enough

  12. Peter, 28 October, 2013

    Oh my God, I was watching a program the other day and there was advertising on the bottom of the screen while the episode was running!!! Unbelievable!! The next thing you will see is advertising on our toilet paper. An ad on every square! As far as I am concerned this would be the perfect place to advert, wouldn’t you agree…. Flush…

  13. terry, 03 November, 2013

    Agree: Thank goodness for a ‘mute’ button. There is FAR too much advertising and far too many commercials/announcements interrupting the actual programme.

  14. Allen Mock, 14 November, 2013

    Who is the ignorant one who thinks commercials are entertaining?! They are a royal pain and I’m not the only one who is not paying for cable because of it.

    There is no decent tv worth watching anymore. And the commercials are as stupid and childish as the person promoting them.

    If there were quality products/services, providers/advertisers wouldn’t need to flood the market with the stupidity there.

    People need to cancel their service if this problem is to be dealt with. They make me wonder if the actors in the commercials are as stupid as whatever they are trying to portray.

  15. Allen Mock, 14 November, 2013

    The only good things about t v at this time is the mute button and the channel changer.

  16. Allen Mock, 14 November, 2013

    As for the cause of so much garbage, IT’S GREED, and it’s running rampant. If the dumbass advertisers would use that advertising dollar to lower prices of whatever, they wouldn’t need to advertise…maybe!

  17. unwanted1, 15 November, 2013

    Allen is right, ignorance is running rampant in the television industry and as long as the cable companies keep robbing the advertisers and viewing public, nothing will change.

    I would be embarassed and ashamed to be in some of those commercials, but I guess as long as the advertisers keep throwing good money after bad, Morty will keep dancing with a mop and a wife, the TWC boss will keep going in peoples homes at 5AM without getting arrested or shot, and the others keep making idiots of themselves trying to sell something, nothing will change.

    The FCC could change the rules, if they would. And while they are at it,(HA), credits at the end are as useless as the commercials.
    But, I’m not holding my breath.

  18. unwanted1, 17 November, 2013

    Every time I hear the man say “What’s in your wallet”, I want to say “none of your business!!
    Humana and Crummy/Roberts are in competition to see which can flood the market with the most trash.

  19. unwanted1, 17 November, 2013

    I don’t understand why the “Screen Actors Guild” doesn’t complain. They are the ones being interrupted or having their time cut short and eventually losing viewers.

  20. Unwanted1, 26 November, 2013

    It appears that advertisers and cable providers are too stupid to realize
    that nothing will be sold if no one is watching or listening. Mute buttons and channel changers work well as does the off switch. T V is just not worth having anymore. Maybe advertisers should use advertising dollars to lower prices and maybe, their products/services would sell. Duuuhhhhhh

  21. Unwanted1, 26 November, 2013

    Thinkforyourself, what do you suggest other than boycotting t v stations and advertisers??

  22. charles newbold, 28 November, 2013

    I’m tired of paying large bills every month to watch commericals. I think I should get a portion of the profits. I own my tv and am being forced to watch what they choose,a form of dictatorship

  23. Unwanted1, 02 December, 2013

    I hear from the cable companies that costs are up for equipment repair and replacement, and salaries for employees and benefits.
    No one seems to want to listen to the idea that if advertisers would use their advertising dollars to lower prices and cut back the number of employees in the stores and at the stations/service providers, there would be a much lesser need to ruin so-so television with idiotic, imbecilic television. Another alternative is for viewers to cut back and/or rent more videos/dvd’s and if people are not watching the stupid commercials, products won’t be sold and eventually some dealers will go out of business because they don’t know how to distribute their income.

  24. unwanted1, 03 December, 2013

    I’m not paying for it and I’m missing some stations, but its legal and I’m not losing a bit of sleep over it. Its hard to imagine how stupid the actors are and also the content of what they are trying to say.

  25. terry, 06 December, 2013

    I hate commercials. Isn’t there an invasion of privacy issue here?

  26. unwanted1, 06 December, 2013

    Its hard to understand why people make fools of themselves while trying to sell a product or service.And they’re not funny or entertaining, they are nauseating.
    Morty and Babe are too fat and old to be dancing with a swiffer.
    Flo should have left long ago.
    Lawyers and medicare companies need to give up and declare bankruptcy because obviously, flooding the market with stupid commercials hasn’t done any good or they would be rich by now and stop the visual garbage. The service providers are probably robbing the advertisers blind.

  27. unwanted1, 07 December, 2013

    This is a good place to blow off steam about the too numerous stupid commercials on t v, but are we beating a dead horse? Does anyone see this who can/should do something about the problem?

  28. unwanted1, 10 December, 2013

    The only thing driving these ridiculous commercials is the ALMIGHTY DOLLAR. It’s what advertisers want, it’s what the stupid actors want, and it’s what the stations/networks/cable providers want.
    There might be more control/fewer commercials if enough complained to the FCC, but no one knows how many complaints it would take to get results.

  29. Fred Altieri, 10 December, 2013

    What I do with commercials is let 3-4 play like it was when I was a kid in the 50’s and then I hit mute. I will not spend my time watching commercials so the prima donna movie stars can make more in one day then I will make in a lifetime. I ask that we all work together and stop the total abuse of our rights by force feeding us info we do not need.

  30. Bud Villeneuve, 12 December, 2013

    So many commercials are leading people to other forms of entertainment, A commercial every 15 minutes (2 minutes long) and a tv channel that one could go to to search items. Suggest you use the KISS method, several commercials in a row just frustrates people (even the internet has gotten over populated on ads)

  31. unwanted1, 13 December, 2013

    This forum is okay for blowing off steam about all the stupid commercials and the stupid actors in them and the stupid people who buy their products/services, but I’m betting that anyone who can do anything about all this crap, isn’t reading/monitoring these comments. We have to stop or slow down watching and buying.

  32. Duane Van Zandt, 26 December, 2013

    I have been buying more movies so I don’t have to watch commercials. We must do something.

  33. Unwanted1, 28 December, 2013

    Cialis has STUPID COMMERCIALS!! What does him liking her because she enjoys the same things as him have to do with his ED blood flow?! NOT A DA-N THING!! JUST ONE OF MANY STUPID COMMERCIALS!
    Sleep number Shannon is another.

  34. Marc Moore, 28 December, 2013

    Hey Joe ur rite . These commercials tick me off I agree with u about the commercials there r to many of them . But what can we do about it . U figure it out and I”ll be there for u …

  35. Reaper, 04 January, 2014

    Stupid moron commercials. How bout the Allstate Ins Silverback ape. ‘Whats in your hand?’ Progressive ins. Flo or that irritating little Geico lizard. They are all Panhandlers, which is illegal in most places.
    TV, It should disappear forever. Id sure get more done!

  36. William Bunce, 05 January, 2014

    Viewers have no advocate. FCC is useless. Why is it you never see this issue discussed in media? I have sat radio to avoid ads in music. I’m beginning to see ads creeping into their shows. Tv land is an abuser. Try watching Andy Griffith. The ads are in huge numbers. A lot of it are ads for tv land shows. Commercial tv is going the way of am radio. Thank god for turner classics (tcm). You can actually watch a classic movie from beginning to end without any ads the way they were meant to be seen. Even the news is hard to watch. Bombarded by medical ads for the elderly. And if I see another reverse mortgage ad I’ll scream. I don’t think the ad people realize how awful repetitive ads turn their audience off. As I said, you will never see this issue addressed on tv because tv is the chief abuser. Witness the onslaught of the infomercial. I’ve even seen commercial breaks in infomercials! Try to get channels removed from cable. They act as if you are crazy. Then tell them you want to pay to add a channel and watch how fast and easy it is.

  37. Tyler, 10 January, 2014

    I have found many ways to avoid watching commercials. Many of them have already been mentioned, but I will repeat, and hopefully add some more ways.
    1. If you don’t have allot of money, you can simply buy Netflix. There are lots of devices that will play Netflix, for example: Roku, Xbox 360, Xbox one, PS3 and 4, Wii and Wii U, multiple blue ray players (look for it on the box) and so forth…
    2. You tube. YouTube may still have advertisments, but they are very short, and half the time you can skip them. Just make sure you have good internet service, otherwise you have to deal with buffering. (Any site that’s legal that let’s you watch movies/videos works just fine)
    3. Pick 2-3 of your favorite channels, memorize them or if possible “put them on your favorites.” When a commercial comes on, just change the channel to one of your favorites. If both are showing commercials, or something you would rather not watch, just switch to one of your other favorite channels.
    4. If you would rather just be lazy like me, just find something to in the middle of a commercial break, things like playing on a tablet or phone, doing homework, going to the bathroom, or my personal favorite, getting something to eat.

    Okay so that wasn’t very Manny suggestions, oh well. It’s still something right? Thanks for reading!

  38. Paul, 11 January, 2014

    im done with tv, u can’t watch a show without a 15 minute interruption then continue watching the show, there was a guy that said his stations required to show 43 minutes of tv then the rest is commercials so it tells u tv people dont care

  39. unwanted1, 13 January, 2014

    It appears we are beating a dead horse. There’s not even a handful of us here and I wonder how many outsiders have seen this.
    The networks and cable companies and the FCC need to see,, but it doesn’t look like there’s much interest. That goes for other events too.

  40. D v aguiar, 18 January, 2014

    I remember as a child we were not allowed to do our homework in front of the tv. How times have changed, I could now earn a PHD in between the commercials!

  41. Unwanted1, 23 January, 2014

    Its looking more and more like NETFLIX is the way to go.

  42. Cathy, 23 January, 2014

    I just got a Kindle Fire HD and they had an option of paying an extra $30 and no commercials. I paid it in a minute.

    I pay for Directv and I am so sick of commercials, that I don’t watch live Tv any more. I record and then speed through the commercials. NO sound, no nonsense. But I can’t even watch the news without being bombarded by really stupid commercials. I swear that I will NEVER buy anything from a company that inflicts these stupid time wasting (and very noisy) commercials on me.

  43. Saint Sega, 03 February, 2014

    Put away your idols and banish thy tv. For it is better for you to enter the kingdom of heaven deprived of tv than to be seduced by wicked corporate commercials and be cast into hell fire.

    Let he who hath an ear… listen.

  44. Chris, 05 February, 2014

    I agree with the excessive commercials and I am sick and tired of it. How stupid are we all…..we are PAYING for it!!! We are dropping cable and going to just an antenna and Netflix. Finally had enough.

  45. Jennifer, 07 February, 2014

    I hate all the so-called beauty product commercials (makeup, toothpaste, shampoo, ect.) where they have the camera right on the woman’s face. To me, that is REALLY annoying! Also, Flo the Progressive lady…ARGH!!! Everytime I see her, I just want to reach into the TV set and wring her neck until she croaks!! And the Tide commercials with all the people popping up everywhere with the “Pop Goes The World” CRAP song playing in the backround! Actually, I find ALL commercials annoying and total 100% CRAP!!! (Except for commercials featuring animals because I love animals.)

  46. Marci McCabe, 12 February, 2014

    OMG!! :0 I swear TV Commercials are driving me up a damn wall!! Same ones over & over & over everyday & several that have been running for years!!… I’m seriously thinking about just getting rid of cable even though I love watching TV, but all the ads are killing me!!… I want to scream every time they come in which is every few minutes! The medical ads are ridiculous cause it’s up to our Drs to decide what we need not us!!! I will never buy anything or call any #s for help that I see over & over!!… I will find what I need myself!!…WHY THE HELL CANT THEY JUST SLOW DOWN ON THIS EXTREMELY ANNOYING FREQUENCY!?!? And they are WAY TOO LOUD!!
    Aahhhhhhh!!!!!! :-(

  47. Joe, 20 February, 2014

    TVLand and their abuse of The Andy Griffith show with excessive commercials is ridiculous. I just finished watching the episode about the female prisoner housed in the Mayberry jail by the State Police and both Andy and Barney are ga ga over her. The length of that episode was a whopping 44 minutes! That is a record for TVLand. Typically, Andy Griffith Shows are about 37 or 38 minutes in length (which translates to an additional 7-8 minutes of commercials) but this one was 44 minutes. Thank God for Tivo and fast fowarding. It’s this kind of abuse that is driving viewers away from channels like TVLand and toward Netflix, Red Box, and Amazon Prime. Nice job TVLand!!!

  48. glennb, 20 February, 2014

    I just canceled my dish service, the last straw was tv land, a half hour andy Griffith, from 8 to 8:45. I refuse to pay any more!! watch what I can on u-tube and the such.

  49. idea man, 21 February, 2014

    Not trying to sound better than anyone here, but here’s a novel idea: just don’t pay or watch tv. Read a book, take a hike, ride a bike, star gaze; something, anything. If you have a family: play board games, play trivia. With friends: play cards, chess, etc. Alone: above mentioned or find games on a computer or a console. If enough of us boycott tv (myself included, because otherwise how would I have found this thread?) we can make tv cater to us rather than the opposite

  50. Joe, 26 February, 2014

    TVLand is by far the biggest offender of excessive commercials and for whatever reaon, they are targetting The Andy Griffith Show. (TAGS) I’ve yet to see an episode that wasn’t at least 38 minutes in length and, as another poster mentioned, some of them are as long as 45 miinutes. A typical 30 minute sitcom consists of roughly 20 minutes of actual show and 10 minutes of advertising. I’ve been a fan of TAGS for years and the only thing different about the episodes TVLand airs is the amount of time devoted to advertising. The episodes are still 20 minutes in length – nothing was added to them. That means TVLand has added an additional 15 minutes, or more than doubled the standard amount of advertising to TAGS episodes. And, guess what – the bulk of the additions have been inserted in the middle of the eisode which means the flow of viewing the episodes has beome extremely choppy. Watch 7 minutes of TAGS then sit through 6 minutes of commercials. Watch aother 5 minutes of TAGS then sit through 7 minutes of commercials and so on.

    I hope the CEOs at Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube, and Red Box are sending the CEO at TVLand regular gift baskets because s/he is driving their membership bases nowhere but up!

  51. unwanted1, 01 March, 2014

    Who died and left the media in charge?! They need to start minding their own business.

    Ideally, with all the money that sponsors pay, THE GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD NOT HAVE TO PAY FOR A CABLE SUBSCRIPTION!

  52. Reaper, 04 March, 2014

    You can also do what Ive done. I started with Spike TV. Send them an email complaining about commercials, say whats on your mind. They will answer you. Reply to there email, tell them there channel has been locked out because of to many commercials. They will answer you. Let them no that there station has been locked out by millions of viewers already through email boycotts. Get into there head. Send emails to everyone you know and get on Spike TVs ass. Take one station down and the rest will take notice. Spike TV is the worst of all of them.

  53. Cheryl, 05 March, 2014

    I have direct tv so I record the shows I want to watch & then ff through all of the ads. Still tv land cuts out a lot of an episode to make room for more commercials.

  54. Jeff, 08 March, 2014

    Watching My Name is Nobody on AMC right now. Running time for the movie is slightly less than 2 hours (117 minutes). They have it running from 8:30 to 11. That is 3 1/2 hours (210 minutes). 93 minutes of commercials. That is just outrageous.

  55. Joe, 09 March, 2014

    I watched an Andy Griffith episode last night that was 45 minutes in length (the actual episode is 20 minutes long). At one point, mid episode, TVLand aired 10 straight minutes of commercials. I have TiVo and I fast forwarded through them but man, TVLand gives new definition to GREED.

  56. Unwanted1, 11 March, 2014

    I think if enough people see this and the website gets passed around, stations and providers will have to make changes or go broke. I have forwarded this site to the FCC, CBS, ME-TV, and others. They will have to raise their prices and advertisers will back off.

  57. Janet Marmaro, 17 March, 2014

    I’m actually thinking of having my tv taken out. I just can’t stand it anymore. Think about how much time we spend watching those idiotic commercials. Sometimes the commercial period is so long, I forgot what I was watching. This has to STOP!!! Who is responsible for this??
    Is it the FCC??

  58. Mark, 18 March, 2014

    I hate the amt of commercials they impose on us. I pay $144.00 per month for cable tv & should not have to pay for the commercials. And another thing I hate is the bug in the corner that tells you what chanel you are watching.Also I am going to cancel my home phone line that I have had since 1976 (TOO MANY TELEMARKETERS)I am on the do not call list but they still call. I agree with the previous post that tvland & amc are commercial maniacs and I don’t watch their stations anymore.

  59. unwanted1, 23 March, 2014

    How likely is the possibility that something will change? About as likely
    as losing daylight savings time.

  60. unwanted1, 04 April, 2014


    The FCC just passes the complaints to cable providers. The only way to solve the problem is to stop paying the cable companies.

  61. GaelicGirl, 07 April, 2014

    My son just sent me an email with a link to a you tube video showing part of an episode of the new Hawaii 5-0. During the episode one of the characters was seated at a little table full of Subway sandwiches, and he was describing how each sandwich was so good. So don’t think FF thru ads will end it…they will embed advertising within programming (produce placement at its worst.)

    I stopped watching TV years ago…one of the most liberating points of my life was getting rid of cable completely and just watching DVDs or VHS tapes. If you are like me and have resorted to You Tube, you can download Ad Block+ (free) and it seems to cut most of the ads on the videos. If I come upon a YT video beginning with an ad I don’t watch it. I like old fashioned TV, the wholesome Andy Griffith shows or old B&W movies. Or even the good old cartoons. There is very little on TV today that is worth watching…it’s not even entertaining any more.

  62. Ben Dover, 08 April, 2014

    What in the Heck does making a great team have to do with erectile dysfunction?
    I also informed the No-No website how stupid the people are on the commercials.

  63. Master Bates, 08 April, 2014

    3 Little words…

    Have you ever noticed that no matter what the product is, the victims are

    Maybe they will all go bankrupt!

  64. unwanted1, 11 April, 2014

    There are at least 3 attorneys (ambulance chasers) I would like to see go totally BANKRUPT! If they knew what they were doing, they wouldn’t need to flood the market with STUPID T V COMMERCIALS!

  65. Ben Dover, 13 April, 2014

    Besides wasting our time trying to sell useless products, the stupid commercials are also talent competitions, that no one will ever win. Notice how everyone shows their white teeth while trying to screw the public. Its the same with people dancing and singing. Just another ploy to make people feel good about being screwed into spending hard earned money on useless products.

  66. unwanted1, 14 April, 2014

    I just heard on the news that more and more people are doing away with cable and using services such as netflix and dish. Maybe we’re having an effect on the greedy cable companies. We need to keep going as nothing is forever.

  67. Declan, 15 April, 2014

    We cut the cord in March. Main reason – I’m sick of paying to watch ridiculously long commercial breaks. But the final straw was the incessant commercials for medical devices and class action lawsuits. Some of the medical ones literally make me want to vomit.

    The guy at DirecTV told me I should just get a DVR and skip the commercials (I already have a Tivo). The problems with that are 1. The buffer is spent after one 30 minute show, and 2. I’d STILL be paying money to receive more and more commercials. Nope.

    So we cut off our DirecTV and Tivo subscriptions. I built a simple home theater PC with Windows media center + XBMC and watch over-the-air TV. There are still commercials (there are fewer), I still skip them, and best of all I don’t pay to receive them.

  68. Joe, 18 April, 2014

    Rest assured – As more and more of us cancel Cable and rely solely on streaming video services such as Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube for entertainment, the cable companies will assess streaming services premium charges for band use, which will then be passed on to the consumer.

  69. Bill Campbell, 19 April, 2014

    (* Sigh *)

    I think a number of people who responded know why. It’s not just the cast of shows (although they can play a part), it’s the media companies. TV Land has excessive commercials for old shows. Most of the casts of those shows were paid a low flat fee with zero residuals.

    I had been hoping for a reasonable article about this topic but like so many misguided Americans you don’t look at the big money making companies as a culprit.

  70. adbuster, 27 April, 2014

    Some of you are mistaken. Ads in the late 70’s during sitcoms( I will use Threes Company for my example ) ran 5 minutes per 1/2 hour…that’s 25 minutes of actual show run time. If you own any full seasons you can see the total run time on your dvd player. So take a classic sitcom ( Andy Griffith ) played today on commercial t.v it will have less content now than when originally aired, due to cutting out content ( edited ) to get in more advertisement. Back in the day, the first commercial break wasn’t until 15 minutes after the program started ( this is usually at the point of the show where the plot is unfolding ) Then after a 2 1/2 minute break, show would come back and run until around the 24 minute point of the show ( which was usually after the climax or resolve from the plot) then would come back for the wrap up and then closing credits.

    This is the way I go…own my favorite seasons from years ago on dvd. Not only for no commercials, but for the actual content…meaning the quality. Usually lessons, or a moral of right and wrong was being taught from these shows- today’s shows, don’t have any of this…its just poor quality mashed in with sex, good looking people, bad acting, dry humor, product placements ,pop up banners,”reality” shows, whos your baby daddy…on and on..and on…just trying to keep you entertained until the next commercial.

    There are many advertising tricks used during these programs too…I know most of them and what too look for. You could say I have trained myself to avoid these tricksters.

    For most of you watching t.v …have a “back” channel to go to during breaks ( I usually go to PBS or another network not running the same ads at the same time) Don’t just leave the ads running while you leave the room, if you have to leave the room, shut it off.
    DVR is another way to go

    Again, my choice is to buy used DVDs of shows That I liked to watch from years ago…better content to boot. But hurry, buy those DVDs before they find a way to commercialize them too

  71. Deb Schoner, 27 April, 2014

    I hate commercials with a passion too and am thinking about getting rid of cable all together. It’s been a waste of money. First of all I pay over $50 a month, for what? 2/3rds of our channels are sports. We hate sports. What is left is just a few channels which are mostly reruns. This whole tv business has gotten out of control. I’d like to watch something new and interesting/fun. Someone please help, if you can.

  72. Joe, 04 May, 2014

    I grew up with 3 TV channels (ABC, NBC, and CBS) and then some PBS stations came along but I honestly don’t recall the length of my favorite shows like Andy Griffith, I Dream of Jeannie, and My Three Sons so I’ll take your word for it that the length has been altered to accommodate more advertisement. And I couldn’t agree more with your comment about seeing nothing but pretty people who can’t act their way out of a paper bag clogging today’s programming. We are slowly weening ourselves off cable TV (canceled all premium channels and signed up for Netflix) and it’s not as difficult as I had anticipated. I don’t understand your comment about changing the channel when an ad comes on rather than leaving the room and let it play. I don’t think there’s any way for someone to track what commercials we are watching, is there?

  73. Unwanted1, 05 May, 2014

    The whole industry is about greed. Advertisers, actors in commercials, networks, and cable companies. Its going to take a mass exodus to get anything changed.
    Many have said netflix is better.

  74. unwanted1, 05 May, 2014

    I am watching more PBS now, but even they have more commercials and continuous fund-raising than just a few years ago. It seems they are always asking for money.

  75. Mark, 26 May, 2014

    I think I figured out how to fight back on too many TV commercials. I have started to keep track of the names of the companies that run their commercials over and over, some at every break in the program. I am going to start writing them and tell them I will NOT buy their product because they run TOO many TV commercials. Does a company really think that if their commercial at 9:00PM did not convince me to buy their product I might change my mind after seeing the same commercial at 9:06, 9:12, 9:18 9:24 and again at 9:30?

    Trivago you are first on my list. I will NEVER go to your web site or reserve a hotel room through you. We need to get some people behind this idea. Only the advertisers will be able to make the TV stations change how often and how many commercials we have to see in a 30 minute program.

  76. unwanted1, 29 May, 2014

    I will bet that if a survey was done, most advertisers would not see improvement in sales of whatever. And if there is, there will probably be many returns. THEY ARE DOING IT MOSTLY BECAUSE ITS TAX DEDUCTIBLE AT THE END OF THE YEAR.
    I have already seen one commercial that has a FREE DOWNLOAD! Why advertise if its free.

  77. Eddie, 30 May, 2014

    I don’t think T.V. is going to stay the same as it is. The reason I think is because there are too many commercials and advertisements. For every 5 minutes of TV, there are 5 minutes of commercials. You can go to the bathroom, make a sandwich, come back, and they’re still on. They’re out of control. Even on the internet when you want to watch even a small video clip, they’re right there in the beginning.
    If your a person who looks at TV during 1am and 7am…… forget it!!!!!! You’ll be hard pressed to find ANYTHING on except paid advertisements. They rule late night TV. It sucks!!. The more movie channels you have. the better. But, of course, that means more money to shell out every month.
    I had many movie channels at one time a couple of years ago, and still wasn’t thrilled about it because they showed the same movies over and over again. It wasn’t worth the extra money to me. Hopefully something will be done in the future about this, even though we all know it will cost alot.

  78. unwanted1, 04 June, 2014

    Its a shame that people in this country, are so naive as to believe the infomercials and credit card promotion commercials on t v. Its also a shame that there is not much else on, thanks to the greedy, money-grubbing advertisers and cable companies.

  79. unwanted1, 16 June, 2014

    I found out that since I cancelled my cable, that Windstream has given me another year of free digital. They are really desperate for sales. Anyhow, next march or april, I’ll see how much more they will give in their desperation. At any rate, I’m not paying for t v any longer.

  80. Debra K Dove, 19 June, 2014

    Both me and my husband are so tired of so many TV commercials, we are talking about dropping our Dish. Everytime you change a channel there is
    multiple minutes of commercials, more commercials than anything else.
    This is getting ridiculous and not worth watching anymore.
    I am thinking of boycotting TV until this stops.

  81. Debra K Dove, 19 June, 2014

    These commercials are wasting our life away. We want more quality TV and less commercials.

  82. Ben Dover, 19 June, 2014

    Are those advertisers trying to sell a product/service or running a talent show for the under educated??!

  83. mark, 24 June, 2014

    The US is the only country in the world that doesn’t have laws on the maximum amount of commercials that can run in a 30 minute period?! Even Russia has such laws!! It took an act of congress to get the volume regulated, it will take the same on commercials. Everyone should complain to your representative in congress. Most countries are less than 10-12 minutes per hour.

    I agree TVland and AMC are the worst!

  84. unwanted1, 29 June, 2014

    I sent no-no a email today reminding them just how silly their commercials are. They are scraping the bottom of the barrel.

  85. msnay64, 29 June, 2014

    It’s a darn shame that when I was growing up I could actually count 3-4 commercials in a 5 minute setting of commercial break. This week I watched a 2 hour movie and counted a whopping 97 commercials. An average of 4-6 minute span contained anywhere from 9-16 commercials. That is totally crazy! What can we do to stop this commercial insanity? They finally got around to making them turn the blaring down, so now I wanna know who do we complain to so they can stop selling so much crap between my shows??????

  86. unwanted1, 04 July, 2014

    About the only way to get anything from this would be to boycott the advertisers and/or cancel the cable companies, as I have done. Digital t v isn’t so bad and most programs are on the internet.


  87. unwanted1, 06 July, 2014

    If lawyers have to keep flooding the television market with commercials to attract customers, maybe they shouldn’t have law licenses.

  88. Tom, 20 July, 2014

    TV has been ruined. Simply not worth watching anymore. Once again, pure greed has set in and destroyed something that was once good. I would click around to other stations to avoid the ads on the station I was watching. Now can’t even do that. The ads are everywhere. Even when a show is running, ads pop up on the bottom to destroy your focus on the show. TV now just makes me so edgy. Someone, somewhere PLEASE INTERVENE AND STOP THIS CRAP!

  89. JOHN R., 20 July, 2014

    With all the statements placed for the statement above, there still is not a real solution to the commercial problem. One thing for sure, there are many of us tired of the commercials. Valuable points made are a lot of us have to pay for TV to avoid the commercials. Even then, we still have to pay the punishment, by still having commercials. What do we do? We buy more channels as none commercial break channels at an extra price per channel. Is that the only solution to come up with? If so I feel sorry for you, if you lose your job. One thing since the 911 situation, America says we stick together. Big fat Lie! That’s why the ones that can afford to pay for extra none commercial channels do that as a solution. Those only takes care of them and forget about the person on low wages coming home from a rough 14 hour shift. I’m one of those that have to set my favorite channels as NO COMMERCIALS. People been to war for our country and get paid maybe 60 thousand a year. Some really high ranks 85-90 thousand a year. Actors get paid no less than 120 thousand an episode! How many episodes are there in a season? Maybe enough as the presidents pay? We should really find a solution about the overrun of commercials we are forced to face in our living rooms and restful areas. I don’t have a 50 inch TV screen. But for those that do have one and bigger TV screens, did you buy those big screens to watch commercials without a choice? Or are you ok with watching more commercials then actual movie programs you tuned into watch. LETS FIND A WAY TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT OUR RIGHTS!!! OR STOP THE ACTORS HIGH CRAZY PAY.

  90. ROYAL SAUNDERS, 23 July, 2014

    It’s not only TV that has Commercials – go to the Movies and you not only have previews but you also get the same commercials you see on TV, not only that but if you own a Computer and you go to YOUTUBE or some other Musical Sites you will also see the same commercials there…I too change channels and DVR the programs or MUTE all Commercials …. And that is another problem the commercials are always louder than the program itself….

  91. Paul Guzman, 24 July, 2014

    I was wondering how much longer people would put up with this nonsense. I myself have had enough, I refuse to pay another dime to these cable providers to watch the networks parade these mind numbing,repetitious and stupid invasions of our “paid for” viewing time. That’s $75.00+ a month I can save for other things I “NEED” while eliminating the subconscious programming the sponsors are attempting, and refusing to feed the corporate Greed!

  92. William, 25 July, 2014

    I quit Direct TV when during an ad I went to use bathroom, and the audio was dramatically increased. I had Tv sound running thru stereo sys, and sound was increased so much speakers vibrated off shelf and hit the floor. I complained to Direct TV and they said sound increased as a “service of interest” to customers….also-a very BIG problem is the banner ads now run during programs. Dish TV does same crap. I am NOT paying for TV and allowing these crum bums to use my TV (and electricty) as a portal for their crap…

    Do something right and help PBS with a small monthly donation and
    watch their intelligent, worth while programs. You will not regret it.
    Screw You DirectTv and DishTv. You are nothing but a liability….

  93. William, 25 July, 2014

    I forgot to mention-I am using my old antennae again-it works great-I will NEVER EVER consider using pay tv again. I’m one happy camper-thank you PBS…!!

  94. unwanted1, 04 August, 2014

    I have sent this site to some cable companies and major networks, but its going to take more complaints from everybody! Right now, I’d like to see some advertised lawyers go out of business.
    PBS would be a worthwhile donation. I have noticed that even they have started to use a few outside advertisers. The almighty dollar is driving everything. As far as this country not having any laws governing the amount of commercials, it just shows how greedy this country is, and ignorance starts at the top.
    All we can do is keep spreading the word and stop paying good money to the cable companies just to watch their garbage.

  95. Hans, 05 August, 2014

    The worse the quality of television shows, the worse the quality of the commercials. Someone should fire Flo of Progressive Insurance. And she isn’t the worst of the commercials. Switch to internet tv for a small investment in hardware.

  96. Keith Fontaine, 08 August, 2014

    I cut back to the cheapest package on TV available. I am sick of commercials every few minutes. They are taking priority over the programming & I’m tired of it. I see a similar problem now rearing it’s ugly head on the internet. Everywhere you go, it’s pop up’s. All this just slows the internet down. I’m just about done with TV, & if things don’t start looking up on the internet, I just might ditch that too. I’m sick of it & I’ve had enough!

  97. vessal1, 13 August, 2014

    So happy to hear comments by others with the same feelings as me about waaay too many commercials on TV these days! It has forced me to stop watching TV for the most part and do something else, which is good I suppose but the 90$ a month I pay DirectTV for re-runs, infomercials, ‘reality’ TV shows is making me bitter! It IS about money and control. Last night I watched the clock 3+ min of commercials for every 10 min of show. AND to boot, movies that are edited for timespace on TV are even more hacked than they were previously. UGH! I can only imagine Netflix will begin ads as well. Now that more and more are switching to them-they will sell out just like Youbloob has :( oh yeah, any trying to switch channels during an ad doesnt work for the most part as all the networks have lined up their ads to run the same time as the others!

  98. Gary Eineman, 14 August, 2014

    I’m planning on returning all my cable equipment next week and cutting off the service not only for all the reasons people have posted about commercials but also because of all the on-screen graphics on the screen during the actual programming. The Discovery Network is the worst. An animated logo at the bottom right, graphics telling me what I’m watching now at the top right, tweets at the bottom left and what’s coming on next, or next week or whatever at the top left of the screen and the worst of all, a giant countdown clock for the first episode of Shark Week.

  99. Lisa Hall, 15 August, 2014

    I just tried watching the new candid camera show on tv land. luckily i have a dvr and i was able to time the commercials and the actual time the show was on the air. out of 15 minutes, 10 were nothing but advertising. and is there a man on the planet that doesn’t know about ED drugs??? is it really necessary to still be advertising this stuff? i also hate them using old songs and/or rap songs to sell a product or service. ruins the listening pleasure of the songs. chevrolet started it long ago with “like a rock”. i can’t even listen to that song anymore without seeing in my mind a huge pickup truck. but i guess that’s exactly the point. “lets play this song and it will make viewers think of our product every time they hear it”. uugh maybe so…but i’m still not opening my wallet. big pharma runs everything from commercials to healthcare choices. adhd, add, copd,abcdefg… the heck with that. there’s a pill for everything…even made up health conditions.

  100. adbuster, 17 August, 2014

    I left a reply before, but this one is mainly to the post from Gary Eineman. As I was reading I was reminded of the scene from the movie Idiocracy in which he is watching t.v, the screen is probably a 60″ but is surrounded by flashing ads and banners, the actual “reality” show that was playing was in like a 12″x12″ square…is this where its going???? Feel free to ‘tube’ it, just search: Is America an Idiocracy?

  101. unwanted1, 21 August, 2014

    it is going to take more than a few of us if we are going to make a dent in this. cable companies and networks are probably gouging the advertisers. i’ve noticed that the same ones are advertising over and over. there are even some ads for free games, but money has to be exchanged somewhere.

  102. unwanted1, 21 August, 2014

    Obviously, advertisers and agencies don’t realize they don’t need people dancing or driving or trying to push something off on someone else. It would be cheaper and shorter to just show a product, give a short description, show warnings, and be done with it.

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  105. unwanted1, 23 August, 2014

    What is a happy dance? Why are companies allowed to advertise in a state where they are not allowed to do business?

  106. Renee, 25 August, 2014

    I’m sure glad I have a dvr to fast forward through the ads or watching cable would be unbearable. TvLand, BET, and OWN seem to have the longest ad breaks. While watching Everybody Loves Raymond, they cut to a commercial break in the middle of a sentence. I lost count, but there were at least 11 different commercials during one break!! Then between the channel logo and tweets, we can’t see the full picture. I was watching a show (I’ve forgotten which channel) but the logo and tweets covered the subtitles of a movie I was watching. THEN some of the OnDemand channels has disabled the ff and rewind. I’m not sure what we’re even paying for these days. Again, I’m glad I have the dvr.

  107. TiredPawn, 25 August, 2014

    I just flicked from CNN to CBC to CTV and that freaking guy was on all three channels ! Obviously a clever manipulation from SHAW our cable provider.

    As a group, we spend a lot of money on these services. In fact about 25% of our cable costs, are us paying to watch their commercials.

    If as a group, we threatened to strike… cancel all our services for a month, they may pay attention. (Frustrated Users)

  108. FED-UP, 26 August, 2014

    _______ SEND YOUR TV PROVIDER A BILL ______ Call it, “Customer dissatisfaction fee”. I’ll also say, “Pay me for all these commercials I have to endure”.
    ___ Last several years while on the phone complaining I’ll use that phrase and always get a chuckle. Once the giggling is over, I tell them I’m serious, where do I send the bill?”
    ___ All the programs have been so cut up to fit more adverts, show are unenjoyable, to many pieces are missing.
    ___ You are getting less programs and more commercials. Make the programmers pay for your bill.
    …….. and now, I return you to your TV full of adverts.

  109. unwanted1, 31 August, 2014

    To whoever said it, you’re right, Flo does need to go! She needs to take some locals with her such as miss clairol doing weather!
    Also, if so many customers are making so many deals on anything, the advertiser wouldn’t have to flood the market with garbage commercials! It wouldn’t surprise me to see or hear advertising to sell HUMANS!
    T V should pay us to watch!!

  110. Mark, 01 September, 2014

    TV Land is out of control, and all their ads are for every kind of drug known! Stupid. I tracked a show (Andy Griffin) in a 30 minute show there was 18 minutes of commercials. How do they do that?

    1. The show spot is longer which means it starts at off center times. That is why if you DVR it, it cuts off before the show is over.

    2. They cut parts of the show out. Ever watch an episode that you have seen before and noted parts missing?

    NOT buying products advertised is a great idea. I have an even better one. Call the products and let them know you are NOT going to buy their product due to their excessive advertising. Let them know where and when you saw their ad. I changed from Allstate and advised them why. They actually called back and were interested in where, when, I had seen their ad. If it annoyed me, etc!

  111. unwanted1, 02 September, 2014

    Advertisers think they have us by the short hairs, but there are alternatives. Just buy different brands! I have sent this URL to some advertisers and t v networks. It would help if more did that too.

  112. Joe, 02 September, 2014

    I don’t know what brand DVR you are using but I use TiVo and the length of the show I am watching is shown on the green progress bar when I press “play”. Using The Andy Griffith Show as an example, I can always tell when the episode I am watching is going to be heavy with ads. The length of the episode will be anywhere from 30 minutes to as long as 46 minutes. Obviously the episode, when it was shot, is roughly 20 minutes in length so, anything more than that is nothing but ads. That translates to a 46 minute episode having roughly 26 minutes of ads or, more than the length of the episode. I have given up watching anything “live” anymore so that I can FF through the commercials.

  113. unwanted1, 02 September, 2014

    A strike sounds good, but one problem is getting everybody to do it. And another problem is that if we do it, they will just make good offers to get new suckers to pay for their packages. All of us working together seems the best for now.

  114. dana, 03 September, 2014

    I CANT STAND watching the same commercials over and over and over. They treat us like were dumb as dirt. If I want to buy a product shoving a commercial down my throat, it doesn’t help a bit to avoid the product advertised and buy the other brand. This has got to be addressed, we need something big to happen like what happened to the music industry few years back,,, Napster.

  115. dana, 03 September, 2014

    AND I am sick of commercial placement Storage Wars for example, every time they open a box they cut to commercial, anytime there is something interesting about to come up they break to commercial, so I do not watch storage wars anymore due to this. (and its scripted and stupid as well now).

  116. unwanted1, 05 September, 2014

    Why are companies allowed to flood the advertising market in this state when they are not allowed to operate in this state?!

  117. unwanted1, 07 September, 2014

    Just a warning. Anyone who tries to complain to the FTC about those stupid commercials, will be charged a fee to make a formal complaint! Yes, more of our tax dollars at work! What good is our government?

  118. Practical, 16 September, 2014

    I am really tired of having to pay to watch TV, so that I can be sold, or I should say tried to be sold some thing. I boycott anything that is being sold. No actor needs to make the amount of money that they are making. Get real people we need to shut off our tv’s for a while and let the networks know that we are tired of this. For every 5 minutes of TV we pay to watch, we get 5 minutes of commercials.
    Networks knock it off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  119. unwanted1, 16 September, 2014

    I finally had enough of this. I sent this site and other comments to the N.C. Attorney General’s office over the weekend. No word yet.

  120. Dish Tv Online Recharge, 16 September, 2014

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  121. Gary Eineman, 24 September, 2014

    Just an update to my Aug. post. I got rid of my cable tv (had to keep the internet:no other option) bought a digital antenna($20.00),a digital tuner($50.00)because none of my tvs have one built in, and a Roku($40.00).I currently subscribe to Netflix(free for a month,$8.00 afterward)and Hulu(free for 2 months and $8.00 afterward.I love the Netflix and Hulu. I’ve watched all 182 episodes of Scrubs with “0”commercials .Movies,TV shows and documentaries with no commercials and no distractions. I feel like I’m in heaven. Free from over the air broadcasts of the big networks. Saving about $70.00 a month on cable bill. Yes there are drawbacks. Signal breakups with ota, some programs on cable I don’t get, but I’ll survive. I didn’t think I could live without my morning newspaper or my landline phone but I’m still here.

  122. FL Mark, 27 September, 2014

    I changed my name because there were so many “Marks” on here! Who knew!

    To answer your question, I have Xfinity (Comcast) for my DVR. Xfinity is a problem all on it’s own. Miss Direct, but the HOA will not allow dishes, and no other cable provider has been able to get past the HOA Nazis.

  123. M. A. Cassidy, 29 September, 2014

    I’m paying beaucoup bucks to be aggravated!Many of us like to relax before the TV. However there are far too many commercials. The response from the Cable companies is that they have to pay all the writers. Well guess what There are so many repeats of programs that I would think they would only have to pay a pittance to Writers. The people need to be heard! What kind of country do we live in, if we are not taken seriously?

  124. unwanted1, 04 October, 2014

    ME-tv pre-empted superman with the news and miss clairol. Superman would have been the better choice.

    Another station moved Andy Griffith and replaced it with consumer news. Andy Griffith would definitely be the better choice.

    They just can’t leave well-enough alone!!

  125. unwanted1, 09 October, 2014

    It would help a lot if more complained to the higher ups such as the State Attorney General.

  126. Sam, 09 October, 2014

    I have read almost all the comments on this page. All good comments but we have to get together and make a plan of action. Class Action suit for advertising practices? Who to contact when? This has to do with quality of life and TV is a form of entertainment that should reduce stress. We should be able to laugh and not be reminded that we might get cancer some day or what pill to take if we do. I understand we can shut things down and not watch but maybe we want to watch and be entertained. Either that or the cable providers should go out of business.

  127. Robert the Wallace, 17 October, 2014

    I would like to open, by saying I too am so angered by the plethora of stupid, idiotic and insane commercials today! As other posters have commented, growing up in the 50’s 60’s 70’s. . .it used to be a little commercial time with program, but now it’s commercials with a little program time.
    Even a couple of the commercials that were cute, and NOT irritating I noticed aired maybe a hand full of times then totally disappeared { such as a couple cat commercials, and one with a SCOTTISH actor talking about lawn care products [ which was unique for all of the irritating English actors hawking products that irritate. Plus the constant amount of ” medical content ” commercials that are so annoying that you’d Love to reach inside the tv screen and strangle them all, and who wouldn’t just Love to fire Flow, or take a 4×4 and run over the Geico gecko a few hundred times!

  128. unwanted1, 21 October, 2014

    Yes, definitely, Flo needs to go!! And who in their right mind would pay good money TO GAIN WEIGHT??! IT NEVER STOPS!!

  129. dan, 21 October, 2014

    Don’t like the commercials, pick up a magazine or newspaper. They boot up instantly. I have antenna TV only. PBS is great and I support it. I go outside for walks, meet neighbors, learn about real life.

    PS I save the $60/ month and better off for it.
    PSS. Screw the sports stations, that is were the real money is paid.

  130. d wms, 21 October, 2014

    You cannot do anything on the Internet without your EMAIL ADDRESS. I wonder why??? The commercials on TV today are too long and cater to the drug companies. The drug companies executives need more money, jets and vacation home. That is the reason they are trying to push more drugs. They continue to manufacture illness to fit their new drugs so poor innocent people think they need the drug. Shame on you and God will put you in your place one day. The drug companies rule the world. I DVR everything so I can flip through their commercials. There are also some channels that have no commercials, Thank God for remote controls and also MUTE buttons so you don’t have to listen. Hey everyone, just mute the commercials. Thanks for listening.

  131. Jesus, 22 October, 2014

    At the beginning of this season, I was excited about the new programs initially, eager to watch the first episode of Big Bang Theory. I got my popcorn, and a glass of Grapejuice, and sat down. When the show started, There was 2 minutes of the show, then 4 minutes of commercials, then 3 minutes of the show, then 5 minutes of commercial…etc. I was so frustrated, I stopped watching….. The “New” commercial Format, has effectively destroyed the viewers interest in the show, and driven people away from traditional TV, to content providers such as Netflix Streaming, as well as free TV sources available online.

    This is not isolated to just this one show, I discovered ALL tv , including NEWS is following a similar format now. Im not ADHD, but to watch this style of programming, ADHD people have an advantage.

  132. Josey, 24 October, 2014

    And then there is the ten minute to the hour trick they try to do. They go to commercials at fifteen minutes to the hour, and they come back to the program from 5-6 minutes of commercials at ten minutes to the hour, and then they show 10 seconds of the program and then go right back to commercials. They make you think the program is back on, only to sucker you into watching commercials. Then there is about 2 minutes left of the program after they come back from that commercial scam. So at fifteen minutes to the hour, the program is pretty much over…This is done mostly with reality shows..So at quarter to the hour, I mute it or change the channel, until about 2 minutes is left of the program.
    I have to pay to watch commercials you think I’m going to buy that commercial product too? And then you wake up…

    And after coming back from commercials they show the same dam thing from the show they did right before the commercials. Nothing like watching re runs of a new episode…so the actors are acting less and getting paid more, and even less of the show.
    But yeah hit the mute button for over loud commercials or hit last station button on remote or have the lap top ready, and go back and forth to that during commercials is what I do…

    Pretty soon half hour programs will be changed to 45 minutes long, hour programs will be changed to hour and a half and one movie will be 3 hours so they can get in more commercials….

    I have to pay to put up with excessive commercials to watch programs. Do you really think I’m going to also buy that same commercial product too, and pay for it twice?

  133. unwanted1, 24 October, 2014

    This has been a good sounding board to complain about too many commercials, but that’s all it is. Nothing has changed and probably never will. Until something changes, if ever, I am gone. Similar to beating a dead horse.

  134. unwanted1, 25 October, 2014

    I guess you saw my last comment. You and others are right, something needs to be done, but how many have actually complained to cable companies, TV networks, TV stations, and the state Attorney General. I can’t revive this dead horse alone.

  135. marvin martian, 06 November, 2014

    I agree too many commercials is a large viewers problems

  136. marvin martian, 08 November, 2014

    Commercials are just scams to sucker people into watching their crap and buying their products

  137. marvin martian, 10 November, 2014

    I like cartoon and super hero adverts including teenage mutant ninja turtles but the rest of the ads need to go out of business

  138. Ronald, 18 November, 2014

    Competition at any cost. The networks want to be the biggest, so they’ll pay whatever it takes, and then have to sell advertising to the marketing dept of the company who wants to be the biggest, which in turn means, the most annoying these days.

  139. Joelc, 19 November, 2014

    I have uverse with the dvr. Fast forwarding the commercials is the only way to bear watching Discovery or CMT. Even with live TV, I can pause the program for a ten minute break or so and then FF the commercials. Discovery has so many commercials, I had to do this twice for the Moonshiners episode. It may be fake but it is entertaining.

  140. Benjamin, 30 November, 2014

    There is some good TV, but lets get real. TV just distracts people from the ruin going on around them. The continued assault on our rights and freedoms, the invasion of our borders, and our government’s dissolution of our industries and jobs, plus our astronomical national debt.

  141. Edwin Mangum, 01 December, 2014

    Not only are there too many commercials, they are annoying, yes but also excruciatingly TOO LOUD! The volume is artificially ramped up. It’s awful!

  142. unwanted1, 01 December, 2014

    My ISP informed me that I have been getting basic digital programs for free, but will probably end soon, after I told them to cancel my cable nearly 2 yrs. ago. Has anyone tried CLEARTV? I probably will soon.
    Meanwhile, the programming/commercials have gotten worse! The “actors” are trying to sell a $300 razor to shave bare skin, and shouldn’t be allowed to walk in public!! The product itself is bad enough, and over-priced!
    The lawyers just keep on! If they were any good, they would not need to advertise, and its just 3 or 4, so there must be some good ones out there somewhere!
    I could go on, but why? I keep hearing that the television industry is in trouble, and I really hope so, but I haven’t seen any results yet!
    The producers of the program-interupters need to go back to school! Pass it on if it matters!

  143. Allen, 02 December, 2014

    There is also a new trick that I have noticed. I have Dish. When a certain show goes to a commercial I used to change channels to something else, well now you will see that all of the channels have commercials programmed at about the same time, so if you go to another channel you will also see another commercial there. Really ticks me off.

  144. J.L. Swift, 13 December, 2014

    All these commercials are complete nonsense. It’s corporate greed. If we pay to watch TV, then why the hell do we have to watch so many advertisement’s. WE NEED A GOVERNMENT LOBBYIST TO CREATE A BILL ON CAPITAL HILL FOR FCC CONTROL, TO LIMIT THE NUMBER AND AMOUNT OF TIME THESE COMMERCIALS RUN. If there are any politicians out there that care please help! Something has to be done! I’m so sick and tired of watching as many commercials as the program itself I’m going insane !

  145. Clayton, 16 December, 2014

    We never did get cable when we moved to our current house from another Tulsa location 16 years ago, but were Dish subscribers for a while. After we got rid of Dish, we had an over-the-air rooftop antenna installed. We pick up 32 channels here in Tulsa. In 2010 we acquired a Channelmaster DVR, which is one of only a few that can record OTA broadcasts. (There also is no monthly fee.) The DVR lasted about a year until either the circuit board or hard drive blew out, leaving us without a DVR for two years.

    While we had the DVR, I enjoyed recording “America’s Got Talent,” “Undercover Boss,” and the occasional Ion or movie on “This”. But without a DVR, wading through the frequent and lengthy commercial sweeps was way too painful. So simply gave up watching those shows.

    Channelmaster recently came out with their improved DVR+, which we acquired in a black Friday special. It uses a regular PC portable hard drive; we bought a 1TB unit, which is supposed to handle up to 160 hours of HD.

    Now we are back to enjoyable TV watching, with the ability to fast-forward though the frequent and irritating commercials. I like recording Gunsmoke and Chips on meTV. The classics are best!

  146. Jim, 27 December, 2014

    No one hates commercials more than me. As soon as I can get an antenna put up, I will shut off my direct-tv. DVR? Why do I have to tape something so I don’t have to watch commercials. I pay for my service to watch tv, not commercials. If enough people would shut off their service, it might get their attention, but I doubt it. Money talks and that’s what it is all about. Big corporations need the money. As the ole saying goes, it runs down hill and the people are at the bottom. I am tired of getting it on me! I am going to save myself around 100.00 a month and maybe my butt will stop getting bigger being on the couch, lol. Let me know if someone has a better idea. Thanks, I feel better now.

  147. unwanted1, 28 December, 2014

    Yesterday, I dumped all of this on the FCC Commissioner. Hopefully, she will do something, but we’ll see.

  148. sickoftv, 29 December, 2014

    TV sucks and commercials suck..I switch often just to find another commercial. I will complain to fcc and whoever I think will listen..

  149. Draugr Hessler, 30 December, 2014

    Yes, TV commercials are out of control. Whether it be cable, satellite or just regular old TV via an outdoor antenna, the commercials seem endless. There are about twenty stations received through cable that I routinely scan for something interesting. It is normal when I turn on the TV that 18 out of the twenty stations are in the middle of a commercial.

    It has gotten so bad that I have counted up to 9 commercials during one commercial break. The stations realize this, and in a feeble attempt to placate have introduced the teaser return. The teaser return is used heavily during the reality TV programs. This Teaser return is usually used after the fourth or fifth commercial. Its purpose is to make the viewer believe that the commercials are over and the show has resumed.

    Unfortunately the teaser return is just a brief scene or cast member interview that lasts between 30 to 45 seconds. In essence it is nothing more than another commercial promoting the very show you are trying to watch. After the teaser the commercials resume with another five to six more commercials. I guess the station programmers believe that the average viewer won’t notice that the teaser is just a teaser.

    The attempt is obvious to most and for me very annoying as I know that it is a signal, that yet more commercials are coming. I really don’t know what can be done to impress upon the stations that we viewers have had our fill of commercials. I don’t know if writing letters of complaints to the stations or their advertisers will work. Doubtful as most people are too lazy to do so.

    Maybe if enough people just get fed up and stop watching altogether, but again doubtful. I for one have had about enough. I am going to start writing e-mails to both the stations and their advertisers, advising them that I will no longer view their stations and deliberately avoid purchasing products advertised. I think the smart leadership in the TV industries will realize that they may potentially lose many viewers and start issuing policies to reduce commercial breaks.

    If it were my decision to make, I would either learn to not be so greedy, or start charging more for each commercial, and dramatically reduce the commercial volume.

  150. unwanted1, 11 January, 2015

    No changes since I sent all of this to the female FCC commisioner. I don’t remember her name, but she is the only female. Just keep sending to them. I don’t know why government seems to be afraid of the media, but they are. Congress could do something if they wanted to. The media is about 99% useless.

  151. unwanted1, 11 January, 2015

    They are both good, but its bad when the only channels worth watching are PBS and The Weather Channel.

  152. shawn, 11 January, 2015

    The notion that actors’ salaries are driving the increase in commercials is nonsense. Greed is the culprit. When TV was hot, CEO’s of the parent companies demanded more profit. The first tactic is always ‘more commercials’.
    Next came the understandable drop in viewers, caused by too many ads. The solution? More commercials, to cover the loss.
    Greed seems to cut off signals to the brain. In the last quarter of 2014, TV viewership declined a whopping 4 percent!
    That’s unprecedented. The make-up solution will of course be– you guessed it– more commercials.
    Saying actor salaries are to blame is childlike and erroneous.

  153. Gilles, 11 January, 2015

    Why don’t you stop watching TV? Start reading or play with your kids, TV is a waste of time…

  154. pismire123, 13 January, 2015

    Ads will never stop. They are indoctrinating a new generation who will be used to it and won’t complain. They are also preparing us for multi-tiered pricing structures. You want ad-free? Fine, $250/mo. We only have ourselves to blame. Soon your internet access will be restricted as well. You will not have traditional “connect and go wherever you want” access from your ISP. Cut your cables now, you’ll be happier. Time to drop facebook, twitter, all social media, and even the internet.

  155. unwanted1, 13 January, 2015

    How does liberty mutual get away with all their commercials when their own disclaimer says they are not available in this state??!

  156. unwanted1, 15 January, 2015

    If enough people would slow or stop buying any one product or service, the advertiser would have to stop for lack of income, to pay the high prices of advertising.

  157. boo, 15 January, 2015

    I almost throw up when Education Connection comes on. I fumble for the remote to change it before it gets into the chorus. ugh

  158. unwanted1, 16 January, 2015

    I’m the same way at just seeing the “actors” in commercials and wondering if they are really that stupid and then realizing that John Q. public is even more stupid for listening to them and then buying whatever!!
    Anyway, all they are doing is promoting credit card use. Have your credit card ready, sucker!!

  159. Dexter, 16 January, 2015

    In the beginning independent stations were great, right after local and affiliate stations switched to digital broadcast. This gave local stations 2 to 3 more channels to air locally. Now such channels as TV Land, Antenna TV, Me TV and others have gone national. Now they must pay for airing these extra stations with horrible commercials, for everything from limitless national law firms to bad “non profit” …”just .50 cents a day can save…” ads. They seem to be aimed at the geriatric viewers who like the old shows from the 50s, 60s.and 70s.

    I find it hard to believe us baby boomers are that stupid. They bill their programming as “classic” television. This is all hype. I like old TV, I admit, however, TV shows from the 80s are hardly “classic”. I hate the local advertising. I have let the local affiliates know this. It probably will do no good. Antenna TV at least returned my correspondence saying they only aimed advertising at what sold in certain markets. That’s total bull. We in essence own the airwaves and should not have to be punished for what we want to see on them.

  160. unwanted1, 18 January, 2015

    FINALLY, SOME TRUTH IN TELEVISION!! The is a car commercial where a chuild is telling his grandfather that someone said he use to be out of control. The grandfather admits he once was, and then the best line in the whole television world…


  161. TR, 20 January, 2015

    Ok, well I’m actually developing my own TV Commercial muter. It’s alot of work, since they change the signal often as to what signifes a commercial. Otherwise, I mute them all or switch the channel. FYI, Car Insurance commercials are so frequent and they spend a lot of money for them because there’s not much that one company can offer that another doesn’t, by law. If you do some research, you’ll find any local insurance company in your area will have better rates since their advertising budget is much less ! Worst offenders here are obvious, Geico-one of the highest, Progressive, State Farm….very high ! These are only a few examples.

  162. Debra, 21 January, 2015

    There definitely are too many commercials on the air. I don’t have cable or any of the others like Dish, Direct TV etc. I haven’t had cable now for over 20 years and don’t miss it. Over the years I was one to record a lot of shows and I still have them on my VHS tapes. Yes I still have the folks. I can watch more shows from all the tapes I have, than they show on cable, dish and direct tv put together. I know this is the age of DVD now, so most of my tapes I’ve transferred to DVD and guess what…..WITHOUT COMMERCIALS!!!!! However, all of you who pay for your TV have the right to enjoy your shows without all the stupid interruptions from so called commercials that don’t even advertise good products anymore. All they advertise are DRUGS, LAWYERS, FINAL EXPENSES and CARS. You turn on a station and all you see all day long is the same three commercials over and over and over again. There is not even a variety of commercials anymore like there use to be years and years ago. Goes to show you this country get off on making money off a people’s misery. They make you sick to begin with and then want to advertise drugs for you to take to help keep you sick. Then you need one of those lawyers that come on to bilk you out of more money. They are all in co-hoots together. I am mostly old fashioned meaning I set my timer on my VCR/DVD player and record what I want to watch (which is mostly my soap opera). Then I get home and fast forward through all the idiotic commercials. Those of you who pay for your TV programs good luck to you. I hope you can get something solved. As for me, I barely watch TV anymore. I don’t care how many commercials they put on the air, they are not ever going to get me to subscribe to cable or anything else. I have a zillion shows I can watch from my own sources, all commercial free and it’s the good stuff too not all the junk they show today. Thanks for reading.

  163. Will Lewis, 27 January, 2015

    Do like I do buy DVDs Movies and TV Shows on DVDs. There are no Commercials there. I look in the future for Commercials to get longer until there will be no time for any movies or TV show on regular TV, do to Commercial increase. Then everything and everyone will go DVD and Blu Ray. Even then when people are not watching TV anymore to see and sell Commercials, the money hungry people will wire people’s DVD and Blu Ray players on wi fi so that Commercials will cut in and take over people’s free time on their on players. There will never be any stopping Commercials cause it is all about money. The rich get richer.

  164. Jeff, 28 January, 2015

    I wish tv land would have less commercials, like cellular and nutra system.

  165. Allen, 02 February, 2015

    Re: nono
    There cannot be a number to fit the female on their t v commercial. She must really be hurting financially to make a commercial on tv. No one in their right mind is going to pay $200-$300 for a product that shaves BARE SKIN. Look close!

  166. Phill, 03 February, 2015

    As a baby boomer, I remember tv commercials for the basic channels we would get. Commercials were understood since they paid for the “free” programing that was coming across the airways via the old tv antenna.
    We went to cable back in the mis 80’s and had very little commercials if any at all. WHY? Because my monthly cable subscription was paying for the networks. NOW, the money hungry grabbers want more. They are getting my monthly cable money to pay for the networks and are raking in more dough by paid advertisers that I have to sit and watch day in and day out. More money for them and useless cable for me. Time to cancel.

  167. Frustrated Guy, 04 February, 2015

    I thought I was the only who thought this way. I am glad I’m not, but what is the point if nothing can be done. Comcast is possibly the worst provider in the world and there are NO other options for us I am sick of paying them $250.00/ mo. for triple play ( tv, phone, internet) to see all of this BS. I agree that TV Land is one of the worst and now the others are all on board too. The biggest problem with this I think is the smartphone surge, not enough people watching tv today so the rest of us suffer. Something seriously needs to be done and if anyone knows what it is I AM ON BOARD !!!!!!!

  168. Frustrated Guy, 04 February, 2015

    To add to my previous comment I forgot to mention that the networks are also cutting to commercial in the middle of scenes and editing from what little the show is already!! Hope they ALL go belly-up one day

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  170. Dennis, 07 February, 2015

    I stopped watching television years ago, I discovered time I gained that was loss and never to be gained again. Certainly, I’m no longer abreast of the current events, but hey, I figure that time is a non-renewable resource, once it’s gone – it’s gone! As we live in a society that is based on consumerism, unfortunately, I do not see an end to this. It is only the consumers using their hard earned money to show their dislike to the commercials that will truly make a difference. As long as there are companies making a profit from commercials, they will continue.

  171. unwanted1, 10 February, 2015

    Are tv news reporters telling the truth or are they making up stories to boost ratings and salaries? Weather people can report what they read on idiot cards, but some don’t know city locations in their own area in their own state!
    Does CONGRESS need to take a serious look at “freedom of the press”?

  172. unwanted1, 12 February, 2015

    Brian Williams admitted to lying once, but how many others were there?? T V reporters are in it for the ratings and the money. John Q. Public keeps falling for their “honesty”, as they do for the stupid commercials!! Why do we have to keep paying ridiculous prices for “products” and information that may or may not be real or truthful? There are weather people who should, but do not even know the locations of their local cities they are forecasting for! And do “foreign correspondents” get into “dangerous locations” that other officials and military personnel and even outside civilians are not allowed to enter?
    Do the outlandish commercials promote lying reporters?

  173. Frank, 15 February, 2015

    I simply stopped watching as much TV. My house is much more peaceful. Now I listen to more music and use services that edit out commercials like Netflix and Amazon. I am able to find plenty of commercial free quality internet content that I can watch on my Roku also. As an older person I find it very disrespectful that not only are we gouged by greedy service providers and content creators with ever rising monthly subscriptions for mediocre to awful content, the programs are sliced up in little bits while we are bombarded by these ads.
    Younger folks don’t even tolerate advertising anymore. In two months my Directv contract will be up and I will be giving them the boot after 13 years.

    Their greedy actions , and disrespect to their customers will lead to their own demise. They can burn in Hades for wasting so much of my life.

  174. Fm-Usa, 16 February, 2015

    EVERYONE’S BARKING but not biting back.
    The amount of commercials per hour is absolutely sickening.
    We need a Class Action Lawsuit filed and EVERYONE NEEDS to sign it.
    Record your favorite program. Tally the program time and its commercial time. You just might be surprised it’s over 1/2 commercials.
    Either it needs to cut back to a reasonable amount of time, say 15% to 20% commercials or the programmers pay for our TV.

  175. unwanted1, 21 February, 2015

    Don’t know if you heard, but on CBS evening news, Scott Pelley reported that because of fewer program minutes and more commercials, more and more of us are turning away from commercial television. This might be the beginning of the end, but don’t stop whatever you are doing. It surprised me to hear that, but it means that someone is listening and the word is getting out.
    KEEP IT UP!!

  176. Joe, 24 February, 2015

    I think a lot of people are barking AND biting back. The number of people who are not only moving to cable but who are cutting the cable line is on the increase.

  177. BOBBYNEAR, 28 February, 2015

    I’ve been ranting about this for years. Nice to find this forum and all the complaints but not so nice to see that in over two years of complaining, it has only gotten worse.
    Please don’t leave out the latest horrific trend. The incredible number of what I call..cancer commercials, touting Cancer Treatment Centers of America and too many others to name.
    There was a time when even mentioning a dread disease was out of the question. Now it is everywhere at virtually every commercial break. But it’s not just that but also the horrible placement as well.
    One minute you are laughing out loud during a classic sitcom moment and then out of nowhere comes a supposed patient, most likely an actor graphically describing the tumor they found in his chest and don’t leave out the woman jogging in the park who tells you she was out of breath and then found out it was pancreatic cancer.

    Why do we need doctors anymore?
    Don’t tell me these are public service announcements..they are ads..not telling you the warning signs of a disease but instead where to go when you get it.
    Just yesterday I saw a new ad with a woman walking through the lobby of one of those cancer treatment centers and smiling all the way up to the check in desk. She didn’t seem at all disturbed that they will probably remove her breasts before she leaves.
    The voice over makes it sound like she is checking into a swank resort.
    It is beyond appalling…and the placement in the middle
    of a big laugh is deliberate and disgusting beyond words

    Nobody should have to constantly hit the mute button or
    change the channel over and over to avoid this.
    My cable bill just went up twenty five bucks to 220 dollars a month.’
    Cable tv is a total fraud and nauseating to say the least. Sorry about the length of this rant, but I could really go on for hours about this.
    I know..turn off the tv and do something else like take a walk, but some of us are disabled you know and shut in around the clock and depend on tv to keep our sanity,
    at least we used to…

  178. Don, 04 March, 2015

    I believe as they lose more viewers they want to take in the same money they did when times were good. I’ve noticed on On Demand that some shows won’t let you zap the commercials. Because of too many commercials (and too much stupid content) I’ve quit these so far: Pawn Stars, Storage Wars, Wicked Tuna and Gold Rush will be next if they don’t wise up. The show pretty much consists of equipment breakdowns. How many ads is that worth. They are going to kill the Golden Goose.

  179. Phil, 11 March, 2015

    Even worse than having so many commercials is the fact that they play the same damn ones over and over and over. Sometimes they’ll play a certain commercial at the start of the break and then PLAY IT AGAIN near the end of the same break.. it’s ridiculous.

    I find it ruins my enjoyment of the show so much that i’ve taken to torrenting since the torrent has all of the commercials cut out. Now i’m starting to wonder why our household pays nearly $100 per month for this TV service when I just end up watching a torrent download instead of actually using the ‘service. Why are we paying so much to be subjected to so many damned useless commercials?

  180. unwanted1, 12 March, 2015

    And what’s worse is that John Q. Public actually believes the garbage they hear. They are too lost to realize that the clowns trying to sell the world, are BEING PAID TO SAY WHATEVER THE ADVERTISER WANTS THEM TO!
    Whoever said that commercials are entertaining had to have been drunk at the time! If only the advertisers and the producers would use all that wasted advertising money to lower the price of whatever they are trying to pass off. That would make everybody feel better!

  181. Disgusted, 18 March, 2015

    I’ve had Direct TV and Dish and I’m tired of subscribing to Commercials which are 7 to 13 every 5 to 6 minutes. It’s back to the antenna with only local channels. One time I stuck with one ch for a 1hr program and in 50min I saw 50 commercials. I know it sounds like an exaggeration but it is not.

  182. unwanted1, 21 March, 2015

    It continues to amaze me at how the public is about commercials! The car commercial that says “the media is useless” could not be more correct!! And I learned something new today. The commercial producers should start losing money soon, because fewer people are believing that crap!
    Cable is bad and locals are catching up, but at least they are free.

  183. Jennifer, 24 March, 2015

    Actually, I found a solution to this problem! I have more than one issue with the whole TV problems of today lol.

    1) I think it is ridiculous that I HAVE to purchase an expensive TV package from a Cable or Satellite provider if I want to simply see the NEWS. There is NO WAY to see it on your TV without Cable or Satellite now. No more “local” or basic TV.

    2) I have a HUGE problem with the fact that the rates are INSANE and they NEVER go down… and I feel like I am PAYING to be ADVERTISED to. I should have an option as a paying customer to NOT see commercials. Commercials are taking over the television and makes it hard to even follow a show anymore.

    For a while I have been paying for cable, and reverting to watching tv shows and movies online on netflix instead of the cable I am paying for because of the commercials. Then I found out that there is a box called Vstream that actually can REPLACE cable, satellite, netflix, redbox and hulu. You buy the box one time and have tv for life… no commercials, no watching on a tiny screen, no monthly fees, no contracts! YAY.

  184. unwanted1, 31 March, 2015

    The woman in the dulera commercial is more STUCK ON HERSELF than trying to sell whatever! A local car dealer is ramping up with a giggling announcer trying to sell mostly foreign cars! Local attorneys standing up for someone else dominate the morning hours.

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  186. Al Kane, 03 April, 2015

    Note to advertisers: There are now so many interruptive commercials in the average program that I switch to my movie channel (with no commercials) and skip all your commercials. In some cases, I mute the commercials and have time to read an entire article on my iPad. With an average of 5 minutes of commercials every 5 to 7 minutes, I can afford to skip and still gat back to the program in time. And all you pharma companies: Your products are useless and often dangerous. Once you get by the weasel words like “may help reduce” and the warnings of side effects like stroke, suicide and death, your products seem absurd and a waste of money. The toenail fungus ads are the most egregious–which is why the FDA forced you to say nothing about solves, cures, eliminates or even reduces toenail fungus–all you are allowed to say in your ad is that your product “fights” fungus. I can get in the ring with Mike Tyson and fight him–doesn’t mean I’ll win. And auto makers, please stop with the prices in your ads–we all know they’re soooo misleading.

  187. Unwanted1, 08 April, 2015

    $300 for a razor that shaves bare skin.
    A new bath soap or taken to the cleaners??
    Lawyers are just begging for clients!
    Plus the ads just keep coming”

  188. cornz, 08 April, 2015

    I have stopped buying dvds and on demand services. I simply pirate what I want to watch. I never opted in to the barrage of commercials I am forced to endure, whether it be on the front of my purchased dvd film telling me that piracy is wrong, or the 15 minutes of trailers I cannot skip. So I have decided to opt out of buying their ad infested products. The pirated versions are usually utterly advert free, in proper HD and cost so all….
    Works both ways….

  189. Clayton, 10 April, 2015

    Do what we did years ago. Ditch cable/ satellite and get an over the air antenna to receive broadcasts for free.

    We also have an over the air dvr from Channelmaster so we can skip through the commercials. We also can choose when we want to watch, pause the playback at anytime, etc.

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  191. 10Otis55, 14 April, 2015

    Do you wonder why 70% of America is fat…every 10 minutes there is a 5 minute commercial, plenty of time to build a meal, and not miss a minute of your show….somehow or another, being that 98% of us have to pay a tv provider, just to get programming…we should have a say in the amount of commercials allowed per hour…tried to find an avenue to whine once to the fcc, but no avenue exists…and elections are coming up, it’s gonna get way worse, surprised more viewers haven’t laid open a vein.

  192. unwanted1, 23 April, 2015

    Have you or do you know of anyone who uses the Clear Channel antenna and if it works??

  193. unwanted1, 23 April, 2015

    I complained to the FTC about a insurance commercial accusing of false advertising. The insurance is not available in N.C. and I haven’t seen it but once since the complaint.

  194. Clayton, 01 May, 2015

    > Have you or do you know of anyone who uses the Clear Channel
    > antenna and if it works??

    I haven’t heard anything about the Clear Channel antenna. We hve a rooftop antenna. The local audio/video store installed it for $100, total cost, wiring included. You can recover that in about a month after cutting cable.

  195. Victim, 06 May, 2015

    With the high cost of cable, we should all expect a less spammy viewing experience. Maybe my 1995 tube TV has an Adware virus? Quit interrupting my commercials with your stupid TV shows dammit! Another convenient feature of modern day TV is the massive network logo plastered into the corner of every single TV channel, Duuuuh, i wonder what channel i’m watching. Some networks have started force feeding me commercials by blocking the fast forward feature for on-demand shows. On-demand commercials are not for products though, they are advertisements asking you to watch other shows that are also full of ads about other shows and on and on…

  196. Tim, 08 May, 2015

    99% of the posters here are just SHEEP.
    Watching TV is an addiction like heroin and the networks are betting that you can’t give it up. And you know what>>>>they are right!
    You never will,but complain till the day you die of the commercials.
    One day I just got so sick of the commercials I just called DirecTV and axed it.
    So much to life besides sitting THOUSANDS of hours per year in front of a television set.

  197. unwanted1, 12 May, 2015

    You’re right and about the only ways are complaining to the FCC/FTC and boycotting advertisers and cable companies/tv stations! I think insurance companies and attorneys are the worse offenders, especially in THE MORNINGS WHEN MORE WOMEN ARE SUPPOSEDLY WATCHING AND SUPPOSEDLY BEING TARGETED!!

  198. unwanted1, 13 May, 2015

    People are so sick of car insurance commercials that are not available in N.C. and I just emailed the company and told them so!
    Another thorn is this government pushing hard for reverse mortgages. Why are there just a couple companies and actors backing them? There has to be something in it for them while they continue to screw over the public.

  199. Barry Solomon, 24 May, 2015

    As a registered pharmacist I agree with those who see the commercials and the folks with all these ” conditions ” made up by big Pharma.
    Isn’t it great when you hear stuff like ‘ MAY CAUSE DEATH’

    I am glad I work sparingly after 55 years of counting, pouring and sticking
    I am fed up also with the commercials and will look into Vstream as noted above.

    And like others I want Hulu and CNN. I dont speak Spanish so why am I paying for spanish stations. I know from nothing about sports- nor do I want religious stations but again I do not get to pick and choose.

    Barry Solomon, R.Ph MEd Brooklyn…then Redondo Beach, CA HEAVEN ON EARTH

  200. Jim Luciana, 14 June, 2015

    I was told that the commercial revenues are required to offset expenses but what happens to what we pay for subscribing to a cable channel? It seems that we are being fraudulently informed! The cable channels just want the money to line their pockets. Some years ago the FCC allowed only a certain amount of commercials on public tv. This is needed again for pay tv!

  201. unwanted1, 18 June, 2015

    I have complained to the FCC and the FTC and nothing has been done. The cable companies have more money to provide favors than we do. If more people would drop their cable companies, we might have a chance. I’m using clearchannel and not paying for cable; the commercials are still there, but I’m not paying to watch them.

  202. Mike Anderson, 19 June, 2015

    Which is exactly why more and more cable subscribers are “pulling the plug” and going to Netflix, Hulu and others. $90 one time cost for a Roku and $8 a month for streaming Netflix. True commercial free viewing and a plethora of channels to choose from.

  203. Frank T, 19 June, 2015

    We now pay for TV, yet have to put up with increasing commercials. This is an insult to people in that the networks think they have the right to steal out time!

  204. Frank T, 19 June, 2015

    Would like to establish a national day of banning commercial television — welcome thoughts, ideas, and comments about this.

  205. unwanted1, 24 June, 2015

    This might be stretching things and maybe someone here can help.


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  207. Ken, 25 June, 2015


  208. Ken, 25 June, 2015

    If everyone on this board would take 20 minutes a day and email the entities that I have mentioned above along with all of your local news media stations I promise you that the media would pick up on this because it is becoming a bigger issue than you think, reality shows like the HISTORY CHANNEL and NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL ! that’s right REALITY shows are what they have become with the totally ridiculous programming they offer now plus the commercials, all of it is unacceptable and we must let them all know we are done with it !

  209. Frank T, 06 July, 2015

    Why is it that commentators, news people, and everyone else prefaces commercials with “stay with us.” I am sick of hearing it. Why are they compelled to say this all the time? Why don’t they do something about it, so they don’t have to say it all the time?

  210. Dan Laemmerhirt, 07 July, 2015

    It’s especially horrendous because during the past few weeks the commercial breaks are just AWFUL!!! A character is in the middle of a sentence and >BAM< COMMERCIAL! The thing is that they have commercial breaks in TV shows FOR A REASON.

  211. unwanted1, 09 July, 2015


    The stupid commercials will still be there, but you won’t be paying to watch them!!

    I’M NOT!!

  212. walt, 10 July, 2015

    I quit watching TV for just this reason. I’m better off for it.
    I get everything I need from the internet where I have control.

  213. unwanted1, 10 July, 2015


  214. abigale, 19 July, 2015

    We were timing commercials on two different channels and it was about every 3 to 3.5 minutes. Ridiculous!

  215. Mike, 21 July, 2015

    TVLand is one of, if not the biggest offender of ridiculous amounts of ads. Using the Andy Griffith Show as an example, I watched the same episode (Dogs, Dogs, Dogs) on TVLand and on METV. The length of the episode on TVLand was 43 minutes yet on METV, it was 30 minutes? Why? Because TVLand added an additional 13 minutes of ads. Needless to say, TVLand (who also quit running Dukes of Hazard reruns because of a stupid flag issue) is no longer viewed in our household.

  216. charles newbold, 21 July, 2015

    I think it’s time for a class action suit. We are paying for tv programing,not commericals. We have so many agencies in this country surely one could handle too many commericals. If we want this taken care of we need to take action not just bitch about it.

  217. John Student, 24 July, 2015

    Tv commercials : Talk about shooting yourself in the foot!!!

  218. jim gio, 25 July, 2015

    I have never watched Spike TV before and never will again. During TUT there were 7 minutes of show and 5 minutes of commercials. Better to rent it from Netflix after it shows on air. I muted all the commercials but waiting for the show was intolerable.

  219. sfchuck, 26 July, 2015

    One thing neither broadcasters nor advertisers think about is that the more commercials they air end-to-end, the smaller the size of the audience that will watch. They’re shooting themselves in the foot and wonder why their ratings are tanking.

  220. Kimberlydawn, 28 July, 2015

    It’s very simple. Just record all your favorite shows, then you can FAST FORWARD through all those IRRITATING commercials! It’s such a feeling of CONTROL to do that…it’s like you’re sitting there thinking, “ha, ha! I don’t have to watch your dumb commercials!” as you merrily zip on through! I think everyone should do this! Let’s start an ANTI-COMMERCIAL REVOLUTION!!! Now if they take the Fast Forward feature away when we record, we’re in trouble….

  221. unwanted1, 30 July, 2015

    I keep sending this site to advertisers and cable companies. I’m no longer paying Windstream for cable and I told Time Warner not to bother. It seems that lawyers have taken over advertising for now.


  222. Barry Solomon, 01 August, 2015

    I totally agree

    I pay for Verizon Fios and except for public TV
    we get so many commercials we have resorted to recording programs and
    playing them back and bypassing the ads.

    One would think that paying over l00 dollars a month for phone, email and TV would give us relief from commercials but Verizon does not care
    now or ever

  223. Barry Solomon, 01 August, 2015

    Also I agree – a national day of no TV would work if
    we could get even 25% of viewers to stay off
    for one day.

    It would make the papers…and maybe we could get government
    to act.


  224. sk8ersbus1, 08 August, 2015

    I was playing back some tapes of Cosby, Leave it to Beaver, and other TV land programs recorded 3 years ago. I was appalled how it seemed for every 4 minutes of the show, there was a 6 minute commercial session. Plus the excessive commercials have gotten so out of hand, resulting in two very noticeable changes to their program showing practices. First, they take a 35-40 minute window per show that normally would’ve fit in the traditional half-hour window just to jam more commercials in. Secondly, they edit the show and slice off little tid-bits to reduce the length of show. How do I know this? I first started recording Beaver 13 years ago, when TV land was a better-run network. They played each show in its entirety without short-changing the viewer. If you ask me, that is downright CRIMINAL!! Especially given the fact one must PAY big bucks for cable TV, last time I checked. TV land is NOT a broadcast/ antenna channel.

  225. unwanted1, 15 August, 2015


  226. unwanted1, 15 August, 2015

    Government could care less!! Taxpayers are paying their cable bills!! FOOLS!!

  227. fm usa, 17 August, 2015

    Since my Feb`2015 posting…
    even more commercials have filtered in TV.

    We need everyone to call your TV provider and complain. One or three will not do since they claim they have no say-so… but they do. U-Verse fought a few program providers and dropped there channels and the program providers gave in.

    PLEASE STATE THIS: ” Since adverts is the majority of on air time is commercials, those adverts can pay for my cable bill.”

  228. Robert Wayne, 25 August, 2015

    I had stopped watching TVLand because of the excessive ads and the stupid new sitcoms they insist on showing that aren’t funny in the least. But a few days ago I saw an episode of Gilligan’s Island on one afternoon and decided to keep it there since I used to really like Gilligan’s Island. I enjoyed the show for a couple of minutes and then they started with the ads, one after another and it just went on and on. I was in my reclining chair and ended up going to sleep after about 10 minutes of stupid ads. I don’t plan on watching TVLand again, no matter what’s supposed to be playing.

  229. unwanted1, 26 August, 2015

    That is what I have been saying! I have been sending this URL to advertisers, stations,cable companies, FTC, and FCC!! It will take more than just a few! Boycotts wouldn’t hurt either. I’m no longer using or paying cable!!

  230. Dreamer, 31 August, 2015

    I got so sick today of putting up with reruns, commercials and or infomercials that I decided it was time to see if there was something that could be done. I came across this site and decided to vent here too! I don’t know where I am going from here, but surely there is something we can do to change this situation. I think it’s a shame that we now have to pay so much to have television with tons of commercials.

  231. Dreamer, 31 August, 2015

    reruns, 24.7 and force-fed commercials, etc. that we clearly shouldn’t have to put up with. We are paying customers. Over time I have had several providers and they are all the same. I am nearly to the point of getting rid of television in our home all together. I am also sick of trying to explain or get out having to explain to my small children what erectile dysfunction etc is. Not to mention other vulgar commercials that we so far as I know have no way of protecting our children from other than having tv removed. If there is something out there that I have missed. Please, someone let me know? Thanks for allowing me to vent here.

  232. barbara kravitz, 02 September, 2015

    I pay much too much money to watch ads. When the ad comes on i turn the channel to a non commercial movie channel. i am sick and tired of ads taking up the whole half hour program, and the ad comes on and it is so loud its frightening. There is more ad time then the program for real. Also the ads are not even understandable…i have no idea what they are advertising ..just a lot of noise ,how do you know what it is.

  233. Billy, 04 September, 2015

    I’m not really sure what the problem is here. I tape most of the shows I watch and then fast-forward the commercials. If, on the rare occasions I watch a show “live” I hit the mute button during the commercials and read or get a drink of water, etc.

  234. unwanted1, 11 September, 2015

    When will people learn not to believe what they see and hear in commercials. THOSE PEOPLE ARE BEING PAID TO LIE ABOUT WHATEVER THEY ARE TRYING TO SELL.

  235. Michael Mullett, 16 September, 2015

    These drug companies advertising on television has become Ridiculous! Between the drug companies and the attorneys telling one to SUE the drug companies because of side effect issues, is really got me STEAMED UP! No wonder prescriptions cost Soo much.This type of media was not allowed 40 years ago and Still shouldn’t be!Now i just barely watch any tv except for PBS.

  236. Michael Mullett, 16 September, 2015

    Over Capitalism is a terrible issue facing television commercials today.
    The more advertisers can “BUG” you, the better they like it.I’m sick and tired of advertising.I would like Pay TV in my area.

  237. Peter, 21 September, 2015

    I ended my cable subscription in June. Now I subscribe to Netflix and Hulu ad-free, have an Amazon Prime membership, and stream with Kodi for more commercial free content. I find it hard to watch any other way.

    I also pay $20 month to Sling TV for access to ESPN, but may end even that once the college football season ends. Most gamees and programs are nearly unwatchable due to the sheer volume of commercials, plus it bugs me that I have to pay for access to stations that shovel so much advertising at me. As a consumer, I feel abused.

    All this ad-free streaming saves me a bundle — about $95 a month compared to what I used to pay Comcast for absolute garbage. It baffles me that anyone else is still willing to watch traditional cable, considering what it has become.

  238. Ches Eddy, 22 September, 2015

    Lost out on TV enjoyment last night when the show (Big Bang Theory) contained camera speed increases to allow more commercial space. Thanks for nothing CBS?

  239. unwanted1, 23 September, 2015

    I’m not paying for any t v and I don’t miss any of it. I can still get the basics and a few extras. It has gotten to the point that there isn’t a need for program scheduling, just for commercial scheduling. And as long as I don’t make any threats, I can harass the advertisers by sending this URL. I told one insurance co. that it appeared they couldn’t give their policies away, so why flood the market with unwanted commercials.
    PBS and the weather channel are the best bets for now and even they are advertising more.

  240. Peter, 23 September, 2015

    Agreed — the sheer number and volume of commercials, and not just the rising cost of cable rates, has a lot to do with my decision to cut the cord. I read a recent Wall Street Journal article explaining how TNT had compressed, or sped up, a showing of the Wizard of Oz just to cram in more ads. That offends me — the fact that we Americans have to pay the highest rates on the planet for access to cable, after which we’re still bombarded with obnoxious ads. To me, many live broadcasts, even sport broadcasts, are simply unwatchable any more.

    To the clueless who insist the problem is solved with a DVR, I say this: You’re paying $10 or more a month to rent and power that DVR, which may hold 60-100 hours of HD programs, after which it starts erasing stuff. My last DVR held about 60 movies and shows. That programming is going to be interrupted if there’s a firmware update in the middle of the night (happens all the time with Comcast), but even worse, the 60-100 hours of saved programming is comprised of roughly 30% ads. Therefore, 60-100 hours of recorded shows is closer to 40-70 hours of watchable content, and with most DVRs, you have to hang onto the remote in order to fast forward through commercials.

    Why is anyone willing to shell out big bucks for that experience? I pay less than $20 a month for Netflix and ad-free Hulu accounts, and have access to Amazon content through my Prime account (I pay for Prime mainly for free shipping — streaming is a bonus). I do subscribe to Sling in order to use the the ESPN app on Roku and Amazon TV. Rather than viewing standard channels, I find myself looking for ESPN 3 international or skycam feeds (for golf, soccer, tennis, and even college football) which are sometimes ad-free or ad-limited, as are many of the free replays. I also do a fair amount of streaming on Kodi for free, after an initial $120 investment in a device. That investment has already paid for itself. Total cost of streaming content: about $40 a month, most of it commercial free.

    If you have ANY choice when it comes to internet providers, I strongly recommend cutting the cable.I haven’t regretted my decision for a single day, and my viewing experience is the richest it has ever been.

  241. al miller, 27 September, 2015

    TCM played some tv shows from 1953 with james dean. They were one hr. episodes. At the end of the show, five minutes of time was left on the hour. The commercials for a 60 min. show took 5 minutes. Now an hour long show has 24 mins of commercials. I timed them with a stop-watch. Thirty minutes of network news…abc,cbs,nbc, 18 mins long.

  242. unwanted1, 09 October, 2015

    The bottom line is “GREED”!!

  243. steve, 23 October, 2015

    This TV show was brought to you by (advertisement). Well then why is my cable bill so high. If the shows are being funded by the advertisements, where is the money I pay to cable going? Something about this seems illegal. How many millionaires are working at my cable company?

  244. Lillian Baley, 30 October, 2015

    Why have the TV ads been increased to such a horrendous amount? TV viewers are hostages for repeated long, long silly ads. It is as though we are being mind controlled by its mindless, repetitive showings.

  245. Kimberlydawn, 30 October, 2015

    I had not watched Good Morning America for years (my husband watches Fox) so I said…let’s just try it and see what it’s like. Well, what it was like was…ENDLESS COMMERCIALS! There was more commercial than show. HOW CAN ANY ONE STAND THAT? I feel like I’m being taken for a FOOL being forced to watch so many commercials. That’s why I always RECORD shows, so I can blast through the commercials.

  246. Robert Wayne, 02 November, 2015

    What gets me so mad is that these lousy cable and satellite companies buy tons of advertising time shilling for themselves and then the rates go up partially due to the fortune they spend on advertising. It’s a big ripoff.

  247. Dave Campbell, 03 November, 2015

    Too many radio and TV commercials, promos, and book selling. When someone does get on to speak, he or she is given no more than a minute. So, it’s not a “talk show”. I have counted up to 12 commercials in a row at a “break”. There are also too many rapid-fire disclaimers. Radio used to be the best source of news. No longer! The same for TV.
    Only action to take – don’t listen to the shows and don’t by the products being advertised. Reading the internet information is the best solution. I do follow football on TV, but always hit the mute button when the commercials come on. Too bad.

  248. unwanted1, 06 November, 2015

    I know the feeling. I threatened my cable company and I did buy a ClearChannel antenna, but have not used it yet. The company is giving me basic service free and I am still paying for phone and internet. I see some commercials, but not paying to watch them. Try it!!

  249. Barry Solomon, 08 November, 2015

    I agree

    My wife and I pay for Verizon Fios and what do we get?

    Tons of TV commercials – so we have to record and ” run through” each one to eliminate all the commercials

    What a pain in the butt


  250. Roy, 10 November, 2015

    I’m sick of subscribing to commercials, so it’s back to the antenna. Last night I watched a 1hr show. It had 8 commercial breaks with 9 to 14 commercials on each break. GOODBYE DIRECT TV ! ! !

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