One of the minor accomplishments of my marriage is making my wife a fan of the WB TV show Angel. In fact, she was more broken up than I was when the show was surprisingly cancelled last year.
A few months ago TNT began showing reruns of Angel. Which is a good thing as my wife missed the first three seasons. We’ve been dutifully recording them on our MythTV system (that’s like a Tivo for those of you who don’t know), and watching two or three a night a couple of times a week.
TNT recently began placing pop-up ads when the show cut back in from a commercial break. My understanding is that they are doing this with other shows as well. These aren’t the innocent little ads that identify the station, or maybe flash the title of the next show in the line-up. No, these ads are larger, have animation, and worst of all sound. The volume on the sound effects is higher than that of the TV show itself and often I miss pieces of the shows dialogue. The ads themselves, so far, have been for some Evel Knievel show and Nascar. I’m fuzzy on the details because I’m trying to hear the dialogue of my show, and not paying attention to the ad. I don’t know why TNT thinks viewers of Angel and X-Files (another show the pop-ups appear on) are interested in Knievel or Nascar.
Here is a typical viewing session:
>Cut in from commercial
>Angel and Wes are looking at a book with a picture of a demon
>Wes: It looks like we are dealing *Vroom *Vroom demon. We should *Screech kill it by *Vroooooommmmmmmm.
>Angel: Great work Wes. Now we *Screeeeech life *Vrooooommm.
And then the scene ends and they go kill a demon whose name I don’t know, using a weapon I’ve not heard of, to save the life of someone I’m not aware of.
Okay, my example had very strategic placement of the noises from the ad, but I’m trying to make a point. Aural spam during a TV show is a no no. Please TNT, stop.