AeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20322 posts, RR: 64 Posted (10 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1184 times:
Today I was at a stop light and noticed something different on the digital display on my car stereo. I have the screen set to pick up the title/artist sent on the signal by RDS. During a set of commercials, the screen was playing a scrolling text ad for tomorrow night's Powerball draw. (Gee, I could win over $150 million!)
Has anyone else noticed something like this before? I have to say that at the same time I was struck by the ingenuity of it, I was a bit offended by it. I understand that I tune in to the radio station for free tunes supported by advertising, but the stereo system is mine. I don't want ads on it physically.
On the other hand, I could just be becoming an old fart when it comes to technology. I did consider this possibility.
Geezer From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2 Reply 3, posted (10 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1152 times:
Let me get this straight........are you talking about ordinary, "off air" broadcasting, or are you talking about satellite radio, that you have to have a special radio for, and pay to listen to ? (Please forgive my ignorance, but I almost never turn my car radio on, and if I ever do, I never listen to "music" on the thing.
From the way you're describing this "scrolling down".............I can see right now where that's almost SURE to lead to !
Kinda like watching a TV, while trying to drive in traffic, end up in big CRASH........! If I'm understanding what you're saying. a "moving, line by line advertisement.........kinda like those moving news signs on down town buildings.........if that's what it is, the first big wreck that someone ends up dead.......somebodies gomnna be in deep do-do ! (in addition to the dead guy)
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AeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20322 posts, RR: 64 Reply 4, posted (10 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1148 times:
Quoting kpitrrat (Reply 1): Why would texting while you drive be illegal, but reading scrolling ads on your stereo not be?
That's a really good point. On the other hand, it is legal for emergency services to send messages to your dashboard when there's an emergency broadcast. I would guess the difference is you can't respond to the ads or emergency messages, even if they divert your attention for bad or good.
Jetsgo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3039 posts, RR: 5 Reply 10, posted (10 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1112 times:
Kinda sorta same topic... I bought a Panasonic LED television back in September and couldn't believe it when I got it home and it displayed ads upon start up and changing the volume. This wasn't some cheap model, but a mid-high range 55" So much for having a smart tv... not only are they garbage since they don't pack enough RAM (making for a very choppy GUI), but it looks like they are slowly being infested with ads. This is one area I wouldn't mind Apple coming in and cleaning house.
type-rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4731 posts, RR: 20 Reply 11, posted (10 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1077 times:
I find this news very disturbing. Over the past 10 years we are being bombarded by commercials and sales pitches everywhere we look. The other day I was watching a television show and midway through the show the screen split, 1/2 of the screen was the show in progress the other half was a commercial playing.
As far as television goes, I now DVD everything and watch it from the DVD so I can commercial skip. But when they do commercials via split screen like that you'll miss part of the show if you jump ahead.
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bohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2566 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (10 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1067 times:
Quoting type-rated (Reply 11): The other day I was watching a television show and midway through the show the screen split, 1/2 of the screen was the show in progress the other half was a commercial playing.
I really don't mind this during sporting events. You can still see the action while the commercial plays.
What bothers me on television are the networks doing self promotions by having "pop-up" ads along the bottom 1/4 of the screen for an upcoming show, partially blocking the view of the show I am watching.
aloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8524 posts, RR: 46 Reply 13, posted (10 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1044 times:
They're probably using the RT (radio text) function of the RDS for this. Some stereos allow you to choose which information is displayed, if you choose PS (programme service) only, you may be able to block this sort of ad. If, however, they are using the PS function itself, you're stuck because that is displayed by default and can only be avoided if you switch off RDS altogether.
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AeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20322 posts, RR: 64 Reply 14, posted (10 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1032 times:
Oh, interesting. I'll have to leaf through the owner's manual in the morning. The ad appeared in the area where the title/artist displays. It's funny how one forgets details about something you look at all of the time—I believe that there's a small portion of the screen on the far right which always displays the station number (like it could be the 8-character feed mentioned in your link).
AeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20322 posts, RR: 64 Reply 15, posted (10 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 997 times:
Quoting aloges (Reply 13): If, however, they are using the PS function itself, you're stuck
Alrighty, I've read the section of the manual regarding the stereo. Looks like I'm stuck.
Amazingly, the stereo will seek a selection of stations to scan by genre when I travel outside of my local area if I want, it will auto-sense the ambient sound level in the car so it knows how loudly to play emergency broadcast messages, even overriding the system for one if I'm playing a CD, and it will allow two separate drivers to customize everything to their liking. But block Powerball ads? Nope, apparently that's just too much to ask of it, LOL
rwessel From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2145 posts, RR: 2 Reply 20, posted (10 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 853 times:
Quoting Revelation (Reply 18): Interesting how Kindle players no longer has an ad-free option.
Sure the Kindle has an ad-free option. What's changed is even when you buy the ad-free version, you still get new book lists and suggestions from the Kindle store (but not general ads). And you can turn those off pretty easily.
Believe me, I tried, but RC Willey wasn't having any of it. They wanted a hefty restocking fee at minimum. Don't plan on seeing them anytime again soon - which is unfortunate since I generally enjoyed going there be it for furniture or electronics.