I wanted to start this thread as a way to hear your opinions about having to watch ads to enjoy your favorite content on Roku and other streaming platforms.
My opinions are:
I have no problem watching ads to help support developers and content providers that offer free content. Or to subsidize the cost like with HULU. HOWEVER....
Ad placements and number of repetitious ads seem to be the problem.
Some channels with linear "live" content make you watch up to 8 continuous ads just to enter the stream only to find out that what is being played is of no interest to you. Who wants to watch 8 ads where at least 4 of them are the same ad and not like what is being played? I think this is terrible and a huge waste of time. And if developers think that this is the way for them to make money I think they are wrong. You will just upset and angry the viewers who will ultimately get fed up and delete your channel(s) if configured the same way. Once deleted, there goes your revenue source. Can't you developers see that?
Ideally, you should just place one ad before starting any stream and about every five minutes another ad or larger interval with no more than 3 ads. Avoid repetitive ads. At least don't show the same ad over and over and over in the same interval/block. If you must add ads then at least try to mimic traditional TV and make the experience less painful.
There are many posters here that express how they hate ads but I am sure they would be more tolerant if the way the ads are managed is improved. Please spread the ads out, avoid repetitive ads in the same block and don't place too many ads at the beginning of the stream. If you at least offer a "What's on now" guide so we can decide if we want to sit and wait for multiple ads before watching then maybe some extra ads upfront can be justified but not advised.
Another thing, if you are a channel that offers free Public Domain content, you should not need to abuse ad-revenue. You should limit ads to generate enough income for operating expenses and that's it. Trying to make excessive money via aggressive ad-revenue by using free PD content on multiple channels that offer the same content like "Movie Club" channels is just going over the top and should not be endorsed. We appreciate developers that make channels for us to enjoy but we can tell when they are trying to be slick by making extra channels showing the same content but re branded with a different channel name in an effort to make money on free content.
Let us know your thoughts on the subject.
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