Whilst I am fully aware of semi-recent changes Twitch has implemented with their ads, this is getting ridiculous.
I've noticed that over the past 1-2 weeks, the frequency of ads has significantly increased in the middle of streams; including ad breaks that the streamer does NOT actively start themselves. Not only that, but the number and length of these ads are getting ridiculous, averaging about 30-60 seconds each time, sometimes occurring at critical moments in streams (link to an example of this happening a while ago on Soda's stream provided below).
Every time I've entered a new stream, there's a ~75% chance that I get a 30 second pre-roll; this HEAVILY disincentivises finding new streamers to check out, and is directly counteractive to site-wide growth. Ad-blockers are also becoming less effective, and many of the blocking methods that worked only a few months ago are no longer successful.
The obvious 'solution' to this issue is "just sub if you don't want to watch ads 4Head", but many streamers actively state that merely watching their stream and participating in chat is enough support; surely they should get the final decision on whether or not they want ads running. Not to mention, some people prefer donating rather than subscribing; this obviously doesn't remove ads for them either.
I'm curious if anyone else has experienced similar changes recently, and seek potential remedies to the situation.
Relevant links to previous ad-related posts: https://www.reddit.com/r/LivestreamFail/comments/kh1esv/twitch_is_rolling_out_still_images_that_replace/
First of all, it’s not about the advertisement stopping me from watching the video, it’s more about the image that a YouTube advert portrays about the product. Most YouTube ads I see nowadays are for cheap startups or targeted rubbish. I’m not sure about the process of acquiring the ‘air-time’ to advertise something on YouTube but I imagine it is less time consuming and difficult than other means of advertising. Overall, through using YouTube, it makes the company and product as a whole look worse when compared to other type of advertising. It’s similar, in my opinion to how I view products on those crap tele-shopping channels.
Another factor is the annoyance the advert causes, although you can’t exactly skip through TV ads so it’s not really a big deal.
(EDIT: I’m not trying to say advertising doesn’t work and I’m somehow immune to the psychological tricks and language they use in ads. I’m more pointing out about the impression I get from a company when they use YouTube for their ads)
EDIT 2: The PERFECT EXAMPLE FOR REDDIT, HUEL. I’m not sure what it is, I’m pretty sure it’s quick meals but nevertheless. Advertising on YouTube and Reddit makes the product look dodgy.
Inb4: Yes, I have adblock and everything that can possibly block out ads.
Although I’m aware we are all consumers to a certain degree, it’s horrific to come to the slow realization of how advertisements have evolved beyond what we have traditionally considered advertisements.
I read a post on the anti-consumer subreddit a while ago regarding the new faces of advertisement, and since then I just started paying more attention to the amount of product placement that just exists out there.
One instance came to mind that can be described as nothing less than egregious was a specific scene from Euphoria. And what was so aggravating was the verbal product placement intertwined with a pretty shitlib take on Malcolm X and MLK Jr. The character was delivering an absolute travesty summary on these two beliefs and suddenly started praising Nike, and how he felt validated cause they had a sign saying “Our Lives Matter”.
And I just had to turn it off. The corporate dick sucking has become too much. Even within a majority of my social circles of where I’m currently at, the amount of obsession over brands and products is astounding. It feels inescapable. So many kids I know is nothing more than a walking billboard nowadays. And they’re fine with that.
edit: Some users have said that I needed to finish the scene to get a better context of what was shown. Though the initial Nike praise was jarring, the character did rectify how he actually viewed the whole situation regarding corporations virtue signaling.
It rained all night and I had to pick tiny pieces of wet paper off of my windshield this morning. It should honestly result in a ticket or penalty of some sort. Most people probably just end up littering it anyway. Don’t put shit on my damn car.
Context: During the Siege of Terra, Kharn notices that Khorne is interested in Kroeger, the Warsmith of the Iron Warriors. Kharn decides to show Kroeger, what a warrior of the Blood God is capable of.
I posted this to show how easy it is for Khornes warriors to get new servants for their god. With Nurgle you have a quite difficult time, you have to convince people that being a zombie is better than their current life. But Khornes power is very practical and easily understandable.
"The Emperor has already made me stronger than any mortal man,' said Kroeger. 'What other gifts do I need?'
A wreck of a Rhino transport potruded from the blood-slicked earth a few metres away. Kharn turned to it, the teeth of Gorechild spinning faster until the weapon howled in his grip.
The champion of Khorne took two long strides and launched himself into the air, leaping higher than any normal Space Marine was able, axe in both hands. He brought the weapon sweeping down as he landed,next to the wreck, its shining teeth slashing through armoured hull and track housing with a single mighty blow. Shattered ceramite and scattered tracklinks exploded around him. Khorne's power flowed through him, energising, setting his mind aflame through his Butcher's Nails so that the growl of his axe was a soothing purr.
Kharn balled a fist and drove it into the flank of the armoured transport. His gauntlet split under the impact but his bone did not, punching through the armoured plate to the elbow. He tore the panel away, hurling it far out across the wasteland.
'Nothing stand before the chosen of the Blood God and lives!' he roared and looked at Kroeger. 'No blade will pierce my skin. No bolt can scarr my flesh. Swear yourself to Khorne and you will become his bloodied killer. Every life you take shall be offered up to his glory, and every moment you will know the joy of slaying.' Kharn said. Kroeger laughed, long and deep. 'All I need to do is kill in his name? No oaths? No rituals? No sacrifices?'
Kharn nodded and walked towards the Iron Warrior, letting Gorechild fall to his side, ignoring the smell of his own blood from the ruin of his hand. 'Yes...As long as the blood flows, Khorne cares not for words. Be his servant, and you shall receive power like mine'
Obviously these websites will always have some amount of data on you, but limiting that is always a good feeling.
For me personally, once I started doing more regarding privacy my YouTube ads/recommended videos got a lot more stagnant. Ads seemed way more random and not related to my hobbies, and I saw this effect with all major apps/websites that I frequently use.
I am quite conventional with my music and prefer to download it and listen to it. It's difficult these days to find a music player that doesn't have advertisements in it. Any suggestions on which music player is good for my purpose.
I made a list of all the various sponsors advertising during the opening match of IPL 2021 between RCB and MI as broadcasted on the Star Sports 1 (SD) channel, from the first ball of the first innings to the last ball of the second innings.
This list accounts for each time an advertisement (complete/incomplete) appeared during the commercial breaks between the overs or after the fall of a wicket. It also lists every time a commentator had to plug-in a sponsor.
|Sl. No.||Sponsor||Product/Service||Commercial Break||Commentary Plug-in|
|1||Dream 11||Fantasy Cricket||11||3|
|4||PhonePe||Digital Payment Platform||9|
|8||JustDial Mart||Online Wholesale Shopping||6|
|10||Vimal Pan Masala||Cancer||6|
|13||Amazon||Online Retail Shopping||5|
|15||CRED||Credit Card Payment Platform||5||5|
|17||Mutual Funds Sahi Hai||Mutual Funds||5|
|19||Bingo Mad Angles||Chips||5|
|23||Netmeds||Online Medicine Delivery||4|
|29||LivFast Solar||Electric Appliances||4|
|30||Tata Sky||DTH Service Providers||4|
|39||Reserve Bank of India||Public Service Announcements||2|
|41||Moj||Short Video App||2|
|43||Kent||Water Purifier/Hema Malini's MGNREGA||2|
When was the last time you had a tic tac? Seems like a vestigial mint at this point and a dying brand. Where are our green boi tic tacs? Our UFO mystery flavor white tic tacs? Half sarcastic half surprised they haven’t pounced on the op