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What is up with these lousy commercials?

Kahless1963

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Report this Jun. 29 2013, 1:25 am

I logged in tonight to watch a few episodes of DS9 only to be bombarded with one commercial after another. If I wanted to watch Trek episodes that way..I'd watch it on Hulu...At least they don't have quite as many per episode.

bunkey

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Report this Jun. 30 2013, 9:07 am

If it's free, then the broadcast has to be paid for somehow. Bandwith isn't free for the website.  If you'd like commercial free episodes, pay $8 a month for Netflix.

Kahless1963

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Report this Jul. 01 2013, 11:47 pm

Quote: bunkey @ Jun. 30 2013, 9:07 am

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>If it's free, then the broadcast has to be paid for somehow.

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Ok..Lets look at what they are actually paying for.. A web site, people to maintain the site occasionally, and an internet connection... I doubt very seriously if the bills amount to much. And I'm not against them making money, I'm against the amount of commercials one has to endure.

bunkey

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Report this Jul. 02 2013, 5:45 am

The amount of traffic and bandwith alone this site gets costs a lot without the episodes. And they're hosting all the episodes for you. To watch. For free. Do you know how much space that takes up and costs?


   I don't know their particular infrastructure but if they're using an outside server then they will be paying a high premium to store all the episodes, not to mention the traffic for viewing. Then there's additional costs if they're using offsite IT technicians. If they have onsite servers, most likely shared with CBS, that involves purchasing of equipment, maintaining office space, utilizing additional servers, having onsite IT help.  Not to mention high quality supersized versions of the episodes are much larger than what you download on iTunes.  And "a few people to maintain the site".  That involves salaries. No matter what the structure, there has to be 24/7 tech support available so that the site doesn't crash. This is not simply a few people uploading some videos to YouTube from their living room via Verizon Fios. And that's not even including the e-commerce portion of the site. Maintaining this site probably costs thousands of dollars a month. 


So before you complain about what you have to "endure" as if they're out to torturwe you, remember you're getting something for absolutely free that they are under no obligation to provide and look at the actual cost of running a business.

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