Microsoft to Introduce 15-30 Second Commercials to Xbox Live
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Microsoft has struck a deal to introduce TV-style commercials to Xbox Live in an effort to further monetize the service.

The commercials will be 15-30 seconds long and run within TV and video apps. The deal also confirms that new channels are coming to the US version of Xbox Live, including one from Manga Entertainment.

Microsoft's general manager of Xbox Live Entertainment and Advertising, Ross Honey, said "With the growth of Xbox Live, advertisers no longer have to choose between digital and TV advertising - we're offering the impact of TV and the interactivity and addressability of digital in one platform."

"As more and more industry leaders like ESPN work with us to help monetize their content on Xbox Live, TV media buyers win with the ability to extend their standard TV spots to this highly engaged consumer audience."

Microsoft has recently seen a huge upswing in advertising cash from Xbox Live. Since 2010, the service has seen an increase of revenue of around 142 per cent. This has been no doubt bolstered by last year’s dashboard redesign and the increase in advertising space it provides.

However, it has also caused ire from users who feel the dash has become less user-friendly as a result. News that users are to be force-fed TV-style commercials and adverts may well provoke further anger, as the service is already paid-for.

[via Eurogamer]


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Comment #1 by specularblinky
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 04:48:54 AM
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do not like

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Comment #2 by WonderCaliban
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 04:49:10 AM
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The Dash is definitely less user friendly.

Adverts on a paid for service?

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Comment #3 by M1 Punk
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 04:50:37 AM
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Manga is like cartoon porn right?

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Comment #4 by Lazy_FAQer
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 04:51:45 AM
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I only use my X-boite for games anyway... but I hate seeing games consoles turned into these crappy media centres. Our beloved hobby gets watered down with each re-vamp.

Execs are penises IMO.

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Comment #5 by Nutty Scouser
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 04:52:17 AM
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what a joke i dont wanna see adverts, there should be a option for you to turn them off or on, you know give the customer a choice before forcing this shit on them....

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Comment #6 by Aliasalpha
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 04:54:13 AM
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Yeah that'd be a great move if the ads were disabled by a paid membership. Hell I'd be content with the ads being there but being still images rather than video

@3 Nah you're thinking of Hentai

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Comment #7 by mademaniiiiii
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 04:55:15 AM
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Next there be putting adverts in online gaming. Your get a kill in a fps or be ahead in a lap on a race then an advert will kick in about some hair product lol

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Comment #8 by Lambomination
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 04:56:22 AM
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Think i'm even more less likely to be using the apps on the xbox now then.

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Comment #9 by mhkerr
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 04:56:52 AM
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Does more advertising mean a cheaper live subscription then?
Thought the point of gold was to help maintain the live service. If advertising is now gonna help pay for it will we as customers see any benefit?

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Comment #10 by yamayamayaamaa
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 04:57:20 AM
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Do you think MS runs around singing this song?

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Comment #11 by LavaLampBamboo
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 04:57:33 AM
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I suppose this would be better if it then resulted in Xbox Gold being free. I'd be happy with a few ads here and there if I wasn't paying for the service.

In fact, wasn't that a rumour a few years back, that they were going to make Silver multiplayer as well, but you had to put up with adverts?

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Comment #12 by Paulpaps
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 04:58:18 AM
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If they made xbox live gold FREE or half the current price, I'd maybe accept this, but now microsoft are making MORE money out of us and we get nothing in return.

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Comment #13 by Boro Iz Rich
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 05:00:14 AM
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I use my 360 to play games. You know, what it was meant for. As long as they don't do something absolutely ridiculous like interrupt your game with a damn commercial, then I'm good.

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Comment #14 by BrySkye
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 05:02:31 AM
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@2 Like most TV services then. You might pay a monthly subscription for Cable or Satellite TV, but you're still forced to have adverts, and none of them give you a choice either whilst costing considerably more than an XBL gold membership (The cost of 12 months of XBL Gold probably won't get me 2 months of Sky).

That's part of why DVRs like TIVO or Sky+ have been so successful, letting people fast forward or skip them entirely.

In other words, this is going to make watching TV on your Xbox 360 more like watching TV on your, well, TV.

You get ads on the likes of on demand TV channels on Youtube too.

Its only on the XBL TV services, so its not that bad really and won't affect games.
Unlike WipEout HD on the PS3 which, at one point, used to play adverts during the loading times.

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Comment #15 by trymemf
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 05:03:41 AM
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I'll go to my Playstation if I wanna sit on the dash all day or watch tv/film

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Comment #16 by Godfather93a
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 05:04:01 AM
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As long as they don't start making me watch before I play my games I'm fine with this. But we need to stop & think to oneself that commercials & advertising are now such a common thing how long before were forced to watch advertisements before staring our Xbox or TV. We all could just say no & stop using any service that utilize this feature, I myself would never do such a thing & I don't see enough proof that others would either. A huge part of life is taking the good with the bad, but how far should it go?

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Comment #17 by Druss COTA
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 05:04:19 AM
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that is some of the suckiest news i've read in a while.its a gaming console and yet 'games' isnt the 1st thing u see on the dash anymore its all tv and apps.i pay for live so i can play my games with my friends anything else is please stop punishing those of us who got you where you are today.i want my games console back,advert free plz.

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Comment #18 by Lonewolff 7
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 05:04:49 AM
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So we pay MS to give us adverts...what a joke. As if the dashboard isn't already full of enough useless crap. It doesn't matter if you can skip them or not , we don't pay for a service that spams us with adverts. Fuck you MS.

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Comment #19 by crunchb3rry
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 05:12:54 AM
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How about lowering the price of Live for this bullshit? Just hate that there's no difference between somebody that uses XBL a little and people that gobble up bandwidth like crazy. We all pay the same and still have to sit through commercials now and squint at the TV to tell which panes are system related and which are fucking advertisements. Sony doesn't do ANY of this crap. Notice the ads are not to "support" the service...but to "further monetize it." Sums it up perfectly. Only way this would be acceptable is if they were going to literally add TV channels and make the system function as a makeshift cable box, like adding AMC, etc., not some Hungarian QVC channel. TV networks have to do the same for logical reasons, but only what's necessary, not further exploiting a consumer to make another buck on top.

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Comment #20 by koenoroelie
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 05:14:35 AM
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if they make so much money of ads, then they can afford to make XBL free right? oh no i forgot it's micro$oft so you'll have to pay for a service with ads... thanks

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Comment #21 by Original
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 05:15:02 AM
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Comment #22 by Ereaser NL
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 05:15:04 AM
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@18 Agreed. They should make it so gold members dont see advertisements :/
Makes more sence imo...

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Comment #23 by Godfather93a
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 05:16:08 AM
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@19 Yes & with Sony you get hacked 20 times across the coarse of 1 month

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Comment #24 by sxylou123
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 05:19:41 AM
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I think the BBC would have something to say if they start littering iPlayer with adverts, seeing as the bbc is also paid for with a seperate license therfore you dont get product adverts on their channels, only in house advertising for future programming. There may be trouble ahead for Microsoft and BBC in this instance...I cant see the BBC just folding over and saying "hell advertise all you want on our time"

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Comment #25 by Mr Matty
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 05:19:44 AM
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What kind of name is Ross Honey anyway .
Sounds like a frozen fish company mixed with a jar of gales honey.

Anyway The current dash looks horrid with the ads but they did this for a while with some inside xbox shows put that lynx thing on.

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Comment #26 by Caramel Cardinal
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 05:19:59 AM
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don't we already have adverts, no matter what i watch on xbxo theres an advert for something or other the only difference beign is it's xbox related like kinct adverts or lovefilm ones, changing them to proper adverts really wouldn't bother me so long as it helps keep the cost of live down

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Comment #27 by Facial La Fleur
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 05:20:16 AM
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Better lower the price of Live then.

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Comment #28 by l.maciver
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 05:21:34 AM
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i though ads where already on the dash? definetly seen alot of movie ads i know that.

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Comment #29 by Suplemental
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 05:23:43 AM
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More adverts? Adverts ruin stuff not sell stuff! HINT HINT Youtube! On a side note if i could watch all anime's of Beyblade, Dragonball ;z,GT and Naruto then ill be happy but be adverts i bet >.>

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Comment #30 by fallout frank
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 05:25:00 AM
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Can't say im bothered, realistically this means more money in Mr Microsofts pocket so he won't need to take it of us, it should help keep live prices at what they are instead of increasing it. Just think people Microsoft pay for access to all those services, they need a return off of advertisers or us, I choose the advertisers.

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Comment #31 by ModernSith2010
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 05:25:29 AM
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3 things-
1- I bought a games console not a fucking media center, my game given a tiny square to the side
2- I pay £40 pound a year to use xbox live yet all over the dash adverts
3- If they are going to be bringing in advert revenue they better start making it so these apps can run full 1080p

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Comment #32 by Allan Caesar
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 05:27:13 AM
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So MS first jacks the price on Xbox Live, makes the dashboard more annoying, and now this? WTF?

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Comment #33 by francisrossi
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 05:27:48 AM
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@2 - Sounds like Sky TV.

@30 - Don't be silly. They'll just keep the extra money and raise prices anyway.

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Comment #34 by ModernSith2010
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 05:27:51 AM
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@14 you pay sky for there broadcast of the channel, not the actual channel, the adverts pay for the channnel not sky.

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Comment #35 by coljay
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 05:37:51 AM
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Bring back the old dashboards at least they had hardly any adverts.

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Comment #36 by Corpse87
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 05:38:21 AM
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the apps suck and I have cable so no need for this crap! fuk u microsuck

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Comment #37 by Crazyfulla
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 05:40:14 AM
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@3 no... Hentai is cartoon porn... umm NOT THAT I KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THAT!

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Comment #38 by DC KUSH 91
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 05:41:22 AM
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Prepare to be bombarded with Kinect adverts, already had enough of this shit from Halo waypoint.

Seriously, foul play MS.

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Comment #39 by stevedb79
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 05:48:11 AM
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cool that means the cost for xbox live gold membership can come down or be abolished all together....right???

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Comment #40 by exception360
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 05:51:44 AM
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I guess it won't take long before thay announce Xbox LIVE Platinum membership for 'just' $100 a year?

* Xbox LIVE Silver - Same as now + commercials
* Xbox LIVE Gold - Same as now + commercials
* Xbox LIVE Platinum - New! No adds/commercials, bigger friendslist/other stuff

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Comment #41 by FFFreak1129
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 05:52:21 AM
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If they are going to be forcing adverts on us they should at least lower the price for Live. They are getting all this extra money. But nah that won't happen.

It was nice while it lasted not having to deal with ads while watching stuff. I wonder if Netflix will get them too.

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Comment #42 by AltarofPlagues
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 05:52:22 AM
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adverts on a paid service. what a pile of shit.

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Comment #43 by CornishMessiah
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 05:55:20 AM
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the ones on waypoint are already annoying without having to add more!

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Comment #44 by Stevey Boy2006
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 05:55:21 AM
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Well if its only on TV and video apps, who gives a shit?

Oh and you all pay for your TV service and there's adverts on there so get your heads out your arses

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Comment #45 by Callam001
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 05:56:28 AM
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so first we have to pay to use there services, then they throw adverts at us. WHAT THE FUCK MICROSOFT! seriously get your shit together and stop being money whore

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Comment #46 by the bears beard
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 05:56:31 AM
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Ruddy money-grabbing tossers! I'm already paying for Xbox Live Gold and a dashboard with more adverts than an episode of Downton Abbey. They cannot have adverts with BBC iPlayer at least, but bloody hell Microsoft! It is bad enough that my game launch is reduced to the size of a postage stamp.

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Comment #47 by ShinobiSteve81
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 06:01:46 AM
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There are already regular commercials if Im watching Fios on my Live, and Crackle and Hulu already have ads too. Wtf, they're adding more?

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Comment #48 by ScottHarris
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 06:02:12 AM
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@3, Cartoon porn........really ? *sigh* you would of thought by now everyone would know that Manga is not porn. One little search on Google and you would see that Manga means comic.

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Comment #49 by BrySkye
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 06:12:21 AM
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@34 And your point is? You'll be doing the same on Xbox Live really. If they start putting adverts on ITV Player, 4OD etc, you can bet the channels in question will be taking a cut as well.

Though for the sake of argument, let's not forget that you still get adverts on Sky's own channels, not just the 3rd party ones.

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Comment #50 by Saracin
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 06:14:12 AM
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@48 And a search of Manga Entertainment shows that its an anime company thats been around for years and owned by Starz and has distribution deals with Funimation, Viz, and Sentai Filmworks.

I'm curious to see though if this will give access to any other animes besides what they provide to Netflix for streaming.

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Comment #51 by RDrules
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 06:16:53 AM
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@44 the only tv channel i know of that i actually pay for is the bbc and that has no adverts, the rest just come with my cable subscription where you pay for the service not the channels

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Comment #52 by x_Silxx_x
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 06:18:21 AM
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Next they will have adverts between rounds of COD, BF3, Halo, etc.

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Comment #53 by the bears beard
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 06:25:21 AM
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AMMO LOW - GRENADE!!! - DFS SOFA SALE!!! - NO-NO HAIR REMOVAL - BOOOOOOOOOOOM! Respawn in 30s after a word from our sponsor... "Problems maintaining an erec..."

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Comment #54 by Stevey Boy2006
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 06:27:40 AM
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Yeah, you pay for your cable service and there's adverts on most of the channels, so what's the difference between this and cable?

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Comment #55 by Andreas_loel
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 06:32:31 AM
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Its not comming to sweden anyway like most stuff so who cares

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Comment #56 by Pyro Stick
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 06:33:16 AM
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wow and i thought the point of paying for a service was to get rid of the ads. Microsoft seem to be doing everything to make Gold as unappealing as possible. The new dash is awful and slow and full of ads already. If i was paying for Gold streaming things would be slow enough on my internet. With ads shoved in every so often it would render the service useless for me. I might as well watch it free online somewhere.

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Comment #57 by Big Stoz
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 06:33:44 AM
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Completely missing the point that I only watch shows on xbox live to avoid the sodding adverts

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Comment #58 by BuckfastNI
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 06:35:38 AM
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Can someone please explain why the dashboard is white in the screenshot but mine is grey?

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Comment #59 by ModernSith2010
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 06:38:15 AM
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@54 When I was VM you never had adverts during catch up services and on demand only during live broadcasts, ITV 1, Comedy Central etc. Sky channels have adverts to pay for the programmes on them you sky subscription pays for your the bit rate etc that it cost to broadcast to you, using sky+, interactive( which uses more bitrate)

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Comment #60 by the action frampton
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 06:46:02 AM
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@9 agreed. I don't mind paying for gold, but I do mind adverts on a paid for service.

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Comment #61 by TSG Dwaggie
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 06:50:58 AM
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Microsoft, shove your ads up your arse. Thanks.

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Comment #63 by sumthingchronic
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 06:57:13 AM
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Comment #64 by jamie1000013
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 06:58:21 AM
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I thought they had adverts already...Sky, 4OD, and Five all do already. Are they going to start doing this with Netflix and Lovefilm?

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Comment #65 by Rivercurse
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 07:05:11 AM
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You pay for access to TV channels every day on cable/satelite. No one moans about the ads.. Don't understand.

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Comment #66 by IVIR BLOBBY
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 07:05:22 AM
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Money grubbing cunts

I got a ps3 for crimbo & have started buying the recent releases (Amalur & syndacite) on it just to escape this. The dash is less user friendly and they're just going to keep milking us for money

Sony are just as evil but it'll take them a few years longer than microsoft to cotton on and do this, so i'll be a ps3 man for a while

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Comment #67 by BrySkye
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 07:05:37 AM
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@59 There is more do it than that when you look at the different packages.
To say you only pay for the service or the bitrate is not entirely accurate when you consider the movie pack is an extra £16 and the Sports pack is an extra £20.
In those cases, the additional costs are mainly for the content, not the service.
Its true that movies are at least uninterrupted, but not all of the sports are. For example, the new F1 channel. Only Qualifying and the Race are uninterrupted. The three practice sessions, non-F1 races and the F1 Show all have adverts.

Bottom line is, if you have a Sky subscription to all of the channels, you will be paying well in excess of £40 per month, which will net you an entire year of XBL Gold.
In that context, it's not exactly an outrage includes adverts.

After all, you could say your XBL Gold subscription is paying for the -service- as well. Your XBL bandwidth and ability to play games online etc, rather than the content.

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Comment #68 by Rageba
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 07:07:28 AM
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Why do we pay for gold accounts again, i forget?

Greedy microsoft what next microsoft excel with adverts

I see your booting up windows? Did you know that accident helpline can....

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Comment #69 by Benmahalf X
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 07:15:57 AM
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I thought the new dashboard was nothing BUT ads... What does this mean, a full commercial every time you boot up or start a game?

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Comment #70 by gazmaster1
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 07:22:57 AM
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I wonder if we will get spam advert bots advertising genuine fakes just like on the internet?

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Comment #71 by ponypo2001
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 07:29:00 AM
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Glad I only use my xbox for, you know, playing games on. Mind you, it won't be long before they plaster them over every game you play and the dashboard. Oh wait, they already do...

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Comment #72 by UberPirateNinja
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 07:29:12 AM
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@69 watch this space, that'll be along soon enough

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Comment #73 by ZedChuva
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 07:33:47 AM
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M$ can eat a dick with this. Now, I'll admit I don't use any of their video services, but that's not the point. It's bullshit to PAY for their service, only to get raped with ads. PSN is free, and has zero ads.

Next Gen will for sure have ads... fuck it, commercials, cause it's what they are... when you stick in a disk... new disk of course, cause buying used and borrowing is pure fucking EVIL... you'll have to sit through commercials before you can even play the game.

This gen I'd bet on having ads before all trials/demos before the end of this console life.

If Video Player, which I stream media from my computer, is considered a "video app", and they tack ads on that, it's over for me. They can suck the proverbial dick, and I'll disconnect from Live forever and finally get around to getting a PS3.

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Comment #74 by C Imrie
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 07:33:57 AM
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I dont see any problem with this, Microsoft have increased the services on xbox live by loads and not changed the pricing of it.
I run my own small rehearsal studio and know from experience that most people dont understand that business spend money to keep things going they think it all just comes in, no out goings at all.
Its a joke if this upsets you, in a word where most business are closing down its good to see one still pushing to stay opened and offer a great service.

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Comment #75 by Steakslave
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 07:36:04 AM
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I think it means during video apps but I'm not positive; I had to watch a commercial the last time I booted up Halo Waypoint & got pissed! I pay for XBL Gold! Don't make me watch commercials!

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Comment #76 by cyrus1269
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 07:42:34 AM
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When are they going to support Time Warner for the HBO GO? I called and talked to Time Warner and they said that they are only waiting on MS to create the app or patch the one they have now to support TW.

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Comment #77 by I mak3 big boom
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 07:43:51 AM
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I honestly couldn't give two white about this. I have my xbox set to start me from the disk and not the dash. And if I do want to play something downloadable I go to quickplay. The only time I'm ever on the dashboard is to download something. So this really doesn't effect me

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Comment #78 by I mak3 big boom
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 07:45:48 AM
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@77 *shits

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Comment #79 by stockracer88
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 07:47:33 AM
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ads on my already paid for Xbox live? Yeah I see that going over well.

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Comment #80 by GeneralOnx
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 07:50:54 AM
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Well first I read about anti-used games and now this. The reason I subscribe to online television is because there are no commercials. I freaking HATE commercials. Thanks Microsoft for killing half of what I like in the Xbox 360.

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Comment #81 by CienPR
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 07:51:58 AM
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So, they want me to pay to use their services and drown me with ads at the same time? Horse shit. They really can't get more money hungry.

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Comment #82 by SuperWoody64
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 07:52:27 AM
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So we pay for gold and now we have to watch commercials? That's the reason I never go to anymore.
At least give us free stuff for watching ads.

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Comment #83 by three15
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 07:52:42 AM
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Ad's for Silver members is fine, don't charge me £40 a year for the privilege of letting a door to door salesman into my house!

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Comment #84 by eiVaL
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 07:56:59 AM
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if you're watching a movie on HBO GO or whatever, its not going to matter, if you watch TV shows, even has commercial breaks in the same spot that there normally would be one on TV, so there's no big deal.

bottom line is, if you dont like it, watch it somewhere else.

i know for a fact you can disable the ads if you watch on your browser with adblock, plus depending on if you use Nexdef they wont show up either, and the non-nexdef quality is the same as the nexdef feeds were last year so theres really no reason to use it at all...but no commercials make it even a better option

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Comment #85 by owenstoodstill
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 07:57:57 AM
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Lol someone should tell Microsoft Xbox is a games console. What a joke......

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Comment #86 by darksidecow
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 08:02:37 AM
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those fuckers better not put ads on my netflix i pay twice for that already 8 dollars a month for it and 60 a year for gold why should i watch an advertisement for something when i get no benefit hell i event bought xbox when it first came out paid for it to get fixed twice and bought a second xbox i have more then paid for no adds or bullshit from fuckers who think they can make more money out of something that already makes most of there money for them.
@3 please do some research before you make stupid comments...

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Comment #87 by MartyMcFly
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 08:07:05 AM
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Turn on console > Play Game > Issue averted.

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Comment #88 by Zenka The Myth
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 08:08:22 AM
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...........I remember when xbox could only play games, that was the only thing that mattered.

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Comment #89 by Swegabe
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 08:17:21 AM
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Whats the next step, achievement like pop-up commersial ads during gameplay?

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Comment #90 by Yourburntstar
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 08:17:41 AM
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i really hope Valve is coming out with there own Console to rival the PS3 and Xbox 360 market. because if they do, hopefully it wont have all these bullshit marketing schemes just to make a quick buck off a retarded advertisement that people see enough when they watch TV. no need to imbed it in out fucking heads even more.

plus i dont think i ever watched a adervertisement and afterward was thinking to myself "man i need to go out and get that" and if any of you do do that, then you have some real issues.

Microsoft this is a HUGE FAIL but you dont give a shit about your "customers opinions" so you will just go ahead and do it anyways and just keep piling on the shit that no one needs/uses.

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Comment #91 by iBuzz7S
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 08:32:03 AM
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They are deleting threads on if you voice your negative opinion about this move.

I dislike many things about Xbox LIVE and the dashboard, but I've always renewed my subscription. If this new crap ruins my experience, regardless of opinion about spending time on the dashboard, I will not renew my subscriptions, take the Xbox 360 offline and go online with my PS3.

If only there were thousands upon thousands of others who could voice their hate in a similar fashion.

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Comment #92 by roggor123
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 08:36:56 AM
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Want the manga thing in the uk..

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Comment #93 by xIAmAZombiex
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 08:39:13 AM
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So us outside of the US will be getting adds but no extra stuff. Fucking fantastic.

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Comment #94 by DragonessAthena
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 08:41:30 AM
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The ads in certain Crackle movies were bad enough, specially since they were all for the Kinect, which I own and have plugged into my Xbox. Netflix is a paid service, there better not be any Xbox ads added to it.

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Comment #95 by imatt B4M
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 08:43:58 AM
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..... Did they forget we bought an Xbox to play games?

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Comment #96 by DarqStalker
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 08:45:08 AM
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If they start adding commercials I have to be forced to watch on the dashboard, I will not log into live until after I have loaded up a game.

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Comment #97 by RDrules
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 08:47:11 AM
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@67 but at the same time MS arent charging that price to pay millions up on millions of pounds for sports licensing etc, if you want to watch things like that on it you have to pay extra again for a sky subscription

the premium content on sky etc costs so much because of what they are made to pay for that content in the first place the majority of the content available on live that would cost money like that such as films and sport we have to pay a separate subscription for on top of what we d already so its not justification for the adverts

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Comment #98 by Xero Shinobi
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 08:47:27 AM
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Cunt of the week award goes to...

M1 Punk

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Comment #99 by Thinreaper
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 08:53:57 AM
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Un-f***ing-believale. We pay for a service and they still want to bombard us with advertising. Makes me sick.

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Comment #100 by M1 Punk
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 09:02:21 AM
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@98 Sorry, I only accept annual awards.

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Comment #101 by PluralAces
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 09:03:22 AM
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along with advertisements, they will probably raise the price of gold to $99 within one year....mark my words, they will claim with all the new content available, we need to charge more in order to justify all of these services

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Comment #102 by teknomusik
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 09:04:43 AM
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Ugh. I will most definitely be working on a way to block the xbox from loading ads now.

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Comment #103 by BrySkye
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 09:10:51 AM
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@97 I wouldn't entirely agree. Why are we assuming that Netflix, lovefilm, Sky etc pay Microsoft in order to put their services on the Xbox 360?
More likely, Microsoft pay them as well as having to absorb the bandwidth costs themselves (plus there is now more DLC, Games on Demand and XBLA games have gone from the initial 50mb file size limit to over 1gb now).

That £40 a year gives us a HELL of a lot more content than it did 6 years ago. How have they been able to do that without charging more?
Putting in more ads.

To reiterate though, that premium content on Sky costs that much and often has adverts -as well-, so the point is somewhat moot.

They really aren't all that different, neither being better than the other.

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Comment #104 by gallit
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 09:33:06 AM
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Maybe in your country but in the Netherlands we pay just a much as you but we don't get half of the options. We only have the zune market for movies and some social apps.

As for the ads. Don't need it and don't want it. Like all the ads on the internet.

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Comment #105 by combustible lemon
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 09:33:53 AM
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Just hated M$ that little bit more after reading this.
Like many others have said, if it made XBL gold considerably cheaper or free I wouldn't argue but this is just more $$$ for M$ at our expense.

Also wouldn't adding these commercials to the dashboard mean it will take that little bit longer for the dashboard to load up when you turn on the xbox?

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Comment #106 by Spanish Assault
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 09:33:54 AM
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i honestly dont mind...they keep adding to live and if they need outside money then im ok with it. if it's anything like the current ads, they only run when you hover over them

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Comment #107 by Sgt Scyther
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 09:35:58 AM
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If I'm going to have to see ads then I better not have to spend $50-$60 a year for this service.

Seriously, this shit is free on PlayStation 3 and you don't have to watch any ads.

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Comment #108 by chaos1086
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 09:52:47 AM
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the ads on the dashboard don't bother because i'm not retarded but if they start putting ads in Netflix I'm gonna be pissed

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Comment #109 by Xtrovert
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 09:54:47 AM
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i dont mind the ads as long as they eventually bring that Manga Entertainment channel to the UK :)

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Comment #110 by Skititlez
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 10:02:48 AM
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If they want to throw ads in free apps like Crackle, I'm okay with that, but if they start messing with my Netflix...

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Comment #111 by tripleb2k
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 10:06:14 AM
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Commercials during my app? NOOOO FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS!

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Comment #112 by Bondfan626
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 10:14:32 AM
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I am fine with this for them to make money and keep the service running, but I am also fine with them charging still for live. If we were not charged, Microsoft would not make enough money and probably end up like Sony, who is actually losing a bunch of money right now.

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Comment #113 by coggyswell
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 10:16:32 AM
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Since Microsoft are going to start making revenue for ads, you think they could drop the price on Gold subscriptions?

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Comment #114 by upindat
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 10:18:39 AM
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wow. thanks for slowing my xbox down even more.

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Comment #115 by francisrossi
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 10:19:08 AM
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@97 - Nobody makes Sky pay that much. They pay over the odds to price any competitors out of the bidding.

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Comment #116 by Blazman83
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 10:19:18 AM
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The dashboard is already swamped with ads!! I have missed so many episodes of sentuamessage and all the other videos on the dash that made xbox live cool. Simply because theyre buried under ads, even the panel that shows what game is in your tray is tiny ... i love my xbox but why the f**k is M$ trying to turn it from a games console (the reason i bought it!) into some super advertising board in my living room!!

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Comment #117 by MoldyClay87
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 10:28:37 AM
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>Paid service

I don't think you understand how this works, Microsoft.

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Comment #118 by GeorgieBam
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 10:31:08 AM
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People actually use the expensive music and video apps?

I don't like it but it won't affect me.

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Comment #119 by BBowles
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 10:33:50 AM
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As others have said, I'm fine as long as these ads aren't thrown into my Netflix time. If so, I'll never use the app again, as I have several other ways (Wii, PS3, Blu-Ray player) to access Netflix without dealing with ads.

The dashboard already annoys me -_- I miss the days when I could scroll over to my friends list and hit X to join a I have to sift through what, 3 screens minimum just to join a party? The X button isn't even used on that page of the dashboard o_O Why remove such a handy option? I don't mind advertisements in the corners of each page....but lets try making the dashboard a little more user friendly first.

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Comment #120 by MoldyClay87
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 10:34:33 AM
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Actually, I don't understand how this is going to work. Where are the ads being placed?

In the double paid services that are independent from X Box Live in the first place?

Crackle has its own ads *because* it is free. iHeartRadio, Youtube, and DailyMotion don't have ads as far as I know but are also free. TODAY has ads though.

Can they actually add ads to services that are paid for separately? Then doesn't that defeat.. what?

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Comment #121 by StillTIPPIN187
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 10:36:12 AM
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As soon as i get a commercial on Netflix or HBO Go.. Ill be turning on my PS3 for media.. Its far better at it anyway.. ill just use the Xbox for games.. untill those assholes start putting commercials during ever 20 min of gametime.. Xbox Live is becoming a joke..

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Comment #122 by quidyg
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 10:46:33 AM
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doesn't bother me, i only use my xbox for games and the only time i'm on the dashboard is to check out the marketplace. still annoying for those who use the apps, microsoft should've only do this for silver accounts so there's another benefit for subscribing to gold

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Comment #123 by ash356
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 10:46:55 AM
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Well, this is a major annoyance. Microsoft get more money, whilst annoying their loyal subscribers.
Well played M$, well played...

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Comment #124 by x1000FIRESBURNx
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 10:57:52 AM
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I remember the days when gaming was about games. The days when you could buy a game, take it home, and fucking play it, without having your cerebral cortex bombarded with advertisements and other shit you don't need or care about.
It was just you and your game. But now, games are the lowest priority on the list of services that are given* (coughcoughpaidforcough) to the gamer. With these new Xboxes, they cater to the people who just go out one day and say, "Oh hey, you wanna buy an Xbox?" I work at a videogame store, and I've seen this happen many times. They all go for the new black Xbox 360 slim, because it's mostly a symbol of disposable income, rather than a symbol of a passionate, dedicated gamer who shelled out hundreds of dollars just to be able to enjoy a few hours of fun, which is what it should remain!
Give gamers back their fucking games, and shove your advertisements up your bloated, overfed asshole, Microsoft!

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Comment #125 by macd
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 11:02:57 AM
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Better be out the way or entirely skippable. I'm not paying for LIVE anymore if I'm gonna get adverts all over the shop. I know TV does it, but I dislike that and I hate the fact MS seem to just want to rip the piss out of us now.

I know that is what a corportation is meant to do (make as much money as possible) but jesus christ, give us a break. I don't think it's that far off until we have the Master Chief drinking a Coca Cola and Marcus Fenix stopping the onslaught of the horde just to grab a big mac.

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Comment #126 by The Dark Rifle
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 11:18:19 AM
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If its advertising game I'm all for it but seeing JBs fucking face on my tv makes me unhappy

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Comment #127 by Fire Mage
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 11:18:52 AM
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There's a ton of paid-for services such that when you pay for them, you stop getting bombarded by ads.

It seems that Microsoft is breaking this mold and is in fact making it worse. Go figure.

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Comment #128 by Chaosflare
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 11:19:04 AM
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Maybe I'm just used to it after all these years of media being tossed in my face, but I just feel like this doesn't bother me as much as other people feel it should.

If anything, I'd just be annoyed if Netflix featured commercials whilst watching a television series, or if they tossed commercials in the middle of my Zune Marketplace content.

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Comment #129 by PRxBeasT
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 11:23:11 AM
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I really hope they dont plan on adding ads to netflix or ill consider canceling my subscription. Its why I hate hulu so much :(

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Comment #130 by HugTheBear
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 11:23:52 AM
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Only way this is a good thing is if they lower the price of Live because of it. But, that won't happen.

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Comment #131 by Da Fishnitty Fishizel
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 11:29:49 AM
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Since when does it become good business to ignore and offend your consumers and user base.When the 360 first came out,I loved it,seemed like they tried to give you what you'd want.But now when I think microsoft, or even turn on the dashboard, I become angry.They don't even try to hide the fact, that we're nickel and dimed for everything.You can't tell me that microsoft was struggling before they introduced this ad bullshit.How many fucking billions of dollars do these greedy cunts really need?Corporate fat cats must think all gamers are 10 years old or something and dumb as fuck.Yup, keep spitting in your customers faces.

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Comment #132 by CelticWarriorDB
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 11:38:07 AM
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@73 Even though I hate this issue, comments like yours' just piss me off. If you want to go to the PS3, then just go the PS3, simple as that. You feel the need to come on here and try to make a statement, and make it seem like you're taking a stand, when in reality, you're probably just want to be on the other side. Well then just go, and don't look back. However PS3 also has ads, albeit small ones, and if you don't think that they will never do the same thing, then you're crazy. Sony just posted a huge money loss, and if someone tells them that doing something like this will make them money, they will do it. Thinking otherwise is foolish.

However, I hate this issue. Hulu and other apps already have ads, so why do we need more? I don't know if this will translate into the gaming part, and if it does, that will really piss me off, but if it's just into the video viewing part of XBL, or if it's just a little box in the corner of the dash, that doesn't piss me off too much, because they can be ignored. However, the difference between me and you #73 is that I can hate this issue, without singing the praises of the PS3, which could do the very same thing, as I already explained. If you want to to go the PS3, then just go and don't look back.

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Comment #133 by thenewpeter
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 11:47:32 AM
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I clicked in here excited at the prospect of a anime video channel... then read 'new channels are coming to the US version of Xbox Live, including one from Manga Entertainment.'
Why is it that the Brits always get kicked out of the loop on things like this, there is no anime channel, at least on sky in the uk anymore, there hasn't been for years, there are no anime features other then the occasional random film, is it honestly so much to ask to be able to watch anime on the tv...

And to the advertisements, there's nothing wrong with that, its a way to make constant money, short and simple things, it only makes sense to add little things like that, you don't like it, then go and cry to mommy, up to 30 seconds of waiting time isn't much to ask for.

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Comment #134 by Vectorman953
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 11:48:28 AM
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"As more and more industry leaders like ESPN work with us to help monetize their content on Xbox Live, TV media buyers win with the ability to extend their standard TV spots to this highly engaged consumer audience."
TV buyers may win, but the general public (of gamers at lease) loses.

I can't imagine they'd mess with netflix, or games in general. Hopefully if they did either of those the community could pull a mass effect 3 (or maybe even SOPA) level backlash and finally be heard.

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Comment #135 by Dragon Nexus
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 11:49:48 AM
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You mean like...TV subscriptions and magazine subscriptions and damn near every kind of paid for service that has existed since dinosaurs walked the earth?


Wake me when they start adding these to games. *Then* I'll give a damn.

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Comment #136 by Vectorman953
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 11:52:30 AM
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I just don't think I'd be as angry if I was actually receiving something out of this as an end user... like lower gold rates. Instead, it's just microsoft saying "MOAR MONEY NOW PLZ" without even TRYING to dress it up as benefiting the customers.

I would really just like it if there were 3 tiers of xbox live membership:
-Bronze: What is now silver. It's free. Ads fucking everywhere, and no multiplayer or anything
-Silver: Bronze, but with multplayer. No access to apps or anything. Mayber netflix but probably not. Reduced rate $20 a year. Some apps.
- Gold: What gold is now, without the ads. $40/60 a year.

I would honestly choose the silver, because fuck every aspect of gold membership besides playing halo on live. and even that is getting to the point where I'm hesitant to spend my money when they're humping me to death with ads.

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Comment #137 by blackout529
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 11:52:56 AM
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As long as I could still play my games I really don't care. Talk to me when they put 15 second advertisements during my games, then I'll be pissed.

But until then, 0 fucks are given.

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Comment #138 by Spectreshade85
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 12:16:39 PM
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I'm in the process of writing a petition against this. If, like Microsoft claims, they serve their customers, this is certainly not serving customers. There is a reason why tv and movie services are so successful: lack of commercials. I only watch DVR now because commercials serve no purpose.

I'll first be posting it on my twitter account(@TCRivers), then hopefully spread to other media.

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Comment #139 by ScottHarris
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 12:23:01 PM
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@50, I never said Manga Entertainment wasn't an Anime company so try reading properly before talking crap. I was just saying that Manga isn't porn.

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Comment #140 by ExtremeRugburn
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 12:27:08 PM
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Great for M$, and a minor annoyance for me. Maybe with all this new income M$ can lower the cost of xbox live.

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Comment #141 by ViNyLek
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 12:30:27 PM
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I had to laugh at ppl hoping it would lower cost of gold service. Unless you just recently joined xbox family, you should know by now that Microsoft is one of the girddiest motherfuckers out there. They will take money whichever way they can while still trying to convince you get better end of it. I sure am glad I only use my console for gaming. For other entertainment I have TV and PC....

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Comment #142 by Vectorman953
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 12:40:08 PM
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How could they put commercials into video that YOU'RE streaming from your own home network/pc/usb device? That just doesn't make any sense, technologically, since video player can obviously work without an internet connection...

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Comment #143 by wickedclowns95
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 12:45:45 PM
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Isn't that part of the reason we pay for live? So that we don't have to deal with an ad-infested service? Makes me seriously consider becoming a PS3 gamer which is a big deal to me.

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Comment #144 by atomic viking54
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 12:51:52 PM
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Comment #145 by wickedclowns95
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 12:57:32 PM
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I hope they know that's also why I canceled my Hulu Plus Subscription after the free trial ran out. As everyone else has said, if they turn up on Netflix then I won't be renewing my XBL subscription.

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Comment #146 by chrishaney23
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 12:58:35 PM
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As everyone else has said already.. this is past ridiculous. I paid $50 a year with no ads and now $60 a year with ads? Fuck You M$ !!! You are losing me as a loyal XBOX ONLY customer slowly but surely. I was looking forward to the 720 (or whatever) but the XBOX has become so much less gamer friendly than it has become family oriented. I shouldnt be surprised by this but I am. Just release the 720 as a media streaming device and leave the games to Sony. SAD !

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Comment #147 by Doombringer777
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 01:01:18 PM
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Thanks Microsoft! You have finally put the last nail in the board for my decision to fully switch over to PC gaming. Take a lesson from Steam Microsoft, because I've spent more through Steam in the first month than I have on your overpriced DLC and XBLA games in 4 years thanks to their deals and fairness to their customers. In 3 Months, I have even spent over the constant gold membership costs I paid you. Steam is free, has no ads, has one of the best account security systems out there, has fair prices, and has MASSIVE sales and deals at random. Not to mention the weekend and midweek deals that they have. Every. Single. Week.

Paying for ads is one thing I will never allow myself to condone, so I officially canceled my Gold Membership for good. Have fun not taking my money Microsoft.

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Comment #148 by bearmod
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 01:08:47 PM
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This is horse shit. I could understand this happening on PSN since you don't h e to pay to play but I shouldn't have to sit through a commercial since I'm already paying to use the service. And I'm sure they'll put this into Netflix too so now I have to have a gold membership to even access Netflix, I have to pay to be able to watch Netflix, and now I have to sit through commercials on top of that. I love Xbox but Microsoft is such a piece of shit sometimes

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Comment #149 by WartyHogger
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 01:09:56 PM
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And here I just wanted to play on my Xbox. Also agree with #148, we're paying for gold, that should be the subscription to avoid commercials, fucking Microsoft.

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Comment #150 by xSpitfire
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 01:16:57 PM
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Being force-fed all these advertisements is NOT ok for a PAID service. Free Silver users, sure. But I do not pay $60 a year to have ads shoved in my face when I turn on my xbox. I get it, 75% of the population is stupid and will buy things from ads, but for the 15% it's insulting and enraging. Unfortunately that is what seals the deal, the MAJORITY are mindless consumers, so nothing will ever change. Sorry folks, we have to endure. Look at Call of Duty, smart business model, slap in the face to anyone with half a brain.

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Comment #151 by CrosSBraX
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 01:53:01 PM
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Adds are fins, If lIVE GOLD is FREE you M$Bitches!

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Comment #152 by Mandalorian831
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 01:56:26 PM
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Since I use Crackle(pretty much the free and worse version of Netflix)Im used to seeing advertisements ever 10-15 minutes during a TV show/movie Im watching.

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Comment #153 by RikusTwilight
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 01:58:47 PM
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Adverts on a TV/Music/Movie service? Oh no. However will we cope with adverts. It's only the same as on proper TV...and guess what? You PAY for the television licence, you PAY for cable, you PAY for satellite television and still have a bunch of adverts. You may not like it, but deal with it.

You're only going to see them when you use the apps. If you don't use the apps - you don't see the adverts. Simple as.

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Comment #154 by RikusTwilight
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 02:00:25 PM
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@150 - 75 + 15 = 90. You kinda missed out the other 10% of people there.

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Comment #155 by ash356
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 02:03:04 PM
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Can I just say, all these people sarcastically claiming 'ADS ON A PAID FOR SERVICE? LIKE TV SUBSCRIPTIONS? WOW, THAT'S NEWS', are generally just being the Devils advocate, for the sake of, well, being a devils advocate.
Maybe ads would be fine, if MS weren't already making us question as to why we actually pay in the first place. Let's list:
Crap member 'perks', i.e. the ****ty DOTW we've been encountering recently.
Barely any exclusives anymore, in comparison to PS3.
Having Kinect shoved down our throats all the sodding time.
Increased prices on every DAMN thing on the marketplace.
Oh, and servers being taken down after just one year by EA. Which is exactly what Gold is supposed to prevent.
... and the list goes on.
Frankly, if Microsoft actually made us feel like we're still getting something from our Gold, we'd likely all be happy. But we're pretty much just getting ripped off nowadays.

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Comment #156 by xSpitfire
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 02:04:43 PM
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@154 Erm...the other 10% don't buy things or have xboxes...period. Yes...totally

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Comment #157 by RikusTwilight
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 02:08:06 PM
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Aaand I just need one more comment. The money WE pay for Xbox Live helps run the servers y'know the multiplayer servers that make it nice and smooth for us to play online. The money Microsoft would be getting from the adverts is yes, to line their own pockets but that is because the Apps and stuff are actually costly to maintain and the advert money would help grab some of that cost back.

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Comment #158 by fohf
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 02:08:53 PM
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I already stopped using most of their stupid apps and don't even get me started on how shitty Netflix is on the 360 now, so this won't affect me. But I can already see where this is going and it will end with every game getting an a force fed ad in before you can begin playing it.

That being said, if any of the 3rd party services that I pay money for, like Netflix, start putting ads I will immediately cancel and go back to pirating. The ENTIRE point of these streaming services was to get away from the traditional tv bullshit.

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Comment #159 by RoseSymphony
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 02:10:58 PM
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The only thing that will make me NOT okay with this is if they show us the same flipping add every damn time. If they mix it up, then I look at it as this: It's advertisements on TV shows. They're only 15-30 seconds, which is a LOT shorter compared to regular TV. Sure, it's annoying, but I'm not going to flip a s**t about it or email Microsoft in protest or something. I mean, seriously, what did you all expect anyway? A business attempting to make more money? Preposterous.

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Comment #160 by GOWnage
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 02:12:06 PM
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Playstation is looking more and more appealing.

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Comment #161 by resevil239
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 02:21:10 PM
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I don't really care that there are ads so long as I don't see any on netflix or HBO go (the two that I use), thought they shouldn't be on ANY app that requires its own seperate subscription. I should not be paying $50-$60 a year for xbl AND almost $10 for netflix streaming then have to see adds on it. I also shouldn't have to hook my laptop to my TV for netflix instead, esp since the xbox app runs better than the in browser version of netflix.

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Comment #162 by linktriforce007
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 02:26:55 PM
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Manga on Xbox? Hahahaha.

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Comment #163 by CelticWarriorDB
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 02:28:05 PM
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Wow, it's kind of funny how there's so many whiners here. Like sitting through a 15-30 second ad is the worse thing ever in the world. Man, I wonder how you would be able to handle yourself in the real world, if you're that mad about something really dumb. How would you be able to handle yourself watching TV, or going to the movie theater where the ads are............much longer than 15-30 seconds.

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Comment #164 by zarda1
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 02:33:13 PM
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pc is looking more and more appealing.

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Comment #165 by RynoRhino
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 02:49:59 PM
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Honestly I'll give this a pass until it actuallyplays out. maybe thats just because of the manga channel news but yea hell even if it just went back down to the $50 a year instead.

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Comment #166 by mjc0961
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 02:54:46 PM
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Dude, fuck that. I don't mind all the current ads because I never see them down there in the corner anyway. But if I'm going to have to watch a fucking commercial before doing anything, I might just not renew my Gold subscription. I pay for a premium service, I should not have ads shoved down my throat.

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Comment #167 by Vulger Spartan
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 02:54:51 PM
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Should I be as unsurprised as I am right now?

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Comment #168 by mugginyouoff
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 03:02:17 PM
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Adverts should not be on a paid service.

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Comment #169 by bearmod
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 03:04:19 PM
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@163. People aren't mad because they can't sit through a commercial. They're mad because we have to pay for Gold, in some instances you have to pay to use the app and now all of the sudden they're putting ads on the videos just to make more money. It's not that we're lazy or anything, it's a matter of principle.

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Comment #170 by PANIC ATTACK 10
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 03:06:23 PM
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i'm getting sick & tired of this crap! if this keeps up i'm stoping my xbl membership. this way i can play my games without all this crap going on. honestly i just might sell everything & do the ps3 thing. so sick of all the " buy this now ". crap already on xbl. when my membership comes up. i'm just not going to renew it anymore. man i'm really hating MS & all this forced crap! its so sick & childish. if this is the future MS wants. count me out!

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Comment #171 by PANIC ATTACK 10
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 03:13:43 PM
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this is also why i use netflix on my ps3. it also looks & sounds better too. i run my dvds on ps3. i only use my 360 for games.

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Comment #172 by CelticWarriorDB
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 03:26:31 PM
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@169 You pay for watching TV through a provider, yet you have to sit through longer ads. You have to pay for movie tickets to sit through around 10-15 minutes of ads and previews. They do those to make money, so how the hell are these any different? They aren't

@169 You have to pay to watch TV through a provider, and you have to sit through ads that are longer than 15-30 seconds. When you go to the movies to watch something you then have to sit through 10-15 minutes of ads and previews. So how the hell is this so much different compared to those things? The thing is, it isn't. Well what do businesses do.......they try to make money. Bashing them for trying to make money is completely idiotic, especially when the only thing you will have to do is sit and wait 15-30 seconds extra. Wow, so terrible LMAO. Now if they decide to charge more money and also do this, then I would see the problem, but until they do, it's just baseless whining.

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Comment #173 by xandyboi7x
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 03:28:56 PM
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fuk you america, you get way 2 many good things already while the rest of microsofts client base still has to put up with the crap with no plus side

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Comment #174 by DeepInfern0
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 03:35:53 PM
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This is shit. Well done Micro$oft.

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Comment #175 by SasileUchiha92
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 03:45:00 PM
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Happy about the Manga part, but pissed about the advertisements.

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Comment #176 by reaper527
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 03:46:13 PM
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i think the bigger news is that manga entertainment still exists! i haven't heard that name in years. i thought they disappeared right around the same time as all of the other non-funimation anime licensers

on topic, doing this to raise their revenue is an insult only a year after they raised the rates for gold.

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Comment #177 by CelticWarriorDB
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 04:14:02 PM
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Damn, I just realized I screwed up. Thought I deleted that top part. Sorry mods.

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Comment #178 by bearmod
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 04:15:37 PM
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@172. I'm not trying to say that commercials on TV or in movies are any different than the ones that will be on XBL, but Microsoft adding them to a service that has never had them to make more money is a dick move.

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Comment #179 by Foreseen 360
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 04:18:41 PM
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I think that is a bad Idea, who is going to want ads on a service that we pay for and then on top of the fee for our gold membership, we have to pay for premium services, which MS will get a cut off as well. Then on top of that, they want to make more money! I think that they are getting too greedy these days and when this happens, I will be cancelling anything over and above the gold membership as I don't want to watch ads every 5 minutes of any video I watch via my Xbox!

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Comment #180 by Epilogue of Euphoria
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 04:21:14 PM
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Somehow some way I'm not the least bit surprised by anything Microsoft does anymore. You just get used to the bullshit after a while I guess. O_o

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Comment #181 by Pazuzu91
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 05:01:01 PM
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It's a business, they dont care what you have to do, the bottom line is they want money. if you ran a company youd want to make the most money as well

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Comment #182 by limprobobo
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 05:06:27 PM
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Im not sure as to why everyone gets so worked up by these things.

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Comment #183 by CelticWarriorDB
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 05:15:50 PM
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@178 It's not a 'dick' move because they never stated they would never do that, nor are they charging you any extra for it. Well I guess then every single company must be taken to task, because the goal of a company is to make money. If you're going to bash every single company for making moves to make money, then hop to it, you'll be at it for a long time. Alright, so if they're no different, then how come no one is complaining about that stuff with theaters or television hmm? If there's no difference, then people only complaining about this are being hypocritical. If you can sit through 2-5 minutes of commercials on television but can't sit through a stupid 15-30 second ad on XBL, then you're just whining for the sake of whining, because you're not losing anything from these ads, other than 15-30 seconds of your time.

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Comment #184 by Dalek Effect
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 05:36:17 PM
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People who have Gold shouldn't have to see adverts... :( I'm sick of seeing adverts on the dashboard it's soo annoying.

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Comment #185 by Bongo Bongo347
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 06:01:38 PM
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exactly, there just a couple of seconds long.

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Comment #186 by P 3 7 3 R x
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 06:04:33 PM
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Ads to make more money? what do we pay £40 a year for? surely that is enough money with the amount of xbox live users!

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Comment #187 by DN Deathrow
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 07:07:05 PM
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I see this the same as I see having to watch commercials with paid and premium cable/satellite TV. It is wrong. I pay good money just to use Xbox live. I should not have ads forced down my throat constantly. Period.

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Comment #188 by Rixiden
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 07:11:22 PM
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with all this extra cash they're generating off of advertising then why the fuck did xbox live gold membership go UP recently instead of damn DOWN!? explain this to me?

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Comment #189 by tincann
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 07:22:35 PM
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@23 You have no clue what you are talking about. Sony got hacked, but at least they owned up to it. Microsoft's site gets hacked numerous times & they still continue to deny it. Also there is an exploit in the login process that allows hackers to steal peoples accounts & they continue to do nothing to fix this. Microsoft response, "We're looking into it.", meaning they are doing nothing.

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Comment #190 by Barrowland
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 08:24:23 PM
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Using the sky app just now had to watch an edd from ups and the blackberry. Couldn't skip.

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Comment #191 by Samurai Kadaj
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 09:48:19 PM
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Um, yeah... I don't pay a subscription fee to watch commercials. Go fuck yourself, Micro$oft.

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Comment #192 by Digidax
Thursday, April 26, 2012 @ 02:11:40 AM
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What are all of you poor people bitching about? You idiots are soooo right only MICRO$OFT is after your money not $ony or Apple(who is the most greedy by far) or any other company for that matter. OMG not another ad on my screen that I don't have to watch....The Ads are small if you dont like it then don't click on it. It sad you can go to every article on this website or any website and there are trolls and people bitching.

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Comment #193 by Eoth
Thursday, April 26, 2012 @ 04:02:09 AM
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The problem is that the Dashboard adv. are annoying but can indeed be overlooked. The 15-30 sec commercials before your content starts can not. And so there is a valid reason to bitch.

Just like it's annoying as hell now to watch gametrailers on youtube,, etc cause of all the damned commercials. Not to mention the same one over and over and over and over and over....

I don't get it though. I never was planning to buy Prototype 2 any time soon, but after being beaten to death by that annoying commercial I am most certainly passing on it just out of principle

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Comment #194 by El Hongo 93
Thursday, April 26, 2012 @ 05:15:22 AM
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absolute bollocks considering i already pay for gold membership and ihave to watch ad's give it to a free service!

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Comment #195 by CrownlessKing
Thursday, April 26, 2012 @ 02:42:10 PM
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No Hentai? Fail.

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Comment #196 by Dps120390
Thursday, April 26, 2012 @ 03:39:17 PM
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this is crap, it was annoying enough when i used youtube on the xbox, now its gonna happen all the time just what i love to do between videos is watch ad. either there will be a new membership or the pay monthy "ad blocker crap"

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Comment #197 by fohf
Thursday, April 26, 2012 @ 04:31:19 PM
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Why are you trying to convince people to like commercials? What do you gain from it? If you get this worked up over people not liking commercials, how do you handle yourself in the real world?

All your points are null to me, I don't watch tv commercials, I skip them with my dvr. I don't watch the ads at the movie theater cause I don't go to the theater, due in large to how shitty of an experience it has become. I also skip all the trailers and crap form dvds.

Basically, unlike you, I am not okay with shit being shoved down my throat. So maybe you should stop "whining" about people who don't like taking it up the ass.

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Comment #198 by Delow317
Thursday, April 26, 2012 @ 10:59:17 PM
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If I ever see a comercial in any of my apps that didn't have commercials in them before (especially if the apps don't have commercials on different devices like netflix) I will be leaving your brand for good based on principle.

I'd rather have a ps3 even if that means:
1. 90% of my multiplats are gimped inferior versions
2. 8x slower download speeds than 360
3. Unreliable peer to peer servers in comparison to xbox live.
4. Notoriously long mandatory installs and updates that can take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes AFTER YOU BRING HOME A NEW GAME FOR THE FIRST TIME BEFORE EVEN BEING ABLE TO PLAY IT!!!
5. Having what I know are the least relevant exclusives on any platform to date.

I've been bashing PS3 since I got mine at launch, I hardly ever use it. But now, I'm considering it and just putting up with the inferior multiplats to avoid this nonsense.

I mean I dont get it, first Microsoft fucked up our dashboard to the point where everything runs at a crawl, then they cover up the video issues that their Metro update brought on!

Again If I ever see any app that doesn't have commercials on my Tv or BD player and turn on my xbox to find that they do there, I will be selling their system, abandoning their brand and my 3000 dollar investment in dlc and retail games.

I'd rather play less games on ps3 anyhow. Microsoft, I'm just waiting for you to fuck up one more time to me. I just fucking dare you cocksuckers and your dislexic designers that couldn't organize and file the marketplace correctly if their life depended on it.

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Comment #199 by XxMayhemxX
Friday, April 27, 2012 @ 02:42:42 AM
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Yup.. i'm paying for a subscription for gold for NO commercials and advertisements... My disk drive in my 360 just took a shit... coincidence.. I think not...

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Comment #200 by Sanchezz4387
Friday, April 27, 2012 @ 06:33:39 AM
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only use netflix so in theory it wont affect me, but i wont play ignorant, this is shady microsoft, people who pay for live should not be subjected to adverts.

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Comment #201 by quaneylfc
Saturday, April 28, 2012 @ 09:04:32 AM
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lol manga + cartoon paedo porn

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Comment #202 by Masta Mylez
Sunday, April 29, 2012 @ 06:53:27 PM
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Fuck Microsoft, Steam here I come

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Comment #203 by [Ku-Ga] MasonCooper42
Monday, April 30, 2012 @ 08:55:26 AM
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this doesnt bother me too much, i mean microsoft make money, advertisers advertise, and simply put if u dont like it, just check the football, or go for a piss, get a drink,

also they had adverts in 1 vs 100 and that wasnt too bad.

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Comment #204 by Lord of Fate
Tuesday, May 01, 2012 @ 12:23:04 AM
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Oh great! Now, just like YouTube I'll have to wait for 30 whole seconds before I can watch my game trailers. Thanks Microsoft. Yet another company trying to shove their shit down my throat.

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