We haven't had a television for nearly two years. We don't miss it. Mr A likes football and when big matches are broadcast he prefers to watch in the men-only teahouses because there's more of an atmosphere.
Any other programmes we want to see we are able to catch-up on our laptops.
I have to admit to being hooked on UK soaps. Eastenders, Corrie and Emmerdale. But what irritates me most about ITV programmes these days are the sponsorship ads.
The advantage in catching-up online is that usually the ads are cut out. However, I tend to use Youtube for the soaps as they are posted up pretty quickly after broadcast. Or I use Expatshield and go directly to ITV iPlayer. Unfortunately in this case, the sponsorship ads still appear.
The sponsorship ad for Emmerdale, produced by an online bingo website, makes me want to scream.
They have used real people...those that use their bingo website. Their ad is trying to tell a story. It's all about real people getting together, doing real things like go-karting, hot air ballooning, messing about on a beach, etc.
The reality of course is that these people don't do REAL things. They sit in front of a screen, in isolation, playing bingo. That's what irritates me...as well as the annoying jingle!
Are there TV ads that irritate you?