Pay per view isn’t always in the form of subscriptions and the companies that bring you your local news are either greedy or stupid or most likely very much both.
This morning I went to one of the local TV station’s sites (KING5) to have a look at a piece of video and I learned what it really costs to look at the local news on the ‘Net.
I recently set my computer and browser to ask me before installing cookies. Mostly out of curiosity.
In addition to the KING5 cookies which I accepted (at least 4) I have to deny cookies from the following sites:
Actually about 12 sites but they were all variants of the above. That’s right FOUR different advertising networks what to install cookies in my browser so that I can read one local news story. Not happy.
It gets worse…
I click on the video play button.
A new browser window opens and I have to reject a couple of cookies from zedo.com and I still get an advert in the new window from Undertone Networks (for Netflix).
Then I get an error message sating that I don’t have the Windows Media player plugin for Firefox installed — I know I should go and figure out why I don’t have it, and maybe whether or not I have something set funny or maybe the video is in some format that will only play in WMP or… hell I just want to see the video.
So… I open IE7 (where I have first-party cookies set to accept and third ‑party cookies set to ask,) copy and paste the URL (and deny cookies from belointeractive and zedo) and click “play” and watch the video. Well first I watch an ad for REMAX. Then I watch the video.
I go back to Firefox and click on refresh — I’d like to get the still that was in the video place holder back. I get another cookie notice this one from:
And so it goes — as I spend another 10 minutes on the site I get more requests for permission to install cookies.
I know KING has to pay the bills — that’s what the all the ads cluttering up the site and the 30 second spot before the video are for but stop-it with letting the ad networks install cookies.
Oh and be careful where you click — I touched something. I don’t know exactly what and got stuck on a page that wanted me to “Become a Member” and wouldn’t let me go back to the story I was reading. Heinous shit.
I’m sending a heads up to KING about this post. I’ll let you know when (if) I get a response.