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TV pop up ad blocker

DSP (digital signal processor) removes annoying TV pop up ads
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The presence of TV pop up ads has increased to the intolerable level on some TV networks. Hence the need for a TV pop up ad blocker.

This device connects between the TV set and the video source and uses DSP to remove TV "pop up" ads. The video signal is analyzed for the presence of logos and text that were added to the signal by someone else's DSP for the purpose of advertising.

The TV pop up ads are detected by heuristic programming that analyzes relative brightness, contrast, color, image movement, and the presence of text.

Once TV pop up ads are identified, heuristic processing determines background brightness, color and contrast around the pop up ad, and replaces the popup with averages of the background areas on which the popup was sitting, effectively blurring away the ad so its presence becomes practically or totally invisible.

Couch potatoes then have a less irritable TV watching experience.

snifftheocean, Dec 31 2009

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[phoenix, Dec 31 2009]


       I live in the UK and I've never seen a pop-up TV advert - except possibly messages appearing at the bottom of the screen telling you what the next programme will be.   

       Fortunately, if I want to avoid adverts (of a commerical, non-BBC nature) I can watch the Beeb.
Aristotle, Dec 31 2009

       they're just getting preemptive licks in against people 'TiVO'ing who can fast forward through the commercials.   

       [ ] doesn't bug me much... would probably bother me more if I plugged in the TV.
FlyingToaster, Dec 31 2009


       Come across the pond and watch BBC America.   

       They do pop-ups all the time, just as soon as the real advertising stops (in which, BTW, no other logos or pops are allowed [hey, we PAID for this ad placement, you, BBC, can't change it!]).   

       So, you get done Tivo'ing past the ads, and the program starts, and you get more advertising *inserted into the program*. Total nonsense.   

       I like DVD's, make a big collection of movies and series, got hundreds of hours will get thousands of hours. Even the DVD's may be loaded with advertising on the front, but the program is uninterrupted. Broadcast TV sucks! -=-   

       Regarding BBC... I will never forget calling BBC, a few years ago, to get a "World Service" BBC logo'ed umbrella. They told me they could not ship it outside of the UK, but, "Please visit Astronaut House on your next visit to England, and you can get one there." (Astro-nuts?)   

       That's "World Service" for you.   

       Still, BBC did, in the past, produce some wonderful programming.   

       I recall another occasion when I called them about something, asked for a particular person and ended up connected to the bartender in astronaut house.   

       Bartender hands me over to someone else at the bar that says, "yeah, he's here, hold on, I'll pass the phone."   

       Dunno about you, but I never worked in a corporation that has their own bar inside the building.   


       Cheers, and all that.
snifftheocean, Jan 01 2010

       //a corporation that has their own bar inside the building//   

       It seems to be quite common in Australia to have a fridge full of free beer in the office kitchen. The funny thing about where I work now is that, alongside the free beer, there's fruit juice, carbonated soft drink and coffee that you have to pay for.
pertinax, Jan 01 2010

       In Texas, I think, if you don't ask someone to have a shot of whiskey with you, it ain't a done deal. All large CEO offices have bars behind their desks.   

       As for the idea, I watch BBC America a lot and I know what you are saying.
blissmiss, Jan 01 2010

       In the UK we pre-pay for the BBC via the television license, so we don't have non-BBC adverts on our BBC channels. This gives us some of the most relaxing and civilising television available to mankind ...   

       Outside of the UK the BBC's content is shown to raise additional funds, via advertising. When I've been to the continent I've seen very mellow, tasteful adverts for a BBC news channel. Maybe the advertising chosen reflects the country.   

       Remember the BBC is the oldest broadcaster in the world so you can expect something to seem a bit strange to the uninitiated!   

       I have watched American TV in America, due to my having been a professional working for more than one American corporation in my time.
Aristotle, Jan 01 2010

       Well then, did you get a little buzz in the office, or not...I mean a shot of coarse...
blissmiss, Jan 01 2010

       pertinax, I had no idea, maybe I should move to Australia. Fosters is available in US-- about the only Oz brand regularly found here. But, I'm sure it's not anything like what you have.   

       blissmiss, maybe I should move to Texas, but I'm not thinking of the CEO's office bar, this appeared to be an actual bar in this BBC building , with a bartender, for the regular workers. I imagine they had a dartboard and pool table, and pictures of Kings and Queens on the wall. Well, at least a picture of Churchill, at any rate.   

       Aristotle, I'm familiar with British TV, all the way back to the 60's, including the original "Dr. Who" in black and white. Farther back, do you recall the TV series "Stranger on the Shore?". The theme song played by Acker Bilk topped the charts for about a year, also watched "Bill and Ben", and listened on the radio to Coronation Street, and The Archers.   

       These days I'm more likely to play "Upstairs Downstairs", "Reckless", "Full Monty", "House of Cards", et seq, "Last of the Summer Wine", and any number of other brilliant British productions.   

       Regarding the TV tax you pay, I think you get your money's worth there.   

       Best wishes!
snifftheocean, Jan 01 2010

       r u real?
po, Jan 01 2010

       Its the 'Go Compare' adverts.
You don't like the 'Go Compare' adverts, do you?.
gnomethang, Jan 02 2010

       think he means the network ads superimposed on programming ("Stay Tuned for ...") and pixel recolouration watermarks in various corners of the screen.
FlyingToaster, Jan 02 2010


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