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Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
« Reply #30 on: November 10, 2018, 08:36:59 PM »
Pluto's taken it off their service for hopefully the time being.
It still shows up on their lineup for me (though still not on Roku.)
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« Reply #31 on: November 10, 2018, 09:00:40 PM »
Same here - I've been watching the CC marathon

BrandonFG

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« Reply #32 on: November 10, 2018, 09:45:43 PM »
Thatís interesting. I just saw a BUZZR promo on Pluto either today or yesterday.
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« Reply #33 on: November 13, 2018, 07:53:04 AM »
I was able to get BUZZR on the Pluto TV app for my Samsung TV when I tried last night.

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Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
« Reply #34 on: November 13, 2018, 08:26:54 PM »
So, can you get your Samsung TV to add apps that it doesn't have yet?  Mine doesn't have Pluto TV...*sob*

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« Reply #35 on: November 14, 2018, 11:17:28 AM »
I was able to get BUZZR on the Pluto TV app for my Samsung TV when I tried last night.


Quoting myself to add that yesterday, while it still appeared on the app, i just got the blue spinning circle and it would not load.

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« Reply #36 on: November 14, 2018, 11:26:21 AM »
I was able to get BUZZR on the Pluto TV app for my Samsung TV when I tried last night.


Quoting myself to add that yesterday, while it still appeared on the app, i just got the blue spinning circle and it would not load.

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Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
« Reply #37 on: November 16, 2018, 10:13:44 AM »
It has begun working on my Samsung again; Mine is a 2017. I noticed something interesting - Pluto tosses in their own commercials. Most of them play two or sometimes three times in a row. I'm not sure what I would rather have....Theirs, or the small set of ones Buzzr plays. :)


BrandonFG

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« Reply #38 on: November 16, 2018, 11:43:16 AM »
I noticed that on the MST3K channel as well. Iím guessing the commercial log is automated, because it cuts to break at random moments, or just before the title bumper. So instead of going to break after the rotating MST3K moon or marquee logo, theyíll cut to break, then show a snippet of the logo after the commercials.
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« Reply #39 on: November 16, 2018, 07:04:35 PM »
It has begun working on my Samsung again; Mine is a 2017. I noticed something interesting - Pluto tosses in their own commercials. Most of them play two or sometimes three times in a row. I'm not sure what I would rather have....Theirs, or the small set of ones Buzzr plays. :)
Ah, so this is how Pluto makes its money. I hadn't watched it long enough to take notice of that, but it makes sense. It may be possible that the commercials are targeted to the specific viewer, also.

Dynamically inserting commercials this way may explain some of the delays in Buzzr being released at different times on different platforms. Samsung TVs might not have the technology to allow Pluto to insert commercials during the local breaks, which would affect the revenue model. This also means that Buzzr is sharing its rundown with Pluto.
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Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
« Reply #40 on: November 16, 2018, 08:55:16 PM »
This also means that Buzzr is sharing its rundown with Pluto.

That's generally part and parcel with pretty much any carryage deal between a channel and programming provider.
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Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
« Reply #41 on: November 17, 2018, 03:06:07 PM »
Ah, so this is how Pluto makes its money. I hadn't watched it long enough to take notice of that, but it makes sense. It may be possible that the commercials are targeted to the specific viewer, also.

Dynamically inserting commercials this way may explain some of the delays in Buzzr being released at different times on different platforms. Samsung TVs might not have the technology to allow Pluto to insert commercials during the local breaks, which would affect the revenue model. This also means that Buzzr is sharing its rundown with Pluto.
Pluto does use targeted advertising. Iíve noticed different spotloads running during breaks on the same Pluto channel on different devices. I also get localized ads sometimes for local car dealers, furniture stores, political candidates, etc.

Iím pretty sure they use an ad engine, similar to YouTube. (It may even be YTís engine.) I believe they have a sales team, so some of the ads are probably sold directly, but I doubt theyíre directly selling to every local furniture store & political candidate whose ads run.

Sometimes their ad engine is funky, though. Probably the most common viewer complaint on their Facebook page is about the same ads sometimes playing back-to-back-to-back. Theyíve said theyíre working on fixing it, though I havenít seen a timeframe. (Personally itís not that big a deal to me, but it seems to be to some people.)

Also, about a year ago, I was seeing a LOT of local ads for things several states away. This seemed to be especially an issue on Roku. And it wasnít that they just had me in the wrong ZIP codeóthese were ads from all over the country. Being a media geek, I found it pretty interesting, though I doubt most of the advertisers who saw it were amused. It seems theyíve gotten this issue mostly fixed, although even now an out-of-market ad occasionally slips through.

About the Pluto ad breaks not exactly always being in sync with the showís breaks, yeah, thatís always been a problem since Iíve been watching it. (Iím not sure how thatís working for the live channels like BUZZR, but itís very noticeable on the Pluto-run channels.) I feel like itís a small price for all you get with Pluto, but it is something I hope they fix going forward.

One other ad-related issue is the content at times. I have seen a few somewhat racy ads, even on the cartoon channels. Itís not as big a deal to me since I donít have kids in the home, but Iíd be squirming at times if my kids were watching an age-appropriate show and certain ads came on. Again, I hope they fix that issue going forward.