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I want to gripe about something which is utterly ruining my enjoyment of television programs. God knows, there's few enough shows worth watching, but those precious broadcasts worthy of my time are forever blighted by one of the diseases of 21st century broadcasting: On-screen logos.
Displayed constantly (except of course during adverts) in the top left corner of the screen, once you're aware of them, your eye is constantly drawn to them, or at the very least distracted from the program content. If you try, you can almost ignore them, but once you become aware of them, on-screen logos can quickly irritate to almost psychotic levels, as you try harder and harder to ignore them, you become more aware that you should not have to ignore them, because they don't need to be there!
Some channels are worse than others. BBC HD, at least, has the decency to make their logo very transparent - which is still not as good as dropping it altogether. Sky (and in particular Sky HD) is the worst culprit. Their logo is very prominent and rather spoils their flagship shows.
BBC1, BBC2, ITV and Channel 4 don't feel the need to spoil their broadcasts in this way, so why do the other channels do it?
But it gets worse: Sky One waits until about 1 minute before the end of a program, before spoiling it even more. The tense cliffhanger of last week's "LOST" was shattered by the words "NEXT: Ross Kemp In Afghanistan" appearing in a large blue strip next to an already distracting logo, right at the crucial moment.
WHY must they do this? Do they think we're stupid, or incapable of looking at our TV guides? A single button press on our remote tells us not only what channel we're watching, but also what's on next. There really is no need to display this over the top of our favourite TV shows.
I pay a lot of money for the channels I'm watching, I know what they're called thank you very much, I don't need a constant reminder in my face. I paid for a system where I can press a button to see the channel name, and also what's coming up next.
Perhaps if enough of us write to channels like Sky and complain, they might actually listen. But I doubt it.