Star India's five channels, Star Plus, Star Movies, Star World, Star Gold and Nat Geo have gone high-definition (HD). And that's great news. What's the point investing in a high-end HD TV if the telecast is low-def. Naturally, Star needed to advertise this development. But the creative is so bad, you wish they may as well have kept quiet, saved some money, and let the bahus and saases of their TV serials tell us this good news. Anyway, in-product advertising in TV programming has now almost become a norm.
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Three rather tiresome commercials are on air to promote Star HD. What they try to do-and that is one of the key advertising don'ts-is to educate us stupid viewers on the science of high-definition television. For some really silly reason, this is hoped to be achieved through some pathetic conversations between two very irritating dudes, as they speed along on a national highway.
The setting of the ads is not only strange, it's pretty thoughtless. I can assure you two young chaps driving out on a holiday would have a lot of riveting issues to discuss, ranging from music to movies, to career, to girls and more girls. The last thing on their minds would be HDTV. And if on account of serious bad luck one was to be stuck with such a boring person, one would jump out of the car and hitch a hike with a bullock cart. Yup, their conversation is THAT bad.
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Anyway, they discuss key requirements for high-definition television viewing. That an HD TV and an HD set-top box are faltu items without Star's HD content. And in order to inject a modicum of entertainment, in one of the ads, the youngsters compare a non-HD TV to a sugarcane juice extractor. The idea? One chap explains that a sugarcane machine will only produce sugarcane juice, and not mango milkshake, because the input is only sugarcane. Ergo, an HD TV without the Star HD will deliver poor output. Weird! Likewise in another commercial they chatter about the authenticity of a Rs500 note. And compare that to the asli Star HD. And to be honest, I simply skipped the third commercial, just didn't have the patience to even watch it once.
Good example of really poor advertising. No, you cannot use TV as an education medium, it never works. People watch TV to be entertained and not to learn science. This is well known and yet some marketers make the same folly again and again. No, two dudes on a highway will not discuss TV programming quality. And no, I am not buying Star's HD bouquet. Imagine watching such tripe on HD TV!!!