DirecTV "Get Rid of Cable" Commercials

DirecTV "Get Rid of Cable" Commercials

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DirecTV’s “Get Rid of Cable” Commercials are a series of TV advertisements for the American satellite TV company illustrating various hypothetical scenarios that lead to regrettable misfortunes as a result of cable TV service outage. Due to their far-fetched and highly entertaining premises, the ad campaign spawned quite a few amateur parodies on YouTube since its launch in 2012.

Origin

In early January 2012, DirecTV launched a new advertising campaign dubbed “Get Rid of Cable.” Created by New York-based ad agency Grey New York, the first three commercials for the satellite TV company poke fun at some of the most common frustrations experienced by cable TV subscribers, such as dealing with the customer service and increasing price of cable bills, while encouraging the viewers to switch to DirecTV in order to avoid the hassle altogether.



On January 3rd, the first installment of the series titled “Don’t Wake Up in a Roadside Ditch” was uploaded to The DirecTV YouTube channel, garnering over a million views within 18 months. On January 22nd, the earliest known parody of the commercial was uploaded by YouTuber KartoonManagement in a video titled “Don’t Get Anally Raped.”



Spread

Throughout January 2012, the launch of DirecTV’s ad campaign was met by positive reviews from the industry news sites AdWeek and Fierce Cable. Then on March 2nd, DirecTV released a new commercial titled “Platoon” (shown below), wherein a frustrated cable TV subscriber winds up at a bar during happy hours and encounters Charlie Sheen at a Turkish bathhouse.



In the following months, numerous amateur sketch videos parodying DirecTV’s commercials surfaced on YouTube[7], as well as multi-pane image macros illustrating similar scenarios on Tumblr[8] and Cheezburger.[9] As of July 2013, a YouTube search for “DirecTV commercial parody” yields approximately 3,500 videos.



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chowzburgerz
chowzburgerz

in reply to Daft Punkjet

When your cable goes out, you go on to KYM.
When you go on to KYM, you upload a shitty entry and call it a meme.
When you upload a shitty entry and call it a meme, people call you a faggot.
When people call you a faggot, you hunt them down for being homophobic.
When you hunt them down for being homophobic, you encounter Deadpool.
When you encounter Deadpool, you get your head chopped off by Deadpool’s katanas.
Don’t get your head chopped off by Deadpool’s katanas. Get DirecTV.

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wezli333
wezli333

When you offer a shitty product, your ad campaigns revolve around slandering the competition.
When you slander your competition, people start bringing up all the ways your company sucks.
When people find out how much your company sucks, they stop giving you money.
When you run out of money, you end up living on the street.
When you live on the street, you start using drugs to cope with your daily life.
When you don’t have money to buy your precious drugs, you start selling your body.
Don’t offer people a shitty product.

**This goes for “I’m a Mac, I’m a PC” ads too.

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