Ask Laz: Are cable companies double dipping with local commercials?

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Barry’s question isn’t exactly a consumer thing, although it sort of is, but rather about something many of us have probably noticed.

You’re watching TV. A commercial ends and, as it does, you see just a glimpse of some other ad.

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Barry asks: Is that an example of a cable company double dipping -- that is, selling two ads for a single spot?


Now that he mentions it, I’m surprised how often I see this happening. It’s like they couldn’t decide which commercial to run, so they ran two.

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