I am watching Livestream videos through an embedded player on my website. Ads appear at the bottom of the screen, and there is a red "X" in the upper right corner. In windows that "X" exists so users have an option to close the window. Livestream seems to be deceptively using the natural behaviors of viewers to get them to the Livestream site.
When I click the red "X", instead of closing the ad, it stops my stream from playing?! Wait a second, I didn't want my stream to stop, I wanted to close the ad so I could view the stream. Next it pops up a new window. What? I hate pop-up windows. Now I have to go into my settings and disallow Livestream from pop-ups. That new window takes me to the Livestream site.
On the one hand companies complain about how it's not fair for people to use ad blocking programs. On the other hand, good people like myself who don't use those programs are taken advantage of with these tactics which don't represent your company well.
The watermark in the right corner of the video advertises your site, and offers viewers the ability to get here in one click. The huge banner in the left corner does the same. The ads that play every 10 minutes, and the more frequent ones at the bottom of the screen generate revenue for your company. Is there REALLY a need to have the entire playback screen as one big hyperlink to your site? and to use these deceptive advertising practices?