writes "I don't want my GTV. Excerpts from a newly-published Google patent application for Targeted Video Advertising:  'Users may be allowed to skip particular commercials, but required to watch or accept a set number of commercials in order to watch a program. The required number may be, for example, a set integer, such as 11 commercials.'  'The system...may also require the user to fully watch at least four promotions before the program will continue.'  'The profile includes some demographic information of the user, such as income, age, and gender. This information may be obtained when the user registers for the video service.'  'A commercial with the interactive format is an advertisement that requires user interaction to be completed (e.g., a survey).' Yikes."
This is only at the application stage, but it's difficult to see this getting anywhere. There are already interstitial advertising systems online that do exactly what appears to be described in this patent. But, even more to the point, in the past when companies have patented
concepts such as preventing people from skipping over commercials, the backlash has been pretty loud.