Infomercials - Generally a
half-hour program whose sole purpose is to sell a product. The
infomercial started in 1984 after the Federal Trade Commission
lifted restrictions on how much time a local TV station could sell.
Since that time, TV has been inundated with thousands of hours of
lengthy testimonials and product pitches for such items:
The Psychic Network,
Carleton Sheets Real Estate Success Seminars,
Personnel Power Videotapes,
Exercise equipment commercials such as the Flip Trak Tread Mill, the
Nautilus Adjustable Slant Board and Bench, the Health Rider, the
Power Rider and the Health Walker.
Ron Popeil, the King of Infomercials
Forerunners to the lengthy infomercial TV
spots were Ronco products like the Veg-O-Matic ("it slices, it
dices...") and the Pocket Fisherman marketed in the fifties and