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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Cable channels began broadcasting the 30-minute infomercial in April.
▪ But the public turns off when all they see is an infomercial.
▪ Her work recently included the trial of convicted infomercial stars William and Chantal McCorkle trial.
▪ His little movie is like a classy infomercial for Shakespeare.
▪ I find this hard to believe, because the infomercials are so unabashedly enthusiastic about the process of selling.
▪ Most of us are, at least in a hall that big, and on a nationally broadcast infomercial.
▪ She, too, dispenses wisdom via infomercial.
▪ So marketers are turning to half-hour infomercials carried through the countryside in video vans.
▪ What they get from infomercials is simplification in administration, collection and sales.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1983, from info- + commercial. Before infomercial was the print form, advertorial (1961).


n. A program-length television commercial, typically between thirty minutes and one hour long, that is usually sold as a block to advertisers late at night to fund the operations of a television network.


n. a television commercial presented in the form of a short documentary [syn: informercial]


An infomercial is a form of television commercial, which generally includes a phone number or website. Most often used as a form of direct response television (DRTV), long-form infomercials are typically 28:30 or 58:30 minutes in length. Infomercials are also known as paid programming (or teleshopping in Europe). This phenomenon started in the United States, where infomercials were typically shown overnight (usually 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.), outside of peak prime time hours for commercial broadcasters. Some television stations chose to air infomercials as an alternative to the former practice of signing off. By 2009, most infomercial spending in the U.S. occurs during the early morning, daytime and evening hours. Stations in most countries around the world have instituted similar media structures. The infomercial industry is worth over $200 billion.

While the term "infomercial" was originally applied only to television advertising, it is now sometimes used to refer to any presentation (often on video) which presents a significant amount of information in an actual, or perceived, attempt to promote a point of view. When used this way, the term may be meant to carry an implication that the party making the communication is exaggerating truths or hiding important facts. Often, it is unclear whether the actual presentation fits this definition because the term is used in an attempt to discredit the presentation. Hence, political speeches or conventions may be derogatorily referred to as "infomercials" for a specific point of view.

Usage examples of "infomercial".

She looks as if she might have stepped straight off the set of an infomercial for fake fingernails or home permanents.