PrimeStar - Pipe

January 25, 1998 | :30

The third Super Bowl spot for PrimeStar satellite TV in the late 90s (following "She Loves TV" in 1996 and "At Last" in 1995), this ad by ABP/Draft Worldwide (the former Adler Boschetto Peebles & Partners) was produced by George Lucas' Industrial Light & Magic. The special effects are more grounded than, say, "Star Wars," depicting a PrimeStar subscriber's extreme effort to protect his dish from a runaway piece of giant piping. But the ad projects the fantasy well. That subscriber would soon find himself a DirecTV consumer, however: PrimeStar sold its assets to its larger rival in 1999.

Pay-TV services would take a break from the Super Bowl after 1998, but not for good: Over-the-top streaming service Hulu began taking to the big game in 2009 ("Alec in Huluwood") and returned in 2012 ("Huluboratory").

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  • BrandPrimeStar
  • Year1998
  • AgencyABP/Draft Worldwide
  • Superbowl #XXXII
  • Quarter airedQ3