The Tamer Super Bowl Version
In the less aggressive SodaStream commercial that did air during the game, soda bottles indeed explode but they're not clearly identifiable with Coca-Cola and Pepsi. And there are no drivers in clearly marked Coke and Pepsi delivery trucks. (However, the more aggressive commercial did air over the weekend on other networks.)
SodaStream's assertive take on its competitors is no accident. The company is a big opponent of the "garbage" soda bottles create. "We want to point out that it's the bottling industry that's the problem,' Lloyd said. Given the technology and innovation in home carbonation systems, "there's no need for the bottling factories to remain in existence," he said.
A lot of people, it seems, have strong opinions about soda commercials.
In late 2012, UK broadcasters banned another version of a SodaStream ad in which bottles of soda disappear from supermarket shelves. ""The ad could be seen to tell people not to go to supermarkets and buy soft drinks, instead help to save the environment by buying a SodaStream. We thought it was denigration of the bottled drinks market," said a UK group that approves TV spots.
Reaction on YouTube
Meanwhile like any good Monday quarterback, reaction to the banned "Game Changer" SodaStream ad has been vibrant on YouTube.
Said one YouTube viewer, "CBS cut a commercial by Sodastream b/c it attacked Coke-a-Cola & Pepsi directly. Just shows you the little man has no hope of beating those already who are giants. The whole system is fixed by money."
But others disagree, arguing SodaStream should be more positive in its messaging. Said another YouTube viewer, "Well, Its nothing about freedom. Its about racking down on other companies, Its not allowed in ads. Cola and Pepsi are big because people love their product, not because people are foced to drink it. Sodastream should focus on spreading their product instead of trying to remove others."
Tell us what you think. What's your take on the SodaStream commercial that wasn't aired during the game?
— Written by CNBC's Heesun Wee. Follow her on Twitter @heesunwee
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