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Ads getting much more intrusive

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by MACCTVO, Dec 5, 2013.

  1. dianebrat

    dianebrat drastically off narrative TCF Club

    Jul 6, 2002
    I htink most of us agree at this point that it's proof of concept for the MSO markets, we're just the test platform.

    I think the drinking game will have us all passed out within a few posts, every ad thread is always exactly the same, it's as if each new poster wants to rehash the same discussion we just finished with in another thread, but not bother to go over to the other sub-forum and read it.
  2. Turtleboy

    Turtleboy Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Mar 24, 2001
    Ft. Lauderdale
    Me pay money!

    Me no want ads!

    Me no care about anyone else!

    Me! me! me!
  3. unitron

    unitron Active Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC
    Once upon a time, we were the customers.

    Now we're just the product.
  4. cncb

    cncb New Member

    Jul 4, 2013
    Wow, not wanting to see ads in a service you pay a lot of money for is now selfish?? That is some strange logic.
  5. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

    Feb 2, 2006
    No ads and no monthly fees with Windows Media Center. :D
  6. Turtleboy

    Turtleboy Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Mar 24, 2001
    Ft. Lauderdale
    You don't pay a lot of money for it.
  7. scooby2

    scooby2 Member

    Dec 24, 2001
    Chicago, IL
    I'm not a fan of the ads either and believe Tivo should offer some kind of opt-out method (be it pay $X more for your subscription).

    My question is why does the ad not go away if you sign up for it? I've signed up for the Bounty/Charmin/etc $1 coupons but the ads keep coming. I've contemplated signing up everytime the Ad shows to see if I can be a pain in the ass.
  8. tivohaydon

    tivohaydon New Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    $1600 over two years for a Roamio and two Minis. If that's not a lot of money to you please pay my bills.
  9. eht

    eht New Member

    Dec 5, 2013
    Unitron reponded with ???? to my joke. Well, if you kept your drive on the kitchen counter, there is a good chance it will get wet (need paper towels), thus losing data (need Carbonite).
  10. eht

    eht New Member

    Dec 5, 2013
    FYI, for those of you that use universal remotes, you can make a macro for PAUSE that contains the pause command and the down arrow command so it will automatically remove the ad.

    Does anyone know what triggers the ad on the pause command? Is it an is elapsed time trigger?
  11. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Yes, that's a lot of money.

    But compare it to the (closest to) equivalent you would pay for cable/satellite boxes.

    It's probably close if not cheaper with Tivo, right?

    And Tivos have FEWER and LESS INTRUSIVE ads than I've seen on cable boxes.

    Do I like the ads? NO. Am I "defending" them? I guess you could argue I am, but if it's "less bad" than the competition, that's a comparatively good thing (yes I'm stating a tautology).
  12. jntc

    jntc Member

    Dec 5, 2013
    Brilliant :up:
  13. Langree

    Langree The Gimp

    Apr 29, 2004
    It must suck that you were forced to do this, that you had no choice and these ads came out of nowhere.
  14. Langree

    Langree The Gimp

    Apr 29, 2004
    compared to the ads on a DTV guide, these are downright invisible.
  15. tivohaydon

    tivohaydon New Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    It does suck that the best of the worst still has ads, yes.

    edit: You sound like you're holding out on me. Please inform my ignorant brain of all of the competitive options that don't display ads.
  16. SullyND

    SullyND L:45-21 TCF Club

    Dec 30, 2004
    Chicago Burbs
    Yeah, but you pay for the TiVo service and DirecTV is fr... Er, never mind. At least PBS has no ads... Wait.
  17. PalmTrees

    PalmTrees New Member

    Dec 10, 2013
    Big Jim --

    Within a decade, you might wish for the days that all you saw was a paper towel ad.

    Read through TiVo's most recent 10-K filing and you'll see discussion on their purchase of TRA Global.

    Basically, TiVo implies they'll be doing much more micro-targeting of ads to households. They'll probably begin to combine their information with detailed files from outside data brokers on consumers.

    So, in 2018, after you've done a search for oatmeal or a car -- or bought medicine at CVS with your loyalty card -- you may turn on your TiVo, only to see ads for those exact products or complementary goods.
  18. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

    May 1, 2006
    Dallas, TX
    As long as they are geared toward something I might use, that might actually make the ads more tolerable for me.
  19. katemo1

    katemo1 New Member

    Sep 16, 2008
    I can no longer skip ads or even portions of shows. When I try, to use fast forward and then play, it returns to the same ad I am skipping. While watching during FF it seems like you are moving forward but are not. Also the clock is not timing correctly. Anyone else facing this? So far only on a few chanels (VHI). This is my third TIVO and I am devastated.
  20. JSY

    JSY Member

    Nov 5, 2002
    Just curious - there are ads on cable boxes? I don't have any ads on my cable box from Time Warner (which runs parallel to my Premiere) and I'm sure they wouldn't miss up on the opportunity. Frankly, I suspect the cost of my TiVos are near the cost of my cable/satellite boxes (I have TWC and Directv) because of grandfathered rates.

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