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Ads in TiVo

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by abqdan, Nov 9, 2012.

  1. Nov 9, 2012 #1 of 21
    abqdan

    abqdan New Member

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    I'm a relatively new user of TiVo, and despite the poor response of apps like HuluPlus, I'm enjoying the experience - with exception of those inserted 'ads'. I want to tell someone I don't need 70 free digital magazine subscriptions; nor do I want some extra tough Bounty paper towels. These are most irritating when I go to delete something after watching a show, and the ad inserts itself into the navigation screen. The screen jumps and I sometimes select the ad by accident - or maybe that's the whole idea?

    I doubt there is, but a lot of people here have hidden shortcuts/key sequences to turn things on or off. Is there any way to turn these annoying ads off?

    I think they are particularly tacky when I'm already paying for a monthly service - they'd be more understandable if there was no subscription for TiVo service.
     
  2. Nov 9, 2012 #2 of 21
    crxssi

    crxssi Veteran TiVo User

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    Sorry, there is no way to turn them off. TiVo Corp controls that, and they are not about to let you turn them off, nor the Discovery Bar either.
     
  3. Nov 9, 2012 #3 of 21
    L David Matheny

    L David Matheny Active Member

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    The reason the ads can't be turned off is (of course) that someone is paying TiVo to insert that crap where we can see it. The good news is that the additional revenue should help keep TiVo financially healthy and keep rates lower for us. You just have to ignore the ads when they promote something in which you have absolutely no interest (which is usually the case).
     
  4. Nov 9, 2012 #4 of 21
    ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    The only thing you can do is, pause a show, press down and its gone for the duration of the show.
     
  5. Nov 9, 2012 #5 of 21
    steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    There is a remote code sequence you can use to hide (but not eliminate) these ads.

    First, start playing a recording that has one of these ads.
    Press the <pause> button on the remote.
    Next, press the <down arrow> button to hide the ad.
    Then enter the sequence <select> <play> <select> <pause> <select> on the remote.

    If you are looking for a way to completely eliminate these ads, then you are out of luck. :(
     
  6. Nov 9, 2012 #6 of 21
    HeatherA

    HeatherA Old AVS Forum Member

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    After you've had your TiVo for awhile they just become background noise and you most likely won't even realize they're still there.
     
  7. Nov 9, 2012 #7 of 21
    mattack

    mattack Active Member

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    Yes, great response.

    I *HATE* regular TV ads, but the TiVo ads (and virtually all product placement) just doesn't bother me much. Would I prefer them NOT be there? YesÂ… But compared to the way more ads I've seen on cable boxes, it's "light on ads".
     
  8. rahnbo

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    Sorry they'll always be noise. I hate seeing the word Bounty every time I use Tivo because it gets stuck in my head (clearly their intention) but I make it a point not to buy Bounty any more. Bounty. Bounty. Ahhh! :mad: Oh, and in case you haven't come across one yet they have more insidious ads that look like an upcoming movie but when you select it turns in to an attempt to get you to prepay for a movie at a local theater.
     
  9. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    You are doing it wrong. You are supposed to ignore the ads, not click on them. :p;)
     
  10. rahnbo

    rahnbo Active Member

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    No, Tivo is doing it wrong. If you haven't seen these ads you can't tell they are ads. They look like upcoming movies. I'll take a screen capture the next time it happens.
     
  11. scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    Oh, Tivo is still doing this? I hadn't noticed.
     
  12. heyted

    heyted Member

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    Yes. Disconnect the internet connection.:D
     
  13. JZC

    JZC New Member

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    Although it doesn't specify, there is a device coming soon called the "AdTrap" which may work. (You can google it for a link to their kickstarter. I can't include the link myself because I don't have enough posts.)

    It sits in-line with your internet connection and blocks ads to all hardware on your network.

    If the ads are blocked though, I wonder how the Tivo would respond.
     
  14. crxssi

    crxssi Veteran TiVo User

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    That isn't going to work on the TiVo. It is just a dns object stripper or replacer. TiVo is not an ad-site.
     
  15. b_scott

    b_scott TiVo Fan

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    select/play/select/pause/select

    it'll hide the progress bar instantly which in turn hides the ads.
     
  16. crxssi

    crxssi Veteran TiVo User

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    And also, in turn, hides useful info, like where you are in the timeline or how long the timeline is. Seems nothing is "free:.
     
  17. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    So if you see Bounty one more time, you'll mutiny?
     
  18. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    Mutiny on the Bounty.
     
  19. chiguy50

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    :D You should be "Cained" for that one!
     
  20. b_scott

    b_scott TiVo Fan

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    useful to some, not necessary to me. You can always hit play again to see where you are in the show timeline.
     

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