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Banner ads gone? Unintended negative consequences

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by TerpBE, Aug 29, 2011.

  1. TerpBE

    TerpBE Go Terps!

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    So I noticed recently that when I hit pause on a show, I no longer get the pop-up menu ads.

    That sounds great, but there's one bad thing about it. I have always used "Select-Play-Select-Pause-Select", which causes the playback bar to disappear very quickly when you hit pause. The setting remains until you reboot the Tivo, at which point you have to reenter the key sequence.

    BUT...it seems like the setting won't take if you try to do it while watching a program that doesn't have banner ads. Since now it seems like banner ads are gone, it looks like it's now impossible to turn on the "quick disappear" option.

    Does anybody have any work-around? There is a similar thread on the TivoHD thread, where someone suggested finding a show that has the banner ads. However, I was able to find some with banner ads on my TivoHD, but can't find any on my Premier.

    Any suggestions on how to get the "quick disappear" working again? After being used to it for so long, the regular operation is maddening because the time bar always seems to be overlapping something that I want to see.
     
  2. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

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    Yes I use S-P-S-P-S setting all the time as well as I hate the TiVo trick play overlays sticking around too long. I had some trouble entering the code over the weekend following a reboot of my Premiere because as you said the "banner ad" no longer shows up. But with perseverance I did get the setting to stick eventually even though I never got a banner ad. Can't tell you exactly how. What I tried was mimicking as if banner ads were still popping up. i.e. something like following sequence:
    pause
    clear
    down arrow
    play
    clear
    S-P-S-P-S sequence
    play

    I don't think it took first couple of tries but eventually I did get it to stick somehow. Not sure exactly what sequence made it work or how many times I tried but it is in effect right now.

    NOTE: I don't like TiVo sounds so I have sounds turned off as well which probably makes things harder since apparently if you have TiVo sounds enabled you get a triple-beep confirmation once a setting is toggled. If you have sounds enabled do you get the confirmation when entering this S-P-S sequence?

    PS I wish this was a "sticky" setting like 30ss became.

    My guess is lack of banner ads is probably a technical glitch on TiVo side and we will see them come back sooner than later... I don't mind if they do as this S-P-S sequence effectively nulls them out anyway.
     
  3. TerpBE

    TerpBE Go Terps!

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    Hmmm...I've been trying different sequences over and over, but still can't get it to work :(
     
  4. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

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    Well, I was just going to try and figure it out but now I see banner ads are back for me which makes toggling same as it used to be.
     
  5. wickerbill

    wickerbill Member

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    If you have a harmony remote (and maybe some other programmable remotes) you can program the pause button to do pause and then down to hide the banner ads. I have a series 3 so I can't say for sure this will work with the premiere, but it works well for the series 3 and you don't lose the playback bar.
     
  6. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

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    The whole point of this S-P-S code is to get rid of the annoying playback bar which hangs around way too long by default. The fact that it also effectively gets rid of pause ads is another big bonus.
     
  7. rainwater

    rainwater Active Member

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    Software updates tend to remove the banner ads until the next connection to the TiVo servie occurs. I'm pretty sure this always happens. I don't think TiVo removed them for a few days, but your box just didn't have the ads downloaded anymore.
     
  8. innocentfreak

    innocentfreak Active Member

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    TiVodesign did recently ask on twitter how everyone felt about the more info about this show option on the pause screen. It seemed most either never used it or hated it so maybe they turned it off.
     
  9. CuriousMark

    CuriousMark Forum Denizen

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    It is gone on my Series 2 which has gotten no software updates in a very long time. I think that supports the "it was turned off" theory.
     
  10. crxssi

    crxssi Veteran TiVo User

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    I know *I* certainly hate those "on pause" things. Indeed they certainly seem to be "off" again after the 14.8.c update. But like rainwater said, it might just be because it hasn't loaded them all back from the servers again.

    If they were gone forever, it would be very, very nice.

    --edit---

    Nope, they are back again
     
  11. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Ziphead

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    I just use "Clear" to get rid of the pause bar when I don't want it there.
     
  12. crxssi

    crxssi Veteran TiVo User

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    I do too, but it is irritating to have to do it over and over and over again.
     
  13. daveak

    daveak Series 3 Novice

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    I do miss the 'more info about' whatever show you are watching. Nice to just pause and click once to go to TiVo Search and check an actor's name or other info - or even to set another recording or wishlist quickly. Will that be back?
     
  14. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

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    That is irritating. This S-P-S sequence is available to get rid of that irritation.
     
  15. theGman911

    theGman911 New Member

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    I am also thrilled they are gone! I also hated the ads in the main TiVo menu on the bottom.

    My remedy for a situation where the pause bar is covering something is to just tap fast forward. The TiVo skips ahead one frame and the pause bar disappears.

    I hope they stay gone, and TiVo adds the pause bar extras as an "option" for people that actually like it.
     
  16. Ixne

    Ixne New Member

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    Hmmm, I still get the ads when pausing (like a coupon for Bounty towels or the Lincoln MKX) but no Extras. The least they could have done is take away the ads as well...
     
  17. innocentfreak

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  18. ufo4sale

    ufo4sale Active Member

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    I want the more info option back. It' was way more convenient to find out what actor, director, etc. was in the show or movie you’re watching then having to search for it. Can you please bring that back at least? To me this is a MAJOR step backwards not forwards.
     
  19. innocentfreak

    innocentfreak Active Member

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    You don't have to search for it. It is still there just not on the pause screen at least in the HDUI. Just select explore this show.
     
  20. daveak

    daveak Series 3 Novice

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    Not quite as convenient, but doable. More info please.
     

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