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Hate The Pause Ads

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by blam, May 15, 2009.

  1. blam

    blam New Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    I *hate* the new pause ads.

    I’m about to move on to just use the Verizon DVR.

    I’ve bought the unit.

    I pay for the stupid “subscription”

    And now you are trying to get more money from me? By selling my menu to advertisers?

    My kids are wondering what the products are. I’ve taught them to skip commercials, but now they have to be attacked by ads in the menu? I can’t even have them use the TiVo now.

    Thanks for selling my kids to advertisters.

    I hate TiVo.
  2. bschuler2007

    bschuler2007 Frustrated owner

    Feb 25, 2007
    Yep I hear ya. I thought explaining the Sex in the City movie to a child as a latenight talkshow when it surprisingly showed up in the main menu one day was tough as well. Kid thought he had caught a porno on my DVR and was laughing..how embarrassing that day was. Luckily.. I only have kids over when guests visit, and those guests no longer bring their kid.. I made it a point to avoid the menus when I have friends over now.
  3. janry

    janry New Member

    Jan 2, 2003
    Nashville, TN

    By the way, I so rarely hit the pause button till this is just a non factor for me. Why do so many people hit the pause button so often?
  4. BL

    BL New Member

    Oct 15, 1999
    Falmouth, Maine
    hold on. I will tell you in a minute.
  5. parzec

    parzec Wizard of Oz

    Jun 21, 2002
    Charlotte, NC
    I concur -- Tivo has crossed the line with pause adds. Tivo should keep the ads on the main page under Showcases not in the Now Plaing list and definitely not during the actual show. Most people buy Tivo for timeshifting AND for ad-skipping. I was OK with ads restricted to the main page and even tolerated thumbs up Tivomatic ads, but this new practice has ruined the once elegant and streamlined Tivo interface. The old addage is true: Give 'em an inch, and they take a mile. Also a slighter newer addage also applies: "Stupid is as Stupid does".....Tivo, What are you doing ???
  6. mec1991

    mec1991 Cranky old coot

    Nov 5, 2004
    Back home...
    Well, time for you to move on then. I'm nearing that point myself, but continuing to whine about it in every post you have made will not solve the problem. If you have an alternative like Verizon, use it.
  7. Berryman1979

    Berryman1979 New Member

    Mar 4, 2009
    Am I the only one who pauses the tv when i cant look at it? If you really can't not look at a paused tv press pause and then press the tv power button.
  8. blam

    blam New Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    If we let TiVo know about what works and what doesn't, then it will maybe, just maybe solve the problem. They do listen to their customers sometimes.
  9. orangeboy

    orangeboy yes, I AM orangeboy!

    Apr 19, 2004
    East Moline, IL
  10. tombonneau

    tombonneau New Member

    Mar 26, 2009
    No kidding. If you are pausing to look at something, just hit down and the ad goes away. That happened to me when I was watching a sporting event and wanted to point out someone in the crowd. It was pretty easy to do.

    A lot easier than getting on my computer, opening up a browser, going to a website, logging into the website, typing up a post, and then hitting the submit button.
  11. Langree

    Langree The Gimp

    Apr 29, 2004
    Considering that every single one of your posts has to do with the subject of ads on TiVo and yet you felt you had to start yet another thread on the subject.

    Don't let the door hit ya....
  12. blam

    blam New Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Well, they keep on coming up with new ways to put ads on my menu. So I have to keep posting about it.

    Unlike you, I don't want customers to leave TiVo. So I help by complaining so that they make things better.

    You don't look at the ads, so don't look at my posts. ;)
  13. blam

    blam New Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    You are correct. Basically this is a pop up ad. Something that is in the way of what i'm trying to look at. Something I have to close. The absolute worst kind of ad ever invented.

    I don't want popup ads on my menu. So it is worth the time to post and complain.

    Maybe I can get "popup ad blocker for TiVo menu"...
  14. blam

    blam New Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Thanks for the link.

    True, but they totally read it. So why not post here too...
  15. Langree

    Langree The Gimp

    Apr 29, 2004
    Do you really think your complaining helps?

    If you let them know, constructively, through proper channels that you have issues, it does more then anything you do here, moreso if it's the only thing you do hear. After awhile you're little more then whitenoise.
  16. RoyK

    RoyK New Member

    Oct 22, 2004
    SW VA
    Sure - post on the tivo website but continue to post here too. This site may not be part of TiVo, Inc. but their people do lurk here. So do prospective customers -- I know this was one of the first places I found when I googled TiVo before I bought mine 4 years ago -- who have come here to learn more about the product before purchasing it. They deserve to know before shelling out their cash and signing up for a year or more of service that the TiVo UI is riddled with advertisements and it's getting worse.

    If they decide to buy despite that at least they know what they're in for.
  17. Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

    Jun 12, 2004
    Quad Sillies
    Boy, have you been drinking the Kool-aid if you think "they totally read it..." :D
  18. tivarino

    tivarino New Member

    Dec 21, 2003
    I feel your pain, but the reduced following is what forces TIVO to find other revenue streams. The more you chase people away, the worse it will get until TIVO can't survive anymore. Chasing folks away from TIVO is not in the interests of anyone still using the product, whether it makes you feel better or not.
  19. caddyroger

    caddyroger New Member

    Mar 14, 2005
    Some where...
    TiVo is in the bissness to make money. If they are not making any money now they have to do some thing. They can do ether one of two things sell ads or raise the subscription price. If they can not do ether then they will send out notice's that after this Date {enter date} TiVo will not be in bissness and TiVo will shut down. My self I take the ads instead of higher sub prices. I don't set there 6 hrs a day watching the ads or on pause . I'm not that damn lazy to press the down button. I watch what I recorded.
  20. EVizzle

    EVizzle ^^MacGvyer^^

    Feb 13, 2005
    St. Paul, MN
    I find these ads to be the most intrusive on my viewing experience, but not enough to leave Tivo.

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