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Hate The Pause Ads

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

  1. timckelley

    timckelley TCFer

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    Then the next thing you know, they'll start rotating where the strip ads appear (bottom, top, left, right). They just really want us to watch those ads. :p
     
  2. net114

    net114 Tivolitic Guru

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    Well I don't LIKE the ads, I think they're annoying, but I would feel better about them if I knew Tivo was doing this because its a crucial revenue stream to keep them alive.

    That said, I don't mind the ads as much as the VERY intrusive way the "emergency broadcast" messages throw me out into live tv. THAT is a serious intrusion and should be fixed to at least show on top of my recorded program. (I assume the emergency messages are required or something...so at least don't force me out of what I'm watching).
     
  3. bareyb

    bareyb Under Maintenance TCF Club

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    I love my TiVo am still a devoted fan, but color me annoyed at this new direction. I have tolerated all the ads up until now without complaint, but these new "pause ads" are simply too intrusive, and I find the blatant pandering for money from advertisers to be somewhat offensive. I'm frankly shocked that TiVo would do something so sleezy. Up until now the product has had a lot of class and sophistication. I'm very disappointed at this new direction. :(
     
  4. bareyb

    bareyb Under Maintenance TCF Club

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    Agree 100% about the Emergency interrupts. My comcast DVR puts up a "ER" message on the display letting you know what is happening at least. It's the only way I would know that my TiVo had not simply "crashed". Our S3's simply go blank and do NOTHING for a short while, gives no indication of what it's doing or why, and then kicks you out to live TV. Definitely not cool.
     
  5. morac

    morac Cat God

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    I agree that there should be some kind of indication of what's going on. The first time I saw an emergency interrupt, they were testing the system (nice that I'm forced to watch the test :rolleyes:). When the test ended, I was stuck on a local community channel for about a minute with the remote not working. I was just about to pull the plug when control was returned to me.
     
  6. parzec

    parzec Wizard of Oz

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    Well put...IMO it is an undignified interface at this point.

    I do get the sense that TiVo is double-dipping by collecting subscription revenue and ad revenue. In any event, they have completely undermined their original slogan "TiVo: Television Your Way" -- it should now be "TiVo: Television Our Way or the Highway"

    General Questions to Avoid Pause Ads: Would rolling back the software to an earlier version be a viable solution to the ad-problem? Would there be any significant loss of functionality/stability? What would be the best version to go back to on a Tivo HD?
     
  7. RoyK

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    To paraphrase a cliche' You can't go back. At least not for long. If you had a hard drive with an old version and installed it then it would very quickly update to the latest version.
     
  8. timckelley

    timckelley TCFer

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    Yes, at this point you just have to lie back and enjoy those ads. :D

    So far they don't bug me, because I'm not forced to look at them. For example, when you hit <pause>, then when you're ready to resume, as long as you hit <play> and not <select>, the show will resume with no ad.

    If they ever start ads crawling across your screen in the middle the show, then that would bug me bigtime. Hopefully it never comes down to that.
     
  9. bareyb

    bareyb Under Maintenance TCF Club

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    I went ahead and emailed to the address posted earlier in the thread. Here is her response:

    Hey worth a shot. Anyone who wants to email her, she is at: jloebig@tivo.com
     
  10. MickeS

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    I think you mean "bend over and enjoy". :p
     
  11. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    I'm sorry, but that made me LOL.
    FYP. :p

    ETA: Damn you, MickeS! :mad: :D
     
  12. steve614

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    I have to say, I fall on the side that this doesn't bother me (much) because I rarely ever pause. If I do, it's because I want to look at something and I've always had to clear the screen anyway (because of the progress bar).

    However, I feel that TiVo is on the verge of crossing the line. As has been documented before, ads first started on Tivo Central. Next, it was at the bottom of the NPL. After that, at the bottom in show folders (if you group your NPL). Now it's the pause screen.

    We have to draw our line here.
     
  13. RoyK

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    More like "bend over and take it"
     
  14. timckelley

    timckelley TCFer

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    To tell the truth, my wording was deliberate and was meant as a facetious joke referencing the Texas governor campaign back when Ann Richards was elected. Clayton Williams dropped out of the race, after the media publicized an off-color comment he made equating rape with bad weather: "As long as it's inevitable, you might as well lie back and enjoy it." :p :eek:
     
  15. orangeboy

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    Ouch.
     
  16. timckelley

    timckelley TCFer

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    Well really, I don't think my humor is much worse than "bending over and taking it". Both versions are referring to rape, after all. :)
     
  17. rdlm

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    I did the same thing. But it traded the very annoying Pause Ads for a "bong" sound whenever Pause is pressed twice in a show. I can change Play to be "Up+Play", but it doesn't help for those in the family who press the Pause button as an Un-Pause command. While my Harmony One is a brilliant device, it isn't quite smart enough.
     
  18. orangeboy

    orangeboy yes, I AM orangeboy!

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    No. No "ouch" concerning your humor. I was thinking about the pain that Clayton Williams had removing foot from mouth! I had not heard that bit of history before, but I can empathize with Mr. Williams concerning saying something that I immediately (or later) regretted.

    There definitely is a divide between those who are not bothered by the ads and those who are. I personally don't see the ads being a cause to rally against. I would actually feel more violated (keeping with the rape theme) if this form of additional revenue were removed, and subscription rates increase. Having a Lifetime subscription, it wouldn't effect me immediately, but I'm not so short-sighted to see a Lifetime subscription for the rumored/hoped for Series 4 costing as much as or more than the hardware, if it is offered at all. I would hate to guess what recurring (monthly/annually) payments would be like.
     
  19. timckelley

    timckelley TCFer

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    I'm a little confused by these pause ads you speak of. When I pause a show in progress, a message shows up saying like "More about <name of show you're watching". If you press <select> a screen comes up giving you the background of the show.

    Are you guys seeing ads promoting a product or something? I'm not seeing that.
     
  20. orangeboy

    orangeboy yes, I AM orangeboy!

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    Yes. Occasionally there will be 1 additional line of text for a product. Most of the programming I watch do not have advertisers that make use of this additional line, but I may see something from time to time.

    It looks like tonight's Law & Order has an ad for an upcoming movie, "The Proposal" when I hit pause. It stated "Go Behind the Scenes of the Proposal". If I select it, I get a new screen with 3 options: View the trailer, View bloopers scenes, or View Behind the scenes with Sandra Bullock. Left arrow takes me back to the still paused show, exactly how I left it.
    [sarcasm] Repulsive, isn't it? It makes me want to tear my hair out, gouge out my eyes and open a vein. [/sarcasm]

    Actually, it doesn't bother me at all.
     

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