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Hate The Pause Ads

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

  1. dianebrat

    dianebrat I refuse to accept your reality TCF Club

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    I'm with you, there have been plenty of other things they need to fix before this ever shows up on my RADAR, I'm pausing because I'm walking away for a bit, I'll never even notice the ad.
     
  2. Adam1115

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    One of the reasons they are annoying is because some people pause it to see what is on the screen, maybe to read something.

    But as mentioned, you can clear it so it's not the end of the world.
     
  3. timckelley

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    Another reason for pausing can be to see if some lady just flashed a piece of her body, or if that was your imagination. Probably one of the most famous examples being the superbowl halftime wardrobe malfunction. I was watching that alone, and when I rewound and paused to verify what I thought I saw, I saved the recording and told my wife later when she got home and she was very interested to see the scene played back.

    I remember another scene on American Idol, I think when a girl got in an awkward position, and could swear for a split second, her dress moved in a way to show her non-underweared (aka commando) groin underneath. I played it back to be sure, and the next day as if in confirmation there was a story on TMZ about it.

    The point being, who wants to to see distracting ads during times like those? :p :D
     
  4. Adam1115

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    Excellent point! :D

    Maybe they could add a zoon in capability?
     
  5. jrtroo

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    Yes, interesting cases. But you would need to get rid of the progress bar as well. Since "clear" takes care of both, it does not require an extra step.
     
  6. Adam1115

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    Yes, but the pause ad is much more likely to block their vajayjay than the progress bar is...
     
  7. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    Just to be clear :)p), having to press "clear" is the extra step. Using the S/P/S/Pause/S backdoor code makes it so that you get a clean screen after hitting pause. No extra step.
     
  8. TrooperOrange

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    LMAO, I lost it when I read this, totally cracked me up. :) :up:

    Thanks for all the replies. I think the reality is, this is the world we live in with regards to advertising. I wouldn't give up the tivo for ads, but I was caught off guard by them felt kinda put off.
     
  9. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    You are not alone. You should have seen these forums when TiVo first implemented the integrated ads.:D

    And I don't think you were the first person to think of trying to block the ads via network activity, but whatever you try will be of benefit.
    We all learn from each other.
     
  10. nrnoble

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    This is where I become skeptical, because TiVo is unlikely to turn down any amount of advertising money saying "We've reached our limit for what is needed for the month". If they are in business of selling Ad space, they will have a sales force that will try to get as many advertisers that are willing to pay, and each month their goals will be match\beat the previous month. If they can get 1000 more more advertisers per month, TiVo will find a way to makes sure those ads are in faces of TiVo customers. I am skeptical they will turn down Ad business as if there is limited ad space available, they simply will make the space.

    Yeah, I am concerned that Tivo will redsign the UI so that the main TiVo screens will have one or more rotating ads, just like we see on webpages.
     
  11. jrtroo

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    Two quick points. Tivo is not profitable from operations- so questioning the subsidy is of no relevance now. It is clearly happening. Second- the main screens already have advertising.
     
  12. randywalters

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    The S-P-S-Pause-S hack does instantly clear the ad when you pause, with the added benefit of quickly clearing the progress bar during pause, FF, and Rewind. This is as important to me as clearing the ad.

    I have an old Series3 and the ads seem to be gone nowadays. It's been about a year since i last rebooted my Tivo (which clears the SPSPS code) and when i rebooted the other day i tried to re-activate the SPSPS hack during playback and i could not get it to take, then i realized that i'm no longer getting the ads on pause, and apparently this was preventing the SPSPS hack from working.

    But i still want the progress bar to disappear immediately like it was before the reboot so i did some searching here and found out that the SPSPS hack only worked when playing back recordings that contained the ad on pause. I tried to find a recording that has the ads on pause, but i checked dozens of my old and new recordings and none of them contained an ad on pause so i had no way to get the SPSPS hack to take.

    I did some more searching and found a few posts saying that the SPSPS hack will also work if it's performed while playing a video from the Showcases section, so i brought up a Rob Zombie Woolite commercial and performed SPSPS while it was playing and it finally worked. I did not get any confirmation ding sounds but the hack did work and now my progress bar clears instantly on pause, FF, and Rew.

    Here's a summary of how to perform the SPSPS hack:

    1. Play back an existing recording from your Now Playing List that has an ad during pause. If none of your recordings have an ad on pause, then play a video from the Showcase section instead.

    2. While the recording or video is playing, press this sequence of keys: Pause, Clear, Down arrow, Play, Clear, Select, Play, Select, Pause, Select.

    That should do the trick.
     
  13. Fofer

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    Long ago, when smaller, less obtrusive ads appeared on TiVo, we complained and talked about the "slippery slope" -- and folks told us we were being paranoid...

    Now, we have this:

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  14. dianebrat

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    I call foul, if you're going to show the new larger ads don't zoom in, show them in proportion to the whole screen.

    I still don't like them, but they don't change my viewing habits or the button presses I use, I consider them a wash.
     
  15. Langree

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    If you push down you can gawk at the drummer all you want.

    Still don't see why pause ads are a bother, especially since you can make it go away if you paused to see something on the screen.
     
  16. Fofer

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    Making me tap a button, or take any manual effort or attention at all, to remove an ad, isn't something I want to do.

    I'm sure there are browser extensions that would allow me to manually remove each and every ad too, but I prefer automatic AdBlock.
     
  17. mattack

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    But you had to install AdBlock. Plus, AdBlock *blocks* some stuff that is useful (e.g. the cvs specials page doesn't work unless I whitelist it).
     
  18. Fofer

    Fofer XenForo Rocks! TCF Club

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    So? Took 45 seconds. Once installed, it's automatic. I don't have to do anything; it just works.

    Yeah? And? That's the exception to the rule, and you know how to work around it, the rare times you need to.

    And your counter to my analogy is silly, because there will never, ever be a time that I'd wish I didn't block the TiVo's Pause Ad. I will want them to be removed from my screen 100% of the time.
     
  19. Langree

    Langree The Gimp

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    Freezinmyass...
    You have the need to see what's behind the ad that often?
     
  20. Fofer

    Fofer XenForo Rocks! TCF Club

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    It's not that. I don't want to see the ad.
     

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