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Now the ads are p***ing me off

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by james.92, Dec 4, 2007.

  1. ah30k

    ah30k Active Member

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    Personally, give me the option of zapping forever this thread and I will be eternally grateful!
     
  2. Langree

    Langree The Gimp

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    Freezinmyass...
    You have proof of that?

    We are all seeing the same ads, there is no proof that tivo is selling any of our specific info, beyond "300 accounts clicked to see this ad, 200 this one and so on.


    As for your piece of mind, if a line item causes you such duress I hope you don't drive because billboards and other signage could cause you to have an accident.
     
  3. MANOWAR©

    MANOWAR© um, yeah.

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    The ads are a minor annoyance at the most people. If TiVo has to do this to keep the cost down then good for them. If you REALLY hate the ads, write down the companies in the ads and then email/call them and tell them you won't use their product/service since they are messing up your TiVo experience. If enough people do it they may pull their advertising. If they start interrupting your shows with TiVo ads then you can complain.
     
  4. rodbac

    rodbac New Member

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    You understand that clicking the title of the thread is the only thing that will display it on your computer screen, right?
     
  5. Langree

    Langree The Gimp

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    Freezinmyass...
    Kinda like seeing the content of those pesky ads.
     
  6. rodbac

    rodbac New Member

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    Huh? I can't choose not to see the ads... well, short of getting rid of my Tivos, which I won't be doing soon (yet)... :)
     
  7. JaneiR36

    JaneiR36 New Member

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    Exactly. Also, some people also prefer to think that keeping the product is an atypical reaction to feeling ripped off. How many times did you* drop a product you purchased off a cliff because the seller slipped in a $20 charge when you "weren't looking"? You'd probably just say something when a friend wants to buy the same product, ***** and moan among anyone who'll subject themselves to your "whining" or never recommend the product / seller at all.

    *Not "you," rodbac, but the generic, everyone, "you" :)

    My lunch? :) It's also a little irritating so see how quickly the Keep or Delete screen pops up when there's no ad at the end of a program vs. when there is.

    This seems like an excellent argument for increasing the overall price of the product by $0.XX rather than including ads in the package? Once again, screws over existing customers, but new customers would know exactly how much they're paying for what. Alternatively, I would prefer it if they were just a little bit more up-front about the ads.

    I also like the continuous talk about keeping prices low -- didn't MSD rates just go up recently? :)
     
  8. rodbac

    rodbac New Member

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    Oh HELL no. Please tell me this is just selective observation (you only notice the random delay when there's an ad there)!
     
  9. JaneiR36

    JaneiR36 New Member

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    Are you kidding? It's instanteneous without the ad and hangs up for a few seconds when there's an ad to be displayed. On mine, anyway. I have an S2 with the 9.1 Software.
     
  10. blam

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    You really think that is all they are giving back to advertisers? Part of the selling point of TiVo to advertisers is to match what you are watching (defining what sort of person you are) to what the advertisers are selling.

    Well, you can imagine that I also billboards should be illegal. Big huge signs that are designed to take your eyes off the road? You gotta be kidding me. I'm amazed they are legal.

    By the way, I'm sure it is only a matter of time before the ads for tivo go from the bottom to the top. I figure it will be about year or so before this happens.
     
  11. TexasAg

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    And your evidence for this is...what exactly? I mean, other than your assumptions. When has anyone ever showed that Tivo collects your personal viewing habits and sells it to advertisers, then allows the advertisers to target specific Tivo units with ads?

    Have you noticed that everyone here tends to discuss the same ads being displayed on their Tivos? That might be a slight indicator that everyone is getting the same ads.

    You probably also think that radios should be outlawed in cars (since they are also distracting). And phones. And food. And drinks. And kids. And other adults. And that the world's problems can be solved with just a few more laws and government programs.:rolleyes:
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  12. blam

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    My direct experience with how the ad biz works. It is a totally slippery slope, and I'm so bummed to see TiVo on it...

    Oh, interesting, you must be one of those Anarchists. You must really really hate the new TiVo ads... :)

    Cheers.
     
  13. TexasAg

    TexasAg New Member

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    So no, you have no evidence. You still haven't explained why we are all seeing the same ads.
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  14. mattack

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    I agree with the others.. not only is there more of a delay, but it also interferes with my instantaneous "up, right" to delete the show. You have to wait until it draws all of the content or it misses events.
     
  15. rodbac

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    I wasn't disagreeing- I was just implying I hadn't noticed it and was hoping it wasn't true lamenting the fact that I'd never be able to overlook it again...
     
  16. HPD

    HPD New Member

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    Ads? What ads? I use the Tivo to watch my favorite shows. Ads on the interface I barely notice.
     
  17. h00ligan

    h00ligan New Member

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    well then i guess that's a failing proposition for the ad team and ultimately tivo...

    i'll tell you this, if i see more ads pop up than now - i'm returning my tivos.. cuz really - I give tivo $20 a month and paid for 2 boxes - i did that to SKIP ads.

    I realize many people don't feel the same way - however some of us hate it. Tell you what tivo - figure out my portion of your monthly ad revenue - tell me what that is - and offer a choice to subscribe WITH ads or WITHOUT ads...Generally there are 2 kinds of subscriptions in the digital age.. ad supported or paid. You have both.... losing proposition for the consumer.


    Coming soon to tivo.. adsense.
     
  18. RoyK

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    There are none so blind as those who will not see.
     
  19. gonzotek

    gonzotek tivo_xml developer

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    Outside...
    Ignorance is bliss? ;)
     
  20. GadgetGav

    GadgetGav New Member

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    Metro...
    How is the title of an ad that you have to click on to really see the ad, the same thing as an actual ad..?
    That's like saying the TiVo suggestions are detracting from the TiVo experience, or the programs that my spouse records that I have no interest in watching. I don't get it.
    As others have said on here, the day that TiVo *forces* me to watch any of these at the same time as charging me a monthly fee, then I'll get my blood pressure worked up about it. Until then, I can just laugh at the ad headlines like a Shell video about clean air...! (That one almost makes me want to click it to see the propaganda..!)
     

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