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Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by PHeadland, Oct 19, 2013.
This is lame of them to insert ads.
The SPSPS code is one of the trickiest codes to enter. You need to find a program in the My Shows list that has a star ad when you pause. If the program you are trying to use doesn't have a star ad, the code will likely not take.
If you still have trouble, go into Showcases and see if there is a video ad there. If there is, play it and then enter the code. This is the most surefire way to enter the code and have it take.
Nope. I thought the same thing a while back and was quickly corrected.
The Roamios do not behave the same as the earlier models in this regard.
Just tried it right now on Roamio Pro and it stays up for about 3 seconds after selecting Play, which is still plenty of time to read it (I actually wish it would be shorter).
Got it. Thanks
These ads never really bothered me in the past, until lately. Every time I pause a show I see a popup for "Rosemary's Baby". I don't mind the ads for Bounty paper towels or Mother's Day flowers, which were innocuous, but I'm really starting to find the continual Rosemary's Baby ads offensive (and in poor taste, IMO).
Got it. I'm still on Premieres
Thanks for checking. 3 seconds is plenty long enough to check position.
sure, but for the average user - aka my parents who didn't want to front $700 for a DVR all at once - it's the same cost a month.
We lease our TiVo boxes from RCN and we pay RCN a premium for this service. Our RCN Premium Quad4 Tuning DVR did not show any adds. We upgrade to the TiVo service so we could play YouTube and NetFlix videos on our TV (It took several years for RCN to drop BluckBoster and provide NetFlix). Now that we got a new TV with an HDMI port we added ChromeCast. Since we already had and still have a NetFlix streaming account. We are going to vote with our Dollar$, we too are at the "Thin Mint Line". Since we have the option to downgrade back to a Quad4 Tuning DVR and after being with TiVo for 2+ years we are now seriously considering that either TiVo ditches ANY & ALL ADS or lose our revenue forever. Dropping the Premium TiVo service will save us money. Foolishly we thought we were paying a PREMIUM for NO ADS. The ball is in TiVo's court now and the clock is ticking...
Life is a compromise. And every decision contains trade-offs. I'll pay more for valet parking, but not have to walk a mile to get my car. Or pay $50/bag, and not have to schlep it on the plane. Or save money by not paying for cable, Internet, TVs or anything consumer electronic related. But forgo the pleasures they bring. Everything is a trade-off.
So... does the benefit of having a TiVo as your DVR outweigh the cost? If it doesn't, drop it.
Any Ads on the Tivos are not going away. They have been there for many years so I see no reason why they would go away. At least they are unobtrusive. They have never been in my face or prevented me from doing anything on my TiVos. And I have also received coupons for products that my GF has used. And also if you consider the Discover Bar as advertising. Then I have found shows over the years from the Discovery bar that I would have otherwise not encountered.
unless you use the QCC, the ads are right in your face every time you pause.
And even with QCC (SPSPS) set which I use, the "keep or delete" prompt is affected by a second or two populating some stupid commercial as part of the dialog before it becomes functional, which I hardly consider unobtrusive.
The entire screen could be an ad and over 95% of the time it wouldn't matter in my use. Since when I pause it is because I am doing something else and not looking at the tv.
I'm still looking at the screen when I pause, even for a brief moment. So yeah, the ad "matters." That's why they put it there.
Clearly everyone makes different use of their TVs. I pause for two main reasons. First is because I'm actively stopping my viewing for some period of time. Second is because I want to review some information on the screen more closely (sports scores, fine print, etc). I do the second tens to 100s of times per day. Sorta silly that Tivo made such a pretty thin bar at the bottom to then junk it up with the pause ads. Aesthetically the new thinner pause ads are not nearly as ugly as the old ones, but it is still jarring to so randomly have these appear.
From a premium product perspective, I find them offensive. They remind me of the free apps on my phone, and I hate ads on my phone apps, so I pay for ad-free version. Pretty sure I'd gladly pay for an ad-free version of tivo.
I realize they are not going away, and are actually becoming more prevalent. Since they're here to stay, I at least am happier that they are advertising TV shows, because that seems more germain to a dvr than offering me $1 off Bounty and Charmin for the 10,000 time.
I don't see how they are more prevalent, how so? You are welcome to be offended, but it is what it is. Nothing new here, as described a million times in this thread.
Half the time I pause, it's because I want to look at a still frame of the picture.
When they displayed offering coupons or product discounts, they were showing up maybe on 5 to 10% of the programs I was watching. For the 2 week period prior to mothers day, they were on 100% of every program I tuned to. Lately since they've begun ads for tv shows, I'd say they're on 30 to 40% of the programs I watch, which I consider more prevalent than the previous 5 to 10%. (and I wonder if the networks are going to intervene when the tivo shows an ad for a Showtime show on an HBO channel. I've seen many instances of ads for competing networks this past month)
I see, your context is very small. The frequency over time is similar to that which I have seen on a Premiere and a THD over 3 and 5 years previously.