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Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by PHeadland, Oct 19, 2013.

  1. CrispyCritter

    CrispyCritter Purple Ribbon Wearer

    Feb 28, 2001
    We're the demo market, for both capabilities and usage statistics, IMO. If we don't like it, we should find some other way for TiVo to get more money from us - TiVo has not been able to come up with one for the past 14 years.
  2. HenryFarpolo

    HenryFarpolo New Member

    Dec 1, 2008
    We paid a "premium" service fee when we purchased our TIVO's.

    I am not complaining about the price. TIVO is a good product. The addition of ads as invasive as these are is a poor decision.
  3. GameJerk

    GameJerk New Member

    Jul 8, 2007
    Ads on top of a monthly fee irks me. It's the same reason Hulu Plus gets on my nerves sometimes, although those ads aren't too intrusive.
  4. gigaguy

    gigaguy New Member

    Aug 29, 2013
    I haven't noticed this on my Premiere. I do see smallish ads across the bottom of the control screen which I don't like since this is a PAID service. TiVo should at least state they put ads on your screen,when they sell you their 'service' package. Other companies offer the option of free or ad supported. TiVo only offers one option, not free, with ads.

    My 2 month trial with a cheap Premiere is showing me things I like and don't like about Tivo. Before I spend any real $ with TiVo I'm definitely going to see if Apple announces any rumored video/TV news on Tuesday. Apple may be pricey, but it will be done right, with timely fixes and updates, smart tech, and excellent OS and support.
  5. ptr727

    ptr727 New Member

    Dec 2, 2004
    I agree, they are annoying.

    I pay tivo for equipment and for service, do not advertise on my box.

    If you want to advertise, then give me service for free, or give me hardware for free, that would be fair, right?

  6. SullyND

    SullyND L:17-10 TC Club

    Dec 30, 2004
    I want Comcast to give me my Cable for free! Why should I pay when they're constantly hitting me with ads.
  7. hamlet00

    hamlet00 New Member

    Apr 9, 2007
    The ads are there because enough suckers tolerate them, just like government intrusion.
  8. Jeremy5

    Jeremy5 New Member

    Dec 17, 2007
    Count me as also very disappointed with the ads. I chose TiVo for a premium experience over a cable/satellite DVR. Seeing the same ad again and again is not making me very happy with this decision. I saw it once in TiVo central. Do I really need to see it again when I pause a program? Again in the discovery bar? And the worst one, once again after I finished watching a show! I'm getting asked whether I want to keep the recording, delete the recording, or try Cryptonite?!
  9. DVRMike

    DVRMike New Member

    Aug 30, 2013
    One of my main reasons for getting a tivo is the interface. The ads take away from that interface. The ad in the discovery bar was distracting enough. The gold stars in tivo central and my shows are annoying. But I really hate the pause ad and the delayed ad on the delete dialog. Are there any other new types of ads I will be introduced to?

    I don't know what tivo gets for the ads but it has to hurt their word of mouth sales. I wouldn't recommend the tivo to anyone without first warning them about the ads.

    Tivo should allow us to turn the ads off for free with an option in the settings. It's got to be better to lose some ad dollars than to lose potential customers.
  10. yokito

    yokito New Member

    Jan 18, 2005
    We will very likely walk if this gets any worse and we can't pay my way out of this.

    Our home has been ad-free since 2003 when we started recording everything we intend to watch. TiVo better not go down that route.
  11. Devx

    Devx New Member

    Jun 1, 2006
    Tivo did this is the past, although not quite this large, and there was no option to pay or otherwise opt-out.

    Tivo will continue to have these ads as long as they work. Companies are trying it as marketing and it must be bringing them some business if they continue to pay Tivo for the privilege. Also, since it is apparently working to at least some degree, Tivo has little reason to discontinue the practice.

    DCIFRTHS I dumped SDV / cable

    Jan 6, 2000
    I agree with your comments.

    I am in the NO ADS camp. I don't want to see even one ad on my TiVo.

    They're tacky, and really blemish an otherwise awesome UI... Okay, the UI is almost awesome - it will be awesome when all the menus are in HD.
  13. bbrown9

    bbrown9 New Member

    Mar 12, 2011
    Add me to the list of people who are annoyed by the ads. I pay a lot of money for both the hardware and the service, I shouldn't have to be subjected to the ads.
  14. TrooperOrange

    TrooperOrange New Member

    Apr 22, 2012
    Has anyone tried or considered a proxy that blocks ads? No clue where the tivo ads are served from, but if it is a different location than their guide services etc... it would be trivial to block them.
  15. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    Wouldn't it just download the info with it's daily checkin? Once it downloads the ad it seems to show the same one for a while.

    Again I have no problem with the ads. if they were obtrusive or prevented me from using my TiVos like I normally do then I would be strongly against it. But in it's current form it has no effect on me watching my recorded content.
  16. moyekj

    moyekj Active Member

    Jan 23, 2006
    The ads are part of recordings done late at night. If you can figure out what the "ad" channels are and remove them from your Receive list that may effectively block them. I think in the past they have been PBS type channels. Since the Mini has no recordings storage it doesn't suffer from Pause Ad and Gold Star intrusions. So if someone really despises the ads, the Mini is a good way to avoid most of them right now (you still get the Discovery Bar).

    DCIFRTHS I dumped SDV / cable

    Jan 6, 2000
    That's good info. Makes the mini that much more attractive. Thanks!
  18. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

    May 14, 2007
    It's all reminds me of back in the day when you used to "pay" for the privilege of going to see a movie and you actually just got the entertainment you "paid" for, some beginning cartoons and then the feature film. Now it's just a friggin giant tv screen full of Mountain Dew hawking after I paid $16 to get in and $23 for popcorn and a soda!

    I also remember when you actually "paid" for your "premium" cable service, the non-broadcast cable channels that you were "paying for" were ad free as well, since it was based on a "subscription model", like TiVo.
  19. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    Yes the Premium channels like HBO and Cinemax are littered with ads for all the other content they show.

    Movie theaters though have always seemed to advertise future movies. Now they just have local advertising spots too.
  20. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

    May 14, 2007
    I'm talking even the "cable only" channels, that weren't broadcast OTA, not just premiums like hbo.

    I don't know about you, but my theater and every theater I've been to in the past 10 years+ shows way more than just local ads and future movies!

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