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

  1. Goober96

    Goober96 New Member

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    But you can't so that is not the answer.
     
  2. zalusky

    zalusky Active Member TCF Club

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    Currently!
     
  3. yokito

    yokito New Member

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    The TiVo community could put a magnifying glass on this if you will and eventually generate enough bad press for TiVo to make them listen.

    I'm contemplating attempting just that. I'm quite certain there will be plenty support here.

    The fact that you can't buy your way out of this makes no sense
     
  4. jmpage2

    jmpage2 New Member

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    I agree. Even getting gadget blogs like Engadget or Slashdot to pick up the story that users are unhappy will give them some bad press and could force them to respond in some fashion.

    Making that attempt here at TCF is a waste of time though, way too many TiVo sycophants here.
     
  5. andyf

    andyf Active Member

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    I'm pretty sure this complaint has been on going for at least 5 years now with many lengthy threads on the issue. Guess what? We still have them.
     
  6. ptr727

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    I called support, and they opted me out of advertising. They said they cannot confirm if these ads would go away, they didn't, I still see them.

    P.
     
  7. jmpage2

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    This new advertising is more obtrusive than the other stuff they have done. Even my wide complained about it and she normally could care less how many ads she gets spammed with.
     
  8. Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

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    Dream on....and, to zalusky, the "premium" you pay for apps not displaying ads is a pittance. What you might have to pay to TiVo should they ever offer the option would be WAY more than a pittance...

    Exactly....never gonna disappear.
     
  9. jrock

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    Look at Hulu Plus, you can pay for that and still have to watch all the commercials. I assume TiVo is just trying to make some more income to keep everything running without having to increase the cost of monthly and life time service to us.

    The problem is if you start letting people pay to opt out of ads all together then the companies advertising will know this and won't want the ads anymore if anyone can opt out. So it's either all or none most likely and most people don't care about the ads so they aren't going to raise the rates for everyone to get rid of ads just to make a small percentage of people happy. IMO :D
     
  10. b_scott

    b_scott TiVo Fan

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    yeah they made the ads on the pause bar even larger and more intrusive.
     
  11. Fofer

    Fofer XenForo Rocks! TCF Club

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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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    Yeesh.
     
  12. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Active Member

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    Fofer:

    What type of TV are you watching? Is it an old 4:3 one? The adds on mine don't appear that big and I can see the whole bar. In any event the show is paused which meas I am not watching it for some reason and if I want to look at the paused picture for some reason, it is only one button click to get rid of all of it. I get it is not optimal but really what does it matter?
     
  13. b_scott

    b_scott TiVo Fan

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    they're that large with the new update. that is not a shot of the whole screen obviously - look at the 1hr getting cut off.
     
  14. Fofer

    Fofer XenForo Rocks! TCF Club

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    No, my TV's are 16:9, 1080p, etc. That's just someone else's screengrab I found on the web :D

    The ads aren't the end of the world, but in principle they bother me. They also feel cheap and cluttered to me. I pause TV all the time and I don't like that kind of "noise" and uninteresting marketing in my face. I'll remove it whenever I can. TiVo in particular seems intent on ramming a lot of down my throat. And that's annoying, considering I already pay them for service.

    I did however follow the "hack" mentioned here and now my playbar (and more importantly, the pause ads that make my eyes bleed) disappears immediately. I'll see how I like this as a workaround.
     
  15. jmpage2

    jmpage2 New Member

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    Why would it need to be a high amount? You are assuming they make a LOT of ad revenue and I am very skeptical of that. Maybe someone familiar with their financials can comment.

    I would be willing to bet that the total ad revenue they get from a subscriber over a 5 year period of time is less than $20. I'll gladly give them $50 to get rid of all of this crap.
     
  16. jrock

    jrock New Member

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    Just press down to hide!

     
  17. BigJimOutlaw

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    Not only are the pause ads large and obtrusive, Tivo has no form of rate limiting. So I get Carbonite, Bounty and Fox programming shoved in my face literally a dozen times a day even in the best case scenario of manually hiding it during EACH recording. Yeah, I love that.

    The utter spammy nature of these ads is over the top. In fact, the ads are having the opposite effect of their intent. We DISlike them to the point of disliking the advertisers. They're so obtrusive and never-ending Tivo is hurting the advertiser brands in my household. I was neutral-to-positive about Carbonite before, but now I am fed up hearing about them. The usefulness of these ads was spent 2 days after they started.

    Folks who are annoyed by the ads should do what I did and contact the advertisers directly and tell them how obtrusive they are and that they're hurting their brand (if you believe they are).
     
  18. Fofer

    Fofer XenForo Rocks! TCF Club

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    Yeah, I knew I could do that, but I prefer to not have to do *anything* to hide an ad. Pressing a button to hide it means I've acknowledged its existence, and then the terrorists win. :D

    I'd rather it (and the play bar too, if necessary) be hidden by default... with me having to press a button to make it appear. That fits my brain better.
     
  19. monkeydust

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    I think they should at least make Thumbs Down while an ad is up mean "Never show me this ad again"
     
  20. Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

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    I said, if you would have read carefully, "what you MIGHT have to pay"....and, if you don't think $50 (in your example) is significantly more than a few dollars to pay for an ad-free app, then I don't understand your line of thinking...
     

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