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Old 05-15-2009, 12:26 PM   #1
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Angry Hate The Pause Ads

I *hate* the new pause ads.

Iím about to move on to just use the Verizon DVR.

Iíve bought the unit.

I pay for the stupid ďsubscriptionĒ

And now you are trying to get more money from me? By selling my menu to advertisers?

My kids are wondering what the products are. Iíve taught them to skip commercials, but now they have to be attacked by ads in the menu? I canít even have them use the TiVo now.

Thanks for selling my kids to advertisters.

I hate TiVo.
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Old 05-15-2009, 12:32 PM   #2
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Yep I hear ya. I thought explaining the Sex in the City movie to a child as a latenight talkshow when it surprisingly showed up in the main menu one day was tough as well. Kid thought he had caught a porno on my DVR and was laughing..how embarrassing that day was. Luckily.. I only have kids over when guests visit, and those guests no longer bring their kid.. I made it a point to avoid the menus when I have friends over now.
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Old 05-15-2009, 12:59 PM   #3
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Bye.


By the way, I so rarely hit the pause button till this is just a non factor for me. Why do so many people hit the pause button so often?
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Old 05-15-2009, 01:18 PM   #4
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hold on. I will tell you in a minute.
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Old 05-15-2009, 01:36 PM   #5
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I concur -- Tivo has crossed the line with pause adds. Tivo should keep the ads on the main page under Showcases not in the Now Plaing list and definitely not during the actual show. Most people buy Tivo for timeshifting AND for ad-skipping. I was OK with ads restricted to the main page and even tolerated thumbs up Tivomatic ads, but this new practice has ruined the once elegant and streamlined Tivo interface. The old addage is true: Give 'em an inch, and they take a mile. Also a slighter newer addage also applies: "Stupid is as Stupid does".....Tivo, What are you doing ???
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Old 05-15-2009, 02:19 PM   #6
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I *hate* the new pause ads.

Iím about to move on to just use the Verizon DVR.
Well, time for you to move on then. I'm nearing that point myself, but continuing to whine about it in every post you have made will not solve the problem. If you have an alternative like Verizon, use it.
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Old 05-15-2009, 02:47 PM   #7
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Am I the only one who pauses the tv when i cant look at it? If you really can't not look at a paused tv press pause and then press the tv power button.
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Old 05-15-2009, 03:04 PM   #8
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Let TiVo Know What Stinks

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...but continuing to whine about it in every post you have made will not solve the problem.
If we let TiVo know about what works and what doesn't, then it will maybe, just maybe solve the problem. They do listen to their customers sometimes.
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Old 05-15-2009, 03:22 PM   #9
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How about going through the proper channels?

http://research.tivo.com/suggestions/2web519.htm

Look at the logo for this site: "This is not part of Tivo, Inc."
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Old 05-15-2009, 03:34 PM   #10
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Am I the only one who pauses the tv when i cant look at it? If you really can't not look at a paused tv press pause and then press the tv power button.
No kidding. If you are pausing to look at something, just hit down and the ad goes away. That happened to me when I was watching a sporting event and wanted to point out someone in the crowd. It was pretty easy to do.

A lot easier than getting on my computer, opening up a browser, going to a website, logging into the website, typing up a post, and then hitting the submit button.
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Old 05-15-2009, 03:38 PM   #11
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If we let TiVo know about what works and what doesn't, then it will maybe, just maybe solve the problem. They do listen to their customers sometimes.
Considering that every single one of your posts has to do with the subject of ads on TiVo and yet you felt you had to start yet another thread on the subject.

Don't let the door hit ya....
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Old 05-15-2009, 03:47 PM   #12
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Considering that every single one of your posts has to do with the subject of ads on TiVo and yet you felt you had to start yet another thread on the subject.
Well, they keep on coming up with new ways to put ads on my menu. So I have to keep posting about it.

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Don't let the door hit ya....
Unlike you, I don't want customers to leave TiVo. So I help by complaining so that they make things better.

You don't look at the ads, so don't look at my posts.
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Old 05-15-2009, 03:50 PM   #13
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No kidding. If you are pausing to look at something, just hit down and the ad goes away. That happened to me when I was watching a sporting event and wanted to point out someone in the crowd. It was pretty easy to do.

A lot easier than getting on my computer, opening up a browser, going to a website, logging into the website, typing up a post, and then hitting the submit button.
You are correct. Basically this is a pop up ad. Something that is in the way of what i'm trying to look at. Something I have to close. The absolute worst kind of ad ever invented.

I don't want popup ads on my menu. So it is worth the time to post and complain.

Maybe I can get "popup ad blocker for TiVo menu"...
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Old 05-15-2009, 03:52 PM   #14
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How about going through the proper channels?

http://research.tivo.com/suggestions/2web519.htm
Thanks for the link.

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Look at the logo for this site: "This is not part of Tivo, Inc."
True, but they totally read it. So why not post here too...
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Old 05-15-2009, 04:12 PM   #15
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Well, they keep on coming up with new ways to put ads on my menu. So I have to keep posting about it.



Unlike you, I don't want customers to leave TiVo. So I help by complaining so that they make things better.

You don't look at the ads, so don't look at my posts.
Do you really think your complaining helps?

If you let them know, constructively, through proper channels that you have issues, it does more then anything you do here, moreso if it's the only thing you do hear. After awhile you're little more then whitenoise.
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Old 05-15-2009, 04:55 PM   #16
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How about going through the proper channels?

http://research.tivo.com/suggestions/2web519.htm

Look at the logo for this site: "This is not part of Tivo, Inc."
Sure - post on the tivo website but continue to post here too. This site may not be part of TiVo, Inc. but their people do lurk here. So do prospective customers -- I know this was one of the first places I found when I googled TiVo before I bought mine 4 years ago -- who have come here to learn more about the product before purchasing it. They deserve to know before shelling out their cash and signing up for a year or more of service that the TiVo UI is riddled with advertisements and it's getting worse.

If they decide to buy despite that at least they know what they're in for.
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Old 05-15-2009, 05:06 PM   #17
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...True, but they totally read it. So why not post here too...
Boy, have you been drinking the Kool-aid if you think "they totally read it..."
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Old 05-15-2009, 05:27 PM   #18
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Sure - post on the tivo website but continue to post here too. This site may not be part of TiVo, Inc. but their people do lurk here. So do prospective customers -- I know this was one of the first places I found when I googled TiVo before I bought mine 4 years ago -- who have come here to learn more about the product before purchasing it. They deserve to know before shelling out their cash and signing up for a year or more of service that the TiVo UI is riddled with advertisements and it's getting worse.
I feel your pain, but the reduced following is what forces TIVO to find other revenue streams. The more you chase people away, the worse it will get until TIVO can't survive anymore. Chasing folks away from TIVO is not in the interests of anyone still using the product, whether it makes you feel better or not.
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Old 05-15-2009, 06:07 PM   #19
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I *hate* the new pause ads.

Iím about to move on to just use the Verizon DVR.

Iíve bought the unit.

I pay for the stupid ďsubscriptionĒ

And now you are trying to get more money from me? By selling my menu to advertisers?

My kids are wondering what the products are. Iíve taught them to skip commercials, but now they have to be attacked by ads in the menu? I canít even have them use the TiVo now.

Thanks for selling my kids to advertisters.

I hate TiVo.
TiVo is in the bissness to make money. If they are not making any money now they have to do some thing. They can do ether one of two things sell ads or raise the subscription price. If they can not do ether then they will send out notice's that after this Date {enter date} TiVo will not be in bissness and TiVo will shut down. My self I take the ads instead of higher sub prices. I don't set there 6 hrs a day watching the ads or on pause . I'm not that damn lazy to press the down button. I watch what I recorded.
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Old 05-15-2009, 06:12 PM   #20
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I find these ads to be the most intrusive on my viewing experience, but not enough to leave Tivo.
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Old 05-15-2009, 06:14 PM   #21
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Not that I care about the ads. My son didn't like it. But, as someone said, it is paused because I am not looking at it. If I paused it TO look at it, press down. Not a big deal.

But, perhaps this weekend I will create a macro for my harmony remote that does PAUSE -< DOWN when I press the pause button. Don't you all have programmable remotes?

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Old 05-15-2009, 06:16 PM   #22
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They deserve to know before shelling out their cash and signing up for a year or more of service that the TiVo UI is riddled with advertisements and it's getting worse.
Riddled with advertisements, what? I don't think I've ever seen more than one at a time, which is certainly less than what you get on the local cable (wannabe) dvr UI. I certainly see the point about paying a sub and getting advertising, how much would the sub be without the ads? Or even better (though it seems that many of you would disagree), could I get my TiVo service free with ads?

And I might as well confess - I have clicked on some of the ads. Two ads for different movies, one for an upcoming new show, and one for the BMW. There have been at least a couple more...

I am not ashamed to admit it and I should also confess - seeing ads for new and upcoming shows is rather helpful to me, since I click through so many ads when I am watching a program. How else would I know there is a new show on Fox I might want to record? Or a new movie? The banner or pop up ad is much less intrusive (and I can choose to click for more info) than the commercials I routinely skip.

Now about those ads the writers and producers are actually building and writing directly into my favorite shows...
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Old 05-15-2009, 06:28 PM   #23
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I feel your pain, but the reduced following is what forces TIVO to find other revenue streams. The more you chase people away, the worse it will get until TIVO can't survive anymore. Chasing folks away from TIVO is not in the interests of anyone still using the product, whether it makes you feel better or not.
I'm not chasing anyone away. I'm merely pointing out that the number of ads on the TiVo UI is large now and grows larger and larger. That is a fact. If prospective users find that not to their liking then it is what TIVO is doing that is chasing them away -- not me.
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Old 05-15-2009, 07:25 PM   #24
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I am sick and tired of all the bitching about Tivo's ads.

Let's take a look at what people bitch about.

1. Press pause button and besides the pause bar another bar shows up with a "more about" button, occasionaly another bar comes up with an ad.

2. Press the "clear" button and the screen reverts to a still shot.

3. Press the down button and the screen reverts to a still shot and the pause bar.

For some reason this seems to be more work than the average Tivo user can handle.

When I press the pause button it's for one of a couple of reasons:
1. Answer the phone or door.
2. Go to the bathroom

Why do people get pissed looking at an ad on a paused screen?
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Old 05-15-2009, 08:03 PM   #25
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I think because it sets a new precedent. Tivo is now displaying ads while we're watching a show (please let's not get into a debate as to whether pause is considered part of watching a show - the show is on screen, and so is the ad).

If everyone is ok with this, fine. Some are; some are not. For the folks that aren't ok with it I think it is important to let TiVo know. If you see this as bitching, and are tired of it, don't read the posts (let alone post yourself and continue the discussion).

I can't help wonder what will be next from TiVo if everyone is on board with this little addition... and I am not because of that. Due to the TiVo low rez interface on hi-def sets, the popup is huge; and way over the top AFAIAC.

Is it enough for me to send my TiVos back. No... not now. But...

1.) If some other DVR comes along to support MRV (not far off), and

2.) We see better software (not hard to do IMHO), and better direct support for the Macintosh, and

3.) TiVo adds more ads to the interface

I will be gone in a heartbeat. This is why I have yet to purchase lifetime service for my new Tivo HDs. I figure this will all pretty much be sorted out within the next year or so.
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Old 05-15-2009, 08:04 PM   #26
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I pay no attention to the pause ads or any of the ads that Tivo has.
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Old 05-15-2009, 08:11 PM   #27
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Money talks. If you don't like it, you NEED to stop your subscriptions (provided you are not under contract) AND tell TiVo why you do so. It really is the only way.

If you ARE under contract, you need to stop using the TiVo. TiVo collects data, and will notice.

You can keep complaining here all you want (and you should), but what really matters is non-use of your TiVo. If you keep using it, but complain, TiVo will not care.
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Old 05-15-2009, 08:14 PM   #28
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If you are pausing the Tivo because something came up, like a phone call, or you have to go into the other room it shouldn't matter what's on the screen when you're not looking at it.

If you are pausing the Tivo because you want to see something on the screen, pause brings up the green bar anyway, and you either have to clear that, or wait until it's gone.

Everytime I pause the screen to see something like credits, i'm hitting clear anyway to get rid of the green bar. This was before any ads. I do it on my directv too.

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Old 05-15-2009, 08:15 PM   #29
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be careful, all the fanboy Tivo defenders will be coming out in droves
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I am sick and tired of all the bitching about Tivo's ads.

....

Let's see... The topic of this thread is "Hate the pause ads." which is a pretty clear indication that it contains comments bitching about Tivo's ads. Yet here you are posting in the thread which obviously means you clicked on it to read posts about........
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