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Old 11-09-2012, 10:47 AM   #1
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Ads in TiVo

I'm a relatively new user of TiVo, and despite the poor response of apps like HuluPlus, I'm enjoying the experience - with exception of those inserted 'ads'. I want to tell someone I don't need 70 free digital magazine subscriptions; nor do I want some extra tough Bounty paper towels. These are most irritating when I go to delete something after watching a show, and the ad inserts itself into the navigation screen. The screen jumps and I sometimes select the ad by accident - or maybe that's the whole idea?

I doubt there is, but a lot of people here have hidden shortcuts/key sequences to turn things on or off. Is there any way to turn these annoying ads off?

I think they are particularly tacky when I'm already paying for a monthly service - they'd be more understandable if there was no subscription for TiVo service.
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Old 11-09-2012, 10:53 AM   #2
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Sorry, there is no way to turn them off. TiVo Corp controls that, and they are not about to let you turn them off, nor the Discovery Bar either.
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Old 11-09-2012, 11:30 AM   #3
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Sorry, there is no way to turn them off. TiVo Corp controls that, and they are not about to let you turn them off, nor the Discovery Bar either.
The reason the ads can't be turned off is (of course) that someone is paying TiVo to insert that crap where we can see it. The good news is that the additional revenue should help keep TiVo financially healthy and keep rates lower for us. You just have to ignore the ads when they promote something in which you have absolutely no interest (which is usually the case).
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:16 PM   #4
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The only thing you can do is, pause a show, press down and its gone for the duration of the show.
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Old 11-09-2012, 05:47 PM   #5
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There is a remote code sequence you can use to hide (but not eliminate) these ads.

First, start playing a recording that has one of these ads.
Press the <pause> button on the remote.
Next, press the <down arrow> button to hide the ad.
Then enter the sequence <select> <play> <select> <pause> <select> on the remote.

If you are looking for a way to completely eliminate these ads, then you are out of luck.
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Old 11-09-2012, 06:41 PM   #6
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After you've had your TiVo for awhile they just become background noise and you most likely won't even realize they're still there.
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:21 PM   #7
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After you've had your TiVo for awhile they just become background noise and you most likely won't even realize they're still there.
Yes, great response.

I *HATE* regular TV ads, but the TiVo ads (and virtually all product placement) just doesn't bother me much. Would I prefer them NOT be there? Yes… But compared to the way more ads I've seen on cable boxes, it's "light on ads".
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Old 11-10-2012, 07:18 AM   #8
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After you've had your TiVo for awhile they just become background noise and you most likely won't even realize they're still there.
Sorry they'll always be noise. I hate seeing the word Bounty every time I use Tivo because it gets stuck in my head (clearly their intention) but I make it a point not to buy Bounty any more. Bounty. Bounty. Ahhh! Oh, and in case you haven't come across one yet they have more insidious ads that look like an upcoming movie but when you select it turns in to an attempt to get you to prepay for a movie at a local theater.
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Old 11-10-2012, 08:15 PM   #9
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Oh, and in case you haven't come across one yet they have more insidious ads that look like an upcoming movie but when you select it turns in to an attempt to get you to prepay for a movie at a local theater.
You are doing it wrong. You are supposed to ignore the ads, not click on them.
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Old 11-10-2012, 08:17 PM   #10
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You are doing it wrong. You are supposed to ignore the ads, not click on them.
No, Tivo is doing it wrong. If you haven't seen these ads you can't tell they are ads. They look like upcoming movies. I'll take a screen capture the next time it happens.
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Old 11-11-2012, 04:50 PM   #11
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Oh, Tivo is still doing this? I hadn't noticed.
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:08 PM   #12
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Is there any way to turn these annoying ads off?
Yes. Disconnect the internet connection.
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:37 PM   #13
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Although it doesn't specify, there is a device coming soon called the "AdTrap" which may work. (You can google it for a link to their kickstarter. I can't include the link myself because I don't have enough posts.)

It sits in-line with your internet connection and blocks ads to all hardware on your network.

If the ads are blocked though, I wonder how the Tivo would respond.
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:03 PM   #14
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Although it doesn't specify, there is a device coming soon called the "AdTrap" which may work. (You can google it for a link to their kickstarter. I can't include the link myself because I don't have enough posts.)

It sits in-line with your internet connection and blocks ads to all hardware on your network.

If the ads are blocked though, I wonder how the Tivo would respond.
That isn't going to work on the TiVo. It is just a dns object stripper or replacer. TiVo is not an ad-site.
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Old 11-13-2012, 04:21 PM   #15
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select/play/select/pause/select

it'll hide the progress bar instantly which in turn hides the ads.
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Old 11-13-2012, 05:17 PM   #16
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select/play/select/pause/select

it'll hide the progress bar instantly which in turn hides the ads.
And also, in turn, hides useful info, like where you are in the timeline or how long the timeline is. Seems nothing is "free:.
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:58 PM   #17
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So if you see Bounty one more time, you'll mutiny?
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:59 PM   #18
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:01 AM   #19
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So if you see Bounty one more time, you'll mutiny?
You should be "Cained" for that one!
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Old 11-14-2012, 12:14 PM   #20
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And also, in turn, hides useful info, like where you are in the timeline or how long the timeline is. Seems nothing is "free:.
useful to some, not necessary to me. You can always hit play again to see where you are in the show timeline.
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Old 11-14-2012, 02:50 PM   #21
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The ads are annoying, no doubt.

But the real problem IMHO is that the screen jumps when they load. If the window where they loaded just existed from the get-go, and then the ad popped into it, that wouldn't be as big a deal. But having the screen jiggle around every time an ad manages to load is visually frustrating and hard on the eyes. It also makes the TiVo feel clunky and slow, like it's struggling to catch up. I don't see how they got out of testing with this system.
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