Now the ads are p***ing me off

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by james.92, Dec 4, 2007.

  1. cwaring

    cwaring VM Tivo User

    Feb 11, 2002


    Firstly, I have to say that I only found this thread as it came up as some sort of "suggestion" on the main (TivoComm Central?) page. Oh the irony ;):p

    However, if you will permit an observation or two from 'across the pond' :)

    I'm sure a lot of us here in the UK would gladly put up with some (non-instrusive) ads if only we could get a Series 3 unit. Seriously, I know I would!

    You may or may not know that we have had the S1 Tivos over here since around 2001 but since the manufacturer of those units (Thomson) pulled out of the deal to make them, Tivo have not had any luck in finding anyone to make the newer boxes.

    Okay, we can hack them do a certain degree to add certain functionality (soft padding and Tivoweb for example) but I'm sure we'd love to have a S3 unit even with the targeted ads.

    It's not like I don't see the TV ads anyway! Even at 60x FF they're still "watchable" to a degree ;)

    Yes, I can see how some ads might be made more obtrusive, but just just have an entry or two in Now Playing or TC wouldn't bother me as long as I wasn't being forced to watch them.

    Although Tivo was the first DVR, or rather PVR I suppose, in the UK there are now a number of others.

    For satellite users there's the Sky+
    For cable users there's the V+*
    and for Digital Terrestrial, there's now something called Freeview Playback

    While they all offer some similar functionality to Tivo, non of them come anywhere close in terms of, well, anything really. If Tivo released the S3 over here at the right price-point and correct marketing, I still believe they could be succesful. However, to balance things out a little, I think the main concensus over on the UK Forum is that Tivo have now actually "missed the boat" over here; which is a shame!

    * Just out of interest, the V+ is based on your very own Scientific Atlanta 8300 boxes; just with Virgin Media's own software on it. These could quite easily (as I understand it) be converted to Tivos but although there is support for the idea I don't think VM are interested. Idiots :mad: :D
  2. netsurfer

    netsurfer New Member

    Jan 16, 2008
    They have only made a profit in one quarter out of the last eight years. Click on some ads to make them some money so that they will survive.
  3. johnmccly

    johnmccly New Member

    Mar 15, 2002
    Not happy with Tivo Inc:thumbsdown::thumbsdown::thumbsdown:
  4. curlyroller

    curlyroller New Member

    May 24, 2007
    shoot, 10 bucks on craigslist. ;)
  5. Mar 7, 2008 #185 of 384

    carguy84 Member

    Jun 8, 2006


    As mentioned before, they're already there.

    I must say though, it's funny to read through this thread and see all the Tivo employees chiming in on how having ads isn't so bad. At least I assume they are Tivo employees who think showing ads to paying customers is OK; I don't know any intelligent beings who would think the same way. Biting the hand that feeds you...good call. sheep.
  6. Mar 7, 2008 #186 of 384

    MickeS Active Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    Did you cancel all your boxes now?
  7. Mar 7, 2008 #187 of 384

    nrc Cracker Soul

    Nov 17, 1999
    Living in a...

    So you don't buy newspapers, magazines, or DVDs? There are a lot of things that you pay for that still contain ads.

    The "TiVo employees" thing is one of my favorites. Generally it comes from small minded trolls who can't accept that people are different and have different preferences and priorities.
  8. Mar 7, 2008 #188 of 384

    Langree The Gimp

    Apr 29, 2004
    Don't bother feeding him, if you look at is other posts you might notice it's not worth it.
  9. Mar 7, 2008 #189 of 384

    jcaudle Member

    Aug 16, 2004
    Fairfax, Va
    the ads are unobtrusive. Its not like a streaming network show where I have to watch the ad. Nowhere am I forced to watch them. I just ignore them.
  10. Mar 7, 2008 #190 of 384

    ZeoTiVo I can't explain

    Jan 2, 2004
    not TiVo employees - we just have enough intelligence to know how to ignore the ads and get on with what is important - watching all the great shows in all the great ways TiVo Stand alone DVR's let us.

    oh and all the personal type insults thrown out to the audience in general - bad call. Let's everyone know your argument is weak.
  11. Mar 7, 2008 #191 of 384

    carguy84 Member

    Jun 8, 2006

    They are biting the hands that feed them, and it will bite them in the end.
  12. Mar 7, 2008 #192 of 384

    Langree The Gimp

    Apr 29, 2004
    And you call us sheep.
  13. Mar 7, 2008 #193 of 384

    nrc Cracker Soul

    Nov 17, 1999
    Living in a...
    Let us know how you like your cable company DVR.
  14. Mar 7, 2008 #194 of 384

    JimSpence Just hangin'

    Sep 19, 2001
    Binghamton, NY
    Those ads, which you don't have to watch, don't bother me as much as the stupid banner ads that appear on SciFi, TNT, etc etc etc. These sometimes take up the bottom 25% of the screen. It's hard to avoid seeing those.
  15. Mar 7, 2008 #195 of 384

    Langree The Gimp

    Apr 29, 2004
    sometimes they cover up subtitles or other text that are part of the show.. now those bug me.
  16. Mar 7, 2008 #196 of 384

    dorian Resident Noob

    Feb 16, 2008
    "Signs signs, every where there's signs.
    Blocking out the scenery, blowing my mind."

    Folks have always complained about advertising. But I have to admit, I've bought a couple of items in my life time due to advertising. (Tivo being one of them). As long as it doesn't block what I'm watching or make me click additional times on my remote, I'm all for revenue generation.
  17. Mar 7, 2008 #197 of 384

    zundian Member

    Mar 5, 2008
    Actually, it's the bottom 33% of the screen, otherwise known as "lower thirds" in the industry. I think MTV's a few years ago were the worst, in the middle third of the screen, or VH1's last year that took up the left 33% of the screen advertising for America's Next Top Model.
  18. miller890

    miller890 Member

    Feb 15, 2002
    This week it looks like they removed the boxed ads from TiVo Central, at least on my two S3. We can only hope it stays that way; maybe feedback on the customer survey regarding their ad placement has prompted them to clean up the tivospam.;)
  19. RoyK

    RoyK New Member

    Oct 22, 2004
    SW VA
    Naah, it's just between ads on yours
    Mine has a new one for "Shell Films", whatever that is (I may never know -- I won't click the &*@#*@ thing
  20. Moebius

    Moebius Member

    Nov 25, 2002
    Not there...
    I think the thing that amuses me the most is people complaining that TiVo, as a paid service, should not have ads. Do these people subscribe to newspapers or magazines? What about the cable channels that are part of higher tier packages? What about premium networks? All of these things are paid services, and all of them have advertising.

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