Poll: Do you use 30-second skip?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by Bierboy, Nov 25, 2006.

Do you use 30 second skip?

  1. Yes

    270 vote(s)
  2. No

    153 vote(s)
  1. ping

    ping New Member

    Oct 3, 2005


    I tried it but didn't like it. It's FF,FF,FF ... wait ... FF for me (don't even need to move my thumb, since the 4th press of FF does the same as play, and I never need any skip back nonsense).
  2. dagap

    dagap New Member

    Dec 5, 2003
    Alpharetta, GA
    I use 30SS, my wife does FF. Between you and me, she does it wrong.

    I'm like "baloop baloop baloop baloop baloop baloop (wait), baloop (wait) baloop (wait)".

    She's all "baloop baloop baloop (wait) baloop (wait)". And sometimes there's an extra baloop baloop (wait)."

    As you can see, it's difficult to tolerate.
  3. JFriday

    JFriday "Just The Facts"

    Mar 20, 2002
    Bay Area
    I do but my wife hates it.
  4. NotVeryWitty

    NotVeryWitty Too Big to Fail

    Oct 3, 2003
    Central Mass.
    Yep, same here.

    I find 2xFF faster and simpler for getting through long commercial breaks. Plus, I have gotten good at pressing PLAY at just the right time for it to start playing at the right spot.

    For football, I use 30-sec-skip in between plays because it's so much easier to just press the one button, plus I don't (usually) see a sneak-preview of the next play. Since time-shifting Sunday football games is the number one reason I have a Tivo, the 30-sec-skip is a required DVR feature for me.

    My only gripe with 30-sec-skip is that the Tivo turns it off on a reboot. Why can't they save the state? :confused:
  5. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001


    I could almost see someone saying (and believing, heh) that they could get through commercials faster at 3FF. But 2FF? I find it very hard to believe, though admittedly I have not done timings myself either.

    I just wham on the skip button a bunch of times, then 8 sec back one/a few times if necessary if I go too far. On average of course I'd be 4 seconds before the start of the show.. If I can tell it's that long, impatient me does go into 1FF mode for a fraction of a second. (and on my non-Tivo recorder when I use the same technique, I get sound at 1FF, so I definitely don't miss anything.)

    I do think that I am getting through the commercials way faster with the 30 second skip, though the 30 second skip does seem to be slightly more reactive to my button presses on my S1s than on a friend's DirecTivo.

    It just seems to take AGES when someone else is controlling the remote and tries to get through the commercial with 2FF.. (and no, it takes more time than when THEY use 30 sec skip too.. so it's not 100% "being occupied makes it seem shorter")
  6. fritolayguy

    fritolayguy Science, bitches

    Oct 31, 2002
    Liberty, MO.
    With 3 TIVO units, we have found that we are more accurate using second level of FF than we ever were with the 30 second skip. Purely personal choice....
  7. rhuntington3

    rhuntington3 Well-Known Member

    May 1, 2001
  8. Crrink

    Crrink Active Member

    Sep 2, 2002
    Austin, TX
    I don't keep the remote in my hand, usually, but it really doesn't take very long to pick it up off the end table when the commercials begin. as others have said, 4 fast clicks of the 30 sec. skip, wait to see where you are, and react accordingly.

    I haven't timed it so I don't know that it's faster than using 3xFF, but it certainly feels faster to me. I also pay less attention using 30 sec. skip than I do using FF - with the skip you can hit the button, wait and listen, with FF you have to scrutinize the video flying by so you know when to stop.

    For me, personally, it's just a lot less labor intensive to use the 30 sec. skip.
  9. nirisahn

    nirisahn Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Nov 19, 2005
    Denver area
    I've used both, but prefer to not use the 30 second skip. Sometimes when I'm FF'ing thru the commercials something catches my eye and I rewind to find out what it is. That's how I first found out about 'Heroes'. Sometimes a movie preview will catch my eye. If I skipped thru commercials 30 seconds at a time, I wouldn't know if there was something I actually wanted to know about being advertised.
  10. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    I still see snippets of ads I want to see, even 30sec skipping through it.
  11. Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

    Jun 12, 2004
    Fishers, IN
    Well, with 308 total votes so far, it's about 3-2 in favor of those using 30-second skip. After pouring through the posts here, I have activated it and will try it again. You never know; I may be converted!
  12. cowboys2002

    cowboys2002 Well-Known Member

    Jun 15, 2001
    Cypress, TX
    Using the ff at 2 arrows, press the play button when the screen changes to the program. Works for me 99.9% of the time
  13. tbeckner

    tbeckner TiVo Fan

    Oct 26, 2001
    Bend, OR, USA
    Everyone in the family, all four of us currently at home and the two kids living away from home, all use the 30-second skip more than 98% of the time and FF less 2% of the time.

    It is absolutely necessary for watching NFL or College Football games.

    I have used it almost exclusively since it was added over six years ago.

    And all of the kids wouldn't use anything else.

    Using FF requires that you watch the commercials in their entirely to know when to stop, and even if the commercials don't seem to register with your conscious brain, they register with your unconscious brain.

    IMHO you are watching the complete commercial when you FF, unknowingly, and that is SAD.
  14. WhoAmI

    WhoAmI New Member

    Nov 11, 2006
    I use 30-sec skip and replay primarily -- I find it quicker to skip short gaps this way. Anything longer than four minutes starts to get annoying with 30-sec skip (too many button presses), so I also use FF sometimes.

    Valid reasons not to use it: Some people I know hate the sound-effects and chaos of my navigation this way, which is why they use FF. Some people just don't want to memorize S-P-S-3-0-S (it is cumbersome). Sometimes I'd rather see what commercials were aired than skip them completely, so I use FF those times.
  15. Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

    Jun 12, 2004
    Fishers, IN
    Can you say......BIG BROTHER? :eek:
  16. ThreeSoFar

    ThreeSoFar FourNow...WaitFive

    May 24, 2002
    Yes, that is sad.
  17. timmo

    timmo New Member

    Apr 25, 2003
    YES! And I see someone else watches football the same way as I do - skipping along - I can watch an entire game in about 40 minutes.
  18. mlehner

    mlehner New Member

    Dec 2, 2006
    I have a series 2 and have been using the fast forward. How do you use the 30 second skip? I dont see that oprion on my remote
  19. Einselen

    Einselen ɹǝsn pǝɹǝʇsıƃǝɹ

    Apr 25, 2006
    During play back hit "Select-Play-Select-3-0-Select" ignore the bings after 3 and 0. If done correctly then you will hear multiple bings after hitting select. The advance button, the one that looks like this ->| will then skip ahead 30 seconds.
  20. mlehner

    mlehner New Member

    Dec 2, 2006
    Thanks, that works great!

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