Press thumbs up to record

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by spocko, Oct 6, 2011.

  1. Oct 6, 2011 #1 of 21

    spocko Member

    Feb 4, 2009


    I have had my Tivo HD for a few years and saw this for the first time this eve. Was watching Survivor (recorded), and during some commercials that advertised other CBS shows, a little icon showed up on screen that said "Press thumbs up to record".

    A search turned up a few posts talking about this from as far back as 2006, so it's not a new feature, but I didn't find any recent discussion.

    Is this a rarely used, or have I just not noticed it before?

    I'm not complaining about this feature. It was unobtrusive and seems like a cleaver advertising mechanism. If you are fast forwarding through the commercials, you probably wouldn't even see it. I was just surprised to see something "new" on the Tivo HD.
  2. Oct 6, 2011 #2 of 21

    lpwcomp Well-Known Member

    May 6, 2002
    It's difficult to say how often it is used. Most of the people on this board don't watch commercials that much. In fact, you're liable to get snide remarks like "Commercial? What's that?" or even "You're using your TiVo improperly." Personally, I sometimes watch a commercial if a flash of one gets my attention while I'm skipping and I think people should be free to use their TiVos in any manner that pleases them. And yes, I have seen the "Thumbs up" to record before. I think I've even used it once or twice.
  3. Oct 6, 2011 #3 of 21

    dianebrat wait.. I did what? TCF Club

    Jul 6, 2002
    once upon a time it was called "tivo-matic" it's been here for many years, but not a lot of broadcasters have purchased spots within it.
  4. Oct 6, 2011 #4 of 21

    jfh3 Active Member

    Apr 15, 2004
    Denver area
    I wish TiVo would make this more accessible to broadcasters. This is one of my favorite TiVo featured.
  5. Oct 6, 2011 #5 of 21

    Hilltopper06 New Member

    Nov 16, 2010


    I remember seeing this feature a few years ago and was pleasantly suprised to see these thumbs up return for certain fall shows. In just a matter of seconds I can click the thumbs up and order a seson pass and get back to watching my show. It is much better than having to do a Tivo Search to find the show (if you can remember it's name) and set up a season pass.

    I do wish this feature was used WAY more often!
  6. Oct 6, 2011 #6 of 21

    lillevig Cold in East Iowa

    Dec 6, 2010
    Marion, Iowa
    This is something that I've only seen recently as well. Too bad it doesn't coordinate with the Tivo "To Do" or "Season Pass" list because many of the shows we already have set up to record. In that regard it's kind of like having to watch a beer commercial while you are swilling a bottle of that brand. :D
  7. Oct 6, 2011 #7 of 21

    WhiskeyTango New Member

    Sep 20, 2006
    New Jersey
    If you are FF through a commercial when this pops up, you won't see it but you will hear a chime alerting you to its presence.
  8. Oct 6, 2011 #8 of 21

    daveak Series 3 Novice

    Mar 23, 2009
    I have used the feature before and have even seen it recently this year. The only times I have seen it have been on CBS, though I have only been a TiVo owner for a few years,
  9. Oct 6, 2011 #9 of 21

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

    May 1, 2006
    Dallas, TX
    From my observation, CBS uses it most. Seen it a few times on FOX.

    The technology seems to rely on some flag the broadcaster can insert into the video stream.
    Is the problem that TiVo is not forthcoming with the info to insert that particular flag, or is it the broadcasters who are
    too lazy to implement it?
  10. Resist

    Resist Well-Known Member

    Dec 21, 2003
    And that's the problem, it's not shown all that often anymore as an option.
  11. kdmorse

    kdmorse Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Jan 29, 2001
    Germantown, MD
    There's a lot of mileage to be gotten out of them though if Tivo offered them for free.

    Bonus to the broadcasters... They could hook up commericals linked to every one of their shows.
    Bonus to Tivo... It becomes a Tivo feature, watching a commerical for X, press thumbs up and you can create a season pass on the spot!

    I don't know what it costs Tivo administratively to offer them. But clearly the plan of 'selling spots' like that just isn't working.
  12. Soapm

    Soapm Active Member

    May 9, 2007
    Aurora, CO
    Watching commercials??? You can do that without a Tivo :)
  13. lrhorer

    lrhorer Active Member

    Aug 31, 2003
    It's pretty rare, though. I freely admit it could be a nice feature, but to make it really usable and useful, it needs to be more common.
  14. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    AFAIR, it's inserted into the closed caption data somehow... (without wrecking the existing closed caption data??) Though my memory is about the analog closed caption data.
  15. dianebrat

    dianebrat wait.. I did what? TCF Club

    Jul 6, 2002
    I'll add to what others have said, I've seen it a lot more frequently this year on CBS than I remember in the past.
  16. lrhorer

    lrhorer Active Member

    Aug 31, 2003
    A classical NTSC signal is composed of a total of 525 lines of information, but only 480 of those lines carry the graphical information used to recreate the pictures which we see as video. Forty-five of those lines are not intended to be displayed on the screen. NTSC video is interlaced, which means each frame of video consists of two consecutive fields of 262 - 1/2 lines each. The top 22 lines of what would otherwise be video can be used to embed all sorts of data to be used by the TV or other devices for various purposes including setting the clock and Closed Captioning data. IIRC, I think the CC data is on line 17 of both fields. Several of the other lines are reserved for specific information, but most of them are available for use by broadcasters. The TiVomatic data could be placed there in 480i transmissions, and in fact may be. The format is rather different, but there are similar unused data sections in HD broadcast signals, as well, and it is in one of these sections the TiVomatic data is inserted from digital video sources.
  17. andyw715

    andyw715 Well-Known Member

    Jul 31, 2007
    Do other DVRs have similar functionality?

    I bet you TiVo has a patent for it, thats why you don't see it often.
    Its a neat feature, but why would networks use it for such a small audience.

    If all DVRs could process it, it would probably be used more often.
  18. CoxInPHX

    CoxInPHX COX Communications

    Jan 14, 2011
    Phoenix, AZ
    Using Premieres here:

    I haven't seen this since last year, and then only saw it on CBS. Is it gone for good now? I actually liked it and used it, perhaps it will return, I wish it was available on more networks.
  19. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

    May 1, 2006
    Dallas, TX
    I have a feeling that it is a 'code' that can be inserted into the broadcast stream, and the networks have to pay TiVo for that 'code'.
    The more you pay, the more shows you can use that 'code' for.

    Sounds similar to a software license.
  20. jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

    Feb 4, 2008
    I'm wondering if that functionality could be linked with the new paypal - "thumbs up to purchase".

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