TiVo inserting short advert before playing a recording

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  1. Sep 19, 2019 #1 of 1857
    andyf

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    Just got a new Bolt and I thought I was going crazy. When I play a recording the screen goes black with the spinning blue circle for a couple of seconds, then an advertisement plays for about 15 secs, then the recording starts. If you go back and play from the beginning you'll see a different ad. The ones I remember seeing are for Toyota, Keurig and Amazon.

    It seems you can skip the ad by pressing fast forward but it's not that seamless.

    Anyone else?
     
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    JoeKustra

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    Could you check your software version in System Information? It's the BSC that has me worried the most.
     
  3. Sep 19, 2019 #3 of 1857
    andyf

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    21.9.2.v4-USC-11-849
    BSC?
     
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    NorthAlabama

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  5. Sep 19, 2019 #5 of 1857
    andyf

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    Ah! Got it. I think it's streaming the ad before playing the recording and it's really bad quality video going into a 4K TV. The BSC may be while it's getting the ad from their server.
     
  6. Sep 19, 2019 #6 of 1857
    JoeKustra

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    My signature has a link to those abbreviations. I do wonder: whose servers? The thumbnail pictures are from (I think) Akamai.
     
  7. Sep 19, 2019 #7 of 1857
    Dan203

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    What the f*ck! No way! If they start doing this to me I'm out. No way they're forcing me to watch ads on a device I paid almost $1,000 for with lifetime service.
     
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    moyekj

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    Was this for every single recording you played back or just a few random ones? Very annoying either way. (I guess another reason not to use TE4).
     
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    moyekj

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    If this gets applied to TE3 I completely agree. If it's TE4 only then won't affect me (for now).
     
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  10. Sep 19, 2019 #10 of 1857
    JackMcC

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    I was afraid something like this would happen eventually. It's not enough they have our viewing history to sell for a profit, they now have to target us with ads.

    Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
     
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    NorthAlabama

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    who's your service provider?
     
  12. Sep 19, 2019 #12 of 1857
    KevTech

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    Just checked about 15 recording and none of them had any commercials at the start.
     
  13. Sep 19, 2019 #13 of 1857
    andyf

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    This is a short video commercial, I don't know who's servers. But they look like SD low bitrate videos.
    Happened on every recording so far but there's only been 5 recordings since I set it up.
    My service provider is Comcast.

    You can skip over the video by pressing FFWD but that's not the point is it?

    I wonder if they're just testing this with a few folks.
     
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  14. Sep 19, 2019 #14 of 1857
    BigJimOutlaw

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    Is it fully activated with service?
     
  15. Sep 19, 2019 #15 of 1857
    Joe3

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    Sorry, I'm not buying it.
     
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    andyf

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    Yes. Fully activated. But it was either temporary or not on all shows. I just tried to record The Simpsons so I could show a video and while I still got the BSC it didn't show a commercial and went straight to the recording. I'll try again tomorrow with the same shows I recorded this morning.
     
  17. Sep 19, 2019 #17 of 1857
    NashGuy

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    Andy, are you signed up as a beta tester for TiVo?

    I want to make clear that I am NOT a TiVo beta tester. But... a little birdie who IS one told me this week that they're seeing ads inserted into the Hydra program guide grid on their TiVo.

    Before everyone freaks out, we don't yet know what these pre-roll streaming video ads or static UI grid guide ads mean. Maybe it's something that TiVo is developing only for deployment on their pay TV partners' TiVo boxes. And/or maybe it's something that will be offered as an optional way for retail TiVo users to pay less for their monthly/annual TiVo service fees.
     
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  18. Sep 19, 2019 #18 of 1857
    Joe3

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    Or maybe TiVo went a little crazy in the head.
     
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  19. Sep 19, 2019 #19 of 1857
    andyf

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    I have been a beta tester from 2000 through 2010. Nothing since, but my status on my account is Beta.
     
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    andyf

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