TiVo inserting short advert before playing a recording

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by andyf, Sep 19, 2019.

  1. tenthplanet

    tenthplanet Well-Known Member

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    I used to get them, but now I get ads for Lincoln and Lexus. :) Seems they are selling the ad space.
     
  2. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

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    Oh, sure, brag about how upscale your targeted ads are! :D
     
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  3. TKnight206

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    Both the pre-roll ads and the guide ads are inappropriate. The pre-roll ads more ridiculously so. It makes absolutely no sense to add commercials before a recording plays, while at the same time offering services such as SkipMode. Imagine if a company decided to buy up a bunch of magazines, remove all the ads in it, while adding their own ads.

    You'd expect with either a monthly subscription or a one-time fee, you could simply pay the extra cost that the ads bring in and be done with it.

    It was bad enough that my cable company had ads at the bottom of the guide. I would have liked the option to just pay a bit more to replace the revenue they were getting for the ad placement. How much could it really cost per month after all?
     
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  4. Fofer

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    It's worse than that, because these inserted pre-roll ads are CRASHING people's boxes. And it's been happening for a year now! That they didn't immediately remove the pre-roll ads and FIX the issue, instead only allowing people to contact support to temporarily remove them, is absurd.

    This whole move is user-hostile and it shows where TiVo's priorities are. The best thing I did for my home's A/V setup this year was leave TiVo for good. I'm now using Channels DVR with my AppleTV's and it's so much better, elegant and expandable than TiVo, in every way that matters to me most. It's developed by a small, dedicated team, that puts the user experience first. My only regret is that I didn't make this move many years ago.
     
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  5. solutionsetc

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    Yup... this was the last straw with me as well and I am now an X-TiVo user (after many years). I get the ads when the services are free (ala Google), but not when I pay for them.
     
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  6. bobfrank

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    Serious question for the people who have happily left Tivo for one reason or another. Why are you reading and posting in these Tivo forums still?
     
  7. Pokemon_Dad

    Pokemon_Dad Ruler of Unown UI

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    To learn about stuff like Channels DVR? :)

    Also because this is still one of the best places to discuss shows.
     
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  8. solutionsetc

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    As a TiVo user for 15+ years, when I cancelled my service I wasn't even asked why... which IMHO is beyond stupid, unless they just don't give a "F" about us.

    So maybe in the hopes that their marketing folks listen in here and actually take away some info about what customers are unhappy with, and to what extent, our comments might inspire change.

    But on second thought, we're probably all just wasting our time and should move on. I can't recall even the most frequented and heated discussions here making any kind of difference in TiVo's behavior.

    So, I'm out.

    Bye.
     
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  9. Fofer

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    Serious answer, speaking for myself only: I was one of TiVo's earliest customers. I have been a member of this forum for 20 years. A huge evangelist, I was even featured in a major newspaper's article celebrating my loyalty to this DVR platform. I stuck with it, despite the ups and downs, as my setup evolved over the years. I expanded my network of TiVos, upgraded hard drives, etc.

    After awhile the DVR tech discussion grew stale, but this forum became a welcome discussion spot for me for all sorts of topics under the sun, too. (Look around, there's lots more than just this one sub-forum.)

    Now granted, nearly all of my involvement after the first few years, has been in the "Happy Hour - General Chit Chat" section, but with almost 93,000 posts, I am currently the #2 most prolific poster in this entire forum. It's part of my daily flow. I enjoy the myriad of discussions I'm able to have, with like-minded, intelligent, early adopter-type folks, having learned a lot, and made friends along the way, too. Sometimes we share stories, ask questions, vent, laugh, grieve, share deals, tips and tricks, whatever. It's a discussion board. That's what it's for.

    And this thread popped up, because I'm auto-subscribed to threads I've participated in.

    Now in return, here's a serious question for you: Why do you ask?
     
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  10. bobfrank

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    You and the other posters who have answered so far have very good answers. I probably haven't owned Tivos as long as you. I've only been a member of this forum for 15 years and don't post much. I bought my first Tivo very shortly after the Series 1 60 hour units were available. I would have bought one earlier but I knew the 14 to 30 hour capacities weren't going to be enough. My wife wondered why on earth I thought we needed the DVR when we had perfectly good VHS recorders. It wasn't long before she was recording and watching more on Tivo than I was.

    I asked just because I was curious. If I quit using a given product I generally don't spend times in their forums discussing it. So, I was wondering why others did.
     
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  11. JoeKustra

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    Here's a tip. Click on the post count under a person's name. It displays the forums they visit. There's a lot more to TCF than just TiVo users.
     
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  12. Fofer

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    LOL, lots more.

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    I didn't do the math but these don't appear to add up to 93k as my post count on the left says. I seem to remember there being a subforum where posts didn't add to our count, maybe that explains it...
     
  13. Rob Helmerichs

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    Wait, what? When I click on it, it just gives a list of posts...
     
  14. Fofer

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    I had to click on my avatar, then "Profile Page," then "Areas."
     
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  15. Pokemon_Dad

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    Love the VHS story. Just to be clear though, as you probably know this is not "their forum" as it is not run by TiVo, and only a few TiVo employees have ever posted here.

    If TiVo were to go out of business tomorrow, I imagine this site would continue for a very long time as a general forum for DVRs, streaming boxes, content, and also the many odd topics to which we strangely segue.

    The name would probably change though. I vote for "TCF".
     
  16. bobfrank

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    My comment was really directed at former Tivo users who were posting in Tivo forums and Tivo threads. After seeing the replies I understand better why.
     
  17. bobfrank

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    Glad you liked the story, it's all true. Tivo isn't the first, or last, piece of tech I've gotten than my wife questioned and now wouldn't do without.

    Yes, I do know that this is a Tivo Community Forum, and not run by, or frequented by, Tivo. I was wondering about former Tivo users posting in Tivo forums and threads. Now I understand.
     
  18. JoeKustra

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    True, but the forum is in the fine print. Usually the thread title is more interesting anyhow.
     
  19. TKnight206

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    I miss TiVo Inc. I had TiVo for about a year when Rovi bought them and became TiVo Corporation. Their phone service was excellent. The guide data was acceptable. I miss them.
     
  20. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

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    Now they are part of Xperi. It hasn't helped.
     

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