TiVo inserting short advert before playing a recording

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

  1. Bigg

    Bigg Cord Cutter

    Oct 30, 2003


    I'm definitely not like Trump lol.

    TiVo was never marketed to people who only occasionally used a DVR. And that use case doesn't even make sense. Once you go through the paradigm shift of not watching things when they are live, and sitting down to watch what you want when you want, you're not going to watch much Live TV, you are going to primarily use a DVR as a DVR. People who are stuck in the past and didn't realize this paradigm shift never went out to buy a TiVo and never will.
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  2. snerd

    snerd Well-Known Member

    Jun 6, 2008
    I suspect there are many construction workers who would disagree. All a matter of perspective. I guess you're just stuck to thinking within your own box.
  3. mrick

    mrick Member

    Jan 6, 2008
    Looks like I bought a new TIVO at the wrong time. Seems like TIVO is at the end of its life cycle. If that is the case, wouldn't it make sense to let TIVO be used to stream private collections from a network or external source. Would that be hard? Seems like that would give marketing another card to play. If it is difficult, fine but it seems like it wouldn't be that difficult.
  4. no-mo

    no-mo New Member

    Nov 3, 2019
    Years ago you could stream your own content to the TiVo. Another DAS decision to remove that capability.
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  5. Slumpert

    Slumpert Member

    Oct 18, 2019


    Mark my words.. the next “feature” will be post-roll ads, everytime you exit a show you will be forced to watch a ad..
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  6. no-mo

    no-mo New Member

    Nov 3, 2019
    That's a horrible idea, so you are probably right.
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  7. xanthome

    xanthome New Member

    Apr 22, 2007
    My wife just came in: "The TiVO is acting weird. Every time I go to play a show I see these white arrows".

    I just started laughing and told her the story of a company that makes a product to skip ads.... one day began inserting it's own ads... at the top of the screen, in the guide... before your shows...
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  8. dianebrat

    dianebrat wait.. I did what? TCF Club

    Jul 6, 2002
    It was replaced with Plex, I'd have to assume they decided why roll their own when there's a decent product someone else maintains that does it for them.
  9. slowbiscuit

    slowbiscuit FUBAR

    Sep 19, 2006
    In the ATL
    LOL, I think a poll of users here would clearly show that Tivo is indeed a DVR first.
  10. Bigg

    Bigg Cord Cutter

    Oct 30, 2003
    I was referring to a 9-5 (office) type of job. If you're actually a contractor who is hauling stuff around, then an F-350 might be a great vehicle. That being said, most of the guys doing the grunt work drive older beater cars because that's all they can afford.
  11. jlb

    jlb Go Pats!

    Dec 13, 2001
    Burlington, VT
    Well, you could just walk away and go to the bathroom or something I guess.
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  12. Cainebj

    Cainebj Well-Known Member

    Nov 10, 2006
    New York
    I am very late to this thread since I just started seeing the ads in the past week.
    I join everyone who feels paying a monthly fee and then having ads forced upon us is fundamentally against why I have a TiVo in the first place. I have been watching more and more content on my Roku and this might be the final straw to dropping TiVo altogether. So - if anyone from TiVo is reading... This was a bad idea.
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  13. rasandefur

    rasandefur New Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Chapel Hill, NC
    I'm livid! I've been with TiVo since the first one came out. Not only was I not aware of this nefarious plot, but I've been thinking there is something wrong with my TiVo for the past couple weeks. They send you a message when you have a new, irrelevant channel added but sneakily try to force commercials on you without any type of notification? It's really a sad statement about how loyal customers are treated today. :(
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  14. lart2150

    lart2150 Member

    Jul 8, 2002
    Chicago, IL.
    I just started getting the ads on my bolt. I changed my router so prod.adgwy.tivo.com and adgwy.tivo.com resolve to and it looks like I'm not getting ads and the video starts playing right away instead of a ad or about a 1-2 second delay.

    edit: looks like this is it

    that page tries to load a video from prod.adgwy.tivo.com and if that fails it goes ahead and plays the intended content! I'm using a edgerouter to block the hostname but you could use something like a pi-hole.
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2019
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  15. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    I have no idea of what you did, but like the result. :clapping:
  16. randian

    randian Active Member

    Jan 15, 2014
    I didn't think any consumer router could block or redirect outgoing connections. What router are you using?
  17. Halfwatt

    Halfwatt New Member

    Sep 3, 2018
    Hello - sometime in the last 24-48 hours my series 4 Premier updated it's software to 20.7.4b.RC3-748-2-748....
    I believe it was previously 20.7.4.RC42-748-2-748
    No pre-roll commercials......yet?
    Wasn't experience 3 supposed to be in maintenence mode ?
  18. lart2150

    lart2150 Member

    Jul 8, 2002
    Chicago, IL.
    You are most likely right for the stock firmware. I bet you could do it with dd-wrt or openwrt like firmwares. The other route is to run something like a pi-hole and point your router to that as the dns server.
  19. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

    Dec 7, 2012
    Ashland, PA...
    Every Netgear router I have owned for the last 10 years has domain blocking. It also can block by keyword. It's in the Security section. They can block and map ports also.

    Sorry, It controls inbound only.
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2019
  20. HeatherA

    HeatherA Old AVS Forum Member

    Jan 9, 2002
    Wait! Is this really a thing? I haven't seen it yet on my Roamio on T4 but it's about to die (keep getting crazy flashing front lights) and I need to decide if I'm going to get a new TiVo or just say F it and walk away after 20 years.

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