TiVo inserting short advert before playing a recording

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

  1. El Maestro

    El Maestro Active Member

    175
    70
    Nov 19, 2013
    My issue is that as I scroll through the guide (which I do regularly) the ads ad are in a different spot on the grid every page. It just ruins the experience of looking through thE guide. It would be better if it just occupied the bottom line. When it’s in the middle and in a different spot it is worse.
     
    Chuck_IV, Noelmel, Mikeguy and 3 others like this.
  2. ilovedvrs

    ilovedvrs Member

    353
    7
    Oct 20, 2004
    I just started getting adds on the bottom row of my GUIDE & before playing any show. If these ADS are not removed I will abandon Tivo after 21 years of use and start using my FireTV recast as my primary DVR.
     
    Noelmel and V7Goose like this.
  3. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    23,162
    7,078
    Jul 28, 2005
    The annoyance factor has me further reconsidering moving one of my TE3 TiVo boxes to TE4 as an experiment, just to see what it's like.
     
    Noelmel likes this.
  4. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

    17,785
    3,142
    Dec 7, 2012
    Ashland, PA...
    My nice opinion is "distracting". I have one box on TE4. I was planning on using it for storage, but programs transferred to a TE4 from a TE3 may not play all the way through.
     
    Noelmel likes this.
  5. Chuck_IV

    Chuck_IV Active Member

    721
    55
    Jan 1, 2002
    Connecticut
    I tried using OpenDNS on my Netgear router and blocking these specific domains along with the original one on OpenDNS but it doesn’t seem to stop these ads.

    My guess is the TiVo is now using a custom DNS and this circumventing the one in the router. I’m thinking the only way to block these is to have something in the router that can specifically block outbound requests to these sites.

    ***EDIT***
    Got it to work by adding all these domains(including the first one listed in the prior message) to the Block Sites of the Security section on my Netgear router. Even if it is inbound, it still stops the videos from playing.

    I will monitor to see if they start up again.
    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2019
  6. b_scott

    b_scott TiVo Fan

    1,754
    37
    Nov 27, 2006
    chicago, il
    so since PS Vue is now ending, I've switched to Youtube TV. Which has basically the same channels for $5 less per month, and also DOES let you record CW. Just FYI. So, even better setup. HOWEVER it only allows 3 streams at a time, if that matters to you. 6 users though.
     
    Noelmel likes this.
  7. Adam C.

    Adam C. Active Member

    310
    174
    Jul 24, 2017
    Is there any type of lag when you start the recording or is it seamless?
     
  8. Chuck_IV

    Chuck_IV Active Member

    721
    55
    Jan 1, 2002
    Connecticut
    Just a little. I see the arrows for a quick second or so, then a quick black screen(which I normally see with the one TiVo that doesn’t have the ads yet) and then the recording starts.

    When I had the ads, I would see the arrows for a couple seconds, then see a quick swirling circle then the ad would start.

    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
    Noelmel likes this.
  9. Skye

    Skye Member

    41
    49
    May 18, 2018
    I started to get the ads this weekend but they are playing havoc on my Bolt. Over 90% of the time when the ad tries to play it crashes my box. The whole thing locks up, nothing works. After a few minutes it reboots on its own. This is really annoying. I added the domains to my routers blacklist this morning so we will see later if that helps.
     
    BCTC42 and Noelmel like this.
  10. Fofer

    Fofer Bo55man69

    91,888
    3,909
    Oct 29, 2000
    Why not just call TiVo and tell them to disable the ads on your account? That’s been working for many people. Blacklisting domains hasn’t.

    And what a poor showing from TiVo, the way they’ve rolled out these pre-roll ads is just pathetic.
     
    JKR123 and Noelmel like this.
  11. Skye

    Skye Member

    41
    49
    May 18, 2018
    I have called twice and asked them to remove them. First time was a month ago, and then again today. They keep trying to tell me its an added value to my account. I said to please opt me out and they said they will refer it to another dept.
     
    BCTC42 and Noelmel like this.
  12. Fofer

    Fofer Bo55man69

    91,888
    3,909
    Oct 29, 2000
    Oh, wow. Pathetic indeed. So they went away for a month, and then THEY CAME BACK?

    And to be calling this a value-add? Pre-roll ads which crash the TiVo? I would be raising holy hell.
     
    BCTC42, JKR123 and Noelmel like this.
  13. Chuck_IV

    Chuck_IV Active Member

    721
    55
    Jan 1, 2002
    Connecticut
    Even after doing so with TiVo, the issue seems to be after every software update, they start showing up again.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
    JKR123 and Noelmel like this.
  14. andydumi

    andydumi Fish. Butt.

    337
    2
    Jun 26, 2006
    Nashville, TN
    This is may main complaint too. They are incredibly distracting. My wife has strongly told me to look at Tivo alternatives over it, which is huge as she mostly does not care about these things.
     
    BCTC42 likes this.
  15. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    23,162
    7,078
    Jul 28, 2005
    Someone else posted that TiVo confirmed that as the reason his pre-roll ads came back, after having been banned: a recent software update.

    Lordy, people are going to have to call TiVo after each software update? Perhaps one of the updates can get the no-pre-roll setting to stick.
     
    BCTC42, JKR123 and Noelmel like this.
  16. MrDell

    MrDell Active Member

    141
    32
    Jul 8, 2012
    Rhode Island
    For what its worth... I just called to remove the pre-roll ads and was told that after 72 hours they will be gone and a software update will not bring them back. Time will tell!!! Maybe they tweaked their upgrade process to keep our ad-blocks in place... We can only hope!!!
     
    JKR123, Noelmel and Mikeguy like this.
  17. Chuck_IV

    Chuck_IV Active Member

    721
    55
    Jan 1, 2002
    Connecticut
    I agree. While the pre-roll ads are annoying, they don’t compare to the ones in the guide that are very distracting.

    My wife all but said the same thing. She was wondering what all the junk was in the guide.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2019
    BCTC42, JKR123 and Noelmel like this.
  18. Skye

    Skye Member

    41
    49
    May 18, 2018
    Blocking the URLs works! Just played back a recording and it went to the arrows for a second, then black for a second and then started playback.
     
    aaronwt and kpeters59 like this.
  19. El Maestro

    El Maestro Active Member

    175
    70
    Nov 19, 2013
    Can you list all that you blocked? Upthread it seemed like there was some uncertainty.
     
  20. Skye

    Skye Member

    41
    49
    May 18, 2018
    8CC8FE23-983A-415C-9476-FE9BE3C32CC2.png
     
    MrDell, saeba, El Maestro and 9 others like this.

Share This Page