TiVo inserting short advert before playing a recording

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  1. ufo4sale

    ufo4sale Well-Known Member

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  2. Charles R

    Charles R Active Member

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    That's interesting... I presume you are on the 846 release? I'm trying the process once again...

    • No ads - restarted TiVo
    • Ads - after restart
    • Blacklisted mm1.tivoservice.com and restarted
    • No ads - after restart

    Now I can delete the blacklist and the ads won't appear (although mm1... gets hit) until you reboot. Note once the ads are "loaded" they won't go away until you blacklist and restart.

    Per the images... first one shows mm1 getting hit and ads follow. Second shows mm1 blocked and no ads. Third is the guide after restarting with mm1 getting hit (ads). Fourth is the guide after restarting with mm1 blocked (no ads).
     

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  3. JoeKustra

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    I checked my router's log and it's not showing the blocked site. I need to play with this. It might be a Netgear bug.
     
  4. Fofer

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    ...which is....?
     
  5. ufo4sale

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  6. texasPI

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    I've treid this before on my Pi-hole but it did not block the TiVo+ ads. I'll have to try again. Also, are you using your Pi-hole for DHCP as well?
     
  7. Charles R

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    No, although it shouldn't make any difference. I have done the above a dozen times or so and each time it has worked. Only once after removing mm1 from the blacklist (after restarting) did the ads came back after a day or so). All of others have been several days and between restarts (to test again...) no guide ads in site. Once restarted I remove the blacklist so TiVo doesn't endlessly (every 10 seconds) try to connect to mm1.
     
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  8. texasPI

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    Thanks, I'll try again tonight.
     
  9. no-mo

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    Called Tivo customer support and canceled my service at the next renewal. They offered to turn off the ads and reduce my yearly subscription. I said no. My biggest issue is "what's next?" and I can't pre-opt-out of the next "thing" they want to force on me. I'm just done. I moved to Channels DVR a month ago and I'm more than happy. Tried Emby, Plex and Tablo but Channels DVR is by far the best option for me. Plus, their devs are quite amazing.
     
  10. Flashmasta

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    I just got around to trying the guide ad blocking and that domain does seem to do the trick. I think it is worth the trade-off of losing channel icons.
     
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  11. Fofer

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    This is the first I’ve heard about this ad-blocking step removing the icons for channels in the guide. I wouldn’t like that. What other ill effects are introduced by blocking that domain?
     
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  12. Charles R

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    Just checked and the channel icons are now there... still no guide ads. I'm glad someone duplicated the results as I was beginning to doubt myself. :)

    Note we are discussing ads in the guide not pre-roll ads (the topic of the thread).
     
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  13. Flashmasta

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    Awesome, maybe they just take a while to load and I've never noticed before. I saw they were also missing in your screenshot so I assumed we were both seeing a permanent change. All I really tested after was the guide real quick, of course, and made sure a service connection completed without error.
     
  14. Flashmasta

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    When you have mm1 blocked are you able to get online.tivo.com to work (see your recorded shows for example) or the mobile app?
     
  15. Charles R

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    Blacklisted it and online appears to be available via my browser (My Shows - Guide). Note I remove the blacklist as soon as it restarts... since it seems silly for TiVo to keeping to access it every 10 seconds - and again once hit the guide ads still don't appear.
     
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  16. Phil T

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    Same here. I just started getting the black arrow but no ads. I have Comcast 175/5 Performance Pro internet.
     
  17. Chuck_IV

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    So I installed Pi-Hole in a container on my QNAP server and started using that as my primary DNS and adding the mm1.tivoservice.com to the block list DOES remove the ads from the guide. I also added the original 4 sites to the block list and I'm not even seeing the arrows now, just straight into the recording. This is good cause I was starting to have issues with just having them in my privacy block site list on my Netgear Router(One of the sites would ultimately block me from playing recordings on my Bolt).

    Only issue I see is no channel logos on my bolt, HOWEVER, on my Roamio, the ads are gone but the channel logos remained. Hoping they come back after a while on the Bolt. I am seeing mm1.tivoservice.com being hit every 10 seconds like mentioned so I now removed it from the block list to see what happens.

    So for those of you who have a QNAP server and want to run Pi-Hole in a container that seems to work just as well as on a Raspberry Pi, see this thread on the QNAP forums and follow posts 1 AND 2(since you will hit an issue with what post 2 references and shows how to fix... SOLUTION: Pi-Hole running in a container on QNAP Container Station - QNAP NAS Community Forum

    Thanks Charles R for the detailed screens.

    **EDIT**
    Channel logos came back, so things are back to normal(before the ad intrusion).
     
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  18. Flashmasta

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    On videos viewed for the first time? If you stop watching a recording and come back to it later you don't get the arrows, at least in my experience. My Tivo only tries to shows ads when I am watching a recording for the first time.
     
  19. Charles R

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    Victory. :) There might be one (or more) already however I think someone should start a thread with the domains to block and the various methods. All within the first post - now it's rather willy-nilly.
     
  20. Adam C.

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    Did that server not exist at all before the guide ads? Just wondering if there is any chance it could be used for anything else that nobody has noticed yet.
     

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