Tivo is Pissing me off with Ads!

Discussion in 'TiVo Bolt DVR/Streamer' started by Resist, Nov 16, 2019.

  1. Slumpert

    Slumpert Member

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    For longest time this “local” business in Houston called Magick Couldron would advertise low budget commercials on Comcast, since I switched to OTA it seems all I get now is Medialert and blue cross commercials.

    Guess they figure only old people watch antennae TV anymore.
     
  2. Resist

    Resist Well-Known Member

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    It's interesting how so many are willing to except ads on Tivo now. They clearly have forgotten Tivo's main selling point, to get past commercials. And maybe Tivo has forgotten it as well. I've been looking at the Tablo OTA DVR and it might make me forget Tivo too.
     
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  3. mattyro7878

    mattyro7878 Well-Known Member

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    I except your statement.
     
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  4. hairyblue

    hairyblue A good Man

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    I have not gotten the ads yet but I'm not happy about it. I bought a new Tivo with their summer sale to update an old Premiere--thinking this was a good deal. Then a couple of months later the plan comes out that all the new Tivo will have ad run on them. To me, it looks like they were trying to get people like me to update their machines to grow their ad able Tivo base. I feel suckered.

    I use my tivo to get local OTA channels, but I too am looking for a better way. I've been with Tivo for 20 years--but I have taken my wedding band off and considering my options. Maybe something will turn my head and I'll be gone too.
     
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  5. schatham

    schatham Well-Known Member

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    Roll back to TE3, no ads.
     
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  6. Sgtbert

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    I had the same complaint, and for the same reason. My first thought was that I paid for this thing, and the service; why should I watch ads? But the same can be said of any service these days; OTA, Cable, Streaming, are all the same. We pay for them, and still have to endure ads. Fortunately, I found that I only have to hit FF once, and I'm on to my show, so it's not as inconvenient as I thought it would be. I also noticed that they don't appear at the beginning every show, which doesn't make me like it any more.
     
  7. schatham

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    So it would be OK if every time you made a phone call you had an ad first, because everything else does ads. How about when you turn on the shower, an ad happens before the water will run?
     
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  8. Mikeguy

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    Some of us never have had the issue to begin with--as we stayed on the TE3 user interface instead, including to avoid them. :)

    Do note that it's not just some/many people here who have expressed disappointment/upset: I don't recall seeing any 3rd-party reviewer reference the pre-rolls with fondness, and Leo Laporte at TWiT, etc. went bonkers.
     
  9. Sgtbert

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    You think phone and water are the same types of utilties as television? Seriously? You did read the part where I said I don't like it, right? That I agree with you? But your choice right now is to press the fast forward button once and get rid of the ad or, as you suggested, quit Tivo and find something better. Good luck to ya.
     
  10. pgoelz

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    Another option, one which I use when it counts, is to make the biggest stink you can and make sure Tivo hears it. And if you do eventually decide to leave, make sure it counts by putting your displeasure in writing. If enough people do that Tivo will either officially allow opting out or might even cancel the ads altogether. If everyone simply says "oh well" and stays silent, you can be assured nothing will change.

    Paul
     
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  11. hairyblue

    hairyblue A good Man

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    I don't think Tivo can survive now without ads running. I know people who don't even watch OTA TV or Cable. They stream all the content they watch. And they don't have or need a Tivo with or with out ads.

    I'm upset that I was all in with Tivo so much I bought 3 lifetime subs with them. Why should I be bothered with Tivo ads. That is not what I paid for. Maybe run ads for those with monthly subs, but not the ones who paid for lifetime.
     
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  12. Mikeguy

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    And so, at least do it well: no delays and clunkiness, no screen freezes, no "arrow" screen, and no misdirected ads (e.g. Spanish-language ads to non-Spanish speakers). All of these are just bush league, at best, or a solid "F."
     
  13. bobfrank

    bobfrank Active Member

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    The "dark side of making money" is the only thing that keeps Tivo in business.
     
  14. bobfrank

    bobfrank Active Member

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    Please let us know what you've moved on to. We need to know what is better than Tivo is, with or without ads.
     
  15. tazzmission

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    For me I use Apple TV’s and already have one on each TV I own (4). I bought two HDHR Primes. I was waiting on the 6 tuner Prime that never came out. The 3 tuner models are hard to find but I lucked out and got (2) on the Offer Up app for $150. I got (2) cable cards from Verizon for my FiOS service. Using Channels DVR on Apple TV. This app is also available for Fire TV too. The app supports one pass, commercial skip and no ads.

    I use my Synology 918+ NAS for DVR recordings.


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  16. Resist

    Resist Well-Known Member

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    We shouldn't have to FF, no matter how easy it is because it's just another button we now have to press. And this makes Tivo not the user friendly DVR we've come to enjoy. We also shouldn't have to roll back the UI, to operate this box. I used to recommend Tivo to people all the time, I can't do that anymore as it's become so less user friendly and intuitive. Like Apple, Tivo has stop listening to what people want and are telling us what we want.
     
  17. Okiesnipe

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    I was able to use the 'chat' feature to ask support to remove the ads. They will do within 72 hours.
     
  18. Resist

    Resist Well-Known Member

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    I did the same thing, but as of today I still have ads. I wish Tivo would also remove the grey screen that comes up before the ads, because even with no ads this screen still pops up for a few seconds.
     
  19. MrDell

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    After a phone call to TiVo, my adds were successfully removed along with the grey screen. I had to force a network connection and then restart my bolt to make it happen.
     
  20. ChetKen

    ChetKen New Member

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    What did you tell them to get them to opt you out? What sort of problems were you experiencing?
     

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