Tivo STOP the AD's!!!

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by techie714, Sep 4, 2007.

  1. Sep 5, 2007 #21 of 133
    RoyK

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    Which only proved that most feel there is enough to like about their boxes to keep them in spite of our distaste for the ads.
     
  2. Sep 5, 2007 #22 of 133
    Billy66

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    You do still seem to want to get your words in though.

    Your plan is flawed and that's been stated to you just as often.

    Not everything worth complaining about is worth quitting over. People complain over their cubicle, they don't quit their job. People complain that their spouse is consistently tardy, they don't get divorced over it. People complain that they have a headache, they don't commit suicide over it.

    So keep your silly challenge and just accept that some things bother other people more than they bother you, or I could challenge you that if you don't like these threads, to simply state so once and then quit them. Maybe you are onto something. ;)
     
  3. Sep 5, 2007 #23 of 133
    Langree

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    Freezinmyass...
    The "ad" is one line on a menu screen many seldom see, now if it were a screen crawl I'd take issue, but it's hardly noticeable.
     
  4. Sep 5, 2007 #24 of 133
    Dr_Diablo

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    You are far from being alone in this regard...

    Isn't this the reason one drifts away from network TV ? To not have to endure all of these commericals? I also don't see why cable costs are going up when the programing stops around 2 AM until 6ish or later...

    Who wants to work in the evening to come home to infospam?
     
  5. Sep 5, 2007 #25 of 133
    Langree

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    one line of text one one screen is infospam?

    I must be immune to the click or die vibes my TiVo is sending out.
     
  6. Sep 5, 2007 #26 of 133
    jcaudle

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    has anyone been to the movie theaters recently? Higher prices for tickets and refreshments, and you still have to look at preshow ads.
     
  7. Sep 5, 2007 #27 of 133
    jmoak

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    Ok... Now I am confused.

    Langree and I only have one extra line on the main tivo screen to contend with, whereas you and techie714 seem to be deluged by them.

    Can one of you guys post a screenshot of what's on your main tivo screen?

    Thanks!
     
  8. Sep 5, 2007 #28 of 133
    zalusky

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    Perhaps their could be multiple pricing tiers Adsupported, and clean. Many web sites work that way.

    I have nothing against Tivo making additional forms of revenue, I just think they should provide us with options.

    On the other hand I think Tivo has an opportunity here to do something interesting. Using the same technology they do with suggestions they could tailor the ads to something you might actually be interested in. I could see an ads folder that I might go into if it analyzed my viewing habits and tailored things better.

    This means you need a broker for ads and not a specific product so they could select from a wealth of products. They could also tailor ads to a local zip area. Using Tivo cast they could easily pull down ads from server and not from cable bandwidth.

    I think the problem most people have with ads is its stuff they are not interested in. However when your remodeling and your looking at bath products how often do you search magazines. My wife even puts in Tivo keywords searches for shows along those lines.

    I would love to be able to use suggestion and other ad tailoring devices to control what I see and stuff it in a folder.
     
  9. Sep 5, 2007 #29 of 133
    MichaelK

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    who even sees the main menu that often for that long? really?

    If it annoys you that much learn the shortcuts like tivo+tivo goes right to now playing list and the time on the main menue can be measured in tenths of a second.

    I never bothered to learn but i believe tivo+<insert number> gets you to pretty much any place in the menues without going to the main screen.

    If you have a universal remote just program the list button and one click gets you to the now playing list.

    beyond all that- i happen to have the kidzone turned on and it sends me straight to the now playing list pretty much all the time- you have to exit the list to do anything. maybe you can set up kidzone to allow any content and then it just becomes a way to go straight to the now playing list? Just a thought.

    Just some thoughts how to minize your pain.

    Myself I say bring it on- load the showcases all you want. It keeps my monthly costs down and maybe one day I'll stumble on something i want to buy.
     
  10. Sep 5, 2007 #30 of 133
    ZeoTiVo

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    what is flawed? I never said stop posting, I just wondered if anyone is truly, really bugged or as you say just complaining again, but no biggie to me, have fun :)



    PS - they have Product Watch as a palce to get specific ads by "season passes". It never took off as advertisers did not seem to want to keep paying for content there.
     
  11. Sep 5, 2007 #31 of 133
    TiVotion

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    I'd actually watch a clip showing how cheese is made. I'd click on it multiple times if they actually SENT me cheese.
     
  12. Sep 5, 2007 #32 of 133
    Billy66

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    You see, that *is* the flaw. The test of whether or not they would cancel TiVo is NOT a valid determiner of whether or not they are bugged. You did and do suggest they cancel TiVo or stop complaining right? That's the flaw.
     
  13. Sep 5, 2007 #33 of 133
    ZeoTiVo

    ZeoTiVo I can't explain

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    I don't think I ever said stop posting in the old thread but could be wrong as it wa a while back. I rarely say stop posting though as anyone has just as much right as I to post. I just want to gauge if anyone is ever really going to do something that TiVo would really notice. I guess this topic just tickles my funnybone and intrigues me. Please continue complaining, don't mind me.
     
  14. Sep 5, 2007 #34 of 133
    steve614

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    On my main menu, I've had (have) at most, 2 extra lines at the bottom.
    A star ad, and an ad with a little Tivo guy next to it.
    Doesn't bother me.

    Now if those 2 lines were put at the TOP of the menu, then I'd have a problem.
     
  15. Sep 5, 2007 #35 of 133
    Billy66

    Billy66 Again with shoelaces

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    Zeo,

    Where are you getting that from? I know you never asked anyone to stop posting. You ask people to prove their complaints are really bugging them by canceling their service. That's even more drastic than not posting.

    If you can't understand the flaw in that argument is that there is ground after complaint but before cancellation, then I'm not sure I can make you understand that.

    In either case, your challenge was ridiculous the first time and your repetition of it equally so.
     
  16. Sep 5, 2007 #36 of 133
    RoyK

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    I haven't.
    Reason? Higher prices for tickets and refreshments, and you still have to look at preshow ads.
     
  17. Sep 5, 2007 #37 of 133
    matt314159

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    +1, well said, billy. I think essentially telling people to quit Tivo or quit complaining is ridiculous. In general, people understand that advertising is revenue for the company and can subsidize the cost for the end user. Dating back to the early days of Juno and NetZero, where you would get a free or discounted service to endure ads, or to think of some of the more popular forum websites (howardforums comes to mind for cell phones) where the site is free thanks to ad sponsorship, but if you're wiling to pay a premium, you can make the ads go away.

    But tivo subscribers already pay a premium. Somebody signing up for tivo today has to choose whether to pay $17 a month, or endure a ridiculous 3 year contract, or prepay 3 years in advance to get a decent rate. And ON TOP OF THAT tivo still foists advertising off onto the consumers? I think it is a very valid complaint, and something's wrong here if people don't see that.

    here we come to the part where the tivo fanboys verbally tar and feather me, and ride me out of town on a rail.

    Ready, Set, GO!
     
  18. Sep 5, 2007 #38 of 133
    MickeS

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    Is this about those yellow star ads again? I can't think of any other ads, but since those are not what I'd describe as even remotely obtrusive, I figure I must be wrong.
     
  19. Sep 5, 2007 #39 of 133
    JimSpence

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    Has the OP considered that the monthly rate for TiVo service would probably be higher if it weren't for these "ads"?
     
  20. Sep 5, 2007 #40 of 133
    matt314159

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    Hard to imagine their rates any higher than they already are.
     

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