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MORONS! I had a Tivo since day 1 in 1999 to STOP ads. If you add ads, then goodbye.
I hardly watch my OTA content anyway, and already have a FIRE recast as a backup plan.

SAY NO TO ADS

TiVo confirms its customers will soon see ads before DVR recordings
I'm using Bolt Vox, TE3 so we will see. My account also say's beta privacy. I would downgrade asap as I'm sure it will be disabled.

From the link for those who did not read it and think this is just a test.

"TiVo has confirmed that it plans to place pre-roll video advertisements before DVR recordings for all customers - even those with a lifetime subscription plan. "DVR advertising is going to be a permanent part of the service,"
 

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I have been living in a temporary place and using Hulu for the last 3 months for my DVR'ing. I just moved to my permanent place and was looking forward to unpacking my entertainment center and my tivo this weekend and getting everything set up for the Fall season. I've been looking into the new retail box allegedly around the corner. No longer.

In the 20 years I have owned a TiVo I have never once considered getting rid of it. I guess today is that day. All things must end, I guess.
 

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While I'm not thrilled with the idea of yet another ad being stuck in place, I'm not going to drop Tivo because of it.
Replace it with what? Cable company DVR? Go all streaming/OTA? In both cases you will get a worse UI, and in streaming's case, many different worse UIs.
If you feel trapped, I am sorry, but hey, want to buy my gear with lifetime? Meanwhile, with TE4, the great, easy to use UI is already gone, plus these days we spend far more time in app ui's already...

As for alternatives, someone suggested Channels, which is worth checking out. Or use Plex, which has a horrible UI on TiVo, but new UI everyone else gets now is much more usable.

BTW, old Xfinity VOD app on TiVo, before they dropped it, used to do exact same "pre-roll Ad" business and it was horrible enough for me to give up using it.

Best part of this is that it will be time to drop the overpriced Comcast service - there are a number of live TV streaming services now, most with on demand functionality...
 

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While I'm not thrilled with the idea of yet another ad being stuck in place, I'm not going to drop Tivo because of it.
Replace it with what? Cable company DVR? Go all streaming/OTA? In both cases you will get a worse UI, and in streaming's case, many different worse UIs.

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Tivo provides no content. We pay Tivo for guide and software use. Pre roll ads from a non content provider is an insult. How about Sony adding ads to their TV every time you turn it on. Same thing.
 

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So this explains why the new apps and wireless adapter that were supposed to be released over the summer have been delayed. I guess their product teams have been too busy working on software to plaster customers with ads.
Yeah, they quit working on getting Smart Extend for Live Recordings to work too. That was something that customers REALLY wanted, and it generated lots of positive press earlier this year, but they never got it to work right, and then just decided to drop it so that they could force unwanted commercials on us instead!

What a STUPID and worthless company TiVo has become.
 

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I went to Channels DVR and their Apple TV app. I had planned initially on keeping the cablecard, but found that Channels has implemented a DVR solution with cable or OTT providers TVEverywhere streams
This could be exactly what I've been looking for. If I understand it correctly, I should be able to integrate OTA with streaming channels, actually record the streams, and skip ads on all channels. I'll wait to see exactly what "TiVo Plus" offers, but, it needs to be more or less this.

I don't suppose Channels DVR supports anything like Wishlists?

I downloaded and installed everything (1 month trial and then $8/month or $80/year).
Plus $25 for the app, plus you need to have a supported device for each TV. The supported device list doesn't (yet?) include Roku, which would be helpful in my situation, but I can work around that.
 

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If you feel trapped, I am sorry, but hey, want to buy my gear with lifetime? Meanwhile, with TE4, the great, easy to use UI is already gone, plus these days we spend far more time in app ui's already...

As for alternatives, someone suggested Channels, which is worth checking out. Or use Plex, which has a horrible UI on TiVo, but new UI everyone else gets now is much more usable.

BTW, old Xfinity VOD app on TiVo, before they dropped it, used to do exact same "pre-roll Ad" business and it was horrible enough for me to give up using it.

Best part of this is that it will be time to drop the overpriced Comcast service - there are a number of live TV streaming services now, most with on demand functionality...
I don't feel 'trapped' at all. For all its warts I believe Tivo is still the best option out there for cable users. Auto ad skipping, great DVR, excellent video and audio. As to TE3 vs TE4, I prefer TE4 but have no problems with those that don't. And you can keep your Tivo gear, I have plenty of it now.

Now about that streaming and on demand. You mean the on demand that more often than not has no ad skipping? And in many cases no trick play of any sort.

I'm on Mediacom with a $198/month bill for 200/20 internet service and nearly all channels, including all the premiums. If I dropped the premiums and extra packs it would be about $150. Considering that the 200/20 service alone is $100, I'm getting a good deal. Could go all streaming and save a little while giving up a lot of things I like to watch.

If I were to go streaming and OTA, it would be with my Bolt for locals and AppleTV w/Sling among others. No need to buy yet another box to replace the Bolt. BTW, does the HDHomerun and apps allow for auto ad-skipping? I didn't see anything on that when I looked.

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Tivo provides no content. We pay Tivo for guide and software use. Pre roll ads from a non content provider is an insult. How about Sony adding ads to their TV every time you turn it on. Same thing.
Note I did say I wasn't thrilled with it. But feel free to offer something better. If there is something better I haven't found it yet.

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I'm on Mediacom with a $198/month bill for 200/20 internet service and nearly all channels, including all the premiums. If I dropped the premiums and extra packs it would be about $150. Considering that the 200/20 service alone is $100, I'm getting a good deal. Could go all streaming and save a little while giving up a lot of things I like to watch.

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You're paying 100 dollar for 200/20 internet? That is a giant ripoff, are there any other providers in your area?
 

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Just called support to return my new Bolt. They told me they have a way to prevent ads from showing on my box forever and it will take 72 hours to implement it. Got a case number.
Seems like some people will believe anything.

But I will be happy to eat my words and apologize for the snarky comment when and IF anyone reports back here that they actually WERE getting these unwanted commercials, and then they went away 72 hours after calling TiVo to complain.

We'll see . . .

Update from 9/24: Well it seems that this time they were actually telling the truth, and I'm chowing down on those snarky words this morning (not too bad with enough salt).

I am very glad that you were successful in getting this horrible garbage turned off for your box, and I am sorry for suggesting you were a tad gullible. And THANK YOU for reporting back and letting us know this really worked!
 

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You're paying 100 dollar for 200/20 internet? That is a giant ripoff, are there any other providers in your area?
Nope. Well we do have Frontier DSL with a ripping 3Mbps or Wisper with 25Mbps. Wisper is the same $100 and a bit more weather affected. Frontier claims that 3Mbps offering, but in the subdivision I'm in the reality is 1Mbps.

It's the travails of living in rural America! :)

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