Glad you're back, and in good/better health.Well, at the risk of continuing to go off-topic, let me explain further. TiVo's consumer business model has not evolved much in the 20+ years we've been selling DVR's. I can go into more detail in another thread, but mechanisms like targeted advertising, content delivery and premium services are all going to be needed in order for us to help bring down the out-of-pocket costs for consumers over time.
I would actually like to see that discussion in a new thread. In the void of information, the inmates tend to get restless and punchy around here. Nobody is going to enjoy the ads anymore because of that discussion, but you always offer a great deal of transparency that manages to lower the temperature of the discussion.
I couldn't agree more that Tivo has not evolved well on the consumer side, and my biggest personal sticking point right now is the app platform. I think a number of us are disappointed in the lack of evolution here, so I would love for you to cover this topic as well, if you decide to go ahead with a new thread. I hear a small, new upstart company called Disney is working on one, and I'd rather not have to hit my input button a bunch of times to check it out.
I don't like this pre-roll idea and plan to have them shut off. However, I'm all for ad-supported free content, premium services, and the like. I think a number of us have been wondering why we never got a proper VOD platform and other stuff. I'm more than happy to be a customer more often than once every three years. Shut up and take my money -- but do it the right way.
Also, some of us may have heard that reverting to TE3 may not be possible at some point in the near future. Do not flip that switch while you're deploying the pre-roll ads, guide ads, and other ads that might be just around the corner. It would be highly unfair to alter our experience so much while simultaneously trapping us. Give us a shut-off date set in the reasonably timed future. Don't keep this a secret that's sprung on us after the fact.