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Well this is garbage! Seriously I don't care if I can skip it or not this is a deal killer for me. Right now it seems to only affect Hydra so I'm insulated, but I'm sure the comment above that said they were looking for TE3 testers is an indication we won't be immune for long.
 

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Dammit! I just got home from work, checked out one of my recordings and sure enough got an ad. Actually not even an ad, the spinning blue circle follow by a 'see something say something' psa.

I'm a new customer, signed up a few months ago. Never was a beta tester. Cable only Bolt Vox 1TB lifetime sub.

Adding in, it looks like its not on all my shows. A few of them had no ads, and then there was an ad for a plumber and another had an ad for a home builder. Also, you know you are in a tivo ad and not the program because you can't pause the ad.

I'm really regretting switching to tivo now.
 

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Dammit! I just got home from work, checked out one of my recordings and sure enough got an ad. Actually not even an ad, the spinning blue circle follow by a 'see something say something' psa.

I'm a new customer, signed up a few months ago. Never was a beta tester. Cable only Bolt Vox 1TB lifetime sub.
If you can verify the 'pre-roll ad' I was told this AM that a phone call should be sufficient to have it 'disabled/removed'. It might be interesting to maybe confirm your software version now and if after a phone call what it is then. Of course come back and mention what transpired in the phone call!!

Can you 'SKIP' as mentioned in the post with the 'TWEET' response to get past them? See post# 67
 

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Does anyone else make a CableCARD DVR? Does Silicone Dust still make one?
According to their forum, SiliconDust plans to release a new 6 tuner CableCard device and DRM recording capability before the end of the year. Their 3 tuner CableCard device is still supported but no longer in production because a company that manufactured one of the chips used in the 3 tuner device got acquired and the new owner ceased production of that chip. Of course, SiliconDust is notorious for missing deadlines so who knows if they'll actually meet their end-of-year prediction.
 

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If you can verify the 'pre-roll ad' I was told this AM that a phone call should be sufficient to have it 'disabled/removed'. It might be interesting to maybe your software version now and if after a phone call what it is then. Of course come back and mention what transpired in the phone call!!
My software version is 21.9.2.v4-USC-11-849.

And I edited my post above to add the tidbit about knowing is a different kind of ad because you can't pause it. As soon as the tivo reached my recording i could pause right away.
 

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If TE3 gets this DVR pre-roll video ads TE3 needs to get auto-skip.
No! We need to get organized. If this **** is true. We need to get smart. We need to protest.

This is how I propose to do it. Those of us who are sitting on old TiVo's in the closet, start sending them to TiVo without a return address or better yet, fake one. But hit it few times with a hammer and rendered it totally unrepairable. Then as Tivo **** spreads and if these ads spread to all TiVo consumers, start, sending our oldest TiVo models to TiVo and render it unrepairable as well. And if TiVo still cannot hear us, start canceling, send them your TiVo and render it unrepairable after stripping it of course and move to the best alternative. Start making use of our TiVos gathering dust in basements and closets. Put them to good use!

Com'on, man let's threaten to do this and do it if TiVo gives us no choice.
Con'on who's in
 

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I just got off the phone with technical support. He said there is no way to turn off that feature. If I dont want to see the ad I can press skip.

After I got a bit more heated than I would have liked, he did say they are working on a setting to turn it off. I don't know if he said that because I was being umm a bit stern in my tone.

He also said they are getting a lot of calls about it.

@krkaufman I posted my version above. I don't know how to tell TE3 from 4 but I assume it was 4 because it was new equipment and I didnt downgrade.
 

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....and I just moved everything over to Hydra a few weeks back, moving to a new Bolt and Mini Vox purchased just Sunday. Oof.

Here's the thing. If it actually worked unobtrusively, and the tradeoff was autoskipping three 3+minute blocks of commercials in return for a 15 second at the beginning of a show, then maybe. BUT, that's not the device/experience and trade off that anyone made when purchasing existing products.
 

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I just got off the phone with technical support. He said there is no way to turn off that feature. If I dont want to see the ad I can press skip.

After I got a bit more heated than I would have liked, he did say they are working on a setting to turn it off. I don't know if he said that because I was being umm a bit stern in my tone.

He also said they are getting a lot of calls about it.

@krkaufman I posted my version above. I don't know how to tell TE3 from 4 but I assume it was 4 because it was new equipment and I didnt downgrade.
In my CHAT I was TOLD that there certainly is/was - I'm not going to post my CHAT (I DO HAVE) but for sure I was told to unbox, connect and activate. If the ads appeared 'CALL AND WE'LL REMOVE THAT FEATURE'. They told you many calls and after everyone else has 'grabbed' the info and 'editorialized' it I believe they'll need to address it to the multitudes!!

Mine is remaining in the 'wrap' until they've addressed it.
 

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In my CHAT I was TOLD that there certainly is/was - I'm not going to post my CHAT (I DO HAVE) but for sure I was told to unbox, connect and activate. If the ads appeared 'CALL AND WE'LL REMOVE THAT FEATURE'
Maybe the guy I talked to didn't know about that? He put me on hold for a while to look into it and came back with the answer. But the answer was definitive (or so it seemed.) I asked about extending my return period so I could send it all back and he said he cant deal with that I'd need to call customer service, he is just technical support.

I'm not sure what to do now.
 

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Maybe the guy I talked to didn't know about that? He put me on hold for a while to look into it and came back with the answer. But the answer was definitive (or so it seemed.) I asked about extending my return period so I could send it all back and he said he cant deal with that I'd need to call customer service, he is just technical support.

I'm not sure what to do now.
I'd think it interesting that since you've got it use and maybe mention your thoughts. I've never used TE4/21.* so I can't tell what to expect. Is it in fact a simple 'SKIP' to get to the 'DVR EVENT'! maybe express your displeasure in a CHAT where you'll be asked for the DVR ID etc, you'll be able to save the CHAT and that I'd say documents your displeasure. In a CHAT ENTRY I'd add the DVR ID, 21.* info etc.

How great a nuisance is it? You've Bolt and a couple mini, no mini just Bolt or what other TiVo hardware. Service provider & zip code? Were ads for 'locals'?
 

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....and I just moved everything over to Hydra a few weeks back, moving to a new Bolt and Mini Vox purchased just Sunday. Oof.

Here's the thing. If it actually worked unobtrusively, and the tradeoff was autoskipping three 3+minute blocks of commercials in return for a 15 second at the beginning of a show, then maybe. BUT, that's not the device/experience and trade off that anyone made when purchasing existing products.
No maybe, the Court will lean over the bench and say to TiVo, now let me get this straight. You want to take away bought ads that sponsors the show and replace it with your ads so you can keep all the money. Let's do this before I throw your ass out of my Court. You have to pay those sponsors for the skip.
 

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Called Tivo technical support 877-367-8486, they told me that they would disable the ads. But it could take up to 72 hours to be complete. I told them that I pay for Tivo to be able to skip ads and should not have ads before my recordings. They also stated that I could can skip there ads, and I said that is completely unacceptable. Support was very polite and apologetic and told me that they will fix it.
 
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