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#41 OFFLINE   uteotw

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Posted 17 October 2011 - 02:43 PM

So, where are we at on this? Anyone? It's getting annoying...

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Posted 17 October 2011 - 03:03 PM

So, where are we at on this? Anyone? It's getting annoying...

I had a talk about this and it will be addressed, but it may still take some time.
I was please to hear this, since 30slip is the only supported option, and 30skip isn't.
Your current options are to change back to 30slip or use FF.
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Posted 17 October 2011 - 03:11 PM

My friend veryoldschool is right. Here's the skinny:

(1) It is not a feature, it's a bug.
(2) It affects only skips, not slips or FF.
(3) DIRECTV knows about it and is investigating fixing it.
(4) SKIP is still an unsupported option, let's not forget that.

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#44 OFFLINE   alm

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 04:09 PM

I am also seeing this happen on my tivo with cable card. Same deal as with my directv receiver. Skip is often blocked on the tivo but fast forward will work.
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Posted 20 October 2011 - 10:47 AM

I have yet to experience any of these issues. Although wasnt it a year ago that there was an article floating around here that a new company joined with DirecTV for just this (commercials we could not skip on the DVR)?
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Posted 21 October 2011 - 04:30 AM

Happened to me as well AT&T commercial MTV I used to be fat

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 01:38 PM

This problem is a lot worse on the new 4d2 level. I do a 1 hour manual record Monday thru Thursday each week at 11:00 pm on Comedy Central to record Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert. Since the 4d2 level was sent, I get the skip problem every day on this recording at 18 minutes into the show.

I don't care if skip is supported or not. It worked perfectly until a few updates screwed it up a couple of months ago. When the programmers screw something up, they should be responsible of fixing it.

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 01:43 PM

My friend veryoldschool is right. Here's the skinny:

(1) It is not a feature, it's a bug.
(2) It affects only skips, not slips or FF.
(3) DIRECTV knows about it and is investigating fixing it.
(4) SKIP is still an unsupported option, let's not forget that.


I've been paying closer attention to this "bug" and it is odd that, for me, it never occurs during program content...just commercials. And, it always occurs during DirecTV commercials/promos as well as other advertisers that one might call "high end"...Tiffany comes to mind. ;)
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Posted 26 October 2011 - 02:00 PM

The skeptic in me says this is the beginning of the end of being able to skip commercials. I have been predicting for a while that skipping them is not going to be possible forever. With the continued proliferation of DVR's, advertisers simply won't be willing to pay as much for commercials that are skipped at a higher and higher rate. The lost revenue will have to be made up somewhere. I hope I'm wrong (but I doubt I am).

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 03:17 PM

The skeptic in me says this is the beginning of the end of being able to skip commercials. I have been predicting for a while that skipping them is not going to be possible forever. With the continued proliferation of DVR's, advertisers simply won't be willing to pay as much for commercials that are skipped at a higher and higher rate. The lost revenue will have to be made up somewhere. I hope I'm wrong (but I doubt I am).

Change to 30slip and you won't have this problem.
The changes to commercials, where DirecTV can insert their own is causing this, and since 30skip isn't supported, it wasn't tested.
[again] I've talked to "my people" and was assured this isn't any conspiracy, but merely an omission in their testing, which is to be resolved "in time".
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Posted 27 October 2011 - 12:01 PM

They can shove as many ads down my throat as they like but at the end of the day just because I watch a commercial for a product that doesn't mean that I am going to actually buy that product. I go out of my way not to buy some products because the commercials get on my nerves.


So... You're saying that advertisers can't count on 100% of ad viewers buying the advertised product??? And some commercials are more effective than others???

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Posted 30 October 2011 - 01:44 PM

I've noticed the same thing recently. It only happens on one specific commercial, an ad for an LGBT organization. I've seen this same commercial on multiple broadcasts, and it always acts the same. But I haven't noticed it on any other commercials so far.

I did some testing and it only affects the 30SKIP function. I can still zip past it manually with FF presses, or when I reset to 30SLIP. But on 30SKIP, it automatically locks back into standard play mode the instant it hits the beginning of the ad, and I am prevented from skipping forward until the ad ends. (Sneaky... even on FF, you're forced to watch their imagery even to determine when it's over.)

I came here just to post on if this was a designed new DVR behavior that DirecTV was selling to advertisers, so I guess this thread answers my question... sort of. But even if they claim it was not intentional, they clearly now have the capability to sell such a service if they want to.

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 03:00 PM

I reported my problem with this skip in this thread a week or so ago:

"I do a 1 hour manual record Monday thru Thursday each week at 11:00 pm on Comedy Central to record Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert. Since the 4d2 level was sent, I get the skip problem every day on this recording at 17,18 or 19 minutes into the show."

I just wanted to report that this problem also fails every day on the 575 level of software. It fails on different commercials, but always 17 to 19 minutes into the recording.

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 03:01 PM

That's probably the time frame designated for local insertions.
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Posted 03 November 2011 - 11:32 PM

Definitely seeing this issue with DirecTV commercials. Skip, skip, skip... stuck on a DirecTV comercial. Happened 3 times today. Glad to hear it's bug not a feature.

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 04:51 PM

Definitely seeing this issue with DirecTV commercials. Skip, skip, skip... stuck on a DirecTV comercial. Happened 3 times today. Glad to hear it's bug not a feature.


Same here. Ridiculous this has been going on for a whole month.

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 09:45 AM

Wonder if this bug has anything to do with the Channel 8888 and 8887 recordings I have been seeing in the To Do list?
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Posted 16 November 2011 - 01:09 AM

its directv's way of attempting to force us to watch their spots. fast forward still works. this 'encoding' is happening more and more.

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Posted 16 November 2011 - 05:19 AM

I haven't seen this issue at all.

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Posted 16 November 2011 - 07:13 AM

its directv's way of attempting to force us to watch their spots. fast forward still works. this 'encoding' is happening more and more.

Has nothing to do with it.
If it was the case 30SLIP & FF wouldn't work, but they do.

It's merely that the change wasn't tested with 30skip as 30skip isn't a supported feature. This should get "fixed", but when isn't known yet.

I ran into it a couple of times last night and FF works fine to get past it. I'd almost forgotten about this as I haven't run into it for weeks.
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