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"They" say only 50% of DVR users skip the commercials.

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by TBlazer07, Nov 2, 2009.

  1. Bob Coxner

    Bob Coxner Icon

    Dec 28, 2005
    Or a team goes into a damned no huddle offense. I've been using the 30 sec skip for football for years. You usually have to hit skip as soon as the play is whistled dead. Works about 90% of the time.

    My mom never skips commercials. She knows how to do it but it's just not natural for her.
  2. jedi34

    jedi34 New Member

    Oct 7, 2008
    Am I the only one who likes watching the Apple commercials? Any time I see one that I haven't seen, I'll wind back and watch it. That is the only commercial I'll watch with any consistency.

    I used to tell people that a DVR is a productivity tool for couch potatoes. I've become so impatient, I can barely watch anything live. I regularly tune in to football games or basketball games, even the ones I live and die with, an hour or so late, just to minimize the dead time.

    I also find myself thinking about hitting the thirty second skip button while co-workers are droning on about some things.
  3. rudeney

    rudeney Hall Of Fame

    May 28, 2007
    Yeah, if you have a "replay" model. Right now, I have a Sportster 4 in my car and I'm enjoying that feature.
  4. bobcamp1

    bobcamp1 Icon

    Nov 8, 2007
    I watch NFL Replay on NFL Network. It does that for me. They put their own commercials in, and I skip them too. It's around an hour for each game.
  5. ronton3

    ronton3 AllStar

    Mar 15, 2006
    Many of us from the network only days used commercial time for food, bathroom, reading the paper, etc. Also back then the commercials were much more civilized, we didn't have to hear about, medicare supplementals, viagra, and other such enlightening topics for the 1000th time that week and there weren't nearly as many. Before I could dvr past them I used the mute button, not nearly as effective, but it did help.
  6. islesfan

    islesfan Hall Of Fame

    Oct 18, 2006
    I ALWAYS skip commercials. I know that for every TV timeout in a hockey game, the delay is 90 seconds, so 3 skips and I'm back in the game. What was pretty pathetic in the article was the finding that TV watching is "passsive" and that people are sort of trained to sit back, tune out, and let the TV take control. I know that TV is passive, but come on, just how passive is a little disturbing. I understand letting commercials run in if watching in the background, but if you're actually WATCHING something and you are too apathetic to skip commercials, we're in more trouble as a country than we think.

    This does explain the ratings differential between American Idle and Dollhouse, however!
  7. islesfan

    islesfan Hall Of Fame

    Oct 18, 2006
    I think you might be. The whole "I'm a Mac" thing was cute for about five minutes. Later it just became juvenile. It reminds me of the old Atari v. Intellivision commercials. It is a case of a relatively tiny "competitor" really, really trying to contend with the big boys, and it just comes off as desperate.

    P.S. I did switch from Atari to Intellivision back in the day (had to have the great sports games).
  8. Jotas

    Jotas AllStar

    Jan 5, 2006
    I fall in that category. I'll watch only commercials that grab my attention but merely to find out what the commercial is about or if it's one of thos Apple commercials you know the ones that fib about a Mac not being a PC...but that's another story all together.
  9. MartyS

    MartyS New Member

    Dec 29, 2006
    When the commercials come on I switch to another game.... using DP, naturally, and then I can FF through the commercials on the first game I was watching
  10. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz Day Sleeper

    Mar 23, 2002
    Sacramento, CA
    I'm down to 5 shows (Amazing Race, Mythbusters, Morimito, Blood Plus, Storm Chasers). I also have AdBlock Plus on Firefox. So, the annoying part is when I just on a show which is already recording, and not having enough buffer time to skip over commercials at the end.

    Look, it's the broadcasters and advertisers that have made television annoying to watch. For years already, we had to deal with the "bug" to remind us that yes, we are watching Lost on ABC and not Discovery Channel, or that Mr. Smith Goes To Washington is on TCM.com and not MTV. In additon, they have put in annoying banner ads at the bottom of the screen to remind us that we are watching Amazing Race, not Survivor, and that we should stay tuned to watch Three Rivers afterward. So, it is hard to get invested in a show nowadays when it can be pulled after three episodes.

    And, then the commercials. I'm still paying off my car, so no interest in a new car. Don't drink beer. Yes, I am happy being ugly. No, not interested in a phone that isn't available through my provider. Not interested in switching providers. Yes, I can hear you now. Yawn, yet another show I'm not interested in. No, I am not interest in the twelfth consecutive very special episode of a show. Who the heck is this special guest star anyways?

    Thank you, television. You went from being fun to watch to being that annoying uncle that shows up a Christmas. So, I have no regrets skipping over the 30 second annoyances.
  11. Podkayne

    Podkayne Legend

    Nov 1, 2007
    No commercials at our house - all are trained to skip them since our earliest SD Tivo days. Nothing, I mean NOTHING, is ever watched live in our house.

    We do have a new activity, however, which is to spy the product placement in the shows. CSI and the Denali's and Dell computers was a blast to notice. There are lots of product placements that integrate well in to shows...remember the Hyundai Genesis in '24' this year? House, Bones, they all have product placements.

    I'd rather have those than the annoying ads any day.
  12. Gocanes

    Gocanes AllStar

    Jul 15, 2007
    Sometimes if we're watching a show but want to get something to eat or drink, we'll let the commercials run during the trip over to the fridge or pantry. It's easier than ff and pause. We end up "hearing" the commercials more than "seeing" them.
  13. barryb

    barryb New Member

    Aug 26, 2007
    I can't remember the last "show" I watched live (movies excluded).

    Time is my most important item.
  14. Stanley Kritzik

    Stanley Kritzik Legend

    Aug 4, 2005
    That's why guys control remotes: Mental -- for deciding what should/should not be seen by the family; Physical -- for having the strength and dexterity to push all those buttons. 'Tis best for the Mrs. to just stand by in sheer awe and admiration.

    And, I get to sleep on the couch with the dog tonight. :D

  15. TBoneit

    TBoneit Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2006
    hmmm... I have watched a few commercials that caught my eye as I was blasting past them.

    OTOH I really hate the new trend of pushing musical artists in a show with their sometimes inappropriate music.
  16. gregjones

    gregjones Hall Of Fame

    Sep 20, 2007
    We don't have the data that led to this conclusion. It could very well be that the 50% consist of people that watch some commercials. This could be reminiscent of the pervasive hunger statistic I hear once a week: "One out of every eight people in America goes hungry."

    This is a classic example of misused statistics and push polling. The hunger statistic was derived by basically asking people if they have been hungry in the last two weeks. It makes no attempt to differentiate between people that just didn't get around to eating versus those that had no opportunity for proper nourishment.

    An organization that has, as its primary client, advertisers has issued results that bolster the usefulness of advertising. The results are then conveyed in a medium dependent on advertising. No vested interest at all.
  17. Tubaman-Z

    Tubaman-Z Godfather

    Jul 30, 2007
    If me and the Mrs are watching TV together (which isn't all that often - different tastes) and I dare to forget to FF through a commercial I hear "bloop, bloop, bloop" - her imitation of the TiVo sound effects to get to FFx3. I rarely forget.

    On the subject of DVR-like radios, I've wanted a TiVo radio since I first got a TiVo. Podcasts have largely filled the gap but I would still like the ability to replay the last 1,2,3 mins or record something. There have been a number of technologies that I've seen come out as marketing materials but nothing that I've seen come to market (Sirius excluded - I'm referring to OTA radio). If you exclude the guide data and just supported manual recording it doesn't seem like this would be that tough to pull off. Pick a station, pick a start/end time - done. I would think that radio (either AM or FM) would compress quite well - so you wouldn't need a lot of storage. (OK - I am sufficiently off-topic...oops)
  18. Mike Bertelson

    Mike Bertelson 6EQUJ5 WOW! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 24, 2007
    My mother-in-law watches the whole recording...commericals and all. :)

  19. Syzygy

    Syzygy Hall Of Fame

    Dec 5, 2005
    One could interpret that to mean they still watch some of the commercials. I do too. I even backtrack to play an interesting commercial from its start (but then I trry to skip or ignore its closing argument! :D). It helps greatly that a lot of commercials are in HD these days.
  20. rudeney

    rudeney Hall Of Fame

    May 28, 2007
    :lol: My wife usually relies on me to do the FF'ing as well, but often, she is watching something I don't like so I end up on the laptop either working or "surfing". last night was such a case and she was watching The Biggest Loser. I wanted it to be over as quickly as possible so we could get to something better to watch, so every time she'd for get to skip the commercials (which was every commercial break :D ) I'd snap my fingers at her and yell "SKIP!". She was not very amused. :nono2:

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