Less TV show time more advertisements (commercial)?

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March 1, 2015 at 16:01:44
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Have anyone beside myself and my wife noticed that the TV broadcasters are airing more commercials by squeezing programs viewing time. I am not talking about HBO, Showtime and the like. I am talking about CBS, NBC, ANC, WPIX etc. It annoys my wife. She mentioned we should cancel our TV cable. Is there anyone out there sharing her frustrations and if so how did you get over with it.

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March 1, 2015 at 20:38:47
Oh yeah, that's been true for a long time:

http://www.waynesthisandthat.com/co...

One of the problems associated with that is although new shows fit in their allocated time, when stations run older programs invariably some content is edited out to accomodate the greater number of commercials.


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#2
March 2, 2015 at 05:20:26
The solution is to get a DVR and watch recorded programs instead of live. You can fast forward through the commercials and watch an hour program in 40 minutes or less. We have been doing this for years. Started when ATI came out with their All In Wonder graphics cards. I now have a DVR from my cable provider that allows us to watch or record up to 6 high definition programs simultaneously. It is worth the cost.

Comcast has on demand TV. Problem with that is you may not be able to fast forward through the commercials at all or at a slow speed. Kind of defeats the purpose.


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#3
March 4, 2015 at 16:54:17
Othehill

We are with Optimum. We meant to order the Multi-room DVR but never have gotten around to do it. It costs $12.95 extra and can record up to 10 programs simultaneously. The beauty of this is that I could manage the DVR programming from my PC and mobile. The biggest disadvantage is that it do not have the ability to skip commercials :-( Hmm....

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#4
March 5, 2015 at 12:38:03
Xp Are you sure you can't skip commercials. The way my DVR works is the remote has skip ahead and skip back buttons. The skip ahead buttons default to 30 seconds for one and 15 minutes for the other. The skip back default to 15 minutes back or 8 seconds back. All buttons can't be reprogrammed to other time frames.

Once you get the hang of it you can get through the commerial breaks in a matter of seconds. Typically a one hour show can be viewed in 40 minutes or less.

The unit I have is not just a DVR but a whole house recorder that also controls the VOIP phone lines and the Internet. Also does WiFi. Has a 500GB hard drive. You can start watching a recorded file on one TV and move to another room and pick it up at the same point. Each TV has an extender box attached to the TV via the coaxial cable. I wired my house so I have coaxial, and 2 CAT5 in pretty mush every room at least once.

None of that is publicized in the Ultra TV literature. I assume they don't want to piss off advertisers.

The link below is for my WOW supplied box.

http://www.arrisi.com/products/prod...


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#5
March 5, 2015 at 13:43:01
There is no skip ahead and skip back buttons other than Fast Forward and Rewind on the Optimum DVD remote as far as this manual goes.

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#6
March 5, 2015 at 14:25:35
OK, you are looking at an after market stand alone DVR then.

You might consider a card in your computer and use the Windows features.

I don't know how a DVR could possibly record and/or playback up to 10 files at the same time. Got to be one hell of a buffer in there or possibly more than one hard drive or SSD.

Your link to the remote states your fast forward/reverse button runs the file 4 times faster than normal. You may be able to use that to scroll through the commercials. Commercial breaks usually last at least 3 minutes. Sometimes up to 5 or 6.

If you are feeding content provided by a cable provider the files are probably encrypted so you wouldn't be able to view them directly. Possibly streaming them back through the cable equipment.

You probably need to talk to you cable provider. You most likely will need a cable card.


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XP, look at the link below for additional info.

http://forums.timewarnercable.com/t...

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