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Topic # 56105 12-Jan-2010 13:46
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Hi all

The article linked to below says that "MySky HDi has no option to skip through ad breaks altogether".

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/gadgets/news/article.cfm?c_id=238&objectid=10597056&pnum=1


If you want to skip through the ads, do you have to use the fast forward function on the remote control? In other words, how do you skip ads, is it easy and quick to skip through the ads if you don't want to watch them?

Thanks for your help.
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  Reply # 289278 12-Jan-2010 13:50
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If there is a way other than fast forwarding i am yet to find it.




 

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  Reply # 289279 12-Jan-2010 14:00
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You simply fast forward through them.

In the USA Tivo had the functionality to skip ads completey and software exists for users with a HTPC to do the same thing. It would detect that ads have no channel logo watermarks (but TV programs do) and could sllow you to skip the ads entirely.


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 289386 12-Jan-2010 19:18
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When you're fast forwarding it tells you how far through the program you are to the nearest minute.
Fast forwards at 30x so 2 seconds is one minute, add breaks are about 4 minutes, so I'm through the adds in about 8 seconds.

Also you see the picture like when fast forwarding video so can use visual clues to avoid overshooting.

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  Reply # 290482 16-Jan-2010 10:12
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On mine, TV3 seems to skip through way way faster than any other channel. 30x on TV3 skips through a whole ad break in about 5 second, can take about twice that long on any other channel.

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  Reply # 290487 16-Jan-2010 10:32
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Its the rewinding i find hard am always over shooting the start of the program would love an automatic skip, bad thing for a advertiser to say, does anyone just watch the ads?

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  Reply # 290872 18-Jan-2010 13:17
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rugrat: When you're fast forwarding it tells you how far through the program you are to the nearest minute.
Fast forwards at 30x so 2 seconds is one minute, add breaks are about 4 minutes, so I'm through the adds in about 8 seconds.

Also you see the picture like when fast forwarding video so can use visual clues to avoid overshooting.


It should be like that,  but I find the minute marker is very inconsistent.  Sometimes I can be ffwding at 30 x and be watching the minute marker like a hawk and it can take up to 7 seconds to change to the next number.

I find that most ad breaks end with an advert for another show (as opposed to an ad for a product). When I am ffwding at 30 x,  as soon as I see the ad for another show I slow it down to 6 x, which means I can stop in time when my show starts again.  This can be difficult because sometimes there is no advert for another show and sometimes, if the advert is for a similar type of show as you are watching, you might not realise that the ad has finished and the show has started again.


One thing that used to happen in the UK (and might still happen I don't know) is that when an ad break started or finished there would be a still image of the movie poster or similar displayed for 2-3 seconds.  that way, when fastforwarding (using my vcr back then), you knew exactly when to hit play and you wouldn't overshoot the show.

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  Reply # 292323 22-Jan-2010 21:21
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I bet they would get different results if they polled Geekzoners. I am online now while I wait for American Idol to advance far enough so I can skip the ads and my wife is watching a garden show.

It is interesting reading that most people watch recorded TV within a few days, I am skill geting ads about Christmas coming up, and even a few about Guy Fawkes

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  Reply # 292459 23-Jan-2010 13:08
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Why is i that some adds on some programes absolutely scream throu at an amazing speed and some meander even at X30

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