They keep putting these extremely retarded commericals on TV for "Candy
Crush". Apparently they are some sort of game for smartphones. (That'
all I can make of them). I dont have (or want) a smartphone. Nor would I
want those retarded games. But I have to wonder how much money they
cost, because tv commercials are not cheap, and they are on very often.
Those games must cost a fortune!
Though I of course have a computer and use Facebook to keep up with my
friends I absolutely do not play any of those games.
I have no TV or Smartphone so don't get bombarded with a whole load of
One weakness though:
If I feel the need to play some type of game I still have a 25 year old
(maybe older) version of Tetris. To this day I've never beaten my
daughter's high score and I feel as I get older my chances keep diminishing.
That's amazing. Apparently there are a lot of kids with a lot of money
to blow. Who would think that amount of money could be made from a
During the very brief time I used Facebook, I was constantly bombarded
with invites to play some of their games, which are also free at first,
but you have to pay later for something... I've never liked any computer
games so I got real annoyed by those constant invites, even from people
I knew well. They said they were not sending them, but FB sends them
under thir name. That was part of the reason I removed my FB account
after about 2 months of having it.
That makes me think of another reason never to watch "Live" TV - only
recorded TV: if I had kids, I would not want them to see commercials -
Viewing only recorded and either fast-forwarding commercials or telling
the software to not record then; I don't think I have seen more than 15
seconds of any commercial for at least the past five years - maybe more
- and I do not understand why more people do not use their TVs in that
Same here.... SageTV.
But when I was in the early days of this I fooled around with a Linux
app called "MythTV" and was amazed at how accurate it's automagic
skipping was. No clue how it worked, but it sure did work.
The functionality is available in Sage as an add-on, but I find that
fast forwarding becomes trivial once I get a feel for the break lengths
and program two lengths of skip: 60 seconds and 10 seconds.
I wish my Comcast box would pass commercials. I just fast forward. There is
one for a credit card which I loath and have trouble pushing the button fast
enough. Also Comcast has this special feature of latency. It starts
recording the program about 30 seconds early and consequently ends the
recording 30 seconds early. The last few seconds where the narrator gives a
resolution gets cut off. If you add a minute to the recording time then that
bleeps up a subsequent recording because it only records two at one. If I
could get a better system I would, why should this be a problem with
computers doing all the work? Any ideas?
Maybe a new box?
I have DirecTv and there is usually a few seconds before and after. If
I record two shows in a row, the first one still has a few seconds at
the end and the next one starts a few seconds early. I can record four
shows at once. Never misses unless there is a late start because of a
football game. On Sunday night I have 60 Minutes record 2 hours just in
Suspect the reason (for not being able to skip commercials) with many
providers is legal or contractual rather than technical.
We have Dish and with our DVR there is a setting called PrimeTime
Anytime which records ALL the available (in our area) prime time network
programs. We can set it to automatically skip the commercials on
playback but, IIRC, only after 24 or more hours have passed since the
Seem to recall seeing threads on other groups in this same vein and it
was a case of the networks refusing to give permission to rebroadcast
their material if the provider (cable/satellite) were going to provide a
means to skip the commercials.
My workaround, though hardly elegant, is to record our favorite programs
and then - assuming we want to watch them "right now" is to wait about
15 minutes and start watching as they are being recorded. Commercial
breaks vary but generally run 2:35 to 3:30 and a few quick presses of
the "Jump Forward 30 seconds" and maybe one or two of the "Jump Backward
10 seconds" pretty much kills the commercial in ten seconds or less.
Good enough for me.
It is the broadcasters. They don't have the old commercial block
between shows so the next show starts while they are still rolling
credits on the previous show and they play fast and loose about when
that happens. The commercial break is after the starting teaser.\
That is mostly a prime time thing since daytime programming is locally
placed and they need to stay on schedule so they are not screwing up
I usually set up an extra minute or two on the worst offender shows.
One issue here is, in this digital age, there is a significant delay
in network show making to the local station, then the cable company,
then to my box, and then to the TV. I'm not how much delay is in each
of those segments, but the total delay is about 12 seconds. I.e.,
network shows always start about 12 seconds after the hour as
determined by WWV or WWVB. Remember when you used to be able to set
clocks by when shows started?
On Sat, 23 Jan 2016 17:32:48 -0600, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I just plugged a DVR card in an old PC for just that problem but I
haven't had time to actually try it.
I really want to ditch cable/satellite. With a few steaming services
and my local OTA I don't think I will miss them.
If you use the SiliconDust device referred to in my earlier post, you
don't need anything in your PC.... AND you can put a little app on your
Android devices that lets you watch TV (albeit live, not recorded) on
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