Thursday, September 21, 2006

Fox tries to outsmart DVR users

Rupert Murdoch's Fox network is trying to outsmart the machines. Fox is showing 30-second commercials with a static image to try to thwart DVR owners (think, TiVo) from fast forwarding through Fox's sponsors' advertisements.

TiVo owners are still one step ahead though. They don't have to use the fast forward buttons to jump ahead. Using a Series 2 TiVo, simply click the following sequence on your remote:

Select --> Play --> Select --> 30 --> Select

Each time you depress the standard "jump to the end/beginning" button (the button on the right side of the remote, directly across from the "skip 8 seconds back" button), you instead jump 30 seconds ahead.

I am sure that TiVo's been relentlessly pressured to remove the hack, but they haven't yet. When they do, I am relegating my TiVo to the bedroom and making my own for the living room, most likely using MythTV or Beyond TV. Unless somebody figures out how to do it commercially better/faster/cheaper first.