Commercial Skipping with Roku

a9erfana9erfan United States
I'm wondering if anyone was a better way to skip commercials with the Roku. I read that if I hit right arrow it advances 10 seconds so I just guess how may clicks to do and by trail and error skip the commercials. Does anyone have a better method?
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  • TabloTVTabloTV Tablo HQ
    @a9erfan - This is something we're working on. We'd like the arrow buttons on all models to advance 30 seconds. Stay tuned for this! 
  • a9erfana9erfan United States
    Well not so sure that helps all that much. Basically all you are doing is make it so you click less times. That does not address anyway to know when the commercials are over. It is still trial and error. I hated how the cable company handled this. It was basically a fast forward. But at least with the Cable company solution you had some idea when commercial ended in that you could see it. I wonder if by changing to 30 seconds it make it harder to get to the spot where the commercials end? Currently worse case if I just undershoot when a commercial ends I see 10 seconds of commercial. If I've just undershoot often you can tell the commercial has been running for a while. What would be better is when I click no mater if 10 or 30 seconds where I stop clicking would give some indicator of what is at that spot like a screen shot or sound.
  • TabloTVTabloTV Tablo HQ
    Are you talking about having a screen preview on the scrubber? If so, this is quite difficult to do. 

    We realize that this is a pain point though and are looking at different ways to resolve 'commercial skipping'. 
  • snowcatsnowcat Nashville, TN
    This is a problem with all DVRs.  Now some are preset to do 30 sec "slips", where you see the screen move really fast as you move ahead instead of a pure skip, but I like skips better.  Commercial breaks are usually about 2-3 minutes long, so you should be able to estimate the length fairly easily.  


  • TabloTVTabloTV Tablo HQ
    >> Commercial breaks are usually about 2-3 minutes long, so you should be able to estimate the length fairly easily.  

    Agreed. When I use Tablo I hit skip a couple of times until I come to what I know is a 'network' commercial. (Usually plugging some upcoming show.) This will always be the 'bumper' after the regular commercial break and before the show you're watching starts again.
  • a9erfana9erfan United States
    Snowcat yes the screen moving really fast was what I hated about the Cable solution and sometimes it got confused and just did not stop or said going forward when actually in reverse. I'll take your advice and experiment  on an hour show will click enough for 2 minutes except at the half way point and will try 4 since it really seams longer. Since the Roku is currently 10 sec I will be able to tell what I get in 30 second increments compared to just leaving at 10. 
  • @a9erfan - you can also use the lower fwd/rew buttons on the Roku controller.  There are 3 fwd/rew "speeds", depending on how many time you hit the button.  Drawback with these buttons is that it will keep forwarding until you hit the play button again (have to watch the minute bar closely).  Took a little getting used to, but I can use these to jump over commercials reasonably well now.  A slow count to 3 while on the 2nd fwd speed is usually pretty close.
  • wkufan92wkufan92 Hermitage, TN

    I am glad to see this is a top priority for Tablo.   I have found the lower buttons on ROKU controller work best for now.

  • a9erfana9erfan United States
    mbellaire and wkufan92,
       That was exactly what i was looking for.  I figured this out  and went to post here and saw your comments. I like this much better when cable. I find I spend much less time skipping now. 
  • PiX64PiX64 Plano IL
    I would love to see a visual representation on the timeline as to where commercial breaks are.. like this


    Even if it won't auto skip and i have to skip through it myself is fine, But a visual cue would be awesome!
  • TabloTVTabloTV Tablo HQ
    Good feedback guys!  We're a bit limited with the onboard processing power with Tablo, but we're always on the hunt for ways to improve the experience and nobody likes commericals so it's a prime target for upgrades.


    PS. LOVED FlashForward. I'm still cranky they cancelled that. 
  • PiX64PiX64 Plano IL
    :-)  indeed!

    I am a little miffed that they are cancelling Revolution :-/  Everytime we get into a new show BAM! the networks pull em
  • @tablotv - suggest looking at what Aereo does.  When forwarding they don't show screen snipets, but they have replaced the standard Roku progress bar with a graphic in the lower left corner of the screen which shows a count of how many mins/secs you've forwarded (or rewound), and your total progress (mins into the show and mins left to go).
  • TabloTVTabloTV Tablo HQ
    Oooh - never seen Revolution but it sounds neat. Maybe I'll see if I can 'borrow' it from the interweb.
  • PiX64PiX64 Plano IL
    You don't get that show up in canada eh?
  • TabloTVTabloTV Tablo HQ
    We do but it's on a network I can't get OTA at my place. 
  • PiX64PiX64 Plano IL
    Record on dev unit at office and watch during your work day? i mean Lunch?
  • TabloTVTabloTV Tablo HQ
    Ha - you caught me. I've totally been using Tablo Connect to watch stuff on the 'demo' Tablo at the office :)) 
  • PiX64PiX64 Plano IL
    :-c
  • a9erfana9erfan United States
    mbellaire,  I have been using your method and I've found it really takes less time then the fast forward on cable boxes. I just watch the time with the fast forward and do 3 minutes and if need a little more or less I hit again slightly. I'm sure a better way could be found short of just not even recording the commercials. I'm not sure what else to do and I'd rather see other improvements. It is just different and takes a little getting use to. By the way I canceled my TV cable yesterday. Saving almost $100 a month. Everything I bought to make the Tablo work cost about $400 so I have a 4 month payback. 6 months if you count lifetime scription to Tablo guide. 
  • dangdang Salt Lake City
    Aereo Roku had one click **Two Minute** Skip.  After 15 Years of various DVR use, the **Two Minute** forward skip (and one minute backward skip) only found in Aereo Roku was far and above the single best feature ever -  Please include ASAP on at least one device client.  Commercial breaks are usually two minutes or three minutes in length.  With Aereo Roku - Bang!  one click and done! 

    I understand there is some historical sentiment in favor of 30 second skip.  If 30 second skip cannot be discarded as I would recommend, please provide a method for two minute skip forward, one minute skip back in at least one type of device client (Roku would be #1 choice) - but I'd take any of the device clients.  You could either provide multiple sets of buttons (say 2 minutes F, 1 minute back one one set of buttons and 30 forward/10 back on another set of buttons).  Or, provide SETTINGS options to choose duration of forward/reverse skip times.  If so, default settings should always be 2 minutes forward - makes everyone fall in Love and become Loyal Life Long Customers 100% of the time.

    Thanks for considering 2 Minute Skip - a Better way!


  • PiX64PiX64 Plano IL
    I like the idea but wonder what that would do to the HLS segments stored.. Hmmm
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