I have a fairly long history with DVRs. First DirecTV TiVo’s, then Dish Hopper, then DirecTV Genie. All of them had this feature. It makes skipping commercials much easier. The average commercial break is about 2:30-3:00 mins. So 5-7 30 sec skips, vs 15-21 10 sec skips (please no comments on my math )…
Just an aside…why did you decide on a 10 sec skip forward?
Okay, just tried it…do the thumbnails only show on previously recorded shows? When I was trying things last night I was watching a currently recording movie, about an hour delayed. I was not getting any thumbnails.
This works, but my preference would still be for a 30-sec skip, especially for live buffer. Am I the only one?
Any developments on getting the thumbnails to generate after you manually stop a show from recording? This would be really helpful when you are watching the show delayed so you can skip commercials, which is one of the benefits of a DVR. Without thumbnails you are advancing through commercials blindly, with no control, unless you count the clicks on a Roku, which is very cumbersome. And then if the length of commercials varies, you are either too far past, or not far enough. It sure would be great if you were watching a 2-4 hour show delayed by an hour or so (like a football game), and you could manually stop the recording and then start it recording again, wait 5 minutes, and have thumbnails on the show you just stopped.
Yes! In the upcoming firmware release we’ve made the ‘recording complete’ process a bit smarter. In previous firmware iterations a ‘stopped’ recording was deemed to be ‘failed’ so we didn’t bother generating FFWD previews for it.
With the new firmware we’re differentiating actual failed recordings from ‘stopped’ recordings, so depending on tuner availability, the thumbnails should be there shortly after you’ve stopped the recording.
I hate to be the bearer of good news, but each live TV segment is 6 seconds long, and a completely separate file from the rest, so, yes, it does require a second pass, but you don’t really have to wait until the entire event has completed recording.
They just didn’t do it that way.
But now they know how.
I’m not home to test it, but does the Amazon remote work this way too? The FF/REW controls were one of my few complaints, because it seems I’m either 15 seconds into the show or have another 15 seconds of commercial to watch. Thanks!
In case anyone else finds themselves here and wants to know, the Fire remote works the same way as was shown for Roku. In fact, holding down the right side of the ring until you see your show and then bumping left to get to the end of the commercials may be a better way to go, rather than messing with the Fast Forward and Rewind buttons.