[mythtv-users] Commercials, and whether to watch 'em

Pamela J. Ashworth (thunderbird) pashworth at mindspring.com
Thu Sep 27 15:29:43 UTC 2007

David Brodbeck wrote:
> On Sep 26, 2007, at 10:23 AM, Pamela J. Ashworth (thunderbird) wrote:
>> James Orr wrote:
>>> On 9/18/07, Pamela Jaye Ashworth <pashworth at mindspring.com> wrote:
>>>> the box is set to FF 28 seconds once I decide the commercial isn't
>>>> worth it. If I'm in a hurry, I can always hit 3, right arrow...
>>> Why not hit the commercial skip button?  I know it's not perfect,  
>>> but I set
>>> a max skip of 5 minutes and that gets rid of most of the big  
>>> problems, if it
>>> still goes too far I can hit skip back which takes me back to  
>>> where I was.
>> it's possible that I don't know which one that is. It's also possible
>> that the reason I don't know is cause I'm using a keyboard not a  
>> remote,
>> but more likely that it's just that I haven't read the  
>> documentation for
>> a *really* long time.
> "Z"
> If you don't like where it takes you, hit "Q" to skip back.

Thanks :-)  I used to actually know that. (but that was 3 years ago and 
I never used it)

I went into setup and set all commercial breaks to "notify" by default 
(in theory, and rather redundantly). Of course, since one of us turned 
off "automatically flag commercials while recording" and the other of us 
turned off "flag commercials after recording" on a *lot* of different 
shows, it will probably only help on the remainder.

(I'm guessing we had *so much trouble* trying to get the machine to 
record three things at once and then switch to three other things, 
almost at the same time, that we didn't want to add commercial flagging 
to the load. sometimes we do it after, sometimes the machine does it 
after, and sometimes I take 5 minutes and do it manually. The flagging 
on Scrubs is particularly onerous. It's always off somewhere or other 
and needs to be adjusted manually.)
Pam from Boston
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