[mythtv-users] [RFC] Proposed settings rework

Fred Squires fsquires at gmail.com
Wed Nov 4 19:41:58 UTC 2009

On Wed, Nov 4, 2009 at 1:49 PM, Michael T. Dean <mtdean at thirdcontact.com> wrote:
> On 11/04/2009 04:27 AM, Janne Grunau wrote:
>> On Tue, Nov 03, 2009 at 01:25:29PM -0800, Robert McNamara wrote:
>>> On Tue, Nov 3, 2009 at 1:20 PM, Richard Morton wrote:
>>>>> Maximum commercial skip (3600, the default)
>>>> We tend to have less frequent longer advert breaks so a default of 5
>>>> minutes for max advert skip tends to be too short, however 6 minutes
>>>> is nearly always adequate in my experience.
>>> Yeah, six seems enough, and a couple 30 second skips after that in the
>>> rare instances it would not be.
>> depends on the country, commercial breaks longer than 10 minutes are not
>> rare in germany and 6 minutes is more like the minimum commercial break
>> length during primetime.
> Note that this setting only really benefits people who set, "Automatically
> Skip Commercials," to "Automatically Skip."  For users who use, "Notify, but
> do not skip," the setting actually removes capability.
> As it is, any commercial break that's longer than, "Maximum commercial skip
> (in seconds)," is ignored and commercial skipping is disabled until you're
> within, "Maximum commercial skip (in seconds)," of a mark.  This setting
> also prevents users from jumping from section to section of the recording
> using SKIPCOMMERCIAL (Z,End) and SKIPCOMMBACK (Q,Home) keys when those
> sections are longer than, "Maximum commercial skip (in seconds)."
> Those using, "Notify, but do not skip," can actually hit SKIPCOMMERCIAL if
> they feel the time mentioned on the notification is appropriate--or, as is
> often the case with me, they can hit SKIPCOMMERCIAL even if they ignore the
> time mentioned on the notification--and if it jumps way too far, just hit

Except that if you press the commercial skip button a second time it
will skip the commercial even if it's longer than the max length.

I have mine set to 5 minutes, and I have notify turned on. Half the
time I don't notice how long the commercial is before hitting skip, so
I definitely appreciate the warning. Also, I'd say that most of the
time when break is over 5 minutes the actual commercial break is less
than that, so I usually use the 30-second skip after the warning.

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