Registered: Jan 2001
Location: Garden City, MI, USA
Originally posted by vanguard
Again, I want Tivo to stay in business and I like the tool but I don't want to be sold out.
mmMMmmMmmMMmmMMMmmmMMm... there's that buzz word again... "sell out"...
The phrase "sell out" should be reserved for very special circumstances. An example of this would be Eminem.
Now seriously... if you're bothered by anonymous data mining, you can opt out of it by calling TiVo. Personally, I LIKE IT... if it starts getting used by ratings services, it gives me empowerment to cancel all of the stupid shows that are on TV nowadays, and to support the creative and intelligent shows I'm so accustomed to watching (South Park, Jackass, etc).
The ads are fine with me. They help subsidize the operating expenses of TiVo, and TiVo doesn't force me to look at them. When TiVo finally breaks even or becomes profitable, I might change my mind... but for now, I have no problem with it. Especially since there's two well-known ways to get rid of the ads... one is a TCL script that expires the ad, the other is just simply recording something else in that time slot. Trust me, if TiVo wanted to, they could make it a LOT worse on us than they do. The fact that we're nitpicking these things and not other major problems or annoyances with our TiVo units should make you realize that TiVo is doing something right.
Oh... and as far as the original post in this thread, most of what has been said is very true, and you should really read up on telecommunications law. You have an established business relationship with TiVo, and you call them and not vice versa. Also, the ads can be terminated at your request at any time, by either not using the TiVo equipment, or by unsubscribing the service and continuing or not continuing to use the TiVo equipment. Neither of the above is unreasonable, thus you don't have any hope in a court of law. There are also several minor details which invalidate your claim, but the biggest and most important problem with your complaint is the established business relationship, as it invalidates your argument in several classifications that don't even include phone calls (or telemarketing). But again, they don't call you, nor do they make unsolicited calls to you... so you'd need to find a better legal angle.
(ianal... but I got an A in telecomm law 425. )
"Wit is educated Insolence." -Aristotle
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