Enable commercial skip for DirecTV

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 06:49 Written by Alan Thursday, 7 November 2013 07:00

directv logo Enable commercial skip for DirecTV

Commercial skip was a feature in original DVR technology, but has largely been removed because of TV networks threats of lawsuits. Thanks to Dish Network, and its new Hopper product, this lost functionality is back in the spotlight, but of course, only available to those with a subscription to the service.

But, if you are a DirecTV customer then all hope is not lost — a recent work-around was published by Lifehacker that details the quick process to enable the feature.

  1. Press MENU.
  2. Browse to Search and Browse and click it.
  3. Browse down to Smart Search, and press Select.
  4. Type in 30SKIP.
  5. Press the red button on your remote. Make sure the ALL header is highlighted.
  6. Press SELECT.
  7. You may see a message that says “There are no matching programs.” That’s okay.
  8. Press EXIT

30 seconds will require the fast forward button to be tapped several times, but its better than nothing, so if you are a DirecTV customer then its still a step forward.

Source: Lifehacker

 Enable commercial skip for DirecTV

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Can I stream it? A website will let you know

Last Updated on Friday, 21 June 2013 11:59 Written by Alan Thursday, 27 June 2013 07:00

Steaming video from the internet has become the norm these days. Despite restrictions, almost every TV show or movie you could wish for is available online. Finding each, however, can be a problem — if only there a central repository where one could check such information…

As it turns out, there is. CanIStream.It is that place. This is not a one-stop-shop for everything, but it does cover some of the most important sites on the internet. These include Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Crackle, YouTube, StreamPix, SnagFilms, Redbox Instant and more.

Simply search for content and the service will tell you if and where it is available. “CanIStream.It is a free service created by Urban Pixels that allows you to search across the most popular streaming, rental, and purchase services to find where a movie is available. If the movie you’re looking for is not available, just sign-up, set a reminder and voila we will shoot you an email when your chosen service makes the movie available. It’s simple and fast”.

While the site fails to list network web sites, it is still a good starting spot for your search. However, many of the services involved require a subscription.

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 Can I stream it? A website will let you know

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The CW comes to PlayOn with no 8 day delay

Last Updated on Sunday, 5 May 2013 09:50 Written by Alan Monday, 6 May 2013 07:00

PlayOn is one of the most popular options for cord cutters, as it brings a number of channels to DLNA devices, courtesy of setting the service up on a computer within your home network. Now the company is bring yet another option to its service, with the CW channel. The company also boasts that there is no eight-day wait to catch a show, as there is on other services like Hulu.

“Bummed that there’s an 8 day delay between the original airing of your favorite shows from The CW and when they are available at Hulu? Download the new plugin for The CW available at the PlayOn Plugin Channel Store and watch new episodes almost immediately after they air” the company tells us.

PlayOn also brings along many other channels like MTV, Netflix, Pandora, ESPN, PBS and major network channels. The service also has a “Play Later” option for recording shows, just like any DVR.

playon channels The CW comes to PlayOn with no 8 day delay

 The CW comes to PlayOn with no 8 day delay

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