I would vote to leave the commercials intact - simply because I have used the Plex DVR with its commercial removal switched on and while for the most part its good, it can be a little brutal/abrupt sometimes, combined with missing the markers sometimes. Have experienced this with the commercial detection in Channels DVR too, where it will occasionally miss a commercial or make a commercial boundary too ‘wide’ - I think this has more to do with different stations effecting their transitions to commercials differently (given that its possible to plug different .ini files into comskip for different stations underlines this). So, no, it will probably never be perfect, but it works pretty decently so long as nothing is removed, any slight anomalies can be overcome by flicking back or forward.
I’m a heavy Plex media user, but love the integration that Channels has between iOS and TVOS and keep coming back to test it out again and again. The Channels apps are unquestionably the best in their class.
BUT as I say, I use Plex a great deal and watch a lot of TV on a Mac Mini and the Plex advert / commercial removal is a boon to me. I can understand that some folks don’t want to delete commercials, but would it be possible to leave the things in the file, but have an option to those that don’t want to have to reach for a remote or click with a mouse or double-tap a screen to automatically … “just” skip them?
I promise to take any errors on the chin. I don’t care. I hate adverts that much.
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Have experienced this with the commercial detection in Channels DVR too, where it will occasionally miss a commercial or make a commercial boundary too ‘wide’ - [/quote]
I think it was something on a CBC station we were watching the other night: The commercial markers were way off. Began late and ended way too late, IIRC.
I wouldn’t be surprised to find they don’t all mess with transitions on a regular basis specifically to frustrate automated commercial break detection. I know I would.
Is double-clicking the right joystick button really all that burdensome for some of you?
What I would like to see is user-configurable double-click interval timing.
How do you automatically remove commercials from DVR recordings?
See the following: Click on the title not the command
Autoskip on playback utilize: MrMC (paid app - tvOS,iOS, Android) or Kodi (free - Android)
Thank you so much for this, Debbie. And for the link to original thread.
I’ve set up a recording and will see how it goes.
How did it go?
PlayOn has the additional hint(s) because the stream info has a ‘break’ in it where the ads are inserted. If the streaming providers ever do a better job of blending the ads into a continuous stream, that would make it much harder for PlayOn to detect the insertion.