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How to Skip Commercials On DIRECTV
By Swanni

Washington, D.C. (February 4, 2013) -- Editor's Note: TV's Answer Man, aka Swanni, takes your questions regarding how to best use the latest products and services in TV technology. If you have a question about TV technology, ask TV's Answer Man by sending an e-mail to

Q. I've been reading about the Dish Hopper HD DVR which can automatically skip commercials and I've been getting jealous because I have DIRECTV. I get tired of having to fast-forward through the ads and I often mess up and stop the Fast Forwarding long after the show begins again. So, help me Mr. Answer Man. Is there any way to skip the ads on DIRECTV? -- Mike, Cleveland, Ohio.

The Dish Hopper HD DVR has a feature that allows you to automatically skip commercials during the recorded playback of network broadcast shows (NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox) in primetime. You have to manually set the feature, but once you do, it will skip past the ads as if they never existed.

DIRECTV does not have a similar feature on its HD DVR. (At least not yet; DIRECTV CEO Mike White recently said his company also owns an ad-zapping technology but has decided not to implement it for now.)

But DIRECTV does have a semi-secret 30-second skip feature that can make it easier to sail past commercials when watching a recorded show.

Here's how it works:

Press the Menu button on your remote.

Then click on the 'Search and Browse' header. After that, click on Smart Search and then hit Select. At that point, you type in the word, 30SKIP.

Next, press the (RED) button on your remote and make sure the 'ALL" header is highlighted. If it is, hit Select.

You'll then see a line that reads, "There are no matching programs at this time."

Press Exit and you're done!

At this point when you watch a record show, the Fast-Forward button will automatically skip 30 seconds every time you touch it. Since commercials are usually produced in 30-second spots, all you have to do is hit the FF button 4 or 5 times when a commercial break begins. This should take you back to the beginning of the next scene following the break.

If you want to return to the regular Fast Forward Skip, which displays the commercial on screen as you fast forward past it, repeat the same steps as above but type in 30SLIP instead of 30SKIP.

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