How To Disable Top Ads Row NVidia, TiVo

Android TV's Promotional Ads Row:

 

Android TV's have a lousy aspect: the top row is all about Google's promotional ads.  By disabling these ads, you gain 2 things:

  1. No distracting ads while sorting out which app to launch next

  2. The top row is now a horizonal list of your favorite streaming media apps

  3. The next 2 rows are suggestions of what to watch next on that apps service

w/ Promotional Ads
w/o Promotional Ads
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TiVo Stream 4K Also Has The Stream & Netflix Apps Locked In Place on Favorites Row

 

Since most folks don't use the Stream App and also might want their Netflix app in a different order on the favorites row, the instructions for TiVo Steam below fixes the 'locked' Stream & Netflix app issue.  It also offers up a unique way to exploit the 'TiVo' & 'Guide' buttons on the TiVo remote.

TiVo Stream

1) Unlock Stream & Netflix Apps on Favorite Apps Row


On your Home Screen, the Stream & Netflix apps are 'locked' in place. This unlocks them.

  1. Go to upper right corner Settings>Apps and click on "See all apps"
  2. Scroll down and click on "Show system apps" ath the bottom below all the apps
  3. Scroll down and find "com.tivo.tvlaunchercustomization", select it and click on "Disable"
  4. Go to Settings>Device Preferences>About and click on "Restart"
  5. After restart, you will notice that both Stream & Netflix apps are no longer on favorites row
  6. You will have the opportunity to add them to favorites in step 3a




2) Promotional Ads At Top of Home Screen?  How To Remove Those Ads


  1. 1st, add a monthly calendar reminder to "Update TiVo Stream Apps via Google Play Store"
  2. From the Home Screen Apps menu, locate and launch "Google Play Store" app
  3. Go to upper right corner and click on the Profile Icon
  4. Scroll down the left side and click on "Settings"; Click on "Auto-update apps"
  5. Select "Don't auto-update apps"
  6. Return to Home Screen using the circle 'Home' button
  7. Go to Settings>Apps; scroll down & tap "See All Apps"
  8. Scroll down & click on "Show system apps"
  9. Scroll down & click on "Android TV Home"
  10. Click on "Uninstall Updates"
  11. Return to Home Screen and you will now see top promotion row gone!!!
    (& also notice your rows are all reset :-( So the next action "Setup Favorites" fixs this)




4) Setup and Organize All Your Content App Rows on Home Screen


You can rearrange, remove and add content app rows to your Home Screen Note: some apps can have multiple rows you can choose from; empty rows are not displayed 1st Step: lets select the rows you want to see - then you will rearrang them in step 2

  1. From the Home Screen, scroll all the way down to "Customize Channels"
  2. On the right hand side, scroll down with each app and choose to:
  3. * Enable or disable that content app
  4. Suggestion: disable both "TiVo Stream" & "TiVo Recommended" row
  5. * Some content apps have multiple choices, open to select enable/disable for each option
  6. Return to the Home Screen
2nd Step: rearrange the rows as follows:
  1. On each roll, click over to the left to reveal two options: reorder and disable
  2. Select reorder for that row, then move it up/down to where you want it
  3. If you have second thoughts about a content row, you can use disable to remove it




5) Optionally Setup Tivo Remote for Channels DVR Guide & Library


Outcome: TiVo 'TiVo' button launches Channels DVR client to the "Library" section TiVo 'Guide' button launches Channels DVR client to the "Guide" section Other TiVo buttons can be programmed to perform various functions Need to obtain "Button Mapper" app ($5 in app fee) from Google Play Store 1) Setup Channels DVR client for TiVo Remote Buttons: Launch "Channels DVR" app on the TiVo Scroll all the way left, and then scroll down to select "Settings" Settings>General>Start Up>Start Up Section>select "Guide" as the option Settings>General>Start Up>Set Dectection on>select "App Launch" as the option
(This enables selecting the Channels DVR app icon to return to where you were) Settings>Playback>Commercial Skipping>select "Automatically" 2) On TiVo Stream - Configure "Button Mapper" App for TiVo Remote Buttons: Go to Apps & launch "Google Play Store" app and search for "Button Mapper" Click on "Install"; wait until it's installed Click on circle 'Home' button Go to Settings>Device Preferences>Accessability>Services>enable "Button Mapper" & "Channels DVR" Click on circle 'Home' button Go to Apps & launch "Button Mapper" app Scroll down and select "Add Buttons" Scroll down and select "Add Buttons" Press "TiVo" icon button on your remote (If it launches the Channels DVR app, go back to "Buttons Mapper" app & return to this location) Scroll down and select "DVR" Enable "Customize" Scroll down and select "Single tap" Press select and scroll down and select "Applications" Scroll down and select "Channels DVR" Set "Double tap" & "Long press" actions to "No Action" (or another action if you like) Press the 'Back' button Scroll down and select "Add Buttons" Press "Guide" icon button on your remote
(If it launches the Channels DVR app, go back to "Buttons Mapper" app & return to this location) Scroll down and select "Guide" Make sure "Customize" is disabled Press the 'Back' button Continue to customize any other buttons on the TiVo remote
(I customized 'Skip' button to be a "Home" button - easier UX for me) When done, hit the circle 'Home' button on the TiVo remote




3) Setup Your Favorite Apps Row


  1. On the Favorite Apps row, click on the "+" icon
  2. Scroll thru your apps and for each app you want on favorites, select that app
  3. Repeat step 2 until all your favorite apps have been selected
  4. When done, return to Home Screen by pressing the circle button (below back button)
  5. To reorder the apps on the favorites row,
    1. Long press app icon and select move
    2. Move the app either left or right and then press 'Select' button




6) Once A Month, Check Google Play Store for App Updates


#2c ONCE A MONTH, CHECK GOOGLE PLAY STORE FOR APP UPDATES: Go to "Google Play Store" app and go to Profile Icon>Manage apps & games" Click on "Updates" (DO NOT TURN ON Auto-update) Do Not "Select All" - NADA :-( Do Not update "Android TV Home" app - NADA :-( Scroll down and click on each app you want to update & click on "Update" This Is Alt Text





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2) Setup Your Favorite Apps Row


  1. Click on "Apps" icon
  2. Scroll thru your apps and for each app you want on favorites, press and hold on each app select "Add to Favorites"
  3. Optionally, you can rearrange the order of apps
    1. Choose a app to move and long press "OK" button. Select "Move"
    2. Move the app to location you want it and press "OK" button.
    3. Continue moving the other apps by selecting another app, press "OK" to move it
  4. When done, return to Home Screen by pressing the circle button (below back button)
  5. You can now long press "OK" button on any app icon and either move it or remove it from favorites




1) Remove Promotional Ads At Top of Home Screen


  1. 1st, add a monthly calendar reminder to "Update TiVo Stream Apps via Google Play Store"
  2. Launch "Google Play Store" app and go to Profile Icon>Setting>Auto-update apps
  3. Select "Don't auto-update apps"
  4. Return to Home Screen
  5. Go to Settings>Apps; scroll down & tap "See All Apps"
  6. Scroll down & tap "Show system apps"
  7. Scroll down & tap "Android TV Home"
  8. Click on "Uninstall Updates"
  9. Return to Home Screen and you will now see top promotion row gone!!!!




3) Setup and Organize All Your Content App Rows on Home Screen


You can rearrange, remove and add content app rows to your Home Screen Note: some apps can have multiple rows you can choose from; empty rows are not displayed 1st Step: lets select the rows you want to see - then you will rearrang them in step 2

  1. From the Home Screen, scroll all the way down to "Customize Channels"
  2. On the right hand side, scroll down with each app and choose to:
  3. * Enable or disable that content app
  4. Suggestion: disable both "TiVo Stream" & "TiVo Recommended" row
  5. * Some content apps have multiple choices, open to select enable/disable for each option
  6. Return to the Home Screen
2nd Step: rearrange the rows as follows:
  1. On each roll, click over to the left to reveal two options: reorder and disable
  2. Select reorder for that row, then move it up/down to where you want it
  3. If you have second thoughts about a content row, you can use disable to remove it




4) Once A Month, Check Google Play Store for App Updates


#2c ONCE A MONTH, CHECK GOOGLE PLAY STORE FOR APP UPDATES: Go to "Google Play Store" app and go to Profile Icon>Manage apps & games" Click on "Updates" (DO NOT TURN ON Auto-update) Do Not "Select All" - NADA :-( Do Not update "Android TV Home" app - NADA :-( Scroll down and click on each app you want to update & click on "Update"





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1) Remove Promotional Ads At Top of Home Screen


  1. 1st, add a monthly calendar reminder to "Update TiVo Stream Apps via Google Play Store"
  2. Launch "Google Play Store" app and go to Profile Icon>Setting>Auto-update apps
  3. Select "Don't auto-update apps"
  4. Return to Home Screen
  5. Go to Settings>Apps; scroll down & tap "See All Apps"
  6. Scroll down & tap "Show system apps"
  7. Scroll down & tap "Android TV Home"
  8. Click on "Uninstall Updates"
  9. Return to Home Screen and you will now see top promotion row gone!!!!




2) Setup Your Favorite Apps Row


  1. Click on "Apps" icon
  2. Scroll thru your apps and for each app you want on favorites, press and hold on each app select "Add to Favorites"
  3. Optionally, you can rearrange the order of apps
    1. Choose a app to move and long press "OK" button. Select "Move"
    2. Move the app to location you want it and press "OK" button.
    3. Continue moving the other apps by selecting another app, press "OK" to move it
  4. When done, return to Home Screen by pressing the circle button (below back button)
  5. You can now long press "OK" button on any app icon and either move it or remove it from favorites




3) Setup and Organize All Your Content App Rows on Home Screen


You can rearrange, remove and add content app rows to your Home Screen Note: some apps can have multiple rows you can choose from; empty rows are not displayed 1st Step: lets select the rows you want to see - then you will rearrang them in step 2

  1. From the Home Screen, scroll all the way down to "Customize Channels"
  2. On the right hand side, scroll down with each app and choose to:
  3. * Enable or disable that content app
  4. Suggestion: disable both "TiVo Stream" & "TiVo Recommended" row
  5. * Some content apps have multiple choices, open to select enable/disable for each option
  6. Return to the Home Screen
2nd Step: rearrange the rows as follows:
  1. On each roll, click over to the left to reveal two options: reorder and disable
  2. Select reorder for that row, then move it up/down to where you want it
  3. If you have second thoughts about a content row, you can use disable to remove it




4) Once A Month, Check Google Play Store for App Updates


#2c ONCE A MONTH, CHECK GOOGLE PLAY STORE FOR APP UPDATES: Go to "Google Play Store" app and go to Profile Icon>Manage apps & games" Click on "Updates" (DO NOT TURN ON Auto-update) Do Not "Select All" - NADA :-( Do Not update "Android TV Home" app - NADA :-( Scroll down and click on each app you want to update & click on "Update"