About TiVo Guru Guides

What are TiVo Guru Guides?

TiVo Guru Guides are lists of television programs hand-selected by experts like Animal Planet and Sports Illustrated to help you discover and automatically record the best TV programming in various categories like cooking, sports, fashion, home & garden, and more. You can record all shows in a Guru Guides list or choose just the shows that interest you most. Guru Guides generally deliver 3-10 hours of programming every week and are updated regularly, as new shows air, so you're always sure to be watching the freshest, hottest, most interesting programs on TV!

What is What They're Watching?

What I'm Watching is a collection of programs recommended by your favorite stars. Click on your favorite celebrity to see what's on their My Shows list.

Do I have to pay extra for TiVo Guru Guides?

No. TiVo Guru Guides are included as part of your regular TiVo service.

What do I need to begin recording TiVo Guru Guides?

You need an activated TiVo® Series2, HD or Series3 HD DVR to enjoy Guru Guides. You can record Guru Guides whether your TiVo box is connected to broadband or a phone line. The DIRECTV® Receivers with TiVo® and the TiVo® Series1 DVR are currently not compatible with TiVo Guru Guides; however, subscribers may always browse the Guru Guides lists on TiVo Central Online.

How do I record/cancel TiVo Guru Guides?

Just go to TiVo Central Online (http://www.tivo.com/tco) and click on any of the Guru Guides highlighted on the main page. Once you've found a guide that interests you, follow the on-screen steps to schedule the Guru Guides you want to record. To cancel a Guru Guides recording, go to the Manage Guru Guides page within TiVo Central Online and click “Cancel” or simply delete the selections from your TiVo box. (Go to Pick Programs to Record and select Season Pass Manager.)

How many shows will be recorded?

Guru Guides generally deliver 3-10 hours of programming every week right into your My Shows alongside all your other recordings. Guru Guides are updated regularly, so weekly recording times may vary. You can always control how many shows you wish to keep by specifying a particular number in the "Keep at most" option on either the "Manage Guru Guides" page or on your TiVo box under Season pass Manager.

Will Guru Guides conflict with my existing Season Pass™ or other recordings?

No. By default, TiVo Guru Guides are sent to your TiVo box at the lowest recording priority, so they won't conflict with your other recordings. You can manage your recording options on the Manage Guru Guides page on tivo.com, or from your TiVo box. (Go to Pick Programs to Record and select Season Pass Manager.)

How do I change settings for Guru Guides?

TiVo Guru Guides work exactly like a regular Season Pass recording or WishList® recording. To modify these settings, simply go to the Manage Guru Guides page within my.tivo.com, or edit the options directly on your TiVo box. (Go to Pick Programs to Record and select Season Pass Manager.)

How long does it take for my TiVo box to begin recording shows?

If your TiVo box is connected via broadband, it can take up to 12 hours to begin recording the first show in a Guru Guide. If you are using phone line, it may take up to 24 hours.

What if I don't want all of the shows?

You always have the option of choosing to record all programs in a Guru Guide, or just the programs that appeal to you most. On the Guru Guides pages, simply select and un-select programs using the checkboxes. If a show is not selected, it will not be recorded on your TiVo box, even if it appears on a Guru Guide in the future.

Are TiVo Guru Guides the same as Season Pass™ recordings?

No. Because Guru Guides change over time, there is no guarantee that a show recommended by an expert one week will be recommended again the following week. So, if you find you love an ongoing show picked by an expert, we recommend that you schedule a Season Pass recording for that show to make sure that you never miss an episode.

Will Guru Guides record duplicates of shows?

Nope! The TiVo service won't record duplicates of your shows.

What if I don't receive the channels that the Guru Guides shows air on?

If you don't receive the channel, you will not receive the program.

How do TiVo Guru Guides affect my privacy?

In order to enable TiVo Guru Guides, the TiVo service must acquire additional information about the shows that you watch and record. For more information, please see our privacy policy.