Congratulations on your new TiVo DVR. Here’s a helpful list of TiVo Tips & Tricks that will help you make the most of your TiVo experience.
- Transfer your Season Pass® recordings from another TiVo DVR
Just get a new TiVo DVR? The first thing you'll want to do is make sure your favorite shows are still getting recorded. Skip the hassle of setting up all new Season Pass recordings and transfer the ones you already have. Just go to www.tivo.com to start.
- Customize your channel lineup
It’s easy to minimize the number of new channels in your program guide. Simply access your channel lineup and select the desired channels by repeating guided setup. Go to TiVo Central > Settings > Help > Restart or Reset System > Repeat Guided Setup.
- Restrict Search to your subscribed apps only
You may want to restrict your TiVo DVR to only those streaming services with which you have a current subscription. To do so, go into TiVo Central > Settings & Messages > Settings > Channels > My Video Providers and personalize the services so that your searches only includes your available content providers.
- Setting up Slide & Glo remotes
If you’re lucky enough to have a TiVo® Slide or Glo remote, you’re about to strike gold. We’re going to show you how you can teach your new TiVo remote your old remote’s tricks by simply holding down a few buttons simultaneously. The Slide and the Glo are multilingual, in that they can talk to your original remote no matter how obscure the brand. For details, visit this page, where you’ll find more information, detailed steps and a visual as to how you can accomplish this sync.
- HDMI Splitter
Having a house party for a big game? Make sure that everyone has a good seat. TiVo DVRs are the only cable boxes that let you view the same content on multiple televisions, with the help of an HDMI Splitter. In fact, you can have the same content playing on up to 16 televisions at once.
- Have a ‘backup plan’
TiVo is the only DVR that allows you to archive your favorite shows for the ultimate backup plan. How? Download TiVo Desktop software for free and you’ll be able to download all your recordings to your computer.* Also, get a network attached storage device to store your TV shows on an external platform for as long as you want.
* Not all shows transferrable due to FCC copyright regulations. Those shows are usually marked with a red circle slash icon.
- Find shows faster
Looking for a specific show on the Guide? Instead of clicking through all the channels, just press Enter to get to the search menu.
- WishList® searches cater to your interests
Odds are you're not taking full advantage of one of TiVo's best features: the WishList search. There is no better way to personalize your TV experience, so grab that remote and customize. From TiVo Central, select Find Programs & Downloads, then WishList search. Once you create your search term, you can choose to "View upcoming episodes" every 14 days or so, or set it to auto-record every match.
- WishList® search for sports
Keeping up with all your favorite teams while you’re out and about is made even easier with WishList® searches. Just select the “Sports” category and you’ll be able to pick from a wide range of sporting events. From here, dive deeper into your specific interests with keywords like “San Francisco Giants” or “New England Patriots.” You can customize your TiVo to record the most recent game, too. Your TiVo DVR can even be set to record this game and delete the previous one each day, so the games don’t pile up. Have bandwagon friends? You can help them set their TiVo DVR to only record during the playoffs. Remember, too, that WishList search feature can also apply to actors, directors and many other filters as well, so be sure to play around with these capabilities.
- When you're not sure how to spell it
Use asterisks when you're looking for a range of similar words, or are uncertain how to spell a word. For example, the keyword AIRP* will find shows containing airport, airplane, or airplanes, as well as the movie Airplane. Use the Slow button to enter an asterisk.
- That blue light means ‘web’
The first web tip we can give you is about the blue light on the front of your TiVo DVR. You may or may not have noticed it. This blue light indicates that you’re accessing content from the web, which is one of the best reasons to own a TiVo DVR in the first place.
- Record your podcasts
Podcasts are great to enjoy on the go, but you don’t have to restrict yourself to the sound system of your mobile devices. Just as you might already enjoy your Pandora music from your TiVo DVR, you can download your favorite podcasts, so you can go about your cleaning or cooking and keep on listening. In TiVo Central, go to Find TV, Movies & Videos > Browse Web Videos > Video Podcasts > Custom RSS Feeds > Add a new RSS Feed and type in the URL of the podcast you wish to record. There’s also an option for ‘Web Videos FAQ’ in the ‘Video Podcasts’ list that may answer any additional questions.
- YouTube™ channel surfing
We all have those YouTube videos that we can’t get enough of. Now you can put them in your My Shows folder and watch them on your TV whenever you want. Just sync your tablet to your TiVo so that you can send videos to it. You’ll find the sneezing panda is even funnier when you share it with others on the big screen.
- Keep track of your streaming services
Keep in mind that each streaming service has a maximum number of devices that can be simultaneously activated. So the next time you sign into your Netflix account on any device, remember that it’ll be taking up one of the 6 accounts that you’re allotted. If you’re having trouble accessing your account from your TiVo box, this might be why! The maximum number varies from service to service, so be sure to look into this before activating.
- You may not need TiVo Stream
If you own a four-tuner Roamio or a Premiere series DVR, you’ll need to add a TiVo Stream to your setup to download and stream shows on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. However, if you’re the proud owner of a Roamio Plus or Pro, TiVo Stream and all its related benefits are built right into your box. Either way, streaming is a great way to make the most of your TiVo DVR.
- TiVo Mini gives you flexibility
You might be aware of the Mini’s capabilities, but in case you’re not, we wanted to fill you in. The Mini will allow you to do ALL of the following:
a. The same show can be watched on two different TVs at one time, with individual DVR controls
b. Two different shows can be watched on two different TVs at one time
c. You can start watching one show on one TV and continue watching it on a second
d. You can access any web apps on your Mini without utilizing a tuner on the DVR.
- Control TiVo Stream download speeds
TiVo Stream’s maximum transfer speed is 4x. In other words, it only takes 15 minutes to download 60 minutes of content. However, if you’re streaming to two devices at once, the transfer speed goes down to 3x (meaning it would take 20 minutes per device), and one more for each additional device added (three devices would put you at 30 minutes and four devices would each take 60). Simply put, be aware that if you are streaming to other devices during downloads it will affect your transfer speed, so choose accordingly when deciding whether to download all at once or one after the other.
- Tuner tip
Confused about your TiVo Stream or TiVo Mini tuner use? This tip will help you understand when you’re using a tuner and when you’re not. The TiVo Stream will use a tuner when it’s utilizing the Record & Watch feature. However, a tuner is not in use when the TiVo Stream is being used to watch pre-recorded content. Similarly, the TiVo Mini is using a tuner when it’s being used to watch live TV, but is not using a tuner while you’re watching pre-recorded content.
- Using TiVo Mini with older TVs
Thinking about purchasing a Mini? It’s important to remember that not all TVs are created equal. If you’ll be running the TiVo Mini off of an older TV – one without an HDMI connection – you will need a breakout component cable and/or the composite cable to properly connect your Mini to an older TV. However, if your TV has an HDMI connection, you will not need this pack of cables. For your convenience, these cables can be found and purchased on our website.