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5 Tips for Your TiVo Experience

A TiVo® DVR is more than just a set-top box that also records live TV. With a number of features that make your TV-watching better – from recommendations for new shows based on the shows you currently watch, to remotely scheduling recordings with the TiVo® app, to pausing a show in one room and continuing it in another using a TiVo® Mini – there’s a lot you can do with the TiVo® Experience.

Here are a few tips for getting the most out of your TiVo® system.    


Link Your Streaming Apps

Get more from a single search by connecting the streaming apps you subscribe to – like Netflix, Hulu, Vudu and more – to your TiVo DVR. And check out the free apps available directly through your TiVo, such as Tubi, YouTube and Ameba.

After you’ve connected the apps, when you search for a specific show or actor, your TiVo system will search across all your connected streaming apps, as well as live TV, your recordings and Midco ON Demand’s 40,000 available titles. It’s the easiest way to find what you want to watch.


Download the TiVo App

Did you forget to tell your DVR to record the big game or that show you wanted to watch, but you’ve already left the house? No problem – with the TiVo app, you can schedule it from your phone. Search for shows and browse your guide on the app anywhere you are.

Do you want to watch something, but someone else is already watching the TV in your house? No problem – as long as you’re connected to your home network, just log in to the app and stream your recorded show or live TV on your phone or tablet!


Set Up OnePass Recordings

TiVo OnePass™ gathers every episode of your favorite series, every game or match from a specific team, or every sporting event in a league and adds them to your My Shows list – so you can watch them on your own time. It’s an easy way to make sure you never miss an episode of your favorite show.

Even better, if you connect your streaming apps, OnePass also searches for episodes across Netflix, Hulu and more – so you have more choices, without taking up more space on your DVR. 


Take Advantage of Recommendations

When you’ve exhausted all the episodes of your favorite series, check out your TiVo Suggestions. Your TiVo DVR will find shows that are similar to what you watch regularly and automatically records them (when your DVR has space).

The more you watch TV – and the more you rate programming using the Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down buttons on your remote – the smarter your TiVo DVR becomes at finding shows you’ll like. You can find these suggestions as a filter in your My Shows list, so when you’re in the mood for something new, you can easily find a new favorite.


Check Out Game and Movie Ratings

Trying to decide which sports game you want to watch? Thuuz ratings score sporting events from 0-100, with 100 being the best. The ratings come out before the game and also get updated as play progresses. So if it’s a nail-biter or a blow out, you’ll be able to know if you should tune in.

If you’re not sure whether to check out a movie that’s on, take a look at the Metacritic rating. If it’s color-coded green, it’s probably a good bet to watch. That’s because Metacritic takes all available reviews for a movie, averages them and gives you a combined score. Movies are rated on a scale of 0-100, and are color coded red, yellow and green to let you know what to watch and what to skip based on reviews.


Tell Your TiVo DVR What You Want

Voice control has made using your TiVo system even better. Just press the blue microphone on the TiVo voice remote and speak naturally, telling your TiVo DVR to change the channel, pause a show, launch an app or search for a movie. You can even use your voice to rewind or fast forward a show a specific amount of time – “Rewind 30 seconds” or “Fast forward three minutes” or “Jump back to the beginning.”

And if you pair your TiVo device with your Amazon Echo or other Alexa-enabled device, you can launch an app, change the channel and more – all without lifting a finger.


Find More in Our Online Support

Have questions about your TiVo system? Want to know more about managing recordings, setting parental controls or finding shows? Check out our online TiVo support.

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