Tivo Advanced Remote Tips, Tricks, And Help

In a previous article I explained some TiVo remote help tricks to further enhance your TiVo experience. What I would now like to do is to put forth some more advanced tricks for your remote. I have searched around different sites and forums and have found the following for you to use

Control the Power to Your Sound System

The remote can be programmed to control your sound on your Home Theatre System. The way you can do this is to hold down the TiVo button and the power button like you did when you inputted the TV remote code. You can then enter the remote control code for your sound system and you can now control the on/off features of the audio system and on some models the volume as well

Add unlisted Channels

TiVo provides a method to add channels without the program listings the TiVo provides. For those times when you switch to local on air programming or need to play your VCR into your DVR system, the ability to add a few channels is very handy. To squeeze in your own channels follow these steps;

Enter a channel number manually. Press Record. While recording, press Record to cancel the recording. Repeat for each channel you want to add. Go to Setup, then Channels You Watch Place checkmarks next to each of the channels you entered

This programming will leave behind listings “Now showing” that you may want to delete

Reboot TiVo Without Unplugging

We’ve all had to reboot a computer here and there whenever something goes wrong. Your TiVo is in the same arena. Go to the setup menu and select the “Restart Receiver”; options. This will allow for restart without deleting your personal settings.

Tivomatic (Keep Commercials or Get rid of them)A feature that is known as iPreview, TiVo may prompt you to press thumbs up to record during an advertisement. What this feature does is lets you record what is being advertised and then returns to your show. This may come in handy during those Super Bowl commercials. When you see the prompt, you can do the following;

Press Thumbs Up or Select to bring up the recording screen. Press Clear to make the icon go away until the next preview or you rewind past the point where the preview begins

Get TiVo Connected

There is now TiVoToGo which allows you to download programs to your PC

If you own a TiVo Series 2 box, saving recorded programs to DVD is much simpler–but more costly–with the new TiVoToGo feature. Series 2 TiVos feature a USB port, to which you’ll need to connect a USB-to-ethernet or-wireless network adapter (which costs about $30) in order to connect your DVR to your home network. Once you’re networked, you’ll probably want to sign up for the Home Media Option, which will allow you to program your system remotely. To use TiVoToGo, you need to be sure you’ve got version 7.1-X or later of software in your device. To check your software version: Go to ‘TiVo Central’. Select ‘Messages & Setup’, then ‘System Information’ with your remote. If you don’t have the latest software, you can go to TiVo.com and request the site to push the upgrade to your unit. While on the site, download and then install the Desktop software. TiVo Desktop collects and presents a list of the programs stored on your DVR and allows you to download them to your PC. While on the site, click the link to download the 15-day free trial of SonicMyDVD–the recommended software for saving recorded programs from your system onto DVD. (It will cost you $49.99 to use after the trial period.) Again, this solution is a bit pricey, but it is the simplest nonhacker-level method to save your favorite shows

I hope this has been a sincere help to you!

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