TiVo News, Vol. 63: Super Bowls and Super Tips

TiVo Newsletter…

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| Volume 63


Letter from the Editor

Hmmm… seems there’s absolutely-positively nothing
on the telly to kick off my day come Sunday February 6, 2005.

Might you have a suggestion?

6-packs & wardrobe malfunctions,

P.S. Cupid wanted me to tell you that in case you know someone who’s hoping
to find the digital love of their life this Valentine’s Day, you may want
to buy
a TiVo box
now and activate
before 1/31 while you can save $100* after mail-in rebate.
Who said true love shouldn’t come cheap?

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Superbowl Dips & Tips

You Ask, We Answer

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color="#ff9900">Recommend It!
size="2">If you love The Family Guy, you’ll love… the pilot episode of this
? The pilot episode of this new series will air on Super Bowl
Sunday, February 6th, immediately following the triumphant return of Family
Guy at 9/8c on the same night.

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bgcolor="#ffffff"> color="#ff9900">Where’s Your $100 Rebate and/or 5,000 TiVo Points?
size="2">Know someone who got a TiVo box for the holidays? Send them to tivo.com/go
to activate service. Ask them to enter your e-mail address and we’ll reward
you with 5,000 TiVo Points to use towards great
including the new DVD
recorder with TiVo
! Plus, as a bonus, we’ll automatically enter your
friend for a chance to win product lifetime service (a $299 value!). Oh,
and don’t forget, if you purchased a TiVo box, service activation is required
by 1/31 to qualify for the $100 rebate, so rally the troops!
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bgcolor="#999999"> color="#ff9900">31 Days of Oscar®
Flex your film muscle in February with Turner Classic
Movies. Drawing from its extensive library of some 5,000 owned and licensed
films, Turner Classic Movies presents 31 Days of Oscar®, bringing film
lovers more than a month’s worth of Oscar®-winning and Oscar-nominated
movies 24 hours a day from Feb. 1 to March 3 in honor of the 77th Annual
Academy Awards®. Now’s your chance to see the epic Citizen Cane, Rosebud…
From "Pick Programs to Record," use "Search by Channel"
to find TMC and schedule time for your film trivia study hours.
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TiVoToGo Transfer Update
Transfer your recorded programs to your PC so you can watch them anywhere.
As part of your regular paid TiVo service subscription, all TiVo Series2™
boxes are currently in the process of getting updated to include TiVoToGo™,
a brand-new home media feature (which means you’ll need to have your TiVo
box connected
to your home network
for it to work), which will let you do exactly
that. Learn
about the TiVoToGo feature.

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  • Forty years after the Beatles rocked
    the Gator Bowl, Paul McCartney will return to Jacksonville to perform
    at the Ameriquest Mortgage Super Bowl XXXIX Halftime Show.
  • The Friday night concert before
    the game will be highlighted by Josh Gracin, an up-and-coming country
    music superstar who first appeared on American Idol 2.
  • Grammy-award winner and multi-platinum
    recording artist Alicia Keys will perform "America the Beautiful"
    before the game. Keys’ performance will mark only the third time in
    Super Bowl history the song has been sung.

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color="#ff9900"> Superbowl Dips & Tips

by a record 144.4 million viewers in the U.S. last year, the Super Bowl
is annually the nation’s highest-rated TV program and the most-watched single-day
sporting event. FOX will televised Super Bowl XXXIX to a potential worldwide
audience of 1 billion viewers. Make it game day your way with the amazing
TiVo service and follow these tips:

  • If you dare leave the house during game time, don’t forget to pad
    your recording by at least an hour or two using Recording Options (MUCH
    more if you also plan to watch the show that follows the Super Bowl)!
  • Start recording the game on time, but turn the TV off until everyone
    arrives. Press the TiVo button BEFORE you turn the TV back on so that
    TiVo Central is on-screen, protecting everyone from potential spoilers.
    Then, from Now Playing, press PLAY to watch the game from the beginning.
  • Remember, the eight-second instant replay button on your TiVo remote
    is about the length of the average NFL play. Or, hit the instant replay
    button four times in a row to replay your favorite 30-second spots

Do you have a favorite TiVo tip of your own? Please share
it with us.

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You Ask, We Answer
Q: My other-half and I
loved the TiVo box that we got for Christmas last year so much there was
a second waiting under the tree this year. Our plan is for each of us
to have our own TiVo box, since we have very different TV tastes. We heard
you can control two different boxes with one remote control, but haven’t
figured out how to do it without simultaneously controlling both. Can
you help?

A: Ah yes, in fact, many people grew their TiVo families
over the holidays, so we thought this was a great question to start out
the New Year with.

All Series2™ remotes made in the last few years have something called
a "DVR switch" right above the number key pads at the bottom
of the remote. Once you program that switch, you’ll be able to control
your original TiVo box and the new TiVo box just by flipping the switch
on the remote. We have step by step instructions
on our support site that will walk you through the process.

Just make sure to follow the directions carefully since it is a little
tricky to get everything set up. Once you follow those instructions, you
can control each TiVo box by sliding the DVR switch between "1"
and "2." You’ll also need to adjust the input settings on your
TV to actually see the screens from the different TiVo boxes.

Note: Having two TiVo boxes in the same room is only feasible if you receive
your program source from an antenna, cable without a box, or a satellite
or cable box controlled by a serial control cable (or if you have two
different program feeds coming into the same room, like me!). If you are
using IR control to change channels on a cable or satellite box, you will
not be able easily have two TiVo boxes in one room because the signals
sent out to change channels would change both cable or satellite boxes
at the same time. We have step-by-step instructions
on our support site (as well as in the Messages & Setup chapter of
your printed manual) that will walk you through the process

Remember, you can get help with most of your technical questions by visiting
our support
. You can also find answers and share know-how in these web-based
help forums
. For account-related issues, you must use Manage
My Account
or give us a call.

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The TiVo Top 25 Season Pass™ rankings
are based on anonymous, aggregated data, for the week ending 1/23/04.

1. Desperate

2. Lost

3. CSI:
Crime Scene Investigation

4. The

5. 24

See the TiVo Top 25 in its entirety

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  • hilker

    Citizen Cane?

  • squid_ink

    darn that spellcheck.. foiled again! :)

  • megazone

    Wasn’t that the title for a Good Eats episode about sugar?

  • hilker

    It’s also an odd choice to highlight, because I can’t think of another movie that shows up more often in TCM’s schedule. Rear Window, maybe. Kane is a staple of the channel; it’s not as if they only trot it out for special occasions. Unlike, say, the three Ealing comedies with Alec Guinness they had on last week for the first time in at least a year.