TiVo News #106: The future looks HD!

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Oh, yesssss! This is the newsletter where I get to tell you that the brand-new TiVo® HD DVR is here and it’s only $299.99! Now is the time to order so you’re in the queue to get one sooner rather than later.

It’s the ultimate companion for your HDTV—one that doesn’t just appreciate the beauty in pretty pictures but one that can actually bring some brains into your home theater setup at a price that makes sense. TiVo and HD just belong together.

Just think how nice it will be to have TiVo’s super-smart search features automatically scouring your Digital Cable lineup every day to find every movie, special or series in glorious High Definition so you’ll have more (and better) eye-candy for your beautiful HDTV. (You’ll even have a Now Playing List folder dedicated entirely to your HD
recordings!) And since TiVo HD seamlessly integrates both your cable and TiVo service into one HD box, you get more TiVo and less clutter. Ahhh…

TiVo and HD: It’s better than peanut butter and chocolate, Laurel and Hardy, even Charlie and his Angels. The new TiVo HD DVR is here, I say. Expect nothing less than an out-of-this-world entertainment experience. Check it out.

Hanging on for the ride,

P.S. The judges have announced the finalists in the My TiVo Gets Me Contest and now you have until July 30 to vote for your favorite! Four lucky winners will receive a TiVo® Series3™ HD box with Product Lifetime Service, a 42″ plasma TV and more.

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TiVo Tip: A Basic Way to Save Space

Remember the old days of VHS tape and how you could record more or less shows by choosing the speed (LP or SP). Similarly, you can increase the available space on your TiVo DVR by adjusting the quality of your recordings. You can do this a few different ways:

– Change your default recording setting: From TiVo Central, select Messages & Settings; then Settings; then Recording; and then Recording Quality. This screen also shows you how many hours of programs you could store if you recorded all programs at the same quality level.

– Select a recording quality at the time you schedule a recording: From the recording screen, choose Options, then the quality setting.

– Change the quality for recordings you have already scheduled: From the To Do List, select the program, and then Options.

The higher the quality the more space required, so experiment to find the quality settings that you prefer. You may find you don’t mind watching The Daily Show in Basic quality, whereas your HD games always deserve Best. This table shows suggested quality settings for common types of programs.

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PAUSE-worthy Poll

TiVo subscribers already have superhero-like powers when it comes to controlling their favorite entertainment of past and present, but what about the future? With The Simpsons hitting the Silver Screen in just a few days, we felt like we had to ask: What’s the next classic cartoon or comic book you’d like to see on the big-screen? (Hey, doesn’t hurt to put it out there in the universe, at least.) We’ll publish the results in the next newsletter. Vote for one:

TV Shows
>The Smurfs
>The Jetsons
>He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
>Family Guy
>King of the Hill
Comic Books
>GI Joe
>Wonder Woman
>The Mighty Thor
>Green Lantern
>The Flash

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Amazon Unbox on TiVo

The Never Ending Story
The Bourne Supremacy
Daddy's Little Girls
Catch and Release
Let's Go to Prison
Blade Runner
Featured Amazon Unbox titles can be downloaded directly to your Now Playing List. Rent one of these hot movie titles between July 27th and July 29th for just 99¢ each.

There are 1000′s of movies & TV shows to download to your TiVo box at the Amazon Unbox Video Download store. Also, check out the Top Selling Movies to Rent and Top Selling Movies to Buy.

A self-described loyal TiVo fan named Valerie writes:
“Just wanted you to know I love the Amazon Unbox download feature. The power went out in my house so TiVo wasn’t able to record the last episode of 24. I downloaded it from Amazon.com and there it was ready to watch—didn’t even need to fast-forward through commercials because there weren’t any. The technology was bug-free and the downloads are easy. Great service!”

Learn how to try it yourself.

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My TiVo gets me… a great summer vacation!

For a limited time, get a new 80-hour TiVo® Series2™ Dual Tuner DVR and you’ll save $150, plus a $100 certificate for ORBITZ® travel! Offer ends August 12. Just don’t forget to take your favorite shows with you a la TiVoToGo™.

Happy travels!

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The TiVo MasterCard

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Apple iPod Shuffle 1GB
TiVo Rewards

Apple® iPod® Shuffle (1GB)

Point Value: 10,000

Makes you want to sing about TiVo Rewards…

Need to remind some friends they need a TiVo® box of their own? Send one of these postcards and maybe you’ll score some TiVo Rewards™ points while you’re at it.

TiVo KidZone Guides—you can find them both online and within the TiVo service—are bursting with quality recommendations for kids. Here’s just one highlight:

Jane and the DragonJane and the Dragon1
Best for: Ages 6+
Jane is a medieval middle class girl being raised as a Lady-in-Waiting, but she’s got much bigger plans for her future! Training to become a Knight is what she’s all about—good thing she’s got a 300 year-old fire-breathing dragon as a best friend.

Set up TiVo KidZone. It’s easy!

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WishList® Search Suggestions

Survey says you’re still 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, then Create a WishList search, and then…:

Category: Comedy/Sub-category: Standup Fill ‘er up with funnies!
Keyword: SHARK* & Documentary/Animals See what bites.
Actor: EASTWOOD, CLINT Feel the Absolute Power of TiVo.
Keyword: LEMON/Interests/Cooking Lemonade is just the beginning.

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. And if you’ve got good suggestions to share, send ‘em to Shanan.

Bonus Tip: 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.

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TiVo Fan Mail

When my sister and her husband were weeks away from welcoming their first baby into the house, I ordered a TiVo Series2 box to give to them as a slightly non-traditional baby shower gift.

I had it shipped to me so that I could pre-load it with an assortment of baby-care and new-mommy shows along with some contemporary movies.

After they received it, I learned my predictions had come true. She was able to enjoy her shows even in bits and pieces and across midnight feeding hours. He was able to catch up on his shows, too, even though as a police officer, his schedule was often erratic and did not make it easy for him to stay tuned to weekly series. They’re so pleased with TiVo when the little one is old enough, I’ll have to be the good Uncle who buys them a WeeMote!

Thanks, TiVo!
Tony M. from Dallas, TX

P.S. I own 3 TiVo boxes myself.

No, we don’t make this stuff up. You send us a story or photo of your favorite TiVo moment and we make a RECORD of it—from TiVo birthday cakes to TiVo tattoos to TiVo what-have-you.

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