TiVo News: Your Guide to Fall ’07 TV

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We’re making sure the best of the new TV season won’t breeze past you with our brand-new Fall TV Guru Guide, back again and better than ever, including not just the networks’ new pilots, but also all of your old returning favorites, including—D’oh!—The Simpsons, now in its 19th year!

If you’re broadband-connected, TiVo Guru Guides are on a TiVo box near you (under “Find Programs”). If you’re not, or if you prefer the mouse-y convenience of the Web, we’ve queued them up for your online-scheduling pleasure because we love you like that. (Just remember, if you connect to the TiVo service via phone, not broadband, it takes 24 hours to schedule a recording.)

But wait—there’s more! Speaking of your favorite shows, we’ve got just the contest to celebrate the upcoming 59th Primetime Emmy® Awards (airing on September 16). Use your TiVo remote to give us your primetime predictions in the TiVo “Count Your Lucky Stars” Contest (learn how below). The Best Guesser will be the lucky winner of a new TiVo® HD box with 3 years of TiVo® service!

Auspiciously yours,

P.S. I’m planning to hit a Los Angeles red carpet mid-September just before the Emmy® Awards to ask your favorite celebrities what shows they’re looking forward to this fall. I’d love to represent YOU by asking the questions my fellow TiVo subscribers want to know. Shoot me an email now with your questions. We’ll share the “best of” clips in the next newsletter.

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Count Your Lucky Stars…

Here’s your chance to win a brand-new TiVo HD DVR with 3 years of TiVo service, just in time to enjoy a picture-perfect fall season of your favorite shows: Use your TiVo remote to make your primetime predictions in all 19 Emmy® categories in the TiVo “Count Your Lucky Stars” contest. Here’s how:

– If you haven’t already, connect your TiVo box to your home network.
– From TiVo Central, select “Music, Photos, Products & More”
– Select the “Count Your Lucky Stars” menu item
– Pick the actor or show you think will win in each of the 19 categories
– That’s it!

The TiVo subscriber with the most correct predictions will win a TiVo HD DVR with 3 years of TiVo service. In the event of a tie, the earliest entry submitted will be the winner, so start exercising that thumb! Good luck!

All entries must be received by 5pm PT Sunday, September 16, 2007. For complete contest rules, visit: www.TiVo.com/luckystars

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TiVo Tip: You’ve Got Options

As you start scheduling Season Passâ„¢ recordings for all the new fall shows, don’t forget, you’ve got Options, and plenty of them. Instead of just selecting “Get a Season Pass,” and calling it a year, use the RIGHT arrow to highlight “Options” and review the default settings. For example:

Who needs repeats? Consider opting to select “First run only,” saving yourself from the inevitable disappointment when you run home to watch your new favorite show shortly into the season only to discover it’s a re-run… already!

Too much of a good thing. If you’re recording the nightly news, “Keep at most” comes in handy. You only need 1. After that, even good news is old news.

Don’t stop! You love those premium channel programs, but not how they blow-off any semblance of the so-called TV schedule, keeping you from watching all of “next week’s previews.” Play it safe and pad the recording, my TiVo friends. Adjust the “Stop recording” option to be at least five minutes past the scheduled time so you’ll never be left hanging again.

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Romancing the TiVoCast

It’s more of TiVoCast to love… Curious what goes on backstage in Salem? Catch exclusive behind-the-scenes looks from your favorite soap opera, Days of our Lives, delivered right to your TiVo box every week via TiVoCast.

To download TiVoCast programs to your TiVo box, you must be broadband-connected. Then from TiVo Central, select Find Programs, then Download TV & Movies. When you find a program you want to download, select “Get a Season Pass” just like you do for your favorite TV shows.

Alternatively, browse the growing list of TiVoCast partners online and schedule your free program downloads with a click of your mouse.

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Amazon Unbox on TiVo

The Bourne Supremacy
The Bourne Identity
Music and Lyrics

Learn how to try it yourself.
Featured Amazon Unbox titles can be downloaded directly to your Now Playing List. Rent one of these hot movie titles between September 7th and September 9th 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.

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The TiVo MasterCard

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The Slingbox AV
TiVo Rewards

Slingbox AV

Point Value: 25,000

Another box you could easily learn to love…

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:

HigglyTown Heroes1
Best for: 6 & under
Kids won’t fear when these heroes save the day—this cartoon for preschoolers teaches lessons about solving problems, working together, and recognizing the contributions that everyone makes to a community. A primary lesson in the series is for kids to see that heroes aren’t just firefighters, but also grocers, farmers, and telephone operators.

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…:

Keyword: “EMMY AWARD*” Catch the ceremony and the gossip shows.
Actor: TEMPLE, SHIRLEY Oh my goodness, she’s timelessly cute!
Keyword: GENETIC* Engineer some good learnings about inheritance.
Keyword: WINE Make your favorite oenophile blush.

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 the PAUSE button for quotes (“), which indicate exact phrase.

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