TiVo News: Movies from Amazon Unbox on TiVo!

TiVo’s latest news letter. (Blogging may be spotty this weekend, I’m in LA right now running Programming Operations for Pacific Media Expo.)

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Letter From the Editor

Never mind the poor turkey: ‘Tis the season to fatten up your Now Playing List with some of the latest hits from Amazon.com, including brand-new releases Spider-Man 3 and Blades of Glory!

Seriously, why would you wait for a DVD in the mail when you can use the Web to beckon everyone’s favorite Spider straight to your TV screen? And yes, if you prefer to keep warm under that throw blanket, simply pick up your TiVo remote and browse the 1000s of available Unbox titles with one capable thumb (From TiVo Central > Find Programs > Download TV & Movies > Amazon Unbox).

It’s like having an entire video store connected to your TV, where all of the movies and TV shows you want are always conveniently there. I guess it’s yet another little thing I’m thankful for when it comes to my TiVo life. How about you?

Gratitude to you for being a member of this TiVo family!

To Spidey senses,

P.S. Remember, Amazon Unbox as well as Rhapsody on TiVo and other features only get “turned on” when you’re broadband-connected. Good thing it’s really easy.

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TiVo Tip: More to Swivel!

Some think of it as “Six Degrees of TV” (watch how we gave Kevin Bacon a run for his money!), and darnit, if it didn’t just get even better! Now you can find the actors you love, recall the roles they played, and discover every movie they’ve been in. Enjoy the following enhancements to the Swivel Search feature:

  • Search By Actor. Enter ‘Harrison Ford’ (or ‘Ford, Harrison’) to see a list of everything he’s in over the next two weeks.
  • Filtering. Set a category filter prior to your search under ‘Options.’ Want just movies that are westerns? Filter Movies/Western and even enter your favorite actor or movie to see the results.
  • Actor Photos. Swoon over handsome headshots for the top actors in our database (over 1500 of them!). Just highlight an actor’s name to see his or her magnificent mug and any of their work scheduled to air in the next 14 days.
  • Character Names. Now, when you highlight an actor for many movies and popular TV shows, you can see the names of the roles they played, too.

And if that wasn’t enough, we’ve added more Tags to help you find more shows with similar themes to the ones you already love. Try it! From TiVo Central > Find Programs > Universal Swivel Search > Then enter a show, actor, or keyword.

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Rhapsody: All Yours for the Listening!

Don’t forget about your FREE 30-day trial of Rhapsody on TiVo, so you can hear what it’s like to have over four million tracks at your fingertips. And remember: No sign up or credit card is required; all you need is your TiVo remote. Unlike some “free trials” (I know I’ve been burned before!) this one expires automatically once your 30 days are up. If you don’t want the music to stop, just sign up to continue enjoying the Rhapsody service (both online and on TiVo) for less than the cost of one CD a month.

Also, here were a few of your favorite songs from last newsletter—and yes, all of them are available on command with Rhapsody on TiVo.

(By the way, here are a few TiVo tips to help you work that TiVo remote like a music conductor.)

Twilight Time by The Platters
Cruisin’ by Huey Lewis and Gwyneth Paltrow
(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of the Bay by Otis Redding

Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns N’ Roses
Sweet Dreams by the Eurythmics

And one TiVo customer said Aja by Steely Dan. “I loved it so much,” he explained, “that I named my daughter Aja and that is not a common name for a blue-eyed, red-haired girl!”

As for mine, they change every week, but here are two tracks currently high in rotation—have a listen and let me know what you think:
Music For A Found Harmonium by Penguin Caf� Orchestra
Chambermaid Swing by Parov Stelar

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More free program downloads!

Enough with the Fun-size Snickers bars! Now you can have your fix of free, bite-sized (most are 2 – 5 minutes), zero-carb program downloads via TiVoCast and satisfy your hunger for good entertainment, including:

The Onion News NetworkThe Onion
The Onion News Network delivers hard-hitting, award-winning news to millions of Americans all over the world.
Go behind the scenes of your favorite Nickelodeon shows! Don’t miss exclusive interviews, set tours, pranks and much more!
CBS Sports In the EndZoneCBS Sports “In the EndZone” – Endzone hosts Ian Eagle, Jason Horowitz, and Randy Cross break down the top stories in the NFL.

To download TiVoCast programs: From TiVo Central > Find Programs > Download TV & Movies > TiVoCast. Browse the channels and find the programs you like. You can choose to download just one episode or “Get a Season Pass” and have each delivered to your Now Playing List just like regular television recordings.

NOTE: You must be broadband-connected to receive TiVoCast content.

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Amazon Unbox on TiVo
Weekend Movie Sale September 28-30

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
My Super Ex-Girlfriend
The Lives of Others
License to Wed

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 November 9th and November 11th 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 great movie titles on sale Thanksgiving Day Weekend, November 22-25.

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Here’s a frightening fact: Violence on primetime TV has increased a whopping 75 percent since 1998. So what can you do about it? Find the stuff worth watching and block out the bad. To help with that effort, TiVo is proud to sponsor the Smart Television Alliance, a new coalition of leading nonprofit organizations committed to helping you use technology like TiVo KidZone to find and enjoy quality television programming together as a family.

TiVo KidZone Guides make it easy to record shows you’ll actually want your children to watch, including a few you’ll want to tune in for, too. You can browse these recommendations online or from the comfort of your couch.

Learn more about TiVo KidZone and KidZone Guides.

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TiVo Rewards

Phillips 7″ Digital Photo Display

Point Value: 27,500

This attractive 7″ digital picture frame by Phillips allows you to display single photos, thumbnails, or create slideshows all without a PC.

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.

WishList� Search Suggestions

Good grief! Halloween’s over (if you wore a TiVo costume, by the way, you’d better send me pics) and now we’re hungering for our great national holiday, Thanksgiving. This year, why not exercise your TiVo WishList� searches to taste some unique TV programming.

How to create a WishList� search�or twenty: From TiVo Central > Find Programs > Create a WishList search > then…:

Keyword: Pumpkin Pie; Category: Interests/Cooking Make it perfect.
Keyword: George Washington To thank him for Thanksgiving.
Keyword: Snoopy Why wouldn’t you?
Title: Thanksgiving Unstuffed  It’s National Geographic nutrition.

Once you complete your search, you can choose to “View upcoming episodes” every 14 days or so, or set it to auto-record every match.

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TiVo Fan Mail

Had to share this story with you: My 5-year old was recently hospitalized with a ruptured appendix. He was quite sick, and spent a lot of time watching TV in his hospital room. Cartoon Network was his favorite channel.

When he finally came home last week I asked him, “What was the worst part about being in the hospital, Colin?” figuring he had many things to legitimately gripe about. The kid endured a lot of pain, needles, and boredom during his 7-day stay.

Without a moment’s hesitation he looked at me and said, “Watching TV and not being able to pause or rewind it. I missed TiVo!”

I couldn’t make this stuff up. Nor could I disagree.

Lisa A.
Darien, CT

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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