TiVo News: Bringing in the New Year from Las Vegas

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The TiVo Newsletter | Volume 114

Letter From the Editor

Right now, I’m knee-deep in both Consumers and Electronics at what always feels like the largest trade show on the planet: the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. But even as we’re demonstrating some of our latest and greatest broadband features, I find myself inspired by the whole TiVo experience – not just a single feature – that moves so many of you to be part of this incredible community.

Remember the TiVo experience that began when you first plugged in your brand-new TiVo® DVR and that fun animation played, starring our very own TV superhero-mascot? Oh, wait… Did you say you just got TiVo as a gift and haven’t even hooked it up yet? Well, first things first, then: Welcome! If you’ve yet to get connected, we’ll hook you up: These step-by-step videos walk you through every connection, including how to connect to broadband at home for access to even more features. Easy!

And for you TiVo veterans ready to relive that magical moment, here’s a colorful “Easter Egg” you can crack all year round: Press the TiVo button followed by the number 0 to replay the beloved intro “movie” any time. WARNING: Kids love this tip.

Oooh, and if you haven’t (yet!) seen the opening animation exclusive to the TiVo HD DVR, I’ve posted it for your viewing pleasure (it’s playing a lot here at CES). However, I must be very clear: While you’ll surely get a taste of its fun-factor, this piece will send you over the moon when viewed on a High-Definition Television. Wow-wee!


P.S. If you’re here in Vegas, you’d better come say hi. We’re in Booth N202 in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Table of Contents

TiVo Tip

Reality TV that’s worth watching

TiVoCast Free Downloads

Amazon Unbox on TiVo

Rhapsody on TiVo


TiVo Fan Mail

Manage My Account

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TiVo Tip: How should I frame this… ?

You’ve heard a picture is worth a thousands words, but with TiVo’s new and radically improved Photos & Slideshows feature (especially in HD, whoa!), all you need is ONE. Try it yourself now with your broadband-connected TiVo DVR and watch as your TV transforms into the best photo frame you’ve ever seen. Here’s how:

  • From TiVo Central, select Music, Photos, Products, & More > Photos & Slideshows.
  • Enter your lucky (key)word and TiVo will search amongst the thousands of photos publicly shared by talented photographers from around the world.
  • Use the arrow keys to browse albums. Select and view photos individually or create your own custom slideshow using your favorite photographs.

Of course, you can also sign in to your own Photobucket or Picasa account to view your own pretty pics. Or find your friends’ and family’s photos, by searching for their Photobucket or Picasa user/screen name.

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Reality TV that’s worth watching

Make it your resolution in 2008 to launch your own “reality TV channel” with TiVo and get your hilarious holiday videos on-air in just a few, easy steps.

TiVo and One True Media have made it as simple as selecting “Get a Season Pass” to connect TiVo families, even if they’re thousands of miles apart, with the amazing Home Movie Sharing feature.

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More free program downloads!

TiVo saves the Video Star and much more with these latest additions to the growing list of incredible content providers, ready to send video straight to your TV – free of charge! Browse, baby, browse. There’s something for everyone.

Music Choice®
Get your fill of a favorite artist or genre from Music Choice, the largest library of today’s best music videos FREE!
Viral on Veoh
Viral is an exclusive channel on Veoh that spotlights the producers and programs that are changing the face of TV on the Web.
Your exclusive destination for original lifestyle and cultural programming. Watch weekly episodes featuring the latest in food, nightlife, style, travel, design, art and culture.

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

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

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amazonUnbox on TiVo

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Available Jan 10 for Rental!

Rent or buy movies without ever leaving
your couch!

There are 1000s of top movies and TV shows to download directly to the Now Playing List on your TiVo DVR from the Amazon Unbox Video Download Store.

Learn how to try it yourself.

Ocean's 13
I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry

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Rhapsody® on TiVo: Now hear this…

Now is the time to take advantage of your FREE 30-day trial of Rhapsody Music Service on TiVo and open your ears to the idea of over four million tracks
at your fingertips.

With no sign up or credit card required, this free trial is all music and no worry: Just use your TiVo remote to say yes and rest assured the trial expires automatically at the end of 30 days. If you want the music to continue, just sign up to get the Rhapsody service for less than the cost of one CD a month.

Here are two tracks I’ll recommend (each featuring a singer who also happens to be an actress) to keep you warm this chilly January:

  • Baby, It’s Cold Outside by Leon Redbone/Zooey Deschanel (Dean Martin’s rendition is, of course, fabulous, too!)
  • Summertime by Scarlett Johansson

Work that TiVo remote like a music conductor by watching these TiVo tips and remote shortcuts.

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WishList® Search suggestions

Wondering how you might manifest all your hopes, dreams, and desires in 2008? Start by grabbing your TiVo remote and literally spelling them out using my favorite feature.

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

Title: IconoclastsChange the way you look at celebrity.
Keyword: Democracy; Category: DocumentaryElect to re-discover its true meaning in ’08.
Title: WaitressTiVo will serve up this award-winning movie when it’s baked for TV.
Keyword: Disney; Category: MoviesYou’ll live happily ever, won’t you?

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. Learn more about WishList Searches.

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TiVo Fan Mail

I have had a cable company DVR for over a year, but finally made the switch to the new TiVo HD DVR and the difference is amazing. The response to commands, the accuracy of programming, and the picture quality of the TiVo box are all superior. We love our new HD TiVo box and are now addicted to HD video. In fact, we were watching something in standard video the other evening and had trouble with the “fuzzy” picture.

Thanks, TiVo!
Bill B.

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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Fast Forward to Success with a Career at TiVo If you have questions or comments regarding this newsletter, you can email the editor. (Unfortunately, due to volume received, not every email can be answered, though Shanan wishes she could!) By submitting comments, you grant TiVo Inc. a nonexclusive, irrevocable right to use your comments in any way it desires without notice or compensation to you.

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©2008 TiVo Inc. The TiVo logo, TiVo, and WishList® are registered trademarks or trademarks of TiVo Inc. worldwide. TiVo Inc. 2160 Gold Street Alviso, CA 95002-2160. All rights reserved. Please feel free to review our Privacy Policy. Rhapsody is a registered trademark of RealNetworks, Inc.

©2008 Warner Bros. Ent. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © J.K.R. Harry Potter characters, names and related indicia are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Ent. All Rights Reserved.

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