Secret TiVo Tips and Tweaks

Jim Aspinwall provides an interesting set of “Secret TiVo Tips and Tweaks” (PC World)

If you own a TiVo digital video recorder, you know that this magic appliance can change the way you watch TV. But, with a little work from you, your TiVo is capable of much more. With several innocent gimmicks, you can make using TiVo even slicker. Whether it’s a simple trick, like turning your TiVo into a clock, or a serious hardware hack to increase the amount of storage space in the device, we’re here with several tips, tricks, and pointers to more information, so you can get more out of your TiVo time.


With 34 control buttons to push on its remote (including three with multiple functions) and more than a dozen built-in on-screen menu options, there are bound to be some surprises inside your TiVo waiting to be explored. It’s unlikely that you’ll stumble on any of the combinations we’re about to reveal by accidentally sitting on your remote. But once you know their secrets, they’re easy to find–and fun to play with. In some cases, they’ll save you hours of fumbling and frustration.

The piece has a whole lot of interesting features. If you’ve got a TiVo, I’d suggest printing it out and saving it, since some of the tweaks require several buttons in succession.

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