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Geek Tip: Hot TiVo Search Tips

Imagine if Google ran TiVo's search function?! Good times right? Until that blessed day, I can help you buzz through the somewhat frustrating TiVo search!

After you've mastered button shortcuts and using TiVo to play music at home, you really should get your searchin' down.

To learn lots of great TiVo searching tips, just


  • Did you know that wildcards work in TiVo? Add an asterisk to the end of your search, i.e., Osbourne*, and it'll look for variations on the end of the asterisked word. This is great since TiVo is usually very demanding about the search term being exact.
  • Here's another standard search term I use all the time on the Internet that I didn't know TiVo would respond to: Use quotes around terms to look for exact phrases, like "real housewives." The PAUSE button makes the quote marks.
  • Don't forget about Wish Lists. If you can't find a program in the schedule, whether it's not immediately upcoming or if you have the title slightly off, program the actor, show or movie name, or keyword in as a Wish List, and TiVo will automatically record the coordinating programs.
  • Oh, and have you found the TiVo Easter egg yet? Press the TiVo button then the zero button to see it!

Happy TiVoing!


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