Skip Nav
Geek Culture
49 Free Templates For the Coolest Jack-o'-Lantern on the Block
Geek Culture
17 Star Wars Costumes That Are So Easy, It's Ridiculous
Geek Culture
Everything You Need For a Magical Harry Potter Halloween Party

DVR Recording For Beginners

Teach Your Mom Tech: DVR Recordings

Gushing about the latest episode of Mad Men or Game of Thrones can liven up any Sunday phone call with Mom. Should she miss an episode, get ready for the sad tale of how you still haven't shown her how to record her must-watch shows.

This Mother's Day, put the excuses aside and devote the day to helping Mom set up and organize her TiVo or other DVR system. Moms like to stay in-the-know, so throw in a little bonus by including a few buzzworthy shows to her scheduled recordings, like Girls and Smash.

Here are a few DVR tips to cover with Mom:

  • Go through the remote functions: Click each remote button and talk through their functions, especially those that control and manage recordings.
  • Find and record programs: Using both the main channel guide and the menu search page, show Mom the various ways you can look for and record programs. Watch her create a few recordings, then help her decide on the detailed settings like recording only new episodes and manually deleting shows.
  • Manage the recordings: Help Mom find the page that lists her recordings, and explain how to play, pause, and fast-forward the recording.
  • Explain On Demand: On Demand now features more and more TV shows, helping free up DVR space. Usually the episodes appear in the On Demand section the night after they air. Show Mom how to scroll through On Demand, and look for TV shows she would typically record and help her decide which ones she would rather watch via On Demand than record.
  • Write everything down: Leave behind clear instructions that she can review to minimize frustrating phone calls when she can't get the TV to work.
Image Source: Thinkstock
Assistant-Community-Manager Assistant-Community-Manager 5 years
This is so cute and really applies to me since my dad got my mom a DVR set up for her birthday in February... I have a feeling she still doesn't know how to use it!
What It's Like Having a Latina Mom
Signs You Are Turning Into Your Latina Mom
iOS 11 Tips
Latino Celebrities and Their Moms Photos
From Our Partners
Latest Technology & Gadgets
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds