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WishList® Search Suggestion: De-dupe Your Now Playing List
Even more remarkable than the truth behind "My TiVo gets me" is the inspiring fact that many of you truly get the real genius of TiVo, and why a cable DVR couldn't even begin to compare.
If you like The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, you know what happens when the show takes a week or two hiatus: Your DVR records lots of repeats because they stop listing the guests for each night. Why? When the networks don't provide unique guide data, TiVo can't determine if the show is new or a repeat, so it records them all to play it safe. Waste space and/or manual recordings no more! Martin T., from the Web's most beloved TiVo community forum, exercised the new-and-improved TiVo WishList® feature to to get us our daily Jon Stewart, without the three extra servings. Here's how:
1. Go to Find Programs, and create a new WishList® search.
2. Enter the show title as your first Keyword: Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
3. Select "Done entering Keyword."
4. Next, select Keyword again, this time entering the generic program description (the following is the generic descriptor for Daily Show): A humorous slant on top news stories.
5. Now give it a Thumbs down. (By default, your first Keyword gets a Thumbs up.)
6. Set the WishList to "Auto-record" with "First-run only."
7. Delete the old Season Pass recording for Daily Show.
So what just happened? You've instructed your TiVo DVR to record all new episodes and ignore episodes with generic guide data. No more reruns. No more multiple recordings. And if two of your tuners are busy at airtime, TiVo will choose to record a later show. Ahhhh...
"In addition to working very well for The Daily Show and The Colbert Report," explains Martin. "I use the above method for an ongoing 'Amazing Race' WishList search that will automatically record each new season, but ignore generic reruns, as well as 'Saturday Night Live' and 'Conan O'Brien' WishList searches that ignore generic, late-night reruns." Thanks for sharing, Martin!


Dec. 1st, 2007 12:34 am (UTC)
different tivo question
You seem to be my LJ tivo expert so could i ask you some questions?

Well, I'll ask them and then you decide if you'll answer. lol

I have saved an entire series and I want to get it off tivo and onto dvd. So I figured out how to transfer this stuff to my laptop. I do have a burner on my laptop. My questions are - what is the best way to then burn the stuff? They mentioned that Roxio software. Do you have to pay for it? How much is it? is it worth it? Are there other options? And finally - can you get bunches of episodes on ONE dvd or does it have to be one show per dvd?

THANKS in advance!
Dec. 5th, 2007 04:27 am (UTC)
Re: different tivo question
I haven't done this at all so let me ask a friend of mine who is much more into TiVo than I.
Dec. 5th, 2007 10:02 pm (UTC)
Re: different tivo question
Thanks! I was able to burn a dvd with software I already had but I couldn't fit MUCH on that dvd. And one program I have was 4 hours and it will not fit. I may have to kick it old school and tape everything to vhs then transfer from vhs to dvd on my vcr/dvd recorder/player.

Thanks again for checking in on that!