Tech Tip: Skip commercials with a ‘dogbone’

Posted By on April 6, 2007

Tivo Label Remote
Friday’s Tech Tip is an old one and is for TiVo newbies from TiVo gurus. Its a favorite Tivo branded DVR feature that drives advertiser supported television networks crazy. It is the hackable features available on the TiVo that allows for programming of a couple buttons on the ‘dogbone’ remote to do simple things well. A single button will skip a 30 second commercial and another do a 10 second rewind. The simple procedure below will program your TiVo with this ‘skip’ ahead and replay feature. (rapid double or triple clicks quickly moves 30, 60 or 90 seconds … or using the ‘replay’ offers back 10, 20 or 30 seconds)

The Tivo DVR in its default state will forward to the end of a program by pushing the “dogbone” remote’s button to the lower right of the “slow” button … or if it is already at the end, it will jump back to the beginning of the recording. After applying this hack, the button will instead jump ahead 30 seconds … here’s how:

1) Select a recorded program and start it playing.
2) Push the key combination – Select, Play, Select, 3, 0, Select
Tivo Remote Proceedure
3) You should get 3 chirps to confirm … or just test it by pushing the button. (this hack will need to be redone if the TiVo needs to be rebooted or experiences a loss of power, but its easy enough as long as you remember the programming combination.)

Other hints at PC World.


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