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Old 03-07-2016, 02:48 PM   #1
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Anyone Use A TV Guide/Magazine To Find Things To Tivo

Curious to know how others find new shows to record. I remember the days when there was a guide for Showtime and HBO in my cable bill ages ago. I know I can go to their website but was curious if there is a single publication that is worth paying for. My goal is to record enough content to justify my Comcast fees.

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Old 03-07-2016, 05:34 PM   #2
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I just use the tivo guide. Using the live guide you can scroll ahead pretty easy to see if something is on in the next 24 to 48 hours or so. I like to do this for HBO and Showtime.

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Old 03-07-2016, 05:47 PM   #3
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Nope. Just use TiVo. I've signed up for collections that interest me. I'll also scan various movie channels to see what's coming up. On my Series 1 I once went through every listing via search starting with the number "0."

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Old 03-07-2016, 05:48 PM   #4
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My goal is to record enough content to justify my Comcast fees.

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Perhaps there isn't.

I can't justify the cost of a TiVo, but I love it.

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Old 03-07-2016, 05:57 PM   #5
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Curious to know how others find new shows to record. I remember the days when there was a guide for Showtime and HBO in my cable bill ages ago. I know I can go to their website but was curious if there is a single publication that is worth paying for. My goal is to record enough content to justify my Comcast fees.

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Why not use the TiVo suggestions after it learns your habits?

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Old 03-07-2016, 06:28 PM   #6
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Nope. Just use TiVo. I've signed up for collections that interest me. I'll also scan various movie channels to see what's coming up. On my Series 1 I once went through every listing via search starting with the number "0."
I do that every week on the Series 3. Search by Title and enter 0 will list all show titles within the next 10 days, 0-9 then A-Z.

You cannot do this with Premiere and above.

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Old 03-07-2016, 09:36 PM   #7
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Curious to know how others find new shows to record. I remember the days when there was a guide for Showtime and HBO in my cable bill ages ago. I know I can go to their website but was curious if there is a single publication that is worth paying for. My goal is to record enough content to justify my Comcast fees.

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I look at my newspaper's daily tv listings. I mainly look at pbs and the premiums as all the other stuff are one passes. Just takes a minute and is faster than going through the TiVo guide.

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Old 03-07-2016, 10:26 PM   #8
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I look at my newspaper's daily tv listings. I mainly look at pbs and the premiums as all the other stuff are one passes. Just takes a minute and is faster than going through the TiVo guide.
I am not sure which is more of a dinosaur....a printed TV guide, a HBO monthly schedule in a cable bill, or a Newspaper (and one with TV listings at that!)

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Old 03-07-2016, 10:56 PM   #9
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I do all the time, I don't know why its frowned on by some users. All most all of the major newspapers have a TV section that review new and existing TV series and I may use them in picking shows to watch. And there are dedicated websites that do this also like The AV Club or specific genres like Den of Geek. Here is a great listing also that is updated on a rolling basis.

http://www.metacritic.com/feature/tv-premiere-dates

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Old 03-07-2016, 11:10 PM   #10
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I sign up for email newsletters to get news from networks/channels I like, or follow their pages on Facebook. I also FF through ad breaks manually so I can stop if I spot an ad for a show I might like to watch.

I used to subscribe to TV Guide, but I stopped shortly after they changed the format to the big-sized issues. But I still try to pick up the two issues at the start of the season that showcase the new shows and the returning favorites.

Many of the shows I add, I hear about by word of mouth -- talking with friends either face to face or via social media.

I also make use of TiVo Wishlists and suggestions.

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Old 03-08-2016, 04:50 AM   #11
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Someone here mentioned this a while back, I glance at it occasionally, it has links to show descriptions.

http://www.thefutoncritic.com/guide/winter-2016-grid/

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Old 03-08-2016, 08:05 AM   #12
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Someone here mentioned this a while back, I glance at it occasionally, it has links to show descriptions.

http://www.thefutoncritic.com/guide/winter-2016-grid/
I use TFC pretty much every weekend, check the "My listing" for the upcoming week to make sure everything I thought I was recording is.

Then once a month, I will change view to "Monthly" and go to the following month, and check "Show only premieres" If I find something that I might want to see, I "add to my futon" I catch a lot of stuff I wouldn't find otherwise.
I just wish it would only show premieres, it shows A LOT of crap that isn't premieres, like season finales, time slot change, etc..

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