Recording The Daily Show on Tivo

I just upgraded my Tivo to a Tivo HD (very cool) and lost the old tip on how to avoid recording 5 copies of The Daily Show every day. Apparently Comedy Central doesn’t provide enough metadata for the Tivo to figure out when an episode is new and when it is a rerun. This little trick was in a Tivo Newsletter:

WishList(r) Search Suggestion: De-dupe Your Now Playing List

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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(r) feature 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(r) 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.”


One Response to “Recording The Daily Show on Tivo”

  1. Paul Says:

    Thanks for the tip John.

    This was driving me crazy every time I had to hunt for the new episode in all these repeats.

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