How to Watch Netflix Movies on Your Tivo


Netflix has a special feature it calls "Netflix Instant," which allows its viewers to watch a selection of movies from the Netflix collection instantly on their TV, via a Netflix-compatible device. Certain versions of the TV recording device TiVo are compatible and can be used to view a selection of Netflix Instant movies from the comfort of your home - without waiting for a DVD version to arrive in the mail.

  • Check to see if your TiVo is the right version. TiVo versions HD, HD XL and Series3 are compatible with Netflix Instant, but TiVo Series2 or older will not work because your TiVo needs to be broadband connected.

  • Set up your TiVo to work with Netflix. Log on your TiVo account online and make sure your TiVo box is set up to receive transfers by visiting the "DVR Preferences" tab.

  • Turn on your TiVo box and access the TiVo Central menu, using your remote. If you have a TiVo Premiere version with HD, select the option labeled "Find TV, Movies and On Demand." In the next screen, select the "Netflix" option. On all other TiVo menus, select "Videos on Demand" from the central menu and select "Netflix" in the following screen.

  • Select "I am a Netflix member, let's get started." If you do not have Netflix, you may click the option for starting a free trial. You will be required to have a Netflix unlimited plan to access instant movies on your TiVo once the trial period has ended.

  • Write down the activation code that appears on the next screen. Sign into your Netflix account and click on the tab labeled "Instantly to your TV." In the following screen, select the TiVo option. Then, select the option labeled "Activate your device." Enter your activation code in the following screen and hit "Activate." You may now access instant movie selections from your TiVo.

  • Add movies to your instant queue from your online Netflix account. Click the tab labeled "Watch Instantly" on the top of the screen to view a selection of instant movies. You may further narrow them down by genre or new releases from the second row of tabs located under the main tabs. When you have found a movie you want to add to your queue, hover over the "Play" button below the selection. Above it, an option to "Add to Instant Queue" will appear. Click on this option to add the movie to your queue.

  • View instant movies by going through your TiVo selection the same way you did to activate. Once you reach the "Netflix" section, select "Watch Instantly" to be taken to the selection of movies you added to your queue. Pick a movie you want to watch and click "Play."

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