Originally Posted by keenan
What is this TiVo search filter you mention?
I've written about this "feature" once or twice on TiVo Community Forum. Do the following:
- Go to TiVo Central->Find Programs->TiVo Search
- Hit ENTER to get the Search Options menu
- Set "Quality" if you want (there's an "HD Only" choice)
- Set "Source" to "Available to download only"
- Set "Cost" to "Free only"
- Set "Category" to whatever category and subcategory you're interested in
- Hit SELECT a couple of times to get out
This will limit search matches to no cost downloads or Netflix streams; most of these will be Netflix streams, though there is a slender possibility of matching something which can be downloaded for free from Amazon, Blockbuster or whereever that's not available as a Netflix stream. As you scroll through the list of matches, it will display icons for the available sources on the right, under a cover thumbnail.
For instance, I set Quality to "HD Only", Source and Cost as indicated above and Category to Movies->Science Fiction. I then browse the available selections by putting one character at a time in the search term field. I put an "A" in the field and there are no matches; I press CLEAR and put a "B" in the field and there are no matches; I press CLEAR and put a "C" in the field and get Contact
, The Core
and Cyber Wars
. Unfortunately all three can be rented in HD from Amazon so only The Core
has an HD stream on Netflix (I know this because I tried them all). I choose The Core
and hit RIGHT ARROW to get into the menu on its Details page and select "Watch Now". This gets me to the Netflix player's description page for the film and I choose "Play". The movie starts with an HD connection. It's not in my Instant Queue (and, unfortunately, there's no option to put it there either, so if I want to pause this and go back and play it again, I'll have to search for it again
). I hit LEFT ARROW a few times to get back to the search term field, press CLEAR and put a "D" in the field which matches The Dead Zone
(has an HD stream). Press CLEAR and place an E in the field and get Eight Legged Freaks
(also with an HD stream). You get the idea
Not horribly intuitive and kind of annoying--it'd be great
if there were wildcards so I could put a "*" in the search term field and browse a list of everything matching the filter, but this is better than nothing. Playing with it now, I just found out that the "HD Only" filter is kind of worthless; I removed it, put an "A" in the search term field and got a bunch of matches, including Aliens
, The Animatrix
, all of which have HD Netflix streams--nothing matches "A" with "HD Only" specified