DIRECTV TIP: Press GUIDE Twice to find programs easily

It’s so simple, and it’s been there all along. There are a lot of ways to find the programs you’re looking for on live TV. I like to create favorites lists which hide the channels that I’m never going to ever watch. It doesn’t take a lot of time and it works very well. If you’re not into that, there’s an even easier way to find something to watch right now.

All you have to do is press the {GUIDE} button twice from live TV (or once while already in the guide.) You’ll see the screen above which will help you show only the kind of channels that you want to see. Choose the category you like and you’ll get a custom list that shows everything in that category and nothing that isn’t. Want to see all the channels again? Just do that double-press again and you can select “All Channels,” the top option.

This method doesn’t actually filter for what’s running NOW, so if you’re looking for sports you still might land on an infomercial or something like that if a channel that normally shows sports isn’t showing sports this very minute.

Don’t believe how easy I make it sound? Try it for yourself! You’ll thank me, especially if you didn’t think there was anything on live TV.

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