Check if your TiVo is the correct version. TiVo versions HD, HD XL and Series3 are compatible with Netflix Instant, but TiVo Series2 or older does not work because your TiVo must be broadband connected.
Set up your TiVo to work with Netflix. Log in to your TiVo account online and make sure your TiVo box is set to receive transmissions by visiting the ‘DVR Settings’ tab.
Turn on your TiVo box and access the TiVo Central menu, with your remote control. If you have a TiVo Premiere version with HD, select the ‘Find TV, Movies and On Demand’ option. On the next screen, select the ‘Netflix’ option. On all other TiVo menus, select ‘Videos on Demand’ from the main menu and select ‘Netflix’ in the following screen.
Select ‘I’m a Netflix member, let’s get started. ‘If you do not have Netflix, you can click on the option to start a free trial. You will need a Netflix unlimited plan to access live movies on your TiVo when the trial period ends.
Write down the activation code that appears on the next screen. Log in to your Netflix account and click on the ‘Instant to your TV’ tab. On the following screen, select the TiVo option. Then select the option labeled ‘Activate Device.’ Enter your activation code on the following screen and press ‘Activate’. You can now access live movie selections from your TiVo.
Add movies to your direct queue from your online Netflix account. Click on the ‘Watch Instantly’ tab at the top of the screen to see a selection of fast movies. You can further narrow it down by genre or new versions from the second row of tabs located below the main tabs. Once you have found a movie you want to add to your queue, hover over the ‘Play’ button during the selection. Above is an alternative to ‘Add to Instant Queue’. Click this option to add the movie to your queue.
View live movies by going through your TiVo selection in the same way you did to activate. Once you have reached the ‘Netflix’ section, select ‘Watch Instantly’ to be taken to the selection of movies you added to your queue. Select a movie you want to watch and click ‘Play’.
Netflix has a special feature called Netflix Instant, which allows viewers to watch a selection of movies from the Netflix collection directly on their TV via a Netflix-compatible device. Some versions of the TiVo TV recording device are compatible and can be used to watch a selection of Netflix Instant movies from your home – without waiting for a DVD version to arrive in the mail.