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TiVo KidZone creates a child-friendly environment. In KidZone, only age-appropriate channels and recordings are available. Children cannot set up new recordings or change any settings on the DVR. On DVRs that are equipped with a DVD player, children cannot play DVDs in KidZone.

An additional (hidden) feature of KidZone is that a backup of all of your Season Passes are made on the TiVo server. If the settings of your TiVo are lost (due to hard disk failure or someone performing a Clear and Delete All, the settings are automatically downloaded when the TiVo boots and connects to the TiVo service. This is to prevent children from getting around the KidZone feature, but adds the additional security of backing up all Season Passes.


Here are two TiVo KidZone videos; the first is a brief overview and the second provides comprehensive details: {{#ev:youtube|DlJh-8bIcMI}}


Setting Up KidZone

To get started with KidZone, perform the following steps:

  1. From the TiVo Central® screen, select “Messages & Settings.”
  2. Select Get TiVo KidZone.
  3. Choose the appropriate age range and create a password.

Turning off KidZone

If KidZone is not for you, then you can turn it off from the KidZone Settings screen.F rom TiVo Central, select Messages & Settings, then KidZone Settings, then Turn off KidZone. You can always get KidZone again if you change your mind.

  • =Using KidZone=

Entering KidZone

Select Enter TiVo KidZone from the top of the Now Playing List.

Watching Recorded Programs in KidZone

KidZone Now Playing contains only the programs allowed by the KidZone settings you choose.

Watching Live TV in KidZone

While in KidZone, the only channels available in live TV are those your children have permission to watch. Channels which are currently broadcasting disallowed content are hidden. Pressing the CHAN UP and CHAN DOWN buttons on the remote changes the channel only to allowed channels, skipping channels that are not allowed in KidZone. In KidZone, you cannot use the numbered buttons to change channels.

Exiting KidZone

Select Exit TiVo KidZone from the top of KidZone Now Playing. You must enter the password to exit KidZone.The DVR automatically re-enters KidZone after 4 hours of no TiVo remote activity.

KidZone Settings

KidZone Settings let you fine-tune the content you want your children to watch. Using KidZone settings, you can

  • control the channels that are available to your children
  • the age range of the programs your children watch
  • the password you use to exit KidZone
  • the content ratings of the programs your children watch

You can also:

  • clear KidZone program settings

After you set up KidZone, you can get to KidZone Settings from TiVo Central by selecting Messages & Settings, then KidZone Settings.

Choosing Channels

From KidZone Settings, select KidZone Channels. Press SELECT on each channel you want to allow in KidZone. Checking the box next to a channel makes the channel available to KidZone; unchecking the box removes the channel from KidZone.

Changing the Age Range

From KidZone Settings, select Change Age Range. Choose an appropriate age range from the screen.

Changing the Password

From KidZone Settings, select Change Password. The screen will prompt you for the old password. Then choose a new password.

Changing the Allowed Content Rating

From KidZone Settings, select Modify Rating Settings. Choose the ratings for TV and movies, as well as for types of TV content.

Clearing the KidZone Program Settings

Select Clear KidZone Program Settings to clear any choices about programs or channels you have chosen to add or hide.

Adding Programs to KidZone

From KidZone Now Playing, select Add Programs and Change Settings.

TiVo KidZone Guides

TiVo KidZone Guides automatically record selected kid-friendly content to your TiVo DVR. With a broadband connection, you can select one or more TiVo KidZone Guides in just 3 steps:

  1. Select View TiVo KidZone Guides from the Add Programs to KidZone screen.
  2. Choose a Guide from the right-hand side of the screen.
  3. On the TiVo KidZone Guide screen,select Get this Guide to automatically record the programs in the guide.

If you do not have a broadband connection, you can get TiVo KidZone Guides from TiVo Central Online at

Adding Programs from Now Playing

  • Select Add Programs from the Now Playing
  • List from the Add Programs to KidZone screen. Use SELECT to check the boxes next to each series you want to add to KidZone.
  • Uncheck the boxes next to any series you want to hide from KidZone.

Finding Programs to Record or Hide

  1. From the Add Programs to KidZone screen, select Find Programs to Record or Hide to search for programs.
  2. When you find a program to record, select Options (next to Record this episode or Get a Season Pass).
  3. Use the Allow in TiVo KidZone option to add a program to KidZone or hide it from KidZone.

For More Information

For more information about TiVo KidZone, go to:

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