Sunday, September 12, 2010

Programming 30 Second Skip Button on Your Comcast Remote

If you're like me, you've got mixed feelings about the start of the football season.  I've set up my fantasy football team and am  pumped to watch as many games as a I can this season.  But realistically, with two kids in tow, I'm lucky if I get to watch a single full game on any given sunday.  

So for me, my DVR is a lifesaver.  Here is a great tip that will save you a ton of time while watching football on DVR.  Comcast has a 30 second skip function on its DVRs.  It's not available by default on your remote but it's easily programmable in just a few seconds (on pretty much any Comcast DVR that was built in the past 3 years)


[UPDATE 2012] For Tuners made in 2010 (and after), include these steps beforehand.
1) Select AUX
2) Press and hold the “Setup” button until the “AUX” button blinks twice.
3) Select AUX
4) Press and hold the “Setup” button until the “Cable” button blinks twice.  Type 994
6) Press (do not hold) "Setup"  Type in the code 01376 (for 30 second Skip)
8) Press (do not hold) CABLE
9) Press whatever button you want to map the skip (I chose the "Picture in Picture +" button on the very bottom of my remote.  Keep in mind, whatever button you program, you'll lose the original functionality of that button so choose wisely.

For Tuners made before 2010
1) Press the “Cable” button at the top of the remote control.
2) Press and hold the “Setup” button until the “Cable” button blinks twice.  Type in the code 01376 (for 30 second Skip)
3) Type in the code 994. The “Cable” button will blink twice
4) Press (do not hold) the “Setup” button once
5) Type in the code 00173 (for 30 second Skip)
6) Press whatever button you want to map the skip (I chose the "Picture in Picture +" button on the very bottom of my remote.  Keep in mind, whatever button you program, you'll lose the original functionality of that button so choose wisely.  

On average the time period between each down is about 30+ seconds.  So with this button, you're able to watch every play with almost no wait time for the huddles or instant replays.  Enjoy the NFL season and happy parenting!



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