Every family has their own unique TV tradition. For my family, we would record all of our shows we wanted to watch (like American Idol back in the mid 2000’s) and we would wait until all of our homework was finished and dinner was cleaned up before starting the show. After we were ready for bed, we would spend time on the couch, snuggled up in blankets, catching up on our favorite shows. My dad would always be so excited that we could fast forward through all of the commercials to get to the good parts. That tradition still holds true today. Every Sunday, my family gets together for dinner and afterwards, we pick the best movie to watch On Demand. Watching TV with your family is one of the best feelings, especially when you get into the groove of a comfortable routine.
It’s important to get the most out of your TV Package so your family can enjoy watching TV together, whether it be at home or on-the-go. Check out this list of awesome features that will help you maximize your family TV time.
Restart TV - Picture this, it’s Sunday morning and you are just waking up for the day, your little ones come in the room at 6:20am and they want to snuggle and watch Mickey Mouse with you. It now becomes the perfect morning for a lazy day in bed watching TV with your family. While you are having your morning in bed, you realize that their favorite show started at 6:00am. Don’t worry. Being the best Mom/Dad ever, you remember that you have Restart TV and you are able to restart your kid’s favorite show from the beginning. Restart TV allows you to playback currently-airing programs from the beginning on select channels.
The restart channels are indicated in the guide by their background color (traditional & transparent). The traditional theme will show Restart TV channels in a darker color than non-Restart, and the transparent theme will display Restart TV channels in a transparent box. To initiate Restart mode, press the OK button on the remote while watching the program, then select Restart Program.
CatchUp TV - We know how hard it is to get your kids to practice, eat dinner with the whole family, get homework done, and still have family time during the week. Sometimes during all the chaos of everyday life, you miss favorite shows (like The Voice or The Bachelor). Don’t worry, with CatchUp TV, you can go back three days to catch up on shows you may have missed. You don’t even need to set the DVR – just browse through the CatchUp TV programs and enjoy.
To access CatchUp TV, go to the menu and scroll to the Catch Up. From there you will see a list of the channels and shows that allow the feature. Available on over 40 channels including TNT, TBS, and more. You can also access this feature from the Guide. To do this simply find your channel on the guide, scroll back until you find the show you want to watch, press OK, and select “Watch Now”.
TV Everywhere - This TV feature is the best for when you are out and about and want to access your favorite shows, movies, or live streams included in your TV subscriptions from your computer, smartphone, or tablet. Maybe you are waiting to pick up your kids from school in your car, or you are trying to get grocery shopping done and the little one won’t stop crying. TV Everywhere allows you to watch your favorite shows on-the-go. Trust me. This definitely comes in handy when you need some entertainment when you are away from home.
Just download the apps to the channels you like, login using your My Cincinnati Bell account information, and watch your favorites! Check out some of the awesome additional features available with TV Everywhere apps & the full lineup of channels that are available for your subscription.
Record shows on DVR - Sometimes it feels like everyone in the family has a different show they want to record and sometimes they are at the exact same times. With whole home DVR you can record up to three shows at once and watch on any TV in the house. You can also record two other programs while you watch a current program.
Set up Parental Controls - As a parent, you always worry about the content that your children are consuming while watching TV. Are they watching too much TV? Are they watching age appropriate channels? With Parental Controls, you can control what they watch, how much they see, and when they can watch it.
To enable Parental Controls, you will need to create a 4-digit PIN code to ensure that only those with the PIN code can enable, disable, or make other changes to the Parental Controls. Press the MENU/SETTINGS button on your remote, scroll left or right to “Settings”, and enter your PIN code. On the More Settings screen, you can choose whether to block certain channels, ratings, or times. You will be able to block television use on specific days and dates. You also have the capability to display or hide those blocked titles in your Program Guide.
*Features may not be available on every set top box or in all areas.
Whatever your traditions may be, this guide will help you maximize your TV package. Find your perfect Fioptics TV package that fits into your lifestyle. Right now, Cincinnati Bell is offering 500 Mbps Internet plus Fipotics TV complete with TV Everywhere streaming apps for only $49.99.