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How to Use a Comcast Xfinity X1 DVR

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Introduction

DVR's have become such a part of our lives that ISPs like Comcast are providing them now. With your Xfinity X1 DVR you can record a program while you're watching another program, while you're at work, or even while you're watching that exact same program. You can record up to six shows at a time by setting the recorder ahead of the program. You can then watch and delete them when you're done.
This guide also covers getting to know the various remotes you may be given with your DVR.
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Determine What Remote You Have

Comcast offers a number of different remotes that are used with a number of different cable adapters.

XR15 - Voice Remote
Comcast XR15 Voice Remote
XR11 - Voice Remote
Comcast XR11 Voice Remote
XR2
Comcast XR2 Remote
XR5
Comcast XR5 Remote
Silver with Red OK & Select Button
Comcast Silver with Red OK button Remote
Silver with Gray OK & Select Button
Comcast Silver with Gray OK button remote

1 Understanding Your Remote

XR15   
XR15 - Voice Remote
Comcast XR15 Voice Remote
TV Input
TV InputChanges the input on your television, so you can choose between different devices connected. For example, your cable box, blu ray player, game console, etc.
Power
PowerTurns on your cable box and television at the same time.
Volume + / -
Volume Increase and DecreaseIncrease and decrease the volume.
Mute
MuteMutes or silences the audio.
Channel Up / Down
Channel Up and DownChange the channel up or down by one.
Rewind
RewindRewinds live TV or a recorded program.
Play / Pause
Play PausePauses live TV or a recorded program. Resumes the program if it's paused.
Fast Forward
Fast ForwardFast forwards a recorded program.
Exit
ExitExit the menu you are currently in.
Record
RecordRecord the program you are currently watching to the DVR.
Pg Up
Page UpJumps up an entire page in the Guide.
Guide
GuideShows the programming guide, so it's easier to find a program you want to watch or record.
Xfinity
Xfinity LogoOpens the main Xfinity menu with the Guide, saved programs, On Demand programming, apps, search and settings.
Pg Down
Page DownJumps down an entire page in the Guide.
Triangle A
A in TriangleShows help for the current program or menu you're using.
Square B
B in SquareOpen Accessibility Settings menu, to turn on and off Closed Captioning and other features.
Circle C
C in CircleOpens the Sports app to see scores even while watching television.
Diamond D
D in DiamondDelete a recording from your DVR.
Up / Down / Left / Right
Directional ArrowsNavigate in menus and the Guide.
While watching a program, the Right Arrow brings up the mini-guide.
The Down arrow brings up the on-screen playback controls when watching something recorded.
Confirm / OK
ConfirmSelect what you have highlighted on the screen in a menu. This button is at the center of the direction pad.
Back
BackGo back one channel, or a list of channels and programs you've watched recently.
Microphone
MicrophonePush and hold to search for a program or access menus using voice commands.
Information
i for InformationShows information about the current program or recording.
Number Pad
Number PadDirectly tune to a specific channel by typing in its number.
Search for a channel using the built in predictive text input.
XR11
XR11 - Voice Remote
Comcast XR11 Voice Remote
TV Power
TVTurns on or off just your television, not the cable box.
All Power
PowerTurns on your cable box and television at the same time.
Volume + / -
Volume Increase and DecreaseIncrease and decrease the volume.
Mute
MuteMutes or silences the audio.
Replay
ReplayJumps back 15 seconds on live television or a recording. This is so you can re-watch a segment of a game or show.
Channel Up / Down
Channel Up and DownChange the channel up or down by one.
Rewind
RewindRewinds live TV or a recorded program.
Play / Pause
Play PausePauses live TV or a recorded program. Resumes the program if it's paused.
Fast Forward
Fast ForwardFast forwards a recorded program.
Exit
ExitExit the menu you are currently in.
Microphone
MicrophonePush and hold to search for a program or access menus using voice commands.
Record
RecordRecord the program you are currently watching to the DVR.
Guide
GuideShows the programming guide, so it's easier to find a program you want to watch or record.
Xfinity
Xfinity LogoOpens the main Xfinity menu with the Guide, saved programs, On Demand programming, apps, search and settings.
Page Up
Page UpJumps up an entire page in the Guide.
Up / Down / Left / Right
Directional ArrowsNavigate in menus and the Guide.
While watching a program, the Right Arrow brings up the mini-guide.
The Down arrow brings up the on-screen playback controls when watching something recorded.
OK
OKSelect what you have highlighted on the screen in a menu.
Last
LastGo back one channel, or a list of channels and programs you've watched recently.
Info
InfoShows information about the current program or recording.
Page Down
Page DownJumps down an entire page in the Guide.
Triangle A
A in TriangleShows help for the current program or menu you're using.
Square B
B in SquareOpen Accessibility Settings menu, to turn on and off Closed Captioning and other features.
Circle C
C in CircleOpens the Sports app to see scores even while watching television.
Diamond D
D in DiamondDelete a recording from your DVR.
Number Pad
Number PadDirectly tune to a specific channel by typing in its number.
Search for a channel using the built in predictive text input.
Setup
SetupPair the voice remote to your TV Box or program to control your television or A/V receiver to work with your remote.
TV Input
TV InputChanges the input on your television, so you can choose between different devices connected. For example, your cable box, blu ray player, game console, etc.
XR2
XR2
Comcast XR2 Remote
TV Power
TV PowerTurns on or off just your television, not the cable box.
All Power
PowerTurns on your cable box and television at the same time.
TV Input
TV InputChanges the input on your television, so you can choose between different devices connected. For example, your cable box, blu ray player, game console, etc.
Volume + / -
Volume Increase and DecreaseIncrease and decrease the volume.
Mute
MuteMutes or silences the audio.
Search
SearchSearch for programs.
Channel Up / Down
Channel Up and DownChange the channel up or down by one.
Rewind
RewindRewinds live TV or a recorded program.
Play
PlayResumes the program if it's paused.
Pause
PausePauses live TV or a recorded program.
Fast Forward
Fast ForwardFast forwards a recorded program.
Stop
StopStops playback and returns you to the menu or live television.
Xfinity
XfinityOpens the main Xfinity menu with the Guide, saved programs, On Demand programming, apps, search and settings.
Record
RecordRecord the program you are currently watching to the DVR.
Guide
GuideShows the programming guide, so it's easier to find a program you want to watch or record.
Page Up
Page UpJumps up an entire page in the Guide.
Up / Down / Left / Right
Directional ArrowsNavigate in menus and the Guide.
While watching a program, the Right Arrow brings up the mini-guide.
The Down arrow brings up the on-screen playback controls when watching something recorded.
OK
OKSelect what you have highlighted on the screen in a menu.
Last
LastGo back one channel, or a list of channels and programs you've watched recently.
Page Down
Page DownJumps down an entire page in the Guide.
Info
InfoShows information about the current program or recording.
Exit
ExitExit the menu you are currently in.
Fav
FavOpens your list of favorite programs and channels.
Triangle A
A in TriangleShows help for the current program or menu you're using.
Square B
B in SquareOpen Accessibility Settings menu, to turn on and off Closed Captioning and other features.
Circle C
C in CircleOpens the Sports app to see scores even while watching television.
Diamond D
D in DiamondDelete a recording from your DVR.
Number Pad
Number PadDirectly tune to a specific channel by typing in its number.
Search for a channel using the built in predictive text input.
Setup
SetupPair the voice remote to your TV Box or program to control your television or A/V receiver to work with your remote.
Swap
SwapSwap between the program you are watching, and the last program you watched.
XR5
XR5
Comcast XR5 Remote
TV Power
TVTurns on or off just your television, not the cable box.
All Power
PowerTurns on your cable box and television at the same time.
Volume + / -
Volume Increase and DecreaseIncrease and decrease the volume.
Mute
MuteMutes or silences the audio.
Replay
ReplayJumps back 15 seconds on live television or a recording. This is so you can re-watch a segment of a game or show.
Channel Up / Down
Channel Up and DownChange the channel up or down by one.
Rewind
RewindRewinds live TV or a recorded program.
Play / Pause
Play PausePauses live TV or a recorded program. Resumes the program if it's paused.
Fast Forward
Fast ForwardFast forwards a recorded program.
Exit
ExitExit the menu you are currently in.
Search
SearchSearch for programs
Record
RecordRecord the program you are currently watching to the DVR.
Guide
GuideShows the programming guide, so it's easier to find a program you want to watch or record.
Xfinity
XfinityOpens the main Xfinity menu with the Guide, saved programs, On Demand programming, apps, search and settings.
Page Up
Page UpJumps up an entire page in the Guide.
Up / Down / Left / Right
Directional ArrowsNavigate in menus and the Guide.
While watching a program, the Right Arrow brings up the mini-guide.
The Down arrow brings up the on-screen playback controls when watching something recorded.
OK
OKSelect what you have highlighted on the screen in a menu.
Last
LastGo back one channel, or a list of channels and programs you've watched recently.
Info
InfoShows information about the current program or recording.
Page Down
Page DownJumps down an entire page in the Guide.
Triangle A
A in TriangleShows help for the current program or menu you're using.
Square B
B in SquareOpen Accessibility Settings menu, to turn on and off Closed Captioning and other features.
Circle C
C in CircleOpens the Sports app to see scores even while watching television.
Diamond D
D in DiamondDelete a recording from your DVR.
Number Pad
Number PadDirectly tune to a specific channel by typing in its number.
Search for a channel using the built in predictive text input.
Setup
SetupPair the voice remote to your TV Box or program to control your television or A/V receiver to work with your remote.
TV Input
TV InputChanges the input on your television, so you can choose between different devices connected. For example, your cable box, blu ray player, game console, etc.
Silver
Silver Remote
Comcast Silver with Red OK button Remote
Aux
AuxSelects the Aux device (such as a Blu Ray Player) to control.
TV
TVSelects the Television to control.
Cable
CableSelects your Comcast cable box to control.
POWER
PowerTurns on or off the device you selected.
Setup
SetupSetup your universal remote to control your TV or other device.
All On
All OnTurns on your Television and Cable box.
On Demand
On DemandOpens the Comcast Xfinity video On Demand service.
Rewind
RewindRewinds live TV or a recorded program.
Play
PlayResumes the program if it's paused.
Fast Forward
Fast ForwardFast forwards a recorded program.
Stop
StopFast forwards a recorded program.
Pause
PausePauses live TV or a recorded program.
Record
RecordRecord the program you are currently watching to the DVR.
Back
BackJumps back 15 seconds on live television or a recording. This is so you can re-watch a segment of a game or show.
My DVR
My DVROpen your DVR recordings and features.
LIVE
LiveWhen watching a show you've paused or rewound, lets you jump to the current live broadcast.
A / Lock
A in Yellow TriangleBlock a channel or program.
B / Day -
B in Blue SquareJump back 24 hours in the guide.
C / Day +
C in Red CircleJump forward 24 hours in the guide.
Page Up
Page UpMove up a page in the menu, back when watching a program.
Page Down
Page DownMove down a page in the menu, or forward when watching a program.
Arrow Pad
Arrow PadNavigate in menus and the Guide.
While watching a program, the Right Arrow brings up the mini-guide.
The Down arrow brings up the on-screen playback controls when watching something recorded.
Ok / Select
OK / Select buttonSelect what you have highlighted on the screen in a menu.
Guide
GuideShows the programming guide, so it's easier to find a program you want to watch or record.
Info
InfoShows information about the current program or recording.
Menu
MenuOpens the main menu for your cable box, giving you access to the DVR, On Demand, Search, and Settings.
Exit
ExitExit the menu you are currently in.
Help
HelpOpens the Help menu, to provide more information about using your cable television services.
Last
LastGo back one channel, or a list of channels and programs you've watched recently.
Volume
Volume up and downIncrease and decrease the volume.
Mute
MuteMutes or silences the audio.
Favorite
FavOpens your list of favorite programs and channels.
Channel
Channel up and downChange the channel up or down by one.
Number Pad
Number PadDirectly tune to a specific channel by typing in its number.
TV/VCR
TV / VCRWhen you select TV at the top
HD Zoom
HD ZoomOn an older standard-definition television, or with a standard-definition broadcast on a high-definition television, pressing this will cycle how the show is displayed on your television.
Picture-in-Picture On-Off
Picture-in-picture On-OffTurns picture-in-picture mode on or off, showing a small window of the previous channel you were watching in the corner.
Picture-in-Picture Swap
SwapSwap between the program you're watching, and what's in the picture-in-picture window.
Picture-in-Picture Move
MoveMoves the picture-in-picture window to a different corner of your screen.
Picture-in-Picture Channel +
Heavy Plus SignChanges the picture-in-picture window's channel up by one.
Picture-in-Picture Channel -
Heavy Minus SignChanges the picture-in-picture window's channel down by one.

2 Recording A Program

Recording Programs

Your Xfinity DVR can record up to six different shows at the same time, so you'll never have to miss a moment of your favorite programs.

Your television doesn't even need to be on; your Xfinity DVR will take care of your recordings for you, including when you're at work, or even watching another program.

Record The Program You Are Watching

You may wish to record the program you are watching right at that moment.

Your DVR is 'always recording' what you are watching on cable TV, but does not save the recording by default. It does this to allow you to rewind or pause live TV, but only has a small buffer of about 25 minutes, and it disappears when you change channels.
  1. Press Record on your remote.
    Record
  2. Select Just This Episode.
    Record show with Just This Episode highlighted
  3. Your recording will start instantly at the time you pushed the record button.

Record a Show In The Future

  1. Press Xfinity on your remote.
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  2. Select Guide.
    Xfinity menu with Guide button highlighted.
  3. Select the program you want to record.
    Xfinity Guide with program highlighted.
  4. Select Record at the bottom.
    Guide with program selected and Record highlighted.
  5. You can choose if you want Just This Episode, or All Episodes going forward.
    Record options

3 Watch/Delete a Recorded Program

  1. Press Xfinity on your remote.
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  2. Select Saved.
    Xfinity menu with Saved highlighted.
  3. Select Recordings at the top.
    Saved with Recordings highlighted.
  4. You may then select an episode, to watch or delete.

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DVR's have become such a part of our lives that ISPs like Comcast are providing them now. With your Xfinity X1 DVR you can record a program while you're watching another program, while you're at work, or even while you're watching that exact same program. You can record up to six shows at a time by setting the recorder ahead of the program. You can then watch and delete them when you're done.
This guide also covers getting to know the various remotes you may be given with your DVR.
xfinity

Determine What Remote You Have

Comcast offers a number of different remotes that are used with a number of different cable adapters.

XR15 - Voice Remote
Comcast XR15 Voice Remote
XR11 - Voice Remote
Comcast XR11 Voice Remote
XR2
Comcast XR2 Remote
XR5
Comcast XR5 Remote
Silver with Red OK & Select Button
Comcast Silver with Red OK button Remote
Silver with Gray OK & Select Button
Comcast Silver with Gray OK button remote
XR15   
XR15 - Voice Remote
Comcast XR15 Voice Remote
TV Input
TV InputChanges the input on your television, so you can choose between different devices connected. For example, your cable box, blu ray player, game console, etc.
Power
PowerTurns on your cable box and television at the same time.
Volume + / -
Volume Increase and DecreaseIncrease and decrease the volume.
Mute
MuteMutes or silences the audio.
Channel Up / Down
Channel Up and DownChange the channel up or down by one.
Rewind
RewindRewinds live TV or a recorded program.
Play / Pause
Play PausePauses live TV or a recorded program. Resumes the program if it's paused.
Fast Forward
Fast ForwardFast forwards a recorded program.
Exit
ExitExit the menu you are currently in.
Record
RecordRecord the program you are currently watching to the DVR.
Pg Up
Page UpJumps up an entire page in the Guide.
Guide
GuideShows the programming guide, so it's easier to find a program you want to watch or record.
Xfinity
Xfinity LogoOpens the main Xfinity menu with the Guide, saved programs, On Demand programming, apps, search and settings.
Pg Down
Page DownJumps down an entire page in the Guide.
Triangle A
A in TriangleShows help for the current program or menu you're using.
Square B
B in SquareOpen Accessibility Settings menu, to turn on and off Closed Captioning and other features.
Circle C
C in CircleOpens the Sports app to see scores even while watching television.
Diamond D
D in DiamondDelete a recording from your DVR.
Up / Down / Left / Right
Directional ArrowsNavigate in menus and the Guide.
While watching a program, the Right Arrow brings up the mini-guide.
The Down arrow brings up the on-screen playback controls when watching something recorded.
Confirm / OK
ConfirmSelect what you have highlighted on the screen in a menu. This button is at the center of the direction pad.
Back
BackGo back one channel, or a list of channels and programs you've watched recently.
Microphone
MicrophonePush and hold to search for a program or access menus using voice commands.
Information
i for InformationShows information about the current program or recording.
Number Pad
Number PadDirectly tune to a specific channel by typing in its number.
Search for a channel using the built in predictive text input.
XR11
XR11 - Voice Remote
Comcast XR11 Voice Remote
TV Power
TVTurns on or off just your television, not the cable box.
All Power
PowerTurns on your cable box and television at the same time.
Volume + / -
Volume Increase and DecreaseIncrease and decrease the volume.
Mute
MuteMutes or silences the audio.
Replay
ReplayJumps back 15 seconds on live television or a recording. This is so you can re-watch a segment of a game or show.
Channel Up / Down
Channel Up and DownChange the channel up or down by one.
Rewind
RewindRewinds live TV or a recorded program.
Play / Pause
Play PausePauses live TV or a recorded program. Resumes the program if it's paused.
Fast Forward
Fast ForwardFast forwards a recorded program.
Exit
ExitExit the menu you are currently in.
Microphone
MicrophonePush and hold to search for a program or access menus using voice commands.
Record
RecordRecord the program you are currently watching to the DVR.
Guide
GuideShows the programming guide, so it's easier to find a program you want to watch or record.
Xfinity
Xfinity LogoOpens the main Xfinity menu with the Guide, saved programs, On Demand programming, apps, search and settings.
Page Up
Page UpJumps up an entire page in the Guide.
Up / Down / Left / Right
Directional ArrowsNavigate in menus and the Guide.
While watching a program, the Right Arrow brings up the mini-guide.
The Down arrow brings up the on-screen playback controls when watching something recorded.
OK
OKSelect what you have highlighted on the screen in a menu.
Last
LastGo back one channel, or a list of channels and programs you've watched recently.
Info
InfoShows information about the current program or recording.
Page Down
Page DownJumps down an entire page in the Guide.
Triangle A
A in TriangleShows help for the current program or menu you're using.
Square B
B in SquareOpen Accessibility Settings menu, to turn on and off Closed Captioning and other features.
Circle C
C in CircleOpens the Sports app to see scores even while watching television.
Diamond D
D in DiamondDelete a recording from your DVR.
Number Pad
Number PadDirectly tune to a specific channel by typing in its number.
Search for a channel using the built in predictive text input.
Setup
SetupPair the voice remote to your TV Box or program to control your television or A/V receiver to work with your remote.
TV Input
TV InputChanges the input on your television, so you can choose between different devices connected. For example, your cable box, blu ray player, game console, etc.
XR2
XR2
Comcast XR2 Remote
TV Power
TV PowerTurns on or off just your television, not the cable box.
All Power
PowerTurns on your cable box and television at the same time.
TV Input
TV InputChanges the input on your television, so you can choose between different devices connected. For example, your cable box, blu ray player, game console, etc.
Volume + / -
Volume Increase and DecreaseIncrease and decrease the volume.
Mute
MuteMutes or silences the audio.
Search
SearchSearch for programs.
Channel Up / Down
Channel Up and DownChange the channel up or down by one.
Rewind
RewindRewinds live TV or a recorded program.
Play
PlayResumes the program if it's paused.
Pause
PausePauses live TV or a recorded program.
Fast Forward
Fast ForwardFast forwards a recorded program.
Stop
StopStops playback and returns you to the menu or live television.
Xfinity
XfinityOpens the main Xfinity menu with the Guide, saved programs, On Demand programming, apps, search and settings.
Record
RecordRecord the program you are currently watching to the DVR.
Guide
GuideShows the programming guide, so it's easier to find a program you want to watch or record.
Page Up
Page UpJumps up an entire page in the Guide.
Up / Down / Left / Right
Directional ArrowsNavigate in menus and the Guide.
While watching a program, the Right Arrow brings up the mini-guide.
The Down arrow brings up the on-screen playback controls when watching something recorded.
OK
OKSelect what you have highlighted on the screen in a menu.
Last
LastGo back one channel, or a list of channels and programs you've watched recently.
Page Down
Page DownJumps down an entire page in the Guide.
Info
InfoShows information about the current program or recording.
Exit
ExitExit the menu you are currently in.
Fav
FavOpens your list of favorite programs and channels.
Triangle A
A in TriangleShows help for the current program or menu you're using.
Square B
B in SquareOpen Accessibility Settings menu, to turn on and off Closed Captioning and other features.
Circle C
C in CircleOpens the Sports app to see scores even while watching television.
Diamond D
D in DiamondDelete a recording from your DVR.
Number Pad
Number PadDirectly tune to a specific channel by typing in its number.
Search for a channel using the built in predictive text input.
Setup
SetupPair the voice remote to your TV Box or program to control your television or A/V receiver to work with your remote.
Swap
SwapSwap between the program you are watching, and the last program you watched.
XR5
XR5
Comcast XR5 Remote
TV Power
TVTurns on or off just your television, not the cable box.
All Power
PowerTurns on your cable box and television at the same time.
Volume + / -
Volume Increase and DecreaseIncrease and decrease the volume.
Mute
MuteMutes or silences the audio.
Replay
ReplayJumps back 15 seconds on live television or a recording. This is so you can re-watch a segment of a game or show.
Channel Up / Down
Channel Up and DownChange the channel up or down by one.
Rewind
RewindRewinds live TV or a recorded program.
Play / Pause
Play PausePauses live TV or a recorded program. Resumes the program if it's paused.
Fast Forward
Fast ForwardFast forwards a recorded program.
Exit
ExitExit the menu you are currently in.
Search
SearchSearch for programs
Record
RecordRecord the program you are currently watching to the DVR.
Guide
GuideShows the programming guide, so it's easier to find a program you want to watch or record.
Xfinity
XfinityOpens the main Xfinity menu with the Guide, saved programs, On Demand programming, apps, search and settings.
Page Up
Page UpJumps up an entire page in the Guide.
Up / Down / Left / Right
Directional ArrowsNavigate in menus and the Guide.
While watching a program, the Right Arrow brings up the mini-guide.
The Down arrow brings up the on-screen playback controls when watching something recorded.
OK
OKSelect what you have highlighted on the screen in a menu.
Last
LastGo back one channel, or a list of channels and programs you've watched recently.
Info
InfoShows information about the current program or recording.
Page Down
Page DownJumps down an entire page in the Guide.
Triangle A
A in TriangleShows help for the current program or menu you're using.
Square B
B in SquareOpen Accessibility Settings menu, to turn on and off Closed Captioning and other features.
Circle C
C in CircleOpens the Sports app to see scores even while watching television.
Diamond D
D in DiamondDelete a recording from your DVR.
Number Pad
Number PadDirectly tune to a specific channel by typing in its number.
Search for a channel using the built in predictive text input.
Setup
SetupPair the voice remote to your TV Box or program to control your television or A/V receiver to work with your remote.
TV Input
TV InputChanges the input on your television, so you can choose between different devices connected. For example, your cable box, blu ray player, game console, etc.
Silver
Silver Remote
Comcast Silver with Red OK button Remote
Aux
AuxSelects the Aux device (such as a Blu Ray Player) to control.
TV
TVSelects the Television to control.
Cable
CableSelects your Comcast cable box to control.
POWER
PowerTurns on or off the device you selected.
Setup
SetupSetup your universal remote to control your TV or other device.
All On
All OnTurns on your Television and Cable box.
On Demand
On DemandOpens the Comcast Xfinity video On Demand service.
Rewind
RewindRewinds live TV or a recorded program.
Play
PlayResumes the program if it's paused.
Fast Forward
Fast ForwardFast forwards a recorded program.
Stop
StopFast forwards a recorded program.
Pause
PausePauses live TV or a recorded program.
Record
RecordRecord the program you are currently watching to the DVR.
Back
BackJumps back 15 seconds on live television or a recording. This is so you can re-watch a segment of a game or show.
My DVR
My DVROpen your DVR recordings and features.
LIVE
LiveWhen watching a show you've paused or rewound, lets you jump to the current live broadcast.
A / Lock
A in Yellow TriangleBlock a channel or program.
B / Day -
B in Blue SquareJump back 24 hours in the guide.
C / Day +
C in Red CircleJump forward 24 hours in the guide.
Page Up
Page UpMove up a page in the menu, back when watching a program.
Page Down
Page DownMove down a page in the menu, or forward when watching a program.
Arrow Pad
Arrow PadNavigate in menus and the Guide.
While watching a program, the Right Arrow brings up the mini-guide.
The Down arrow brings up the on-screen playback controls when watching something recorded.
Ok / Select
OK / Select buttonSelect what you have highlighted on the screen in a menu.
Guide
GuideShows the programming guide, so it's easier to find a program you want to watch or record.
Info
InfoShows information about the current program or recording.
Menu
MenuOpens the main menu for your cable box, giving you access to the DVR, On Demand, Search, and Settings.
Exit
ExitExit the menu you are currently in.
Help
HelpOpens the Help menu, to provide more information about using your cable television services.
Last
LastGo back one channel, or a list of channels and programs you've watched recently.
Volume
Volume up and downIncrease and decrease the volume.
Mute
MuteMutes or silences the audio.
Favorite
FavOpens your list of favorite programs and channels.
Channel
Channel up and downChange the channel up or down by one.
Number Pad
Number PadDirectly tune to a specific channel by typing in its number.
TV/VCR
TV / VCRWhen you select TV at the top
HD Zoom
HD ZoomOn an older standard-definition television, or with a standard-definition broadcast on a high-definition television, pressing this will cycle how the show is displayed on your television.
Picture-in-Picture On-Off
Picture-in-picture On-OffTurns picture-in-picture mode on or off, showing a small window of the previous channel you were watching in the corner.
Picture-in-Picture Swap
SwapSwap between the program you're watching, and what's in the picture-in-picture window.
Picture-in-Picture Move
MoveMoves the picture-in-picture window to a different corner of your screen.
Picture-in-Picture Channel +
Heavy Plus SignChanges the picture-in-picture window's channel up by one.
Picture-in-Picture Channel -
Heavy Minus SignChanges the picture-in-picture window's channel down by one.

Recording Programs

Your Xfinity DVR can record up to six different shows at the same time, so you'll never have to miss a moment of your favorite programs.

Your television doesn't even need to be on; your Xfinity DVR will take care of your recordings for you, including when you're at work, or even watching another program.

Record The Program You Are Watching

You may wish to record the program you are watching right at that moment.

Your DVR is 'always recording' what you are watching on cable TV, but does not save the recording by default. It does this to allow you to rewind or pause live TV, but only has a small buffer of about 25 minutes, and it disappears when you change channels.
  1. Press Record on your remote.
    Record
  2. Select Just This Episode.
    Record show with Just This Episode highlighted
  3. Your recording will start instantly at the time you pushed the record button.

Record a Show In The Future

  1. Press Xfinity on your remote.
    xfinity
  2. Select Guide.
    Xfinity menu with Guide button highlighted.
  3. Select the program you want to record.
    Xfinity Guide with program highlighted.
  4. Select Record at the bottom.
    Guide with program selected and Record highlighted.
  5. You can choose if you want Just This Episode, or All Episodes going forward.
    Record options
  1. Press Xfinity on your remote.
    xfinity
  2. Select Saved.
    Xfinity menu with Saved highlighted.
  3. Select Recordings at the top.
    Saved with Recordings highlighted.
  4. You may then select an episode, to watch or delete.