NICE AND EASY: See more hours in the DIRECTV Guide

Life is full of compromises. DIRECTV’s on-screen guide is legendary for being easy to read no matter what size screen you’re using, but the downside to that is that you usually get about 90 minutes of guide information. That’s enough to see what’s on now and what’s on next but not much more.

Did you know there was a way you could see up to 5 hours at a time using the guide? Sure, you only get to see one channel at a time but it makes it really easy to know what’s coming up for the rest of the day. If you had a TiVo in the 2000s you know sort of what this is like, and the best news is that you can do this NOW with your HD receiver or DVR.

Start by pressing the {GUIDE} button. Then find the channel you want to get more information on, and use the left arrow to highlight the channel name. Then press {INFO}. You’ll get a list of the current program plus the next four, and you can use the Channel Up and Down buttons to skip forward five programs at a time to look far into the future super-quickly!

Go ahead, try it now, we’ll wait.