TIP: Sort your DIRECTV Playlist the way you want

Because, it’s your DVR. The truth is that DIRECTV does allow you to customize an awful lot about your TV watching experience. There are plenty of folks who think DIRECTV doesn’t go far enough, that they should allow you to change on-screen colors or fonts or things like that, but for most of us the little customizations that you do get are just enough.

For example, you can sort your playlist the way you want. It’s easy and it works on any HD DVR or Genie. Here’s how:

While you’re in the playlist, press the {DASH} button. That’s the one to the left of the zero. You’ll see a pop-up menu like the one above. Arrow down to “Change order of Playlist” and press {SELECT}.

Here you see the four options available to you. Most of the time your playlist will be set to “Date (Newest First)” but it’s very easy to arrow to the choice you want and press {SELECT}. The choice is temporary and should reset itself after you turn the DVR off.

You’ll note that even after you change the sort order, programs will still remain in folders, so they’re not truly sorted by time. Also, if the program has episode information, you’ll see that before the its name in the format “S1 E3” for season one, episode 3. If that information is there, then you’ll see episodes sorted in their correct order. If it’s not, you’ll just see them sorted by date or alphabetically as you designate.

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Stuart Sweet
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