An interactive television program guide system is provided. An interactive
television program guide provides users with an opportunity to select
programs for recording on a remote media server. Programs may also be
recorded on a local media server. The program guide provides users with
VCR-like control over programs that are played back from the media
servers and over real-time cached copies of the programs. The program
guide also provides users with an opportunity to designate gift
recipients for whom programs may be recorded.