TiVo control comes to iPhone

TiVo control comes to iPhone

Summary: I used to be a huge fan of TiVo until the cable companies made me a deal that I couldn't refuse. While I still like the TiVo interface much better than the abysmal Comcast DVR, it comes down to simple economics.

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TiVo coming to iPhoneI used to be a huge fan of TiVo until the cable companies made me a deal that I couldn't refuse. While I still like the TiVo interface much better than the abysmal Comcast DVR, it comes down to simple economics.

The cable companies are willing to cut deals and practically give DVRs away in order to keep you locked into their service. TiVo didn't license their software to the cable companies (except for a brief stint with DirectTV) which may have been a fatal mistake.

That being said, TiVo may be on life support, but they're still kicking. And for people still living the TiVo dream comes hope in the form of a cool Web application that allows them to control their DVR from the iPhone.

According to Electronista the new Web app (m.tivo.com) allows iPhone and iPod touch users the ability to remotely find and schedule programming and view daily picks and most popular shows. The Web app requires a TiVo Series 2 or 3 DVR and an active subscription to schedule.

The TiVo Mobile site is in beta and should be officially launching in next few weeks.

Topics: iPhone, Hardware, Mobility

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  • Yawn, MS innovated this long ago

    By tapping into the extremely innovative [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_SideShow]SideShow[/url] feature of Vista (something OS X has no answer for), I can interact with my Vista Media PC through my Windows Mobile phone using BlueTooth. Not only can I control all aspects of the Media Center, I can view pictures, see computer stats (CPU usage, disk space, etc.) and use any of the hundreds of SideShow applications that are out there. The fantastic thing about this is that I can queue up music on my Media PC without having to turn on my TV.

    Don't worry Apple fans, you should get this in 3-5 years when Apple will claim to have invented it. :)
    NonZealot
    • reYawn, MS innovated this long ago

      "Don't worry Apple fans, you should get this in 3-5 years when Apple will claim to have invented it."

      Yeah, isn't it strange how Apple can make things "seem" like they invented them and then make them "seem" like they just work?

      And Microsoft's way just "seems" to suck ;-)
      mac_at_home
    • Remote..

      Um you can do that with Remote, vpn, or ssh.

      The drivel that comes out of you is pathetic. It would be more useful if you critique info that was presented as opposed to your continual reverting the conversation to your pseudo-sexual fantasies with Microsoft. Get over it, nothing is perfect and without a reasonable critique of all software there would be no improvement. So, since you believe MS is a end all to software, please only run MS software, remove all 3rd party apps, and since MS is always perfect go back to win95 and NT 4.0 because regardless of what is put out according to you it cant get better. Critiques are welcome on these boards, but your posts are usually 90% worthless... this blog post really had nothing to do with Apple as it has to do with TiVo, something you failed to mention while hiding behind your FUD.
      ~Obelix~
      • Talking about pathetic drivel

        [i]Um you can do that with Remote, vpn, or ssh.[/i]

        Um, sure you could but that has what, exactly, to do with controlling your media from your cell phone? Wait, unless you are now going to tell us that ssh is the preferred method of controlling your media from your phone?!?!

        Yes, there are many ways to remote control your media but a custom client built for use with a touch screen is far better than ssh or remote desktop. And sure, you could keep a [b]second[/b] computer around in your living room just to access your first computer but only an Apple fanboy would suggest something quite as ridiculous as that. Face it, MS's solution beat's Apples for usability by a [b]long[/b] shot.

        Once again, Apple is just coming out with stuff that we've been using in the Windows world for years now. Poor Apple couldn't innovate itself out of a paper bag. :)

        [i]Get over it, nothing is perfect and without a reasonable critigue of all software there would be no improvement.[/i]

        You are right, and thanks to MS, Apple is improving every year. It just so happens that Apple is improving about 5 years behind MS. :)

        [i]So, since you believe MS is a end all to software, please only run MS software[/i]

        Yikes, I'd rather not get rid of my Linux server, thank you very much. I don't believe MS is perfect but they have proven themselves to be far better than Apple! :)
        NonZealot
        • Remote?

          I think he was talking about this:

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remote_(Apple_software)

          http://www.apple.com/itunes/remote/

          ;-)
          Arm A. Geddon
    • Stockholm Syndrome

      Tivo very much lags the state of the art these days. There
      has been a similar project that does the same thing with
      the iPhone and MythTV for quite awhile now. It sounds like
      an interesting idea if you happen to have an iPhone lying
      around.

      I thought it was a bit silly the first time I heard of the idea.

      With an open system, you can be in control and not be dependent
      on your cable operator or device vendor to manage these sorts
      of things. I can control my PVR remotely from anywhere I want
      either through a web browser or just running another copy of
      the app on some random PC (or through X).
      hulse_kevin
    • Wow. You can use Windows to control Windows?

      That's just amazing. Who would have ever thought that MS would be able to interoperate two versions of Windows that way? Can you imagine the difficulties they must have faced as they wrote both sides?

      Maybe one day they'll even be able to do the same thing with something running an OS they didn't write. I wouldn't bet on it, but hey, it could happen.
      Letophoro
  • Re:TiVo control comes to iPhone

    I suppose it would be nice for those still using TiVo, but I agree it's all Comcast DVR now.

    Hopefully we can get a Comcast App from someone soon.
    ~Obelix~
    • Why not just use ssh?

      [i]Hopefully we can get a Comcast App from someone soon. [/i]

      Why not just use ssh since you seem to believe that is the best solution? :)
      NonZealot
  • I thought Comcast was a cable company?

    "TiVo didn?t license their software to the cable companies"
    is only true if you don't count Comcast as a cable
    company. While Tivo has always been kind of slow
    business-wise, which is too bad, their product is
    historically solid and works far more intuitively than any
    cable company DVR I've ever tried. If CableCard had really
    taken off they might have done better. I would count Tivo
    as doing well, despite their numbers, since they haven't
    had too much of an "in" with the big guys! They could also
    use a few more neat futures, such as multi-room software
    (as featured on the Verizon FIOS DVRs). Computers as
    DVRs may be far more flexible in some ways, but also tend
    to require more maintenance. I can give my kids a TiVo
    remote and they'll do fine. Not sure if I can say the same
    about the computer based solutions.
    lorddarthpaul