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TiVo and Charter partner on cable/IPTV hybrid

TiVo and Charter partner on cable/IPTV hybrid

TiVo and Charter Communications have announced plans for a next-gen TV system, which will bundle traditional cable and IPTV services. On offer later in 2011, the system will begin with the TiVo Premiere DVR - including the companion iPad app - and then be followed with multi-room playback and non-DVR receivers.

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TiVo Premiere for iPad remote app now available

TiVo Premiere for iPad remote app now available

TiVo has released its TiVo Premiere for iPad remote control app, a free download [iTunes link] which turns your iOS slate into not only a remote but an EPG guide and recording management station. The app also packs integration with Facebook and Twitter, for easier commenting on broadcast shows.

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TiVo iPad app due before end of January 2011

TiVo iPad app due before end of January 2011

TiVo's iPad app is expected to be released sometime before the end of the month, according to the company's VP of user experience. Announced back in November, the app will allow TiVo owners to control recordings and live TV, browse an on-screen program guide, set up schedules and use social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

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No Hulu Plus or Netflix for Cable TiVo DVRs

No Hulu Plus or Netflix for Cable TiVo DVRs

Another stumbling block on the path to all-content multimedia enlightenment in a single STB has presented itself, with rights holders taking umbrage with TiVo DVRs supplied by cable companies. According to Suddenlink - though the limitation also stands for Cox and RCN - rights holders aren't willing to see streaming and VOD content on the same cable-powered device; that means that, while Hulu Plus is expected to launch on TiVo STBs soon, it will only be available for those bought at retail, not supplied by cable companies

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TiVo iPad companion app controls recordings, EPG & Twitter[Video]

TiVo iPad companion app controls recordings, EPG & Twitter[Video]

TiVo has launched a companion app for iPad, which turns the Apple slate into what the PVR company describes as "the world's ultimate remote control." Compatible with the  TiVo Premiere and TiVo Premiere XL boxes, the free app includes full control over recordings and live TV, an on-screen program guide, scheduling and social networking integration.

Video demo after the cut

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Why I can’t wait to get rid of my DVR

Why I can’t wait to get rid of my DVR

Recently, my day was over and I wanted to relax, so I took to the couch, picked up the remote, and turned on the television. Based on what time it was, I thought I’d catch the end of one of the shows I watch each week and then get to another program after that. I thought it would be a slow, relaxing night.

And then the fun began.

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TiVo Online Season Pass Manager: handling multiple DVRs gets easier

TiVo Online Season Pass Manager: handling multiple DVRs gets easier

TiVo has launched an Online Season Pass Manager, which will allow subscribers to transfer season pass subscriptions between their various TiVo boxes, as well as adding new passes and deleting old ones.  Billed as a direct request from TiVo's customers - and we can't really blame them - the new manager builds on the old system (which would allow Season Passes to be set up online) with more flexibility for multi-TiVo households and for those upgrading from an old TiVo box.

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TiVo Premiere DVRs Adding Hulu Plus

TiVo Premiere DVRs Adding Hulu Plus

Looks like the other rumors were true, too. After just hearing that the popular Hulu Plus service would be made available on the Roku boxes, TiVo just announced to the world that the Hulu service would be also made available on their TiVo Premiere DVRs, too. That means quite a bit of subscriptions to get your hands on Hulu Plus on your TV, but at least it's an option.

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TiVo Slide Remote gives the peanut QWERTY

TiVo Slide Remote gives the peanut QWERTY

Text-entry on increasingly complex DVRs is getting to be a multi-tapping headache, and it's one that TiVo are hoping to rectify with a little QWERTY keyboard action.  The new TiVo Slide Remote has, as the name suggests, a pull-out QWERTY 'board, hooking up to your TiVo unit via Bluetooth and working with the company's progressive search system.

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Cox VOD comes to TiVo subscribers

Cox VOD comes to TiVo subscribers

Cox cable is one of the largest providers in the country and the company has a lot of subscribers. some of those subscribers probably have TiVo units in their home like the new TiVO Premiere DVR that debuted a while back. Cox has opened the door to more TiVo support with its streaming VOD offering.

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5 Gadgets That Changed My World, Part 2

5 Gadgets That Changed My World, Part 2

This is part 2 of my column on gadgets that changed the world for me. These aren't necessarily gadgets that changed the world, not even the gadget world. But they all had a profound impact on my life, and were more important to me than simple technological tools or joyous little toys.

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Five gadgets that changed the world for me

Five gadgets that changed the world for me

From time to time I like to think about the idea of disconnecting from the digital world for an extended period and what I'd miss as a result. In the end, I came up with five gadgets that changed the world for me, products the descendents of which I'd rather not be without on a regular basis. What's interesting is that for me, the PC didn't make the list. Perhaps it’s an uber-gadget that just goes without saying or it's just not that important to me personally anymore.

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