TiVo network control via Telnet, courtesy of Crestron

After some clever lateral thinking over at the TiVo Community forums there’s now a way for users to remotely control their PVR via anything with network access and a telnet client.  It’s all thanks to Crestron, who worked with TiVo back when the company was developing v9.1 of the set-top box software; they added support for the home automation company’s touchscreens and did so in a relatively straightforward way.  Telnet into your TiVo using port 31339 and you can use almost forty different commands to input numbers, control channels, set recordings and more.

Check out the video of the system in action after the cut


SlingCatcher delayed – possibly until late this year

There was a gentleman who informed Engadget of a notice he received from SlingMedia informing him that the SlingCatcher was not up to Sling Media’s standards. So it has been delayed, Sling didn’t confirm the actual email that was sent, but did sort of confirm that it was going to be delayed citing QA concerns as the cause.


Mitsubishi DVR-BZ100 and DVR-BZ200 Blu-Ray Recorders unveiled – feature packed

Sure, they play and record on Blu-Ray discs, and that’s cool, but that’s nothing compared to the touch-screen remotes that they come with. Both units also have internal hard drives built in.


Tivo to develop next generation tru2Way Set-tops, screws the cable company

As an owner of a Tivo S3 DVR box, I have concerns regarding the widely-spread Switched Digital Video aka SDV utilized by Cable network to reduce bandwidth usage. TWC around my neighborhood is about to add 11 more HD channels to the lineup but the word on the street is, SDV may be deployed and possibly including with the newer addition of HD channels as well, Crap!.


Momenta next-gen computer design is creepy

So apparently Microsoft has this Next-Gen PC Design competition, and this is one of the finalists. Looks pretty cool, makes you wonder why I say its creepy right?


CES 2008: TiVo gets RSS Feeds through Season Pass

In order to make it easier and faster for TiVo users to find online content, TiVo subscribers will be able access content from major networks like Comedy Central and Discovery, along with independently produced media like Ask A Ninja, through RSS Feeds. This will work through applying TiVo’s Season Pass function to web video.


Comcast and TiVo partnership finally rolls out a product

So two years ago Comcast announced that some or all of their DVR boxes would be getting pimped by the people who make TiVo, well, someone finally got one of those boxes. To be more specific a Mr. Steve Garfield in Boston has gotten one of the boxes.


Free Music Choice VOD for Tivo Subscribers

Another score for Tivo this week, first the Comcast-Tivo DVR roll-out, then the online photo sharing partnership with Photobucket and Picasa and now an immediate service with Music Choice network via Tivocast. The Tivo subscribers with S2 or S3 series will have access to broadband video content with nearly 1,000 of music video at launch and several more in all for free! Well folk, you get Tivo livetime service yet?

TiVo Boosts Its Robust Broadband Offering With the Addition of the Music Choice Network’s Vast Library of Music Videos & Original Music Programming [via CNN Money]

Tivo team up with Photobucket and Picasa for online photo sharing

Good news for Tivo customer with Photobucket or Google’s Picasa. You can now access your online web album up to HD resolution (namely 720p, 1080i) on your TIVO S3 or Tivo HD. Other features included sideshows, browsing and sharing with the convenient of Tivo Keywords search. Tivo used to has similar service with Yahoo! Photos but Yahoo ditched it right after acquiring Flickr. The latter choice is not much of an upgrade since Flicker is a much bigger photo sharing service in the industry. It would be nice if we could have all 3 of them.


Tivo Busting out of Set-Top Boxes and coming to your PC

Thanks to a new deal with Nero, TiVo is well on its way to hitting your PC. Sure, Windows Media Center has done a good job of dominating the DVR on a PC industry for oh so long, but it looks like they are getting some competition from a worthy competitor.

Soon you’ll have your choice of Open Source MythTV (and SageTV), Closed source Windows Media Center, and Closed source (but non-windows) Nero/TiVo TiVo service. I like choices, and the only thing that has kept me from getting a TiVo in the past has been the monthly fees, so, removing those by making me responsible for obtaining the proper hardware, well that’s fine, and I might use the TiVo app on my PC when it comes out.


TiVo service enters Canada

TiVo service enters Canada

Canadian can finally enjoy the famous TiVo service as TiVo announces its availability in Canada. Tivo Series 2DT is the only device that will be sold during the launch giving Canadian consumer up to 80 hours of recording time. The set top box sells for $199 at some stores such as Best Buys and Future Shop. As for the subscription rates, TiVo said it should be close to what US consumers are paying.

TiVo service goes live in Canada [via electronista]

TiVo unveil promo price-plans, resurrect lifetime subscription

The fusty cynic in me still baulks at paying a monthly fee for something I could get a decent facsimile of for free, but TiVo’s latest deals – supposedly “Holiday Promotions” – do tip the balance a little further in their favour.  Previously you could only get the pay-as-you-go deal if you were willing to sign up for a three year contract, but now the $12.95 package is open to everyone.  Pre-pay options are rejigged too, with the biggest reduction being $50 off the one-year deal (down to $129) while the two-year is reduced $30 to $249.  They’re also temporarily bringing back the “lifetime” subscription deal, priced at $399.



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