06
Jan
TiVo

Along with a software update to the TiVo Premiere DVR, Margret Schmidt VP of TiVo User Experience tweeted the release of their first Android app:

This comes as great news to TiVo owners as it allows them to control their DVRs from the comfort of their Android 2.1+ phone or 7-inch tablet (the app description makes particular reference to "7-inch tablet").

The app looks to be a great first try with most of the features a TiVo user would want, including:

  • Browse the channel guide and record shows without exiting the currently running programme
  • View shows up to 14 days in advance
  • Schedule and manage TV shows and movie recordings
  • Search for content over your TV, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video & Blockbuster in an integrated view
  • Explore information on the cast and crew of the current show
  • Comment and share information about the show on Facebook and Twitter
  • Use a TiVo remote control replica (but don't worry you won't have to use this interface as you can use the app's gesture based controls)
  • Schedule, search, and browse content when you are away form your device

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As expected, the app has garnered plenty of favourable reviews, however its rating is currently at 3.9 owing to a small number of 1 star reviews. In particular users are having difficulty with certain TiVo products. I would recommend skimming the reviews to see if yours could be affected, before downloading the app. There is also an Android support page on the TiVo website, but it does not seem to be running yet.

While I would love to test out this app, I unfortunately do not own a TiVo and even if I did the app does not seem to work in Singapore. So, let us know in the comments what you think about the app!

[Sources: @tivodesign and Engadget via The Verge]

Abhiroop Basu
Abhiroop Basu is an opinionated tech and digital media blogger. As a doe-eyed twenty-something he started his first blog TechComet to comment on anything tech-related that caught his omniscient eye. Since then he has blogged for Android Police, Make Tech Easier, and This Green Machine. In the real world, Abhiroop Basu is a resident of Singapore and the Editor of The Digit, a subsidiary of The Potato Productions Group.

  • poke50uk

    Wondering if this will work on UK Virgin Tivo boxes they are just rolling out <3

    • ycb04

      Good question same here

    • ycb04

      Good question same here, although there is a virgin tv guide app already

      • j. read

        App doesn't work on honeycomb/ice cream sandwich and is clunky and cumbersome.

    • j. read

      Not available in you country.

  • DCMAKER

    now tivo might not die......they have a product that people might want that is worth paying for

    • RichieRich

      People are not going to go back to Tivo because of a smartphone app.

      I have a Series 2 and Tivo HD. When I got them, they were awesome. Now, after numerous software updates, they suck. Between the ads *everywhere* in the UI ( Remember when they didn't have any? ), and the hideous Netflix performance ( Which works flawlessly on my Roku ), there's no way in heck I'm going to get another Tivo once these die. The only reason I'm keeping them in service now is because they have lifetime subscriptions.

    • Ray

      TiVo is not dying in any way, shape, or form. People have been talking about its certain demise since 1999, and have always been wrong.

      • RichieRich

        "As of October 2011, TiVo has 2 million subscribers in the US,[20][21] down from a peak of 4.36 million in January 2006.[22]"

        Losing 50% of your subscriber base doesn't mean you're dying? And how many of the ones left are like me - hanging on solely because they have lifetime subscriptions?

  • Kevin Liske

    7 inch tablets? Seriously? I love me some Tivo, but I think 10" tablets far outnumber the 7" tab right now.

  • Del

    https://github.com/arantius/TiVo-Commander/downloads

    A non official but functional clone of the ipad/phone app.

    Works with the UK Virgin boxes a treat! Just be sure to set it up correctly.....

  • Topgun

    Works great for me!! I have 2 Tivo premiers with 2tb drives in them :D

  • chiDan

    Works great on my galaxy tab 10.1 w/android 3.2

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