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TiVo Mobile brings remote queuing to iPhone

updated 07:25 am EST, Tue November 25, 2008

TiVo Mobile for iPhone

TiVo and web firm Mobui today rolled out TiVo Mobile. The web app gives the iPhone, iPod touch and other mobile devices with full web browsers the ability to remotely schedule one of TiVo's Series 2 or 3 DVRs and to find shows using most of the criteria the set-top boxes themselves use, including content and keywords from shows as well as daily highlights and popular shows.

Accessing the service is free and doesn't require a TiVo just to browse shows, though scheduling appropriately requires both a TiVo and an active subscription. Mobui and TiVo are currently offering the Mobile site as a beta and should be launching it in a more official capacity within the next few weeks.




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  1. bfalchuk

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Excellent

    I was just thinking that TiVo needs an iPhone app in the same league as the third party Netflix app that's come out (which rocks - I always think of movies I want to see when I'm not near my computer, and forget them by the time I get home). If this can become an app with persistent sign-in, it would be perfect, but this is a great first step.

  1. JohnFromBeyond

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Good idea but...

    I love this capability, but so far the web-based "app" is pretty sucky. It needs to be optimized more for the iphone, it looks and feels like a text-based primitive web site. I'd really love to see a native app with this capability, plus some simple wifi-based remote control when you are at home (like the Apple Remote app). This would really hilite the TiVo's broadband capability.

  1. bfalchuk

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Great point

    @John - great point about wifi control. I would say that the TiVO "bone" remote is great, and you don't really need something else to control the units, but what would be good for people with multiple TiVos is to be able to 2 things you can't do today: delete shows on one TiVo from the other, and schedule new recordings on one TiVo from the other. We have one in the family room and one in the bedroom, and find that we often want to set something to record on the other, or want to clear out a show we watched on one that's also recorded on the other.

    If the iPhone could help with that, great. If it could do it remotely, even better. To really get there, though, I think the TiVo system would need to grow push capabilities so the devices get updates/changes live instead of only when they initiate a connection. That would be excellent, but I would want to keep it limited to push so the slow 802.11g connector doesn't take slow down my whole network.

  1. dpfenninger

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    ???

    Has anyone actually gotten this to work? I go to select a show to record, enter my TiVo username and password, and it just redirects and redirects until it errors out.

    Anyone else experiencing this, or gotten it to work?

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