April 13, 2004

TiVo Wish List

I don't own a TiVo, but I expect I'll own some sort of digital video recorder some day.

Even though I don't own one yet, I already have a wish list.

Here are two items on it:

  • I wish TiVo would not only know when the commercials occur, so as to filter them out, but it would also know when the interview segment in The Daily Show is about to begin, and filter that out too. A 12-minute Daily Show dosage would be just right.

  • Even better would be an ability to access a TiVo or equivalent device from anywhere on the Net, and play any of the video in a window or fullscreen on one's computer. For instance, during lunch, if one's stuck at the cubicle muching on a sandwich before getting back to work, it'd be nice to be able to click on a link which would load up that 12-minute Daily Show segment from your TiVo at home, and you could watch it right there during lunch. Of course, if such a capability existed, then theoretically a peer-to-peer network could exist, of all the TiVos in the world, and you could browse/search all of the shows that everyone in the world had on their TiVos --- a number that would closely approximate the number of shows that've aired in the past few days I bet. In other words, a TV Napster. Hmm.

Posted by brian at April 13, 2004 02:02 PM


Hmm... search for "tivo web interface" and viola!

Dave M. has this working on his Direct TV TiVo. We tried it this evening and it's way cool.

Posted by: dan at April 14, 2004 11:25 PM

http://tivo.lightn.org/ will provide you with the remote web interface you desire. It's quite cool.

Posted by: dano at April 14, 2004 11:33 PM

One thing we've found with our Tivo is it's learning curve only works one way. It will begin to record shows/movies etc. that it thinks you want to watch. However when you delete those items you don't want to watch Tivo continues to record them. I think it would be rather easy for reverse engineering to also know what things you don't want to watch as well as those shows and movies you do.

Posted by: Paul W. Swansen at April 22, 2004 08:43 AM

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