updated 09:30 am EST, Mon November 22, 2010
TiVo outs iPad remote control app
TiVo this morning unveiled a new iPad remote control app (not yet ready) for its Premiere DVR boxes. The app provides full control over all of the features of the set-top, including a direct replication of TiVo's hardware remote controls if needed, a program guide and interfaces for both Amazon VOD and Netflix. The remote takes a hands-off approach and will keep the interface off of the TV while it's active, keeping the current video on the screen.
Multi-touch comes into play and lets users navigate with gestures and scrubbing through already recorded shows. Viewers can check the show cast and other details without disrupting play, and they can share Facebook or Twitter updates without having to switch to another app. DVR scheduling works both for one-off recordings and Season Passes.
The app should be available in "coming weeks" and needs both the iPad and the TiVo on the same local network. Premiere DVRs will need an update to get full support. Apps for the iPhone and non-Apple platforms weren't mentioned with the release.