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TiVo outs iPad remote app for Premiere DVRs

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.

By Electronista Staff


  1. pairof9s

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Jan 2008



    This is certainly a feature I was hoping would happen for the iPad. I'd like to see this come to the Apple TV as well.


  1. Avatar0001

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Feb 2009


    TiVo Premiere only?

    Why can't it work on the Series 3 and HD models? Great addition to the TiVo but not enough to make me want to buy a Premiere.

  1. mortie

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jan 2008


    Tivo Series 3 / Tivo HD

    It's too bad this doesn't work on the Premiere, but to be fair the Premiere software is a total rewrite of any previous model -- I think we'll need third party iPad app development for anything older than a Premiere, as this helps differentiate the Premiere from earlier models.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001


    Premiere only?

    Because the premiere is their latest OS, so they coded the app for that. Why should they be supporting all their older hardware/OS users? Just because they're too cheap or lazy to get a new box?

    Oh, wait. That's the argument for Apple not supporting older hardware. Nevermind.

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