TiVo’s corporate blog has an entry that interviews Shannon and Jason from the TCO team.
It is a good entry overall, but being a geek with a huge TiVo RFE list, one thing popped out at me:
When will it get to point when it will show only channels that you get?
SHANNON & JASON: Weâ€™re working on itâ€”next release.
Yay! That’s been a complaint with TCO since it first rolled out – that it was never aware of your personal lineup, just the generic lineup for your area. And I’m hoping that this is the gateway to more. I’ve said for years that TiVo should have an opt-in program to have your personal info uploaded, so you can see your Now Playing, To Do, etc, info via the website.
Jason also echoed a point I’ve made a few times:
JASON: One of the other things about TCO, is that developing stuff online incurs less cost than developing software for the DVR. The online team, everyone on the team from project managers to engineers, gets to have a lot of fun. We get to spearhead a lot of technology and we can test features online without the overhead of DVR software development. We are always working on new features and we can afford to take some risks and gambles.
Developing web-based applications isn’t as restricted as developing ‘on DVR’ applications. I used to wish that Teach TiVo would return to the TiVo – but a long time ago I realized that it’d be even better to have that kind of feature implemented on the web interface. Also additional ways to look at your recording schedules – calendar views, highlighting conflicts, etc – could all be done comparatively easily on the web. I’d love to see TiVo do more in this direction. (And I’d love to be on that team, but that’s something else. )