Steve Garfield has posted another video, this time he’s filmed a bit of a tour of the Comcast TiVo interface as he explores the various functions. The video is just over five minutes long, and a decent tour for those curious about the new software. He has it installed on his existing Motorola 3412 DVR.
I think some of the delay he’s seeing is a difference in the way the software works. From what I was told back at CES 2007, some of the intelligence in the cable software is on the head end. So it is kind of like Universal Swivel Search on the standalone TiVos (which might even be based on the same search code, now that I think about it), in that you enter a string to search and it queries the head end. So it isn’t all local like the standard search on a TiVo, which introduces some latency. But, conversely, reduces the data storage requirements and power locally.