TiVo Gets Social With Facebook

TiVo has just launched a new Facebook application called ‘My TV‘. You can add the shows you watch, rate and comment on the series or individual episodes, recommend shows to friends, schedule recordings on your TiVo (via links to TiVo Central Online), and more.

Quickly playing with it, there were a few glitches, but it is a new application and will hopefully evolve. It would be nice if it could pull in your existing Season Pass list from TiVo, right now you have to manually enter the shows you watch into the application – there really isn’t any integration with your TiVo account. But this is definitely a step in the right direction for TiVo, IMHO. As I said recently, I think TiVo needs to do more to exploit social networking and the community of TiVo users. This is a good start, and I think the next logical step would be to port this application to the Google OpenSocial platform which would allow it to work on MySpace, LiveJournal, Orkut, Friendster, Plaxo, LinkedIn, and many other social networking sites (pretty much everyone who isn’t Facebook, which has decided not to join the party) – TiVo could even use it on their own site.

I’d love to see more integration between applications like this and TiVo accounts so that information can be shared to make it easier on users and to allow advanced functionality. Even integration into the TiVo itself, for example, being able to flag a program while watching it so it reminds you to comment in the application, or being able to recommend a program to friends in your network right from the TiVo. I guess we’ll have to see where they go with this. In the meantime, check out the new My TV app.

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  • John G

    Interesting – Will this be tied into MyTivoGetsMe?

    John G.