Wow, I haven’t thought about this in a long time. Back in 2001-2002 TiVo and AOL were working together on a box called AOLTV. It was kind of a hybrid of WebTV and TiVo, a TiVo box which would also access AOL services like email, web browsing, etc. It never came to market, as AOL dropped the project in early 2002.
I was following TiVo back then and I remember the whole saga, but it was before I started blogging about it. So what brings this up? Well, I discovered today that my RSS feed for the WeaKnees Blog was out of date, and I’d been missing their posts for a while. So I was just catching up on the posts I’d missed when I saw this one.
While looking through some old boxes, someone at WeaKnees found a couple of old AOLTV/TiVo remotes! That’s excellent, I don’t think I’d even seen any of the associated hardware before. It looks like a couple of different prototype remotes – one looks like it is based on the S1 remote, the other looks like an S2 – different size thumb buttons.
Anyone else remember AOLTV?