Last year we upgraded the Tivo to HD and then the Tivo people came out with their new snappier Premiere model. I’m grumpy with them for that, but do you know what else they did? The new one can completely be controlled over your network with your iPad, but not the Series 3, which is what we have.
The “old” HD version can still be controlled in many ways from the network and your computer and even via the internet… so some limited controls via ye old iPad, but not like the Remote app from Apple. That experience for swipping through your music and movies on the AppleTV is absolutely beautiful.
The Tivo interface is still light years beyond most of the other DVRs offered by the cable and satellite people. I haven’t seen anything I like better, except Netflix’s instant browsing features on the NEW AppleTV.
Here’s the parenting part: the girls will watch a program and then when it’s over they turn the set off if there’s nothing else recorded in the Kid’s Zone. Since the machine is typically recording something most of the time, they don’t channel surf.
It’s a gift of Time for them. Do you DVR?