I used to love getting the new TV Guide in the mail. The listings in the grids in the newspaper just didn’t have enough information for me.
For a while, my dad subscribed to HBO. They’d send out a little movie guide for the month. It listed all the movies you’d be able to see in the next month, but better than that, they’d publish photos and descriptions of the movies.
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.
… because we so often leave our geek at home, right?
Don’t miss Friday, “Dean of Invention” on Green Planet, a US cable station. Have it? If not, here’s a link to their site where you can catch an episode. It promises to show us the things we are so used to thinking are science fictions.
This is right up Red1’s alley, and mine, too. Bionic humans, flying cars? I’m there. Are you?