Your Apple TV gives you access to lots of content services: Netflix, iTunes store, local iTunes streaming, YouTube and Internet radio (how come no one ever talks about the cool Internet radio functionality). What if TiVo was simply another choice on your Apple TV? What if you could access shows recorded on your TiVo through your Apple TV? After I saw TiVo’s iPad app today I realized it’s possible and it would be awesome.
TiVo has put together a brilliant iPad application to manage their newest DVR, the Premiere. The interface is superior to the Premiere’s native on-screen UI. You can manage season passes, browse the guide, chose shows to record, learn more about the actors in a show, interact with social media and control the TiVo (and that’s not even the complete list). Well, the iPad runs the iOS operating system as does Apple TV. So, porting the TiVo iPad app to iOS would be pretty easy to do. All we have to do is wait for the Apple TV app store to launch.
In this world, the Apple TV would be the primary interface to your TiVo (better than the solution I proposed earlier). Thanks to AirPlay, the TiVo could output shows over the network to the Apple TV. Apple will be giving developers access to the Airplay APIs in the near future.
This could be a great partnership for both companies. TiVo could come out with beefier boxes with additional tuners and gigantic hard drives (i.e. the announced Virgin TiVo is an example). Apple TV could function as a TiVo extender for different TVs in the home. Folks would stop asking when the Netflix app on TiVo would be upgraded. TiVo could once again focus on its core strength, being the number one DVR in the marketplace.