tivo gets even better

Like pretty much anyone who has TiVo, we love TiVo. Because we have it we actually watch less TV, but more of what we want – more focused and less just browsing around aimlessly. TiVo has been facing competition from sattelite and cable providers, who often now provide their own DVRs, so as a result, TiVo have been adding more bells and whistles, and I couldn’t be happier.

I already knew that they have a feature now called Amazon Unbox on TiVo, where you can order movies from Amazon which are then downloaded to your TiVo box. Near DVD quality – we’ve done this a couple of times and it’s definitely a neat feature.

Last night it got even better – we saw that our box had downloaded new software for the new swivel search functionality, and right away we were impressed. Basically it means that you can call up a program you’ve been watching, find out who is in it (including directors, producers and writers) and then find out what else they have done, either what’s coming up on regular TV, or what you can download from Amazon. So for example we had just finished watching Galaxy Quest, and from that realized that one of the producers also was a producer of Chicken Run (we got there by seeing someone who was in Hook – did you know that one of the producers of that was Dodi Fayed?) which is going to be on next week. From that, we found someone who is in Chariots of Fire, which I haven’t seen in ages, and is on next week. So great and interesting way to find stuff.

Well played, TiVo, well played.

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