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From: TimF11/18/2010 11:49:59 AM
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TiVo Releases Online Season Pass Manager
Filed by Dave Zatz under TiVo, Web

Later today, TiVo subscribers will gain the ability to re-order, transfer, or delete their Season Passes online at Which is quite powerful when combined with the pre-existing web scheduling capabilities and To Do List functionality. This may seem like a minor feature, and perhaps it is in the grander scheme, but I can tell you it’s infinitely more efficient and practical to handle these tasks via computer than remote.

In addition to effectively segregating his and hers DVRs, as we have above, the new online Season Pass manager is also good for quickly cleaning up shows you’re no longer interested in (or the networks have removed for you). And it should even allow you to migrate all your Season Passes to a new TiVo – assuming they’re simultaneously active for a time.

Deleting and copying Season Passes is pretty straight forward. Check the shows, click the button. Reprioritization is done via some slick AJAXy drag and drop functionality. While I’ve had access to the feature for a few days, I haven’t actually been home to track how quickly changes are propagated from the cloud down to our actual TiVo hardware. However, I’m told it should happen in under 15 minutes. And, in some cases, Season Pass modifications may even appear near instantaneously.

To address some concerns that have cropped up in the forums… No, this is not solely limited to Premiere hardware. And, yes, it’s not quite the whole home (automated) cooperative scheduling many of us have been pining for. But it’s a solid start. (Plus, in my case, cooperative schedule may not help much – we attempt to record “must have” shows on both TiVo units as our Cisco tuning adapters regularly flake out.)

Chucky October 13th, 2010 at 11:20 am

“If you have a THD or S3, there may not be enough reason to upgrade now unless you can get a good deal (like some of the one Electronics Expo has run – ~$150).”

I’d happily pay the full retail price on a Premiere to replace my THD if TiVo would go ahead and make it easy for the 3rd party community to create free tools to swap hard drives.

(I’d run the classic UI, but I could make excellent use of the better performance and larger capacity of the Premiere. Not to mention that forward compatibility has value.)

I don’t see why it’s in TiVo’s interest to not make it easy for the 3rd party community to create disk utils at this point. There are already 3rd party proprietary shops offering pre-upgraded units. Once the cat is out of the bag, TiVo should proactively make life easier for its hard core users, enthusiasts, and evangelists. Not too many customers actually will unscrew the box, after all…
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