TiVo recently released a new app which allows you to control your Tivo DVR or non-TiVo DVR for free on the iPhone. We’ve seen the app for the iPad already, but now it’s available right in your pocket allowing you to Schedule TV show/movie recordings and ongoing (Season Pass) recordings, together with the ability to browse the channel guide without interrupting the show you’re currently watching at home.
The new TiVo iPhone application has limited support for TiVo Series3, TiVo HD, and TiVo HD XL DVRs and support for Non-TiVo DVR customers to explore the TiVo App using Guest mode together with Suddenlink and RCN Premiere DVRs.
After using the app, I found one of the only downsides is that unless you own a TiVo, you can’t get much out of the app. As the TiVo App homepage shows; those who do not have a TiVo or Suddenlink/RCN boxes are only limited to use the Program guide, Search/Browse TV & Movies, and Explore Cast and Crew. As well as one of the only ways to use the app to it’s fullest is to have a ‘Premiere’ TiVo box which can run around $100 plus $20 a month. But when using the app on a non-TiVo DVR there was still some usefulness to being able to look at when a show you like is coming on and what channel without having to pull up the Program Guide on the TV and interrupting someone else s viewing.
The app works pretty well in regards to distance and response. I didn’t have trouble sitting on my couch or at the dinner table and using it as a remote. The biggest concern I have is that unlike the iPad app, the iPhone is very limited on screen size, so while it might be convenient to have a remote in your pocket it’s not as easy to use the full remote as it is on the iPad. However, for a free app to easily manage your DVR it is defiantly worth picking up.