The latest TiVo hack doesn’t actually require any hacking. Last fall, TiVo partnered up with Creston to integrate the Series3 into their home automation framework. While I haven’t heard anything since, it turns out the hooks are wide open (via Omikron) to any application or hardware on one’s home network – and possibly well beyond by implementing router port fowarding. Until something more polished is developed, the telnet protocol allows you to manually feed a variety of remote commands to a networked TiVo. For example, in the video above, I’m using a terminal application on my jailbroken iPhone as a rudimentary WiFi remote control. There’s some real interesting potential here…
But don’t take my word for it, give it a try. Launch any sort of terminal or command window app, telnet to your TiVo’s IP address using port 31339, and enter a few of these commands:
Here’s two apps I’d like to see…
1. I’d like a nice graphical virtual remote for my iPhone (or other WiFi handset). I doubt it’d see much use in practice, but wouldn’t it look cool?
2. I want some sort of web app in which I feed it my IP address and TitanTV (or similar) credentials, and then at 5 past and 35 past the hour both tuners on my TiVo are polled. If anything is being recorded, the channel number is mated up to my lineup and guide data from TitanTV, with the resultant data being posted on the blog sidebar or to my Facebook status that says: Dave is recording Future Weapons on Discovery HD. Related, how about TiVo embed this sort functionality directly into their new MyTV Facebook widget?