TweeVo: Tweet Your TiVo Recordings

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While TiVo employees program automated laundry machine tweets, TiVo customers continue to give their DVR a Twitter voice. About a year ago, we first saw TwiVo – which tweets newly completed TiVo recordings and was hacked together in PHP, primarily for the author’s own usage. However, this weekend, the new and far more sophisticated TweeVo has been released to the masses by Brian Peek.

Like TwiVo, TweeVo periodically polls your TiVo’s Now Playing list (via embedded web server) to determine and then broadcast new recordings on Twitter. But TweeVo also provides a GUI for easy and smart customization (above left), when the Windows system tray app isn’t running in the background. (.NET 3.5 SP1 required.) Additionally, TweeVo mates your recordings to Zap2it show information so followers can optionally learn more.

However, the question remains… Do tweeting TiVos serve any sort of practical purpose? I can get behind the idea of social gadgetry. However, like the blog, I prefer to engage in a dialogue over a monologue. So let’s link our TiVos, and let them communicate amongst themselves. Even if we can’t share our recordings, let’s share recording suggestions. Guru Guides by and for the people.

5 thoughts on “TweeVo: Tweet Your TiVo Recordings”

  1. For my own knowledge, seeing that my TiVo had recorded something could conceivably have some value. But you’re right, that’s not very interesting in a social media context. Much more interesting is to know what the TiVo is watching right now, because then you can chime in with comments about that show. (Hopefully, not spoilers.) That’s what I was trying to do with @TiVoMHA, which I stopped bothering with after a few days. If it could be automated, I’d keep it up!

  2. Thanks for the plug! Usefulness? Even I’m not sure of that. My testers (friends) and I have used it as a way to keep up on what we’re all watching which has inspired a couple of conversations and some of us finding new shows to watch. A couple of them have used it as a way to keep tabs on their TiVo while at work so they know what’s on the box when they get home. Overall, it was just a fun little project to throw together, and one of the real pieces of this is the article at the Coding4Fun site (linked at which explains how it was built from start to finish, and contains some useful TiVo information as well as great information for hobbyist .NET developers.

  3. I have a new project at work to updtae some of our old VB6 code to .NET and migrate the APIs to web services. So while I find it more direct to atcually look on the TiVo at what it recorded and so forth I will definitely make use of the article to have a fun way to get my head into .NET. I have mainly done Java Developement for the past many years. :)

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