TiVo's new iPad app may be the game changer it was looking for

TiVo has launched its long-awaited Apple iPad app, which it announced in November. The app is now available in Apple's App Store Tivo's new Apple iPad apand works with TiVo's Premiere or Premiere XL box for users who have a TiVo subscription.

The TiVo Premiere App for the iPad gives users the ability to find content, view guides, schedule and manage recordings, get recommendations, or investigate a particular actor's entire resume--all on the iPad without interrupting the TV experience.

The app includes a full-screen program guide, functions as a remote with your TiVo, allows users to schedule recordings, and manage stored video. Users also can connect through Facebook and Twitter.

TiVo was panned when it introduced its new Premiere and Premiere XL boxes last March. Reviewers said they were disappointed in the features, saying that while the new TiVos were "better than the standard cable-company-supplied boxes," there wasn't enough of an upgrade to warrant moving from your old TiVo to the new model. The new boxes didn't take a deep enough dive into the Internet to warrant the $300 and $500 price tags they carried.

One reviewer said the new model "looks incomplete. It seems more like a platform for a future set of offerings TiVo hopes one day to have, rather than a way to deliver new content right now."

With the addition of the iPad app, the platform may have scored a major win in the STB wars.

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