Tivo has released a Software Development Kit (SDK) for their broad-band connected Tivo units:

HME is the code name for TiVo’s powerful new open platform for applications that are displayed and controlled by broadband-connected TiVo Series2 DVRs. HME applications are written using the Java programming language and can run on home PC’s or remote servers hosted by TiVo. At this time, HME applications can not control any of the TiVo DVR’s scheduling, recording, or video playback capabilities. Developers use the HME software developer kit (SDK) to create these applications. The SDK is released under the Common Public License (CPL).

This means that Yahoo (or anyone) could start releasing applications for the Tivo.

Wow, a bold and wise move.

Posted by jzawodn at January 31, 2005 10:03 AM

Reader Comments
# Travis said:

Indeed. I can't wait until I can read a review of a show and then just click on a link to schedule it to be recorded.

on January 31, 2005 11:15 AM
# Stephan Segraves said:

Very cool. The RSS example/screenshot they have is pretty interesting.

Does anyone know if you can record HDTV on to the TiVo? Does it get compressed?

on January 31, 2005 02:57 PM
# Marc Abramowitz said:

Very cool! Wise indeed for TiVo to differentiate themselves from the growing competition and to make it more compelling, since it is going to be facing competition from things like Windows MCE.

Maybe I'll try my hand at this after I get a few other projects out the door...

on January 31, 2005 07:48 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

Testing. Ignore.

on February 1, 2005 02:23 AM
# Marc Canter said:

On second glance - here's what I don't see....

[or shall I say - "can yah take a look and see if......."]

Any mention ofStrangeberry's functionality
Any mention of TiVO to Go
Any notion of a Home LAN

In other words - this seems to be a stop gap - waitingf for the series 3 boxes. Which would THEN beg the question "will series 2 apps be compatible with series 3?"


on February 2, 2005 11:38 AM
# Troy said:

Too bad it's about two years too late, and now quality competition exists.

on February 5, 2005 10:04 AM
# DJBinks said:

Does the nature of the SDK and it's license result in developers only being able to produce open-source applications?

on April 27, 2005 02:43 PM
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