TiVo is gearing up to push out software version 9.4, and TiVo gave me a sneak peak at the update.
This update does the usual bug-fix-and-such, but there are three main new features. One, you can now use any folder as a play folder (where recordings play back-to-back without stopping). Two, closed captioning gets a few improvements (easier to access). And three… ready? You can now access the channel guide from inside of any video playback. That’s right, no need to exit watching a recorded video to load Live TV… to wait for the channel guide to show up.
That last feature is a big one, because the lack of an always-accessible channel guide was something that Windows Media Center does with the greatest of ease. It was a real letdown when I found my TiVo HD couldn’t do something so basic.
I’ll hold off on stability, as I saw a few issues… but TiVo has said that they’re fixed in the final push. Want the TiVo software first? The priority push list isn’t online yet, but I strongly suspect that it will be loaded on this page once they’re ready.