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Crestron to offer touchpanel support for Series3 TiVos

by Brad Linder, posted Sep 17th 2007 2:00PM
Crestron touchpanelsSure TiVo offers a pretty nice looking remote control with its high priced Series3 video recorder. But sometimes after you've spent $800 (or $600 after a rebate) on a fancy machine, you want to buy an expensive gizmo to pair with it.

Crestron Electronics has announced that they're working on touchpanel support for the Series3. That means you'll be able to control pretty much all the functions on your TiVo from a fancy touchscreen device on your coffee table or attached to your wall.

There aren't a ton of details yet, but it looks like the software will only work with Series3 units, but not Series2 boxes. We don't know if that means TiVoHD units are in or out, since they're basically cheaper versions of the Series3. We also don't know why you need what is essentially a little computer to control the computer sitting across the room from you.

[via TiVo Lovers]

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Well seeing that we just had a whole crestron system installed, including the adagio home audio system, lighting control and HVAC control with 2 way thermostats I'm stoked about this.

I can't wait till our installer will have this in his hands to setup fo us.

Also I would not call Crestron or AMX to small of companies. The market for residential install is growing big time. Spending 100k-300k for a full system is not such a big deal now with home prices in the upper markets. When spending 3-5 million on a new home a few 100K is not such a hard sell when you look at what it does and resale.

It was an easy sell for us. With almost 9000 sq/ft of conditioned space just the lighting was enough reason. No light switches and being able to have preset scenes for the rooms was huge. Plus the 4 diffrent AC systems and multiple zones plus all the infloor heating zones would be a PIA to have to manage with 15+ thermostats.

Even the new condos I were looking to buy down in FL started offering built in systems as part of the build options.

September 18 2007 at 8:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Carlton Bale

I agree that this is only a big deal if it is an open protocol; Crestron is too small and too high-end of a company. This protocol only becomes truly useful if it allows 2-way communication with the remote. By this, I mean being able to browse the Now Playing list and start playing a show via the remote without ever viewing the Now Playing list on your television. The newest Philips Pronto remotes support 2-way communication over IP and Serial using a javascript-based protocol called ProntoScript. Crestron support is nothing more than "interesting"; true 2-way communication with a more consumer-friendly remote would be spectacular. If TiVo makes a full-user-interface, 2-way protocol available, enthusiasts will figure out how to make it work with a wide variety of interesting devices.

September 18 2007 at 1:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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