In a post last year, I nearly broke up with my Tivo. Since it isn’t fair to only point out deficiencies, I decided that I should offer up some potential solutions. First, I suggested a simple improvement to the Tivo UI that better leverages the thumbs on the remote. Today, I’d like to propose the introduction of a few more “gestures”. These wouldn’t be fancy gestures, like those found on touch devices, but rather very simple ones. You might even call them “crude gestures”. They would provide shortcuts into functionality that otherwise require a lot of navigation.

Tivo Remote

Tivo's remote could be more powerful with simple gestures.

Get a Season Pass – Press the record button twice
While watching a show, the user presses the record button not once, but twice, initiating a Season Pass request. The Season pass would be established using whatever default settings already exist. No other user intervention would be needed. A dismissible (and self-dismissing) confirmation message could be displayed that also allows you to navigate to your Season Pass Settings.

Cancel a Season Pass – Press thumbs down
This one’s more of a shortcut than a gesture. While watching or recording a Season Pass show, press the down thumb on the remote. A dismissible message appears asking if you want to cancel your Season Pass.

Return to the beginning of a recording – Press and hold instant replay
If you want to return to the beginning of a program that you (or someone else) has already started watching, there’s no quick way to do this. You either have to fast forward to the end of the program or rewind to the beginning. I’d suggest press and hold of the instant replay button for, say, 2 seconds to immediately return to the beginning of a recording.

UPDATE: You can get to the beginning of a recording quickly, using the Advance button (see Thanks for the tip, Steve!

Now into my second year as a Tivo customer, I have to wonder why there aren’t more meaningful software updates coming from the company. As I’ve said before, there would be no hardware changes required to make changes like these. A simple software update, sent over-the-wire would suffice.