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The TivoNetRemote App for the Windows Phone 7

I have been spending some time lately writing an app for the Windows Phone 7 to remote TivoNetRemoteMktMcontrol a TiVo using your home network (not infrared). Today, the app showed up in the marketplace.


The app uses the Mango (7.5) version of the Windows Phone 7 which supports TCP/IP socket communication. As you click the buttons, commands are sent to the TiVo over the connection to tell it to do various things. For example, IRCODE PAUSE is the command to pause the TiVo. TiVo has documented most of the commands. The TiVo Premiere, S3 and TiVo HD support network remote control.

The app uses some controls from Telerik to improve the user interface such as page transitions, popups for Trial/Purchase notification and the list picker.

The app has a trial and purchase mode. The trial is free but some functionality is disabled. Purchasing the full version ($1.99) immediately enables the missing functions.

The app uses the Dotfuscator product from Preemptive Solutions to obfuscate the code to deter reverse engineering and decompiling the app as well as add analytics to track the number of times the app is used by all those that downloaded it.TivoRemoteWM6

Much of the text and hyperlinks within the app may be updated by me without requiring users to update their app. This is done by the app downloading an XML file containing the text and other properties from a website. I simply update the XML file and users will have the latest text available to them. For example, one of the pages has a list of resources and links to websites. I can easily add or update this list. Also, there is a page of Headline News which I can update periodically with new and interesting tips.

Development of the app is done using Microsoft’s Visual Studio. The code is C# and WP7 development is in Silverlight (xaml).

About 9 years ago, I wrote a similar app for the Windows Mobile 6 (image on the right). This app also used network commands but it talked to the old Series 1 TiVo using HTTP protocol to the web server that was set up on the TiVo (TivoWeb).

For more information, click the images to get to the marketplace and the app’s home page.

Print | posted on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 12:00 AM | Filed Under [ WP7 ]



# re: The TivoNetRemote App for the Windows Phone 7

Great blog.
3/31/2016 2:21 AM | Pream Chopra

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