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Rampant TiVo speculation...
From time to time I look at the jobs available at TiVo - just to tease myself and get my hopes up. Since my C++ skills are several years out of date I don't think I stand a chance looking at the openings they have. Though it looks like I'll be brushing up my OO skills and learning UML for my current job, since we're going to be doing work in C# and Java in the new year. So maybe it isn't completely hopeless.

They never seem to be looking for a Linux admin, Perl/PHP/web hacker, network security specialist... :-) (My background is way too fragmented - I like playing with too much different stuff for my own good...)

Anyway, it can be interesting looking at what they're searching for - and maybe thinking about what it might mean. Like this one... http://www.tivo.com/5.8.2.asp?listing=210

As a member of the PC Engineering team, you will work to develop our next generation of Windows desktop applications, including TiVo Desktop and authoring tools for TiVo's exclusive interactive television features. Your applications will enable TiVo subscribers to have greater control over their TiVo DVRs on the network, and the media that they enjoy. You'll also work closely with broadcasters and producers to reinvent television advertisement for the DVR future.

Next generation of Windows desktop applications? Greater control over their TiVo DVRs on the network? Hmm, that sounds intriguing.

It also sounds like the tools for advertisers to produce TiVoMatic content are Windows tools, if I'm reading between the right lines.

Or this one: http://www.tivo.com/5.8.2.asp?listing=212
DVD-V and DVD-VR? DVD-Audio? VideoCD? Japanese language skills? Things the current Pioneer doesn't do - next generation unit? Another product not yet announced? Just preparation for pursuing a licensee? Hmm...

You know, I just read an article on the Sony PSX, they finally announced a Dec 13th street date in Japan. Sony is a TiVo licensee, this thing is a PS2 + DVR + more. Hmm, maybe connected? ;-)

Well, I can dream. :-)

I am: speculative
Current Media: Tempest 2000 Sndtrk. - 2000 Dub

mackys From: mackys Date: December 2nd, 2003 11:51 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

Only problem with working for Tivo...

All positions are based in Silicon Valley in Alviso, California, unless otherwise noted.

Argh! If I wanted to pay $600k for a small house, I'd live in Boulder, CO!

Er, wait...

From: (Anonymous) Date: December 3rd, 2003 07:57 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

Interesting TiVo Stuff

I was checking up on another issue and I ran into this which I thought you might find interesting:
Go to : The IANA Port Number List (http://www.iana.org/assignments/port-numbers) and search for ports registered to a tivo.com address.
Previously I believe only one came up, 2190 (tivoconnect). Now there are two more:
2191 (tvbus)
3191 (tvnetworkvideo)
I found it interesting.
- Craig Eagle
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: December 3rd, 2003 10:02 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Interesting - 2190 and 2191 have been assigned for a while. TVBus is the protocol used for MRV under HMO.

But 3791 looks new - July 2003. :-) (BTW, it is 3791, not 3191.)

TV Network Video data port? Hmm - streaming?