Last updated: January 18. This is your chance to influence the direction of TiVo Search and potentially the future of the entire TiVo interface. How would you change or improve TiVo Search? Requested Features & Interface Changes Netflix integration with the ability to directly select and add programs to the Netflix queue -- TiVo response Alternative text input method (using number keys / T9 / Zune Marketplace scrolling input) If you aren't familiar with Zune Marketplace search, click the link - it's 39 seconds in The name of the current search method would be indicated in smaller letters below the word "Search." Switching between search input methods could be done with: default input selection on Search Options; a thin vertical bar running up the left side of the screen, with selections for "Keyboard" (default), "Numeric" (like a cell phone), and "Scroll" (like Zune Marketplace Search); or a toggle between input methods using a button on the remote, such as Aspect or Thumbs+/Thumbs-. Index sports teams in search and create a main page for every major sports team, just as you do for actors and series. When you search on Lakers, you could select the "Los Angeles Lakers" team page. This would include an Upcoming menu with a list of all upcoming games for that team. The user could also create a wishlist to record all new games. For college teams, you could add Upcoming plus a separate menu to list all upcoming games for other teams in the same conference. You could call this "Related Events," "Conference Games" or "Division Games," or something more specific like "Upcoming Big12" or "Upcoming Big10." Index all episode titles, so when you input the name of a specific episode, you get the name of the show with the episode name in parenthesis. By default, partial matches would be prioritized last. For example, searching on "Return to Sender" would return "Dexter (Return to Sender)" in search results. If necessary to avoid clutter, you could display episode title matches only when more than X characters are entered. This function would be extremely useful for searching many types of documentary-type shows, which have a generic, non-descriptive title. On these programs, the episode title often serves as the descriptive title. A user may remember all or part of the episode title, but not the program title. When setting up a WishList from a search, provide the option to specify HD only. If possible in a future version of the TiVo software, add additional wishlist categories like "Prefer HD" (to record the HD version of a program if both SD and HD versions exist, but still record SD version if no HD version exists) and "SD only" or "Ignore HD." On movies, add a "Credits" menu below the "Cast" menu. The "Credits" menu would show the director, producers, and writers. Allow users to search on actors when the filter is set to display only free / recordable programs. On the initial search screen -- before the user actually performs a new search -- reserve the first two spaces on the top-bar for "TiVo Daily Picks - <Date>" and "Most Popular on TiVo <Week of X/XX - X/XX >." Clicking select on "TiVo Daily Picks" would show the daily picks for the day. Selecting "Most Popular" would display the 25 most-recorded shows. This is the same information on TiVo.com -> Find TV Shows. In Search Options, the user would be given the option to hide Daily Picks and Most Popular. Make it easy to find season premieres Dedicate one of the first squares on the top-bar to a "Season Premieres on TiVo" graphic. Selecting this would show a list of all pilots and season premieres upcoming in the next two weeks. Only show this graphic if there are upcoming season premieres that the user can actually receive (i.e. they get the channel). In Search Options, the user would be given the option to hide the "Season Premieres" square, just as they could hide Daily Picks and Most Popular. Dedicate 1-2 squares in the shows that have their pilot or season premiere in the next two weeks. Only prioritize season premieres that the user can actually receive (i.e. they get the channel). Differentiate season premieres in the top banner in some way, such as NEW SERIES or NEW SEASON text overlayed on the series image. Allow the user to search on "season premiere" -- search results would list all series with a first-run pilot or season premiere showing in the next 14 days Add "Save these Options" to Search Options allowing the user to keep their filters and sorting options whenever they exit the program. Provide the "Youtube Search" option for actors When a specific episode selected through Episode Guide is not showing in the next 14 days, give the option to create a wishlist for that episode. Search recorded lists across multiple TiVos to support "Watch Now (MRV)" for shows stored on another box in the home. Much like remote scheduling, add a selection for "Use this TiVo: " to the Season Pass Options and Record Options screens. If the user only has one TiVo in their home, this option would be grayed out and indicate the current DVR. If the user has more than one TiVo, then the user would be able to choose the DVR where they want to record the program. Furthermore, if there is a conflict with a new recording on the selected TiVo, then you might give the user the option to schedule the recording on a different DVR. On movies, show ratings from RottenTomatoes.com; this would take the form of the RT logo followed by either a % or a 1-10/10 rating. Allow users to vote thumbs up / down to the suggestions at the top of the screen; shows given a thumbs down would not be suggested again in the banner bar. In Search Options, include the setting to "Exclude programs rated with with Thumbs-down" from search results. That way, results for the user could become more tailored over time as they rate programs. On the program screen, add a separate menu for movie reviews / awards (if and only if such information is available) When a program is part of a guru guide, consider adding a link or a menu for "Guru Guide." This could take the form as a "Guru Guide" link under the "If you like this..." menu. Add support for Yahoo widgets (sports scores, weather, etc) in banner bar at the top of the screen. When you select YouTube on the Bonus Features menu, display the YouTube results inline in TiVO Search. Stop requiring users to exit to a completely separate app. There should only be one application with one interface. Hulu Offer a new TiVo remote with a slide-out keyboard, like this one from Vizio. Alternatively, support standard / wireless USB keyboards. Integrate videos from PC shared folders in search. Aesthetic Changes Increase menu and menu selection width, as seen in the press shots. Add the vertical divider between the second and third frames, as seen in the press shots. Center "Press ENTER to filter results" on the center pane, as seen in the press shots. Reduce the size of the thumbs up/down graphics and display them to the right of the program name, rather than the left. Since TV is the only current source of HD content, consider merging the TV and HD icons so you have one version of the TV icon for SD and another version of the TV icon when a program is available in HD. In the future, you would also have separate icons for Amazon Unbox and Amazon Unbox HD, Netflix and Netflix HD, etc. This merged TV+HD icon would be used on Search results; the HD icon would still be used under Upcoming, etc. Eliminate excess space on the Episode Guide between the "Jump to Season" selection and the first episode. On the page for a specific episode, change record text from "Record next episode" to "Record this episode." In the Episode Guide, consider moving the season and episode numbers to the first line so twice as many entries can fit on the screen. This would allow six or seven episodes per page. Other Changes Improve performance: eliminate lag during text input. If it is not possible to eliminate lag with with the current implementation (refining results after each input), then wait until the user pauses their "typing" to display results.