Advertisements Sorry guys but I have to say that I am so very dissipointed how the TiVo corporation has run over the last 2 years in regards innovative software updates. 2 years back I bought this TiVo XL premiere DVR. I was intrigued on the advertised new HD menu interface and the ability to use video online services all in one box. Having a multiple HD tv's, Blu Ray players, Roku's and many other IT toys from computers to game stations and smartphones I was really excited to see what TiVo had to offer. When it arrived and I hooked it up my first impression of the new HD menu was it was rushed out too early. To me it looked like they took their existing SD menu and patched it with a HD home with a few other pages. The way the box connects to amazon and netflix was unchanged. I thought there was no way a company would leave their operating system software so unfinished that something big must be in the works. I figured TiVo would have a update out in 6 months or so finishing up the HD menu and hopefully a new interface to Netflix and Amazon. Fast forward to day the on screen experience still looks exactly the same today as it did 2 years ago. I don't see how they could leave the software so unfinished. Almost like CEO decided to cut the development department and filled it with nothing. I see they have a new premier box with 4 tuners but where on earth are the software innovations to go with the hardware? I have a older iPhone 3GS. I updated to IOS4 last year and got all the new software innovations and this year I updated to IOS5. I can use the cloud and all the other neat stuff. Microsoft comes out with service packs with all kinds of new features for their software. Even my Xbox 369 has had major redesigns and software development. I just am so truly dissipointing at how TiVo is not developing new and exciting software features to go with it's hardware. Heck it would show some balls if the company though outside the box at all. I mean it is almost like the CEO still uses a VHS to record his or her shows. Where is the innovation. Where are the game changing ideas? My roku has a great interface to netflix and amazon. Even my bluray player has a nicer smoother menu connecting to Netflix and amazon. A nice feature would be when setting up a recording for live programming the TiVo box can receive a update if the game goes in to overtime and extend the recording. (Yes I know that you can program the tivo time to extend live programs in the settings but that is not what I am talking about. I want the box to be smart enougth to do it when needed.) Another great feature would be the servers send out updates when prime time programming is bumped for a extended sporting event. Just last year the world series went over it's time slot. I did not record the world series but I had House programmed to record at 9pm. Only to find out the next day that house was bumped to 10pm because of the game. These are all software fixes that could be built in to the software on the server side. You know what would be wild. A kinect type interface to the TiVo. Imangine sitting on your couch and with the flick of your hand being able to move around the menu. With tv's so large and hd resolution if TiVo had a better photo browsing interface mix that with a kinect eye and you could have something like all your photos on your tv like a coffee table. The you could sit in your couch and use your hand movements to move the photos and arrange them. Think of a family reunion or just looking throw a scrap book with the kids. It just seems like the folks over at TiVo don't care to dream much about what they can do to really take their product to the next level. I have to think if Bill Gates or Steve Jobs started up TiVo it would be light years ahead of where it is today. What about a Facebook and twitter interface. I mean TiVo markets a wireless keyboard controller and a iPad application. The TiVo could have software with Facebook and twitter build in to the menu. Social networking right there on your TiVo menu on the side. That would be a great feature. Heck if they had a kinect innovation with social networking think of using your hands and fingers to social network. That would be wild. What about connecting directly to the box from your mobile device so you can watch your shows from the road? Right now I have to program a auto rule to move programs to my PC. Run a 3rd party program that categorizes my shows in a working hierarchy and run a airserver on my PC so I can watch my DVR shows on my iPhone or iPad where ever I am whenever I want. If the TiVo company does not get off the couch and start making some real innovation on its software it will end up just like blockbuster. Blockbuster was too slow to keep up with the market when it evolved. Netflix came out with their mail service first and beat them to online content. Same thing is going to happen with TiVo. Another innovative idea TiVo could access my email similar to how my iPhone access it. There you go. If you combined social networking, email, watching your dvr'd shows from your mobile device, intelligent live show interruption service all in one box. That would be one heck of a hot item. I just wish TiVo would get off the couch and do some work.