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TiVo updates Netflix, OOT UI

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TiVo updates Netflix, OOT UI
TiVo Inc.

By the time you read this, you should have noticed a change in your TiVo's UI if you use Netflix or other over-the-top (OOT) services on the device. On or about May 10th, 2012, your TiVo would have quietly taken an update, more than likely when you weren't looking, and presented you with a new UI. Don't worry, your TiVo world isn't been turned upside down, but certain aspects of the device are changing.

TiVo users shouldn't worry. The new UI for this content isn't going to be so different as you won't be able to find what you're looking for. TiVo has taken the gentle approach and simply cleaned things up a bit.

Part of the change involves how Netflix titles are displayed. I personally find this to be a more appealing view as things are more highlighted and easier to find. It's not that the company has changed how search works but the UI simply isn't as cluttered as it used to be.

Another change that shines to me, though I personally rarely use the service, is the Youtube UI. Simple, structured and easy to use. The fact that I rarely use it has more to do with the fact that I don't spend much time on Youtube and nothing to do with the previous UI on TiVo devices.

Overall, the changes the company has made seem to tighten things up enough that, while not changing the overall experience, will allow users to more easily find the content they're looking for. Changes always take time to get used to but these seemed to flow easily and shouldn't take users long to begin to enjoy.

Stay tuned for more TiVo information soon. I'm attending the 2012 Cable Show this week and will have all of the TiVo and other DVR related news directly from the show floor.

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