(2013-05-24 18:48)teaguecl Wrote: The Tivo remotes have absolutely zero support for XBMC, though as this thread shows many people have gotten them to work. I have been monitoring this thread, and I authored the Tivo Slide documentation on the wiki, and as far as I can tell nobody has ever tried to use it on OSX. We asked for someone to try on ATV, but never got any volunteers.
The Tivo Slide does come with a USB dongle - actually it used to come with a dongle, since the product has been discontinued. You can still find it online, but at ridiculous prices.
The TivoGlo is not bluetooth based, and therefore does not have a USB dongle - it simply emits IR signals. I would assume Tivo uses standard IR protocols that any IR receiver can catch, but I don't know that for a fact. The Glo never interested me because:
1. It's not RF
2. It has no QWERTY keyboard
I'm sure it's a fine remote, I loved my original Tivo remote from Sony - but that's been 15 years now (man I feel old).
I strongly feel that the only way to build any momentum for using Tivo remotes on XBMC is to create a UI Skin that follows the Tivo user interface paradigm (use the Tivo button to return "home", Left arrow instead of Back button, etc.) Right now you have to re-map all of the keys, and even then there's a lot of mental re-working you have to do since Confluence uses a very different set of commands than Tivo. Of course, it's unclear what the future of separately purchased Tivo remotes is - so maybe it's folly either way.
Thanks for this–extremely useful–information. I was actually under the misguided impression that the TivoGlo was just a "glow-keys" upgrade from the Slide, and was 100% certain that it featured RF(!). As a matter of fact I was inches away from placing an order for it.
It being infrared-only basically disqualifies it for my use; as the system I'm running XBMC on is sitting in an adjacent room.
And yeah, for the Tivo remotes to be useful they would have to be paired with a skin that replicated the "Tivo-feel" as well. However, from looking at various posts it seemed that they had basic functionality (under Linux), but that some buttons were not functional and required a newer kernel. Glad to now have some firm details on the XBMC compatibility.
I've already done quite some (soul-)searching for the best remote-solution for my XBMC box(en), and thought I finally had found a contender. But alas, it looks like the search goes on. I've already disqualified the Apple Remote (being IR), and the Boxee and countless others for the same reasons. I contemplated getting an additional PS3 remote, but wanted one which had backlighting.
For a while Logitech's Harmony 800 looked like it would be good–although slightly overkill for my use–but then it apparently got discontinued (or only had a limited production run). So my 'remote' is currently a Logitech K800 keyboard–which I admit is rather excellent being RF (great range, no lag or skipped keypresses) and which also features superb keyboard backlighting (static triggered!). The only main drawback is obviously its size. :-)
So if you have any other good alternatives for remotes featuring RF and backlighting, please let me know! (incl. some which might be in the pipeline)