Originally Posted by michaeltscott
Originally Posted by aaronwt
I have tivos running through both my XBOnes. I use Kinect to pause, play etc with the TiVos.
When I tried it I could control my TiVo with Kinect voice commands as well. I started having some problems which seemed to be splitter related and rather than trying to fix them I just took it out, since I wasn't even a tiny bit impressed with the XB1 TV functionality.
You can control the Tivo from the Kinect. But only if you're in Live TV and then only if you want to change the channel on THAT tuner. The Kinect has no support for switching the Tivo's tuners nor any other features. Treat it like a dumb cable box and the Kinect does fine.
What concerned me a bit more, however, was that I could discern areas in the picture where the signal going through the Xbox was showing artifacts. There was a bit more blockiness to some programming, a sign that the Xbox transcoder wasn't quite getting things right. Given this is all plugged into a new Panasonic plasma I didn't want to introduce anything into the mix that would prevent me from making a fair assessment of the display's handling. So I ran component lines direct from the Tivo to the TV and left the HDMI running through it. Not because I'll use it though. More to have it there for potential demos and such.
At some point, like if/when the Xbox supports HDMI-CEC, then I might go back to using it. But then only for the updates and notification features. I could see it being VERY useful if the Xbox was intelligent enough to interact with my AVR (a Denon X3000) and be able to switch inputs. Right now it can't. Hell, it barely even controls the AVR's volume properly (which, in fairness, has more to do with the Denon's IR pickup than just the Xbox).
I can't really ever see the Xbox being sufficiently capable of controlling the Tivo to ever make it a viable alternative to the Tivo's own controls (RF remote or android/ios apps).