The company recently filed an application for a patent with the US Patent and Trademark Office for a mobile personalization system that uses RF tags and a DVR.
The system would include a remote control that recognizes the RFID tag closest to the PVR, which would then notify the DVR and link the viewer’s preferences to the system.
This would help solve the problem of current DVRs not distinguishing between a single user and a family of users, or an adult family member or a child, said the patent. It also would mean viewers who travel frequently would be able to transfer viewing or operational preferences to other devices in, say, hotels.
TiVo said it may provide a list of viewer preferences to hotel chains so when a user checks in the hotel server could make a sub-list of programs and scheduled recordings for the duration of the user’s visit. The patent also implies that hotels may be able to implement customized commercials.