TiVo has joined the blossoming ranks of companies that are offering video-viewing applications via iPads.

The TiVo Premiere App will be available for free downloading from Apple's iTunes store over the coming weeks. The app will serve as a remote control for TiVo Premiere users, and it will let them search for Internet and linear TV content.

The TiVo Premiere App also lets users remotely schedule and manage their DVR recordings.  The application features "gesture-based control" that allows users to drag forward or backwards on an iPad via a tap or swipe.

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There's also a social networking feature in the app, which includes sharing comments with friends via Twitter or Facebook in regard to a show or program that viewers are currently watching.

"We're bringing TiVo's innovative user interface from the TV directly to your fingertips, taking your TV viewing experience to a whole new level," said Jim Denney, vice president and general manager of product marketing for TiVo. "The new TiVo Premiere App takes our best-in-class user interface and brings it to iPad's stunning high-resolution display and innovative multi-touch interface. There's no better example of TiVo's passion for innovation and focus on ease-of-use than the TiVo Premiere App for iPad, and no better reason to give the gift of TiVo this year."

Users need to have a TiVo Premiere or TiVo Premiere XL box and an existing account with TiVo.

Last week, Comcast launched its iPad remote control device, while Verizon, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision and CableLabs are also working on applications for iPads.