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TiVoToGo for Mac Announced 118

An anonymous reader writes "After much anticipation, some backpedaling, a bite of hope, and a delayed release date, TiVoToGo Mac Edition is here. While there have been some unofficial hacks, those solutions have not been ideal for everyone. With support for transferring shows and burning to DVD/iPod, TiVoToGo is bundled as a part of Roxio's Toast Titanium software that will be announced tomorrow at Macworld."
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TiVoToGo for Mac Announced

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  • Not Exactly (Score:5, Insightful)

    by shirizaki ( 994008 ) on Monday January 08, 2007 @11:16AM (#17508374)
    More like meta data. DRM would hinder actual play of video files on players, btu it will encode it for iPod and PSP use, so calling it DRM isn't correct.

    If anything, this is the proper way I'd like to see content distributed with protection.

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  • So what. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Laith ( 21370 ) on Monday January 08, 2007 @11:17AM (#17508394) Journal
    At home I'm mostly a Mac guy. By bundling the new software only with a pay product when the Windows version is free is just insulting and bad business.

    I just want to be able to copy some of our programs to a computer to watch. So I can watch my Sci-Fi when my wife or daughter are watching one of their programs, or so my daughter can watch one of her shows when the TV is otherwise busy.

    We have no dvd burner in the computer and no desire to save these shows after viewing. Just want to have another screen to view them on.
  • by Ed Avis ( 5917 ) <> on Monday January 08, 2007 @11:33AM (#17508586) Homepage
    I don't think that is particularly evil. Unless it's removing some of your digital rights, I don't think you can justify calling it DRM. There is enough real DRM out there without muddying the water. As far as I can tell, you can still exercise your rights to fair dealing, time-shifting and so on even if there is an invisible watermark in the video.
  • by TobyRush ( 957946 ) on Monday January 08, 2007 @11:43AM (#17508730) Homepage
    Why, I ought to just yank my TiVo out and toss it in the... *sob* Oh, who am I kidding? They have me right where they want me!

    You have GOT TO BE KIDDING ME. Mac users wait, and then wait, and then wait some more, and then finally TiVo announces it... for $100? The thing which has been a free download for Windows users for... ever? I'm miffed, but also genuinely curious why they would so obviously spit in the face of their customers like this. Is the Mac port somehow dependent on Toast's technology? Do they figure that Mac users must all be rich and spendy, and thus won't care about forking over $100? Are they just desperate for cash?

    We're supposed to hear more about the "iTV" and Leopard tomorrow. Maybe there will be a TiVo-related announcement made there that will make me feel a little less affronted, but after waiting this long for TiVo to show even a little Mac love, I'm not holding my breath...
  • by slughead ( 592713 ) on Monday January 08, 2007 @12:33PM (#17509468) Homepage Journal
    Bundled as part of Toast? Well, so much for that idea then. A CD burning application that costs $100 and breaks with every security and system update that apple puts out? No thank you, I'll stick with the "unofficial hacks" (which work just fine).

    I don't understand, I haven't updated toast 7.0 since it came out and haven't upgraded to 7.1--or whatever it's at now (I'm doing 10.4.8 on a Mac Pro now).

    Toast has always been the 'end-all' of burning software since I started using it nearly a decade ago.

    These days it can take in raw video, including mpeg2, and burn a DVD with no other software. It'll auto-compress video (and video_ts) to fit DVDs.

    Combined with ElGato's software, burning TV shows from Miglia or EyeTV devices can be done without recompression. I used to do this three or 4 times a week, putting 2 hours on each disc.

    It even started doing dual layer way before Apple even offered the option.

    I've never had compatibility issues, even though I rarely upgrade. In fact, I've never had a single issue with Toast, and I use it for all sorts of crazy stuff.

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