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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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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 08, 2007 @11:03AM (#17508208)
    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).
    • 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.
      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by lakeland ( 218447 )
        I used to use toast too, but have stopped since the number of things it can do best has shrunk to virtually zero.

        As a serious backup program it doesn't work. It doesn't handle backing up open files and I don't even think it has an option to span disks.
        Backing up the odd file from your home directory is far easier in the Finder than launching a seperate program.
        Music and Photo backups are meaningless now with the builtin apps doing them better.
        That leaves movie backup. It does a passable job there, but so
        • It doesn't handle backing up open files and I don't even think it has an option to span disks.

          Toast may be crappy in other ways, but it certainly does have the option to span disks. That's the main reason why I use it.

  • I just spent all weekend getting two-way video working between my new iMac and Tivo.
    • We've got a DirecTV TiVo unit (oldie but goodie). I've never investigated interfacing it with my computer, but we're starting to realize that 35 hours of storage just isn't enough for long-term storage and still catch everything we want to watch, so it's time to figure something out. We hate the remote on the new DirecTV PVR, so don't want to switch. Any idea if there's a way to pull things off of it to my iMac without a whole lot of extra equipment like FireWire TV tuners and the like?
      • We're still hanging onto our HD DirecTivo until all the kinks get worked out with the Mpeg-4 HD DVR blah blah blah unit that D* has or will release. (I haven't kept up with that news). As far as remotes go, I tell friends this all the time. The one tech device more important than anything else in your life except for a computer or cell phone is a great universal remote. One that can learn, has a good combination of LCD and hard buttons, well laid out, and does macros. We have two from Home Theater Master (
        • You can keep waiting. DirecTV dropped TiVo and is now using their own half-assed DVR service.
      • by dafz1 ( 604262 )
        DirecTv's version of the TiVO OS(version depends on hardware)doesn't include an FTP server, like the "real" TiVO OS does(vs. 7). Secondly, DirecTv also disables the network port in software. So, there's no easy way to get content off.

        That's for official support. There are hacks available that allow you to enable the network port(if you have one, otherwise you need to buy a USB ethernet adapter), start a telnet/ftp server, so you can transfer things off via command line. AFAIK, it won't support Tivo2Go.
        • by jdray ( 645332 )
          Eh. That's what I was afraid of. I'll just rely on ISOHunt to find torrents for the stuff I want to keep. thx JD
        • FYI folks, there is a pretty easy hack out there that lets Mac users (and Windows) extract shows from their TiVo, and UPLOADING them as well! Here's what I have - in a nutshell, and how I do it:

          My hardware:
          DirecTiVo Series 2. The original 40Gig HD was removed and upgraded to a 160Gig drive about 2 years ago.
          Powerbook G4 867MHz
          Linksys USB100M

          Most of the instructions to follow to upgrade HD are in these two threads:
          http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.ph p?t=265929 [tivocommunity.com]
          http://www.tivocommuni [tivocommunity.com]

  • by Anonymous Coward
    back PEDALING, not peddling.
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by slughead ( 592713 )
      back PEDALING, not peddling.

      Nonsense. They meant that they went back in time to sell Tivos to people in the past.

      "Back Peddling"
  • by 8127972 ( 73495 ) on Monday January 08, 2007 @11:09AM (#17508290)
    According to Engadget.com:

    "Take heed, the software does indeed embed a non-visible watermark of your Media Access key into converted video -- same as the PC kiddo."

    Click below for the full details:

    http://www.engadget.com/2007/01/08/roxio-deliverst ivotogo-for-mac-yes-roxio/ [engadget.com]

    • 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.

      "We'll give you free reign, but we're marking it."
      • Nice spin. Yes it is DRM. It could be worse, but since it intentionally prevents some uses of the video, it is certainly DRM.
        • I haven't RTFA, so correct me if my assumptions are wrong, but wouldn't the restrictions be on making perfect digital copies that you could distribute freely over the internet?

          While DRM is like a four letter word on here, there are good kinds of DRM and bad kinds of DRM. Good DRM will be simple to use and won't get the in way of basic use: watching on your computer, burning to DVD, watching on iPod/PSP, etc. At the same time, good DRM would prevent people from making unlimited copies that could be spread

          • The restrictions would be that everything you ever convert will be directly traceable to you. Would this be bad? Depends on what you're converting and how bad someone wants to find you. Of course real pirates would have a bogus key anyway. Maybe even yours.
        • Re:Not Exactly (Score:5, Informative)

          by Niten ( 201835 ) on Monday January 08, 2007 @12:09PM (#17509140)

          No, it's not DRM. It's a watermark. It does not and cannot prevent you from doing anything at all with the video; all it does is provide the content owners with a means of identifying copyright violators, should the video show up in a torrent somewhere.

          I agree with shirizaki - this is the proper way for media to be distributed online. This watermark will never be an issue for you until after you've already, publicly violated someone else's copyright.

          • No, it's not DRM. It's a watermark. ... I agree with shirizaki - this is the proper way for media to be distributed online. This watermark will never be an issue for you until after you've already, publicly violated someone else's copyright.

            I agree also, and wish I had mod points to add an '+1 insightful'.

            We've heard lots of complaints on SlashDot about DRM, and I'll agree that DRM is bad.

            This ISN'T DRM though. You could transfer the file or convert it for the iPod (I'm assuming the Mac version will suppor

            • by xjerky ( 128399 )
              "assuming some tool doesn't come out to strip the MAK out of the file"

              C'mon, you KNOW somebody's going to do that, if they hadn't already.

              Funny, at first I read your comment as calling the first person to do it a 'tool'.....
              • and if someone does come out with a tool like that, then they do. Its still not DRM, its just Copyright with all that implies.

                Book sellers selling Stripped paper-backs is illegal also, and yet some still do it.
                • by xjerky ( 128399 )
                  My point being, a tool to strip watermarks will likely cause content owners to go back to DRM.
            • "Copyright", by the way, is not capitalized unless it is at the beginning of a sentence.

              US copyright law does not apply outside of its borders. It is perfectly legal in my jurisdiction to record and rebroadcast (in any form I choose) any transmission.
          • If that's true then I stand corrected. They're going to release Hollywood movies with no protection but a watermark? I'll believe it when I see it. If I could download movies for a few bucks and play them in mplayer, I would do it.
          • Rebroadcasting is specifically allowed in some jurisdictions (such as Canada).
    • Unless I am mistaken, Toast in version 7 put in some DRM stuff.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Ed Avis ( 5917 )
      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.
      • I'd have to say that I agree, this doesn't sound 'bad' to me, although I'll admit I haven't read the full details. But a watermark is the perfect 'DRM', I'd say. No actual restrictions on what you can do, but if the authorities find pirate DVDs sold from a market stall at $2 apiece, or liberally distributed online, they are able to track down the originator through the watermark. Meanwhile, other people who aren't making copies to sell for profit or otherwise distribute (i.e. are only interested in exercisi

        • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

          by pyite ( 140350 )
          I agree. However, watermarks can be pretty useless. Most are vulnerable to collusion. Assume for the moment that iTunes downloads didn't have copy protection DRM, just watermarks. Now how about five of us get together and download the same file on iTunes. Then, we get together and "average our files." Often times this will destroy the watermark but leave the original media intact. There is definitely research to create collusion resistant fingerprinting (see Anti-Collusion Fingerprinting for Multimedia [rutgers.edu] by W
          • Then, we get together and "average our files." Often times this will destroy the watermark but leave the original media intact.

            Yes, but to do so you incur a generation loss.

            I'm with you though, watermarks are a great alternative to DRM from a user's perspective and from the purported-need perspective. Then you realize that DRM isn't about controlling how many copies of a work you can make, but controlling where and when you can play your media and suddenly the watermark isn't effective DRM anymore.
          • Now how about five of us get together and download the same file on iTunes. Then, we get together and "average our files."

            Sounds great for the vendor. They get to sell five copies of the song, instead of just one.

      • But what about when some enterprising group figures out the scheme to generate the keys that are used for watermarks, and you get sued for distributing content you never even recorded or time-shifted? I think the only way would be for the DVR unit itself to track every operation relating to the time-shifting software (channel changes, when a timeslot changes what content is now playing, recording, deleting, etc). That data would have to be signed (by your DVR's TPM private key?) and encrypted (by the servic
  • Hmm, so it sounds cool for Mac users to be able to place/timeshift their Tivo. I've been trying to get VLC to stream out video from my Hauppage card so I can send TV to my girlfriend's machine across the apartment over 802.11g. While a slingbox could probably do what I want, it doesn't have linux support.

    Does anyone know of hardware that will allow the cable tv to be streamed to a laptop or TV where I can't run coax? She just wants to be able to watch TV in bed.
    • by jrwr00 ( 1035020 )
      I well, if it has s-video out, or something of that short, there are boxes out there that can do this, they require a s-video connection for each "Channel" tho,
    • You can do that with Beyond TV Link. There are other ways, but Link is pretty easy. http://www.snapstream.com/products/beyondtvlink/ [snapstream.com]
    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by LMacG ( 118321 )
      Maybe you could stop geeking out and find other ways to distract her in bed? (Insert appropriate smiley thing here).
    • SageTV has linux clients and servers. It also has Placeshifter for streaming across the web.
    • MythTV can do it, but it's probably more of a commitment than other solutions. If you set up a MythTV backend system to record tv, you can set up MythTV frontend clients on other machines (like your gf's laptop). Don't worry, the clients do not have to be dedicated. The client will connect to the backend machine and either stream live tv straight from one of the capture cards, or stream a previously recorded show. I have MythTV running in my living room right now, but it is both a frontend and backend a
  • I saw this coming. (Score:5, Informative)

    by kyouteki ( 835576 ) <kyouteki.gmail@com> on Monday January 08, 2007 @11:11AM (#17508316) Homepage
    This timing, of course, is not coincidental. The open-source hack tivodecode [sourceforge.net] has made .tivo file decoding possible on non-Windows platforms. Tons of people are using tools like the TivoDecode Manager [thebenesch.com] to replace the functionality not available from TiVo officially...until now.
    • by roye ( 717936 )
      The program works great, but they prominently display a notice saying that it is an unofficial workaround until an official version is released. From the site [thebenesch.com]:

      DO NOT SHARE COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL. This is intended for your own private use to play TiVo files on your Mac until such time that there is an official way of doing so.

      However, the forums [thebenesch.com] state that development will continue for now because of the price!

      • That's what strikes me. Competent programs doing the same thing the Windows version does, for the same price...and then they release it bundled only with an expensive, broken piece of software. tivodecode development won't stop because of this, because it's ridiculous.
  • Dissappointing (Score:3, Informative)

    by Hawthorne01 ( 575586 ) on Monday January 08, 2007 @11:13AM (#17508330)
    Clearly, this is an attempt by Roxio to stay relevant on the Mac. But there's no word yet of iTunes integration for full-size videos. Therefore, I have doubts (which hopefully will be settled tomorrow) about how this will work with 'iTV".

    • by MBCook ( 132727 )
      OK, I've gotta ask, why would I care if it worked with iTV? My TiVo is already attached to my TV. What point would there be in moving the file from the TiVo to the Mac to the iTV?
      • OK, I've gotta ask, why would I care if it worked with iTV? My TiVo is already attached to my TV. What point would there be in moving the file from the TiVo to the Mac to the iTV?

        Long term storage. I DVRed all of the Expedition Everest episodes on Discovery. In a couple months I'll probably want to watch them again, but I sure don't want them just sitting on my DVR in the meantime taking up space.

        • Or watching it on other TV's in the home. I like the idea of one central media server versus having TV shows, movies and music scattered on various devices around the home.
  • Talk about timing....I was about to start trying my Mac because my pc is cutting it. I worked off and on all weekend to get my .tivo files to work through my mediaplayer.

    I do not care how, but I need to get rid of that DRM. I've tried graphedit and xumxer (msp?), but I'm still not getting sound when I play them through my mediaplayer. Admittedly supposedly graphedit is supposed to prompt for the media access key and I am not getting that prompt. The graphedit created video file is playing fine on my p
  • by mccalli ( 323026 ) on Monday January 08, 2007 @11:14AM (#17508346) Homepage
    The UK only ever got Series 1 hardware - is this likely to work with a series 1 device?

    Incidentally, for some more of those infamous hacks might I recommend TivoTool for the Mac [tivotool.com] and my own cross-platform TivoPodcast [eruvia.org] for handling podcasts of digital radio.

  • by masonbrown ( 208074 ) on Monday January 08, 2007 @11:15AM (#17508350) Homepage
    It looks like there's no transfer-to-Mac capabilities without purchasing Toast:

    "Roxio is the exclusive official provider of TiVoToGo(TM) for the Mac--and Toast 8 Titanium is the way to get it and enjoy your favorite shows on the Mac, on DVD, and on-the-go."

    http://www.tivo.com/mactivotogo/ [tivo.com]
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by TobyRush ( 957946 )
      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 the
      • Just wait until they start bundling Toast 8 with hardware. You'll be able to get an external DVD recorder with Lightscribe and a copy of Toast 8 for around $100. Sell the drive if you don't need it.

        Anyway, who buys a new copy of Toast? Doesn't every Mac user already have a copy, and can qualify for upgrade pricing?

    • It looks like there's no transfer-to-Mac capabilities without purchasing Toast

      Except of course connecting your web browser via https to your tivo's IP address, typing in your MAK, and downloading the .tivo files you want. Like has always been the case. You don't think all PC owning Tivo users have actually been buying that crappy MyDVD thing all this time?!

      This new version of Toast is merely the Mac equivalent of tivo-enabled Sonic MyDVD for PeeCees. Actually, Toast is way better than MyDVD so this c

  • 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 King_TJ ( 85913 )
      Agreed... but then there's another way of looking at it. If you're a Tivo user, you're probably already shelling out $15 or so a month just to keep your unit usable.

      I used to have a Tivo, back when units could still be purchased with a "lifetime subscription". But that unit broke down, and I decided to build a MythTV box instead. Now I pay nothing in monthly subscription fees, and have a much more flexible, customizable system too. (Can't run old arcade games via MAME emulation on a Tivo, nor can you pu
    • y bundling the new software only with a pay product when the Windows version is free is just insulting...

      I'm sure all this new Toast does is handle the https download requests from the Tivo unit internally. You have always been able to do the same manually by pointing a web browser (via https) at your Tivo's IP address, typing in your MAK code, and then downloading the .tivo videofiles. Actually playing them back on anything has been problematic, even on the PeeCee platform.

      The "official" way to downl

  • And... (Score:3, Informative)

    by sootman ( 158191 ) on Monday January 08, 2007 @11:20AM (#17508438) Homepage Journal
    ...still no love for DirecTiVos. And, I guess, never. From http://www.tivo.com/ [tivo.com]
    "The TiVoToGo feature is not currently available on Series3. This feature will not be available [emphasis mine] on the DIRECTV DVR with TiVo or the original TiVo boxes (TiVo Series1)."

    All I want to do is download shows. I've got two hackable TiVos (and even a supported USB/network adapter) but I've never been able to get it to work, and with two jobs, a newborn, and no "spare" PCs anymore, it's difficult for me to try--my last attempt was over a year ago. Are there any reputable services/people that can hack my TiVo for me? I'm not trying to get around TiVo's fees, I just want to have it make shows available for download, and maybe a web-based frontend for recording/deleting shows and the ability to make its daily call over the network would be nice, too. Any suggestions?
    • I have a similar DirectTV-based Tivo and from what I gathered from googling around, the usb ports are disconnected inside the box itself.

      The Tivo software is also at least a full point release behind the Series2, which my folks have and what my DirectTV Tivo claims to be. That's the killer, I believe...my folks Tivo have all the neat features like TivoToGo, etc., which I believe requires version 7 or somesuch, while the DirectTV ones are, from what I understand, permanently at 6-something.

      Basically, DirectT
      • If you have certain model DirecTV TiVo unints they can be easily(for me at least)hacked.
        Start looking here http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/forumdisplay. php?f=8 [tivocommunity.com]
        Look for posts regarding the Zipper.
        This hack will enable the USB ports and add a bunch of features such as 30second skip,TiVoToGo,a web server,shell,telnet and so on
        You will need to purchase 1 or 2 ISO files but,the total for them was like $25

        The R-10 model CAN NOT BE HACKED without a hardware modification....period! don't believe the hype...i
  • $100 vs free (Score:5, Informative)

    by diamondsw ( 685967 ) on Monday January 08, 2007 @11:22AM (#17508456)
    And note that while Windows users get it for free, Mac users only get it as part of a $100 application; one that you hardly need with all of the built-in CD and DVD burning services.
    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward
      Not exactly. Yes, the software is free on the PC, but won't actually play video without you having already acquired an MPEG-2 codec for the machine, can't burn to DVD without you acquiring DVD burning software from a third party, and won't convert to some of the formats this supports without an additional fee (~$30) to cover the costs of the codec licensing for those formats.

      Since the Mac OS X software as packaged has a vastly different things feature set than the Windows version, as packaged, it's not an a
      • What you omit is that MPEG-2 codecs on the PC can be had for free, and Apple already includes DVD burning at the OS level. If you need an MPEG-2 codec on the Mac (since you can't get at the one built into DVD Player), Apple supplies one for $30.

        There. Release the software for free on the Mac and it really would be comparable.
      • Yes, the software is free on the PC, but won't actually play video without you having already acquired an MPEG-2 codec for the machine,

        If the PC was bought with a DVD drive preinstalled, or the PC's DVD drive was bought at retail, then the MPEG-2 codec was bundled for free. The only people I can think of who need to "aquire" a codec are people that build their own PCs with OEM DVD drives.

        can't burn to DVD without you acquiring DVD burning software from a third party,

        The same thing I wrote above apples

        • PCs with DVD burners and retail burners are bundled with burning software for free.

          No, it's not free. You pay less for a burner that doesn't come with software. Same with the Mac. But when you buy a burner with software included for the Mac, you get a copy of Toast - which is far better than the Windows software included with burners. And how many of those burners come with Linux burning software? After all, you said "PC," not "Windows Box."

    • by phorest ( 877315 ) *

      Cutting edge of computing design & Function: ~$2400.00

      Cost of anuual upgrades: $129.00

      Cost of TiVo for Mac: $100.00

      Cost of wanting proprietary hardware and operating system: $Expensive$

    • by wardk ( 3037 )
      I paid $99 for this service before it was free, but never got to truly use it because I have a mac.

      now I would have to pay again? ...when pigs fly
    • You do need it if you want to copy audio cd's.
    • I purchased Toast 8 yesterday for $99 and found, on reading the fine pint on the rebate form (downloaded and printed after my purchase), that I am NOT eligilbe for the $30 rebate since I did not previously own the software. The Roxio site does an excellent job of concealing this requirement. Kudos to the little weasel who created it. Do you see anything here about the rebate being connected to previous product ownership? http://partner.roxio.com/affiliates/tivotoast/defa ult.aspx [roxio.com] I didn't. Nothing on
  • Roxio Discount (Score:5, Informative)

    by frenchs ( 42465 ) on Monday January 08, 2007 @11:28AM (#17508522) Homepage
    I'm pretty sure I'm in line with everyone else in that I don't really want to buy a $100 dollar piece of burning software just so I can download and view my tv shows on my mac.

    But for those that are into that. If you go to Roxio's site to an invalid URL (Like this one [roxio.com]), you can get a 10% off coupon for their online store.
  • by TheWoozle ( 984500 ) on Monday January 08, 2007 @11:32AM (#17508580)
    Unless TiVo change their policies about gathering information on what I watch, forcing downloads of advertising and other content that I don't want, etc., I don't want a TiVo.

    I think I'll wait and see what Jobs & Co. have cooked up in the new "iTV" device. Anybody heard anything from the Macworld keynote yet?
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Have Blue ( 616 )
      The keynote is tomorrow at 9AM PST.
    • I got my Tivo for use until I get MythTV working. Due to the unacceptable unstability if Kubuntu, my loss of interest in Gentoo (due to failed installs and one update that made the thing unbootable after it did work), and failed attempts to get a couple other distros working properly, I'm starting to suspect bad hardware. One of my friends had decided that the moment I get this thing working will mark the end of the universe. So until then I'd like to enjoy the few shows I like even though I'm likely not ho
    • "Unless TiVo change their policies about gathering information on what I watch"

      Um, you can call customer service and opt-out of the anonymous tracking of viewing habits. I believe you have been able to since day one.

      "forcing downloads of advertising and other content that I don't want"

      Most of the advertising content is delivered via recordings of broadcast TV, not download. So far, anyway. The advertising content mainly consists of nicely isolated screens. I'll admit to being a little perplexed as to wh
  • Titanium huh? What is it that makes this metal more valuable Silver, Gold, and Platinum editions of various products? For sure Aluminum was once as costly as gold, and now we make "Tin Cans" out of it.
  • Why would you use Tivo for this? If you want to digitally record TV and transfer video to other devices, why wouldn't you ditch the Tivo and get a mac mini and eyeTV?
  • With my increasing frustration with TiVo's performance (recording shows I've already seen), not even an attempt at trying to do something about cut off shows, zero innovation in their series 2 product and apparently not that much more in series 3... "TiVo To Go" will be the headline of my next blog post. At this point, why continue paying $12.95 if I can get only slightly more inferior products for about half that from the cable company?
  • This has been on Wired's vaporware list for like 3 years now. I'll believe it when I see it installed on a computer and working.
  • I am VERY happy with TivoDecode and TivoDecode Manager. The work David Benesch has been doing is awesome. It is VERY easy for a newbie to deal with. It also proves that if Tivo really gave a damn about Mac users, they could have put a very small amount of resources on it and come up with something. They really don't care and the efforts of people developing tivodecode and TivoDecode Manager for Tivo users is really awesome.

    http://thebenesch.com/tdm/ [thebenesch.com]

    Tivo is has been going down the same road other device comp
  • Or at least a working frontend.

    Then again, if I'm going to complain about the MythTV project, I'll start with MythMusic. Whoever designed the user interface to that plugin should be drawn and quartered. I am honestly planning to use it as a case study in how NOT to design an interface.
  • Some time after Thanksgiving (4th Thursday in November for us Yanks) I discovered that several of my transfers from my TiVO to my TiVOToGo PC fails after 1-5 Megabytes downloaded. Nothing works. The problem is in the TiVO software, not TiVOToGo. Therefore, the problem exists in the Macintosh version also. If you try using the TiVO web interface, the problem exists. The problem has lasted for over 6 weeks now, and TiVO seems to pretend that the problem is trivial or doesn't exist.

    So if you Mac folks dow

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