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TiVo adds iPod support to TiVoToGo service

TiVo on Monday is expected to announce plans to enable users of its digital video recorders to transfer television shows onto Apple’s fifth-generation (video) iPods, as well as Sony’s PlayStation Portable, with the company’s TiVoToGo service.

TiVo admitted that the process of encoding and transferring video content to the new iPod won’t be speedy. While the new software automates the synchronizing of a TiVo and iPod, users are expected to set the devices to do the transferring overnight.

“Getting TiVo to work with an iPod isn’t as simple as downloading music and videos to Apple’s device from iTunes,” reports The Wall Street Journal [paid sub. req.]. “First, a user’s TiVo records a show onto the machine’s hard drive. Then, the program is transferred over a home network to a PC, where it is translated into a video format compatible with the iPod. Next, the video must be transferred to the iPod from the PC. The whole process of getting an hour-long show onto an iPod could take more than two hours from the time a TiVo device finishes recording it.”

The TiVoToGo service, introduced in January, has allowed users to transfer recorded shows to Windows PCs and portable devices based on Microsoft’s Portable Media Center platform. With the added support for the MPEG-4 video format, the company is also adding new copy-protection measures at the same time.

Tivo said the shows recorded with the new TiVoToGo software will have digital watermarks to prevent piracy. The recorded programs will have the watermark embedded in the video file, allowing TiVo to trace and identify the origin of the recorded show.

Tivo will reportedly begin testing the new TiVoToGo software with iPod support “within the next couple of weeks,” according to the Journal, and will make the service available to all of its users in the first quarter of next year for a one-time fee, likely to be between $15 to $30.

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Tivo first needs to release a box that has a dedicated ethernet port to transfer recordings.  The bottleneck is the USB adapter only running at 1.1 speeds.  I know there are hacks for upgrading to 2.0 drivers, but you would expect a product these days to at least support the newer standard.  Otherwise, I love my tivo!

Posted by ajmiarka on November 21, 2005 at 7:28 AM (CST)


Does this effectively mean that Tivo is supporting the OS X Platform since these files would play in QT?

Posted by Robb Irrgang on November 21, 2005 at 9:25 AM (CST)


Robb Irrgang:  The platform they’re supporting is QuickTime/iPod, both of which happen to be supported in Winders and OS X.

In any event, this functionality is already available for free (direct dump, and your fav mpeg2 to mpeg4 converter).

Posted by Marc on November 21, 2005 at 10:12 AM (CST)


True, but tivo2go has been tied to the WMA-DRM crap and tivo said to not plan on supporting Mac OS X. This would effectively reverse that stance since QT would now be able to play these files.

Posted by Robb Irrgang on November 21, 2005 at 10:46 AM (CST)


Check out http://www.tvharmony.com
This program already does the transfer, conversion, commercial editing, and loading to iTunes.

Of course you can do it with tivo2go -> direct dump -> videora ipod converter if you have a lot of time to waste.

Posted by podster on November 21, 2005 at 7:14 PM (CST)


Tivo is on the verge of being irrelevant.  Not the service in general, but the company itself to be specific.

You get a ton of more functionality from the box you get directly from your cable provider.

Tivo has partnered with some of the cable companies, but they won’t keep Tivo around for long.

Posted by Talking Madness on November 22, 2005 at 4:42 AM (CST)


you can see ipod converter and tivo converter software at

Posted by Jack on November 23, 2005 at 8:30 AM (CST)

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