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Computer output into Tivo?

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by jimkraft, Sep 27, 2012.

  1. jimkraft

    jimkraft New Member

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    On my Tivo Premier, is there any way to INPUT video/audio from my computer? E.g. On my computer, I can watch PBS TV programs from out-of-state locations (so they're not on my local cable channels). Is there any way to connect that computer video to my Tivo?
     
  2. jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

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    If you are recording something on a HTPC, you can transfer it to the tivo any number of ways.

    If you are looking to duplicate your computer screen on the tivo, then no. But, if that is what you wanted I would just connect the pc to the TV anyhow.
     
  3. jimkraft

    jimkraft New Member

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    Thanks. But I'm not "recording" on the PC, I'm "streaming."

    So, sure, I can just connect the computer directly to the television (so the TV becomes another computer monitor). But then I don't have any of the Tivo functionality.

    Isn't there any way I can feed my stream into the Tivo?
     
  4. jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

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    No. Apps don't even necessarily work the same way as a native tivo recording or transfer.

    However, on a regular premiere you can connect an antenna along with the cable. If you are getting OTA PBS on your pc that should work just fine.
     
  5. monkeydust

    monkeydust New Member

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    If you have recorded programs on your computer you want to stream to your Tivo, you can just use the program "Stream, Baby, Stream". Very easy to use and works great (and free!)
     
  6. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Well-Known Member

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    John's...
    No, you cannot feed something you are streaming to the computer directly to the TiVo. Depending on the source, however, you may be able to directly stream to the TiVo. Even if you can, you still may not have all of the "TiVo functionality".

    Can you post an example of a server you are accessing for the streams?
     
  7. lillevig

    lillevig Cold in East Iowa

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    Assuming that you could convert your PC video output to something like composite video, the answer would still be "no" for the Premiere because it only has cable and antenna RF inputs. Maybe if you could find an old-time RF modulator it might work but the video quality from all of the conversions would probably not be good. That being said, an S2 box has composite inputs and I have used those to record from a VCR. Not much help for you, but that is how far back you need to go to get that capability.
     
  8. jimkraft

    jimkraft New Member

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    Thanks for all the suggestions. But it appears the answer is a solid "no."

    But, just curious... In a world where vast amounts of programming are ONLY available on the internet, why isn't this a standard Tivo feature? Sure, if that programming is YouTube, Hulu, Netflix or Amazon, it works. But otherwise my expensive, "intenet enabled" Tivo is useless. What am I missing here?
     
  9. jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

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    Tivo is first and foremost a DVR.

    It is not a PC.

    While it has apps, there is not a huge marketplace for them, since the act of just having a quality DVR reduces the need to purchase content.
     
  10. turbobozz

    turbobozz New Member

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    Why can't TiVo time-shift/record an input from another source?
    Probably because it's just asking for trouble from the content owners.
    It's also an added cost for hardware, software, and support.
    (And TiVo's install base really isn't that big.)

    Why can't TiVo just act as a web browser?
    The S4's available generic CPU power is roughly in the neighborhood of the original iPhone from 5 years ago (iirc).
    The smartphone refresh cycle in the past 5 years has been making products that don't refresh fast look positively ancient as far as generic CPU capabilities go.
     

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