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free Tivo Desktop ending

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by ajwees41, May 4, 2013.

  1. ajwees41

    ajwees41 Active Member

    May 7, 2006
  2. innocentfreak

    innocentfreak New Member

    Aug 25, 2001
    It looks like Plus is now only $16 rather than $25.

    I would happily pay for TiVo Desktop if they actually worked on it and kept it updated even more so if it worked like the iPad app.
  3. waynomo

    waynomo My One Time TC Club

    Nov 9, 2002
    Did you actually read that or are just inferring?

    I scanned the page and didn't see anything that explicitly mentions anything like that. Of course the "Download by June 5th 2013" seems interesting. Note that it doesn't say that by, the Mac version.

    I wonder if they screwed up and meant that TiVo Desktop Plus is on sale through June 5 and they put the date in the wrong area of the page.
  4. ajwees41

    ajwees41 Active Member

    May 7, 2006
    well it could be a mistake I just noticed it when re downloading the free version on a repaired laptop.
  5. PCurry57

    PCurry57 Liberal Hippie Chick

    Feb 27, 2012
    My guess is that TiVo Desktop as we know it is being done in, obsolete. I expect a new app that is compatible with Windows 8 and TiVo Stream to replace it. Added that the current download requires a patch.

    Leaving Android users and Windows 7 and earlier in the lurch unless you already have it. I hope those of us with the TiVo Plus Key get a free upgrade to whatever... Afterall we loyally contributed!

    Just to be certain I'm burning a copy with patch along with a doc with my key.
  6. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    The current TiVo Desktop runs on my Windows 8 machine without any issues.
  7. gonzotek

    gonzotek tivo_xml developer

    Sep 24, 2004
    And that leaves a lot of non-8 Windows users in the lurch.
  8. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural New Member

    Feb 2, 2006
    I always preferred kttmg anyway so it's not a big deal for a lot of folks. You gotta love third party apps.;)
  9. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator TC Club

    Apr 17, 2000
    A lot of the 3rd party apps still require TiVo Desktop because it installs the DirectShow filter required to decrypt .tivo files. So if TiVo Desktop goes away then those 3rd party apps are going to lose a lot of their functionality.

    Sure there is tivodecode, but it doesn't work right with the newer TS format use for Premiere units.

    If TiVo Desktop goes away then .tivo support in VideoReDo, and most other 3rd party apps, is going to die. :(
  10. jjd416

    jjd416 Member

    Nov 24, 2009
    I chatted with TiVo support today to clarify the June 5th deadline. Here is the chat:

    James: Hi, my name is James. Are you an existing customer?
    TiVo Customer: Yes I am.
    James: I can definitely help you with your questions! With whom am I chatting with today?
    TiVo Customer: John
    James: What can I assist you with today, John?
    TiVo Customer: When looking at downloading TiVo Desktop for PC I noticed that there is a note that it must be downloaded by June 5, 2013. What happens after June 5th?
    James: That is simply in reference to the discount on Desktop Plus.
    TiVo Customer: Okay, thanks. That makes sense. Have a nice day and thanks for your time.
  11. tatergator1

    tatergator1 Active Member

    Mar 27, 2008
    Well, looks like that Tivo support chat above is wrong. Just got this email.

    No more Free version after June 5th and if you want official Windows 8 support, fork over $15.99 for Desktop Plus.

    This is baffling. I can't see paying for Desktop Plus unless there are significant feature enhancements, including MRS to PC.
  12. bshrock

    bshrock New Member

    Jan 6, 2012
    What about those that have all-ready forked out the $29 for TiVo Desktop plus will we be able to download it?

    I have all-ready paid for HME, 4 add-on TiVo's and 2 TiVo Desktop plus key's
  13. Philmatic

    Philmatic New Member

    Sep 17, 2003
    Got the same email, hopefully this means that we will see an official Windows 8 application that supports the TiVo stream by then.
  14. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator TC Club

    Apr 17, 2000
    I agree. Hopefully with this switch they'll be able to fund future development of TiVo Desktop so they can actually update it with new features.
  15. innocentfreak

    innocentfreak New Member

    Aug 25, 2001
    Yes, Plus is staying around. Only the free version is going away at least as of now.
  16. innocentfreak

    innocentfreak New Member

    Aug 25, 2001

    Well we know at one point there was a company that was supposedly working on DLNA for TiVo so maybe we will see a new version that supports DLNA in some fashion.
  17. ajwees41

    ajwees41 Active Member

    May 7, 2006
    the free version already works on windows 8 maybe they want more money which they will get since each pc needs it's own license.
  18. bradleys

    bradleys It'll be fine....

    Oct 31, 2007
    I do suspect this is in preparation of an updated product.

    And I also think it will be a product that has the option to leverage the TiVo Stream and allow the user to stream recorded content directly to a computer - similar to the functionality available on the IOS mobile platform.

    I do not expect to see a "Metro" version of the app. This would be fully backword compatable, in other words a full desktop version of the software.

    But I am pretty excited about it anyway!!!
  19. MikeMacMan

    MikeMacMan New Member

    Sep 16, 2006
    I got the same email. This sucks. Now I'm going to have to make 13 copies of the installer to make sure I always have one.
  20. hunts

    hunts New Member

    Oct 4, 2006
    The lack of an explanation besides "we want more money" is very sad

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