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Movies on USB or Hard Drive

Discussion in 'TiVo Home Media Features & TiVoToGo' started by Proszell, May 20, 2012.

  1. Proszell

    Proszell New Member

    Mar 23, 2005
    Can anybody tell me why TiVo premiers cannot play movies from a USB or hard drive "out of the box"? Why doesn't TiVo program this functionality in these new machines?

    Seems silly to me.
  2. aadam101

    aadam101 Tell me a joke

    Jul 14, 2002
    While I agree with you, it's very simple to transfer it from a PC. I find it easier because I don't want to have to move the external drive from the PC.
  3. igirl

    igirl Tivo and EyeTV User

    Feb 5, 2011
    Sarasota, FL
    Maybe because it's a DVR - NOT a media player?
  4. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

    Seems silly to me to want to clutter up a TiVo with the necessary drivers and codecs. Plus the additional load on the CPU. Why bother to put stuff on an eternal hard drive or flash drive, then move it to the TiVo, when you can play them directly from the computer?
  5. Proszell

    Proszell New Member

    Mar 23, 2005
    Thank you for your responses. I understand that most folks on this forum are pretty darned good at the software required to stream movies from a PC to their Tivos. Most typical consumers are not.

    I think it would be very easy for Tivo to add this functionality to our Tivo boxes. It would be a very valuable added feature for most Tivo users.
  6. jrtroo

    jrtroo User

    Feb 4, 2008
    Thinking it is easy does not make it easy. Just saying.

    Most consumers do not have their movies on their hard disks/usb drives. Those that do will look to the available tools to put them on their tivo.

    Have you tried tivo desktop? It does work for most. I graduated up to pytivo, which is not as hard to install as you may think.
  7. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

    Plus "Most typical consumers" don't own a TiVo and the ability to play videos from a removable drive isn't going to make them more likely to buy one.

    Oh, he uses TD+ 'cause
    I'm starting to think that this guy is just a provocateur.

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