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Multiple Tivo's with Tivo Desktop software

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by Zaphod, Nov 16, 2008.

  1. Zaphod

    Zaphod Member

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    I've got a Tivo HD and looking at buying a 2nd one (another Tivo HD, not the new higher end one though). How does the Tivo Desktop software (free version is all I have and all I really want) work with multiple Tivo's. Looks like I can put only a single MAK into the copy of Tivo Desktop I have now. What do I have to do to be able to use the single copy of Tivo Desktop on my single computer with both Tivo's, both for pulling programs off of the Tivo's as well as acting as a server for either of them.

    Thank you.
     
  2. Kablemodem

    Kablemodem Get the ketchup.

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    Each of your TiVos has a name. Mine are Living Room and Bedroom. TiVo Desktop has a menu that lets you choose which TiVo you want to transfer too/from. If I choose Living Room I can see all of the recordings on the Living Room TiVo.
     
  3. steve101

    steve101 Member

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    Your MAK is part of your Tivo Account, one MAK no matter how many
    Tivo's you have listed on your Account.
     
  4. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    Yes, i have no problem with seven TiVos and TiVo desktop.
     
  5. Zaphod

    Zaphod Member

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    Great! Thanks for the information!!
     
  6. overthetop75

    overthetop75 New Member

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    Also another cool thing is that you can download 1 program from each tivo at the same time. I only have 2 hd tivos so I am not sure if you can do more or not at the same time. It does make getting shows off of the tivo twice as fast.
     
  7. dargoo

    dargoo New Member

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    where is this magic menu? my tivo desktop only can see one box
    even though the 2 tivo's can see each other. thanks
     
  8. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    It's in the "Pick Recordings to Transfer" window.

    [​IMG]
     
  9. qz3fwd

    qz3fwd Member

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    One problem though, is if you have recorded the same show on different units (say 1 QAM & the other ATSC) and transfer them you get something like:
    ShowName(1)
    ShowName(2)
    instead of something more flexible like
    ShowName (ATSC Bedroom S3)
    ShowName (QAM Office S3)
    I wish you could specify a naming convention using Tivo Desktop as well as see the complete metadata (including recorded channel number) through Desktop.
    I'm looking for someting like: ShowName-Season#Episode#-Channel-RecDate-TivoName.tivo
    So for example,
    Fringe-S01E01-X-Files-Remake-Chennal-212-01.01.2009.OfficeS3.tivo
     
  10. Marat

    Marat TiVoholic

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    Sweet! So i can transfer shows and movies to my PC's HD from multiple Tivo's at the same time?
    Also, the movies and shows that are on my PC's HD, can i transfer them back to my Tivo later on?
    Thanks
     
  11. bkdtv

    bkdtv New Member

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    Yes.

    Yes.
     
  12. Pyperkub

    Pyperkub New Member

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  13. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    Open the Tivo Server Properties dialog and click on the Access Control tab.
    Do you see all of your Tivos listed?
    If not, you might try changing your discovery protocol. Tivo Server Properties -> Network tab.

    Also, you might try giving each of your Tivos a static IP address (if you haven't done so already).
     
  14. Swut

    Swut New Member

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    Thanks Steve614! Once I switched from Bonjour for windows to Tivo Beacon, everything started working properly. (It's under Services/Tivo Server Properties/Network).
     
  15. Maxcats

    Maxcats New Member

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    Can anyone advise if the file transfer times are quicker between two or more Tivos if they are both hard wired into the LAN?
     
  16. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    I prefer to copy to PC to preserve the metadata, but if you're going to be watching the show almost right away, TiVo to TiVo is okay.

    Wired connections are faster, but even with at least one of the TiVos involved using the TiVo wireless G adapter, it's fast enough that I can set up the copy (TiVo calls it a transfer, but the original is not erased), wait 2-5 minutes, and start watching, and even fast-forwarding through commercials it'll get all of the show to the second unit before I watch to the end.
     
  17. Maxcats

    Maxcats New Member

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    Thanks Unitron!

    Can you advise what software you use to watch the Tivo files on your PC?
     
  18. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    I watch television on a television.

    However, if I need to take a quick look at a .tivo file on the PC to make sure it's alright or if all I've got for a file name is like "Charlie Rose" and the date recorded and want to see who the guests were that night, I use the version of Windows Media Player that comes with XP, which is what I'm running on all of my PCs right now, although I did have to scrounge around on the internet for a free codec pack to install to get the sound to work.
     
  19. rdauenhauer

    rdauenhauer New Member

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    I NOW THIS IS AN OLD THREAD BUT...
    after many yrs of use and satisfaction with "old" technology I try to leverage Tivo Desktop to do some transferring from HD Tivo 1 to PC to HD Tivo 2 but I soon realized Id never added #2 to my online acct so....
    login (1st time quite a while) attempt to ad or "active" my additional HD box...
    And NO JOY !!
    Sorry no longer supported - buy a new one!!!!!

    whats the point of selling Lifetime subscriptions if you refuse to support them!
    POS!
     
  20. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like you already have lifetime so I think you will just need to call TiVo and get them to "transfer"/add it to your account.

    As far as I know you always had to do that for transfers.

    Scott
     

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