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pyTivo - Transcoding server

Discussion in 'TiVo Home Media Features & TiVoToGo' started by armooo, Nov 25, 2006.

  1. bubba1972

    bubba1972 Member

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    I was hoping someone could answer a quick question before I dive too deep into pyTivo. I upgraded to a Bolt, but can't get my Tivo Desktop Plus software to link to my account, so the Bolt does not see my PC and my PC does not know about the Bolt. Tivo Desktop can still see my XL4. I can pull individual files from the PC to the XL4, but cannot share (push) a directory of files to the XL4 anymore. Tivo Desktop complains about linking to Tivo account when trying to publish a directory. I have tried the uppercase/lowercase email derivatives when trying to link with no luck. I just get the runaround from Tivo customer service trying to get answers as to why it doesn't work. So, my question is will pyTivo match the capability I used to have with pushing and pulling files to my new Bolt? I like the ability to automatically push our home movies to the Tivo so the kids can get to them easily. I don't think they can handle messing with PLEX. Unfortunately all of the pushed videos can't be copied off of the XL4 to the Bolt because of a copy protection flag, while those that were pulled to the XL4 can be copied over. Strange.
     
  2. justen_m

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    Push no longer works. Not with TiVoDesktop, nor with pyTivo.
     
  3. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    TiVo "turned it off."
     
  4. bubba1972

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    Will pyTivo support pulling from my PC to a new Bolt if the Bolt can't see the PC using Tivo Desktop? Does pyTivo have a dependency on Tivo Desktop being linked to my Tivo account?
     
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  5. justen_m

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    Your Bolt should be able to see your PC, if it is running pyTivo. I don't know about TiVoDesktop. Haven't used that in ages. If your Bolt can't see your PC, you're screwed and you need to fix that problem first. It should be able to see it. The linking was only required to Push things. Just run pyTivo on your PC. It will publish your shows. Then on your TiVo (Bolt, Roamio, Premiere, TiVoHD, Series3) you should be able to see your PC, and you can just pull shows/music/pictures from your PC.

    [edit] TiVoDesktop only publishes Music and Photos. Your Bolt should be able to see those. Not Videos. That is a TiVoDesktopPlus feature. pyTiVo, however, can publish all three. TiVoDesktop (nonPlus) can only transfer Videos from your Bolt to your PC, but not back in any way. (I just installed TiVoDesktop (nonPlus) 2.8.3 and tested it). So go to Music&Photos and check if your TiVo can see your PC.
     
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  6. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    pyTivo uses the same protocol for announcing itself to the network (i.e. Bonjour), but in my experience it seems to work better then TiVo Desktop.

    FYI I just uploaded a new build of pyTivo Desktop....

    Easier to use pyTivo

    It includes the TiVo DirectShow filter so now it's a complete replacement for TiVo Desktop.
     
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  7. bubba1972

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    Thanks Dan, I followed the link in your signature to download pyTivo, but the blue 'Download for Windows' button on the site appears disabled to me in both IE and Chrome. Is there another link to your current build? Thanks.
     
  8. aaronwt

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    The download doesn't seem to be working. It's like the button to download is no longer active. I click on it and nothing happens.
     
  9. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Yeah sorry guys. I disabled it temporarily so I could fix something real quick and upload another installer, but then forgot to reenable it. :eek:

    It's fixed now.
     
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  10. preilly44

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    Hi, I'm a pyTivo beginner...I have .Tivo files downloaded on my laptop from a Bolt+ that died on me and I want to get them back on the new Bolt+. I understand (I think) that I can pull them from the Tivo to transfer them back...and this is what I'm looking to do. I have Tivo Desktop Plus but I don't see the folder listed in My Shows (probably because I can't link my account). Anyway, when I open pyTivo, it doesn't find any Tivo's.

    Any advice on how to get it to see my Tivo Bolt+?
     
  11. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Are you using my Desktop version? If so go into the settings and set the zeroconf option to "on". That usually fixes this issue.
     
  12. wmcbrine

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    Well, the important thing is that your Bolt sees pyTivo, rather than the other way around. :) It should appear in My Shows, the same way as TD.
     
  13. preilly44

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    Yes, Dan203, I am using your latest version. I tried turning the zero config "on" with no luck.

    I also can't see it on the Tivo My Shows list with my other devices.

    I'd appreciate any advice! Thanks for your time guys!
     
  14. Mikeguy

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    I have a somewhat flakey wireless network, sometimes devices will appear on the network, sometimes not. I find that with pyTivo, it sometimes can help to restart my router; similarly, to disconnect the wireless connection on the PC and then to connect up again.
     
  15. Dan203

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    Try setting it to "off" too. That will force it to use the old style TiVo beacon discovery which may work better with your network.

    I also had a user who had VMWare or VirtualBox installed, which included a virtual network adapter. That was causing some sort of conflict and he could only get pyTivo to work correctly when he disabled the virtual network adapter.
     
  16. preilly44

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    I tried with it "off" as well. I don't have any VMWare or VB running or installed.
     
  17. KLINK

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    I had the same problem. When I stopped everything related to the original Tivo Desktop in the task manager, pyTivoDesktop found my tivos in a few seconds
     
  18. preilly44

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    I just tried that too. Is there anything basic that I need to be doing that I might not be? I feel like it shouldn't be this difficult and I must be missing something basic.
     
  19. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Have you tried disabling your firewall to make sure it's not causing an issue? Are you sure your MAK is right? It will only fund TiVos that match your MAK, so if that's wrong it wont work. You also have to have an output folder set.

    You might also try exiting out of pyTivo Tray completely and then launching pyTivo.exe from the install folder. Then watch the command window. Do you get any errors?
     
  20. tluxon

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    Does anyone know if pyTivo is any faster at downloading from a TiVoHD than kmttg? When I try to transfer shows using pyTivo, I get a notice that it's been added to the transfer queue, but I don't see any status anywhere. Is there a way to keep an eye on that?
     

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