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Old 05-04-2013, 03:27 PM   #1
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free Tivo Desktop ending

looks like Tivo is not going to offer free Tivo Desktop after June 5th 2013.

http://www3.tivo.com/buytivo/tivo-ac...desktoppc.html
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Old 05-04-2013, 03:39 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 05-04-2013, 04:00 PM   #3
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looks like Tivo is not going to offer free Tivo Desktop after June 5th 2013.
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.
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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.
well it could be a mistake I just noticed it when re downloading the free version on a repaired laptop.
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Old 05-05-2013, 06:37 AM   #5
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looks like Tivo is not going to offer free Tivo Desktop after June 5th 2013.

http://www3.tivo.com/buytivo/tivo-ac...desktoppc.html
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.
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Old 05-05-2013, 07:43 AM   #6
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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.
The current TiVo Desktop runs on my Windows 8 machine without any issues.
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Old 05-05-2013, 09:03 AM   #7
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And that leaves a lot of non-8 Windows users in the lurch.
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Old 05-05-2013, 09:51 AM   #8
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I always preferred kttmg anyway so it's not a big deal for a lot of folks. You gotta love third party apps.
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Old 05-06-2013, 01:28 PM   #9
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I always preferred kttmg anyway so it's not a big deal for a lot of folks. You gotta love third party apps.
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.
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Old 05-06-2013, 01:31 PM   #10
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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.
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Old 05-06-2013, 02:20 PM   #11
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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.
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Old 05-06-2013, 02:52 PM   #12
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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
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Old 05-06-2013, 02:54 PM   #13
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Got the same email, hopefully this means that we will see an official Windows 8 application that supports the TiVo stream by then.
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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.
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Old 05-06-2013, 03:00 PM   #15
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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
Yes, Plus is staying around. Only the free version is going away at least as of now.
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Old 05-06-2013, 03:02 PM   #16
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Got the same email, hopefully this means that we will see an official Windows 8 application that supports the TiVo stream by then.
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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.

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.
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Old 05-06-2013, 03:36 PM   #17
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Got the same email, hopefully this means that we will see an official Windows 8 application that supports the TiVo stream by then.
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.
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Old 05-06-2013, 04:06 PM   #18
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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!!!
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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.
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Old 05-06-2013, 04:30 PM   #20
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The lack of an explanation besides "we want more money" is very sad
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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.
they already sell it and update it they just stopped doing the free version.
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Old 05-06-2013, 04:48 PM   #22
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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.

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Dave Zatz talked about a refresh to Tivo Desktop back in February.

http://www.zatznotfunny.com/2013-02/...inent-refresh/

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Once again, I think this is going to be a whole refresh of the TiVo desktop aproach. With Stream integration, and real time viewing.

At least TiVo was nice enough to give everyone a heads-up to download the current version before the update. But for me the current version hasn't brought value is quite some time. On the other hand, I am looking forward to this refresh.
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looks like Tivo is not going to offer free Tivo Desktop after June 5th 2013.
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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.
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well it could be a mistake I just noticed it when re downloading the free version on a repaired laptop.
Looks like you were right. Way to read the tea leaves. Looks like your fall back career as a psychic friend might be viable.
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Old 05-06-2013, 05:33 PM   #25
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The free version is going away. In the future there will be only 1 version available: "TiVo Desktop Plus for PC" which will cost $15.99.
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We might have to create a new sticky thread:

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I wonder if the free version will have any updates available. (I doubt it, but ya never know...)
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So for those of us that purchased a plus key and it was from Digital River.... Do we get the new plus version when it comes out? I did not get the email from Tivo. I guess it's because I did not actually purchase my version directly from Tivo.

Here is some more info about the ending of Tivo Desktop Free version.
http://support.tivo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/196

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So for those of us that purchased a plus key and it was from Digital River.... Do we get the new plus version when it comes out? I did not get the email from Tivo. I guess it's because I did not actually purchase my version directly from Tivo.

Here is some more info about the ending of Tivo Desktop Free version.
http://support.tivo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/196
that page is still wrong the current version works with windows 8
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Does that mean no new TiVo desktop is coming out?
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