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Old 07-04-2016, 12:24 PM   #1
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Exclamation Viewing Mac Photos on Tivo Roamio

Hi -

I'm trying to do something simple and yet it seems to be impossible - I simply want to view the contents of my Photos library (not iPhotos, but Mac Photos) from my Mac to my Tivo Roamio.

I'm running Mac OS X El Captain.

And yet, something that seems so simple isn't working for me...any longer at least.

Tivo Desktop for Mac has been updated in awhile and doesn't work with Mac Photos. I can't get Plex to see my Photos library. cTivo, pyTivo, and KMTTG are all video focused.

Any ideas? I really don't want to get an Apple TV to just view my photos on my Mac through TVs in my house.

Please help...

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Old 07-04-2016, 04:42 PM   #2
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I have PyTivo and can do photos.

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Old 07-04-2016, 04:53 PM   #3
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Using Photos on a Mac? Not iPhoto?

Can you see the albums that you created in Photos on your TiVo?

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Old 07-04-2016, 05:01 PM   #4
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Yes, but has been a while since I have used it. Also, I am a Windows user.

In Pytivo.conf, make sure you have:

[pictures]
Type = photos
Path = c:\pictures

(This is just an example.)

You can do this either by editing the Pytivo.conf file with a text editor, or through the Web server

Code:
http://localhost:9032

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Old 07-04-2016, 05:32 PM   #5
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Some real entries from pyTivo.conf on my Mac:

Code:
[Music Share]
force_ffmpeg = on
path = /Users/wmcbrine/Music
type = music

[Photo Share]
type = photo
path = /Users/wmcbrine/Pictures
Note that it doesn't handle databases of items, only files and (filesystem-level) folders.

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Old 07-04-2016, 06:37 PM   #6
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Hi wmcbrine:

Are you able to see albums from Photos on your Tivo using pyTivo?

I was only able to a mix of files...but with no organization by album.

Please let me know...

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Quote:
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Are you able to see albums from Photos on your Tivo using pyTivo?

I was only able to a mix of files...but with no organization by album.
That's what I was saying here:

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Note that it doesn't handle databases of items, only files and (filesystem-level) folders.
Unless the albums correspond to OS-level folders, they won't appear, no.

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Old 07-05-2016, 05:58 AM   #8
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Thanks, wmcbrine.

I'm looking for a solution that will display the contents of my photos, through my Tivo, that uses the albums within Apple Photos. And, with a Mac as the hosting computer.

So, by all appearances, something that reads the Apple Photos database.

My hopes are starting to diminish that something like this exists, without simply going for an Apple TV (and not displaying through a Tivo at all).

Thoughts?

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Old 07-05-2016, 09:13 AM   #9
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Likely no such thing exists currently, but, it might not be that difficult to implement. I personally don't really use Photos or iPhoto, which is why I haven't pursued this previously. But I did a little work towards an iTunes handler (which I abandoned because I don't really use that, either), and I imagine it's similar. Let me look into it a bit...

The Mac version of TiVo Desktop might do it, but it's very out of date, so it probably only supports old versions of iPhoto.

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Issue solved...but not through my Tivo

Just to follow-up for others who might be interested in solving this issue for themselves:

(1) I was able to get Plex working but it wasn't a great solution. Plex will display the contents of the Apple Photos database but only by date. It can't manage albums that you set up on your computer. Plus, Plex through Tivo is slow.

(2) Ultimately, I had to get an AppleTV to solve this problem. Through an AppleTV, you can browse all your photos stored on your Mac over home sharing or by using iCloud. The experience is pretty effortless, like it used to be through a Tivo. A couple caveats, though:
  • Home Sharing through an AppleTV only works when iTunes is running on your hosting computer.
  • Use of iCloud is a dream to use and will sync images across all your Apple devices (including an AppleTV) but it can result in another subscription for the convenience. After reaching 5 GBs of stored images, you'll have to start paying Apple to host more images.

Anyhow, it is disappointing that Tivo effectively gave up supporting a direct solution for this. I know many folks probably don't care about viewing their photos through their TV anymore but it is nutty to me that you now have to buy another box to do what we could all do in 2008 through our Tivos. So much for a single box in the living room.

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