iTiVo (TiVo -> mac -> iPhone)

Discussion in 'TiVo Home Media Features & TiVoToGo' started by Yoav, Nov 6, 2008.

  1. Marconi

    Marconi TiVo Junkie

    Sep 8, 2001
    Page, AZ USA


    None of which I'm aware.
  2. adspguy

    adspguy Member

    Apr 30, 2002
    I was wondering if there could be support added for making a download format which would work to be inserted in a Series 1 tivo. There was a version off ffmpeg which was capable of making "ty" format outputs which would be capable of being mfs_ftp'd to a series 1 device.

    I now have an HD XL and a Series 3HD device which we use for most tv viewing, but I have a series 1 with lifetime in my exercise room. Once and awhile I would like to get a program from the HDs down to the series 1.

    I've been using iTivo to transfer programs to my iPhone and my kids ipod-touch devices, it would be cool to be able to get the files downloaded and converted for my series 1 using my fast mac pro computer.

    There seems to be plenty of programs/support for getting series 1 videos up to the series 2 or 3 devices, but not much for going back.

    It looks like the version of ffmpeg in pyTivoX might be compatible with the ty patches. Any thoughts, ideas, suggestions?
  3. Phantom Gremlin

    Phantom Gremlin Active Member

    Jun 20, 2002
    Here's something that might work, as long as you can find a long block of time during which you have at least one free tuner. E.g. I just created a 9.5 hr long manual recording.

    Set the recording to repeat every day (with low priority so it doesn't conflict with other show). Set the "keep at most" to 1. Then over a period of days you should wind up with a large number of 9.5 hour recordings you will need to manually delete. But each of those should displace the equivalent of 19 shorter 0.5 hour recordings you no longer need to manually delete.

    But TiVo's algorithm for keeping deleted programs isn't fully understood, and it has changed recently. So the above might not work. Let us know.
  4. The Squeaky Whee

    The Squeaky Whee New Member

    May 27, 2010
    my understanding is that HBO allows ONE dowload for copywright material.

    If my understanding is correct, is there a way to directly stream that program from the tivo to the Mac via iTivo, thereby saving a copy to the Mac but not to the TiVo?

    I'm guessing the answer is no, but would be a nice (and legal) workaround.
  5. spaceleeb

    spaceleeb New Member

    May 29, 2010


    I stumbled across it on my Premiere... Can't you just navigate down to the TiVo suggestions folder, but instead of entering it, just hit Clear (lower left of the peanut) when it is highlighted and it will ask if you are sure... Again, took care of the whole folder on my Premiere.

  6. Jul 2, 2010 #646 of 741

    aindik Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2002
    Can anyone recommend a setting for the iPad?
  7. Jul 2, 2010 #647 of 741

    cmontyburns Excellent. TCF Club

    Nov 14, 2001
    Houston, TX
    AppleTV works great.
  8. bjarne

    bjarne New Member

    Dec 20, 2001
    Sunnyvale, CA
    I have used iTiVo to download all the World Cup 2010 soccer games from my TiVo HD to my iMac, and I am almost done, down to the last three. All the games from ESPN are about 28 GB each so it takes a while. I only download and decrypt as I use Handbrake for the transcoding into H.264.
    My problem is that one of the games stops at 3 GB and says it is finished (no error). The game plays perfect on the TiVo but I noticed that there was an emergency test message from the station about where it stops. Has anybody seen this before and know of a way to get the program?
  9. CharleySimmons

    CharleySimmons New Member

    Sep 26, 2010
    I'm having the same issue. Any suggestions as to how to resolve it?

  10. Oct 1, 2010 #650 of 741
    Andy D

    Andy D Member

    Feb 1, 2008
    I have been using iTivo for several months without issue.

    All of a sudden, tonight when I tried to download a TV episode I started getting an error "Memcoder has suddenly quit"

    The only change is I updated to iTunes 10.0.1 since the last time I used iTivo.

    Has anyone else been having similar problems? How to fix?

    My Mac:

    iMac Intel Spring 2009
    Mac OS X 10.5.8
    Quicktime 7.6.6
    iTunes 10.0.1

    Any help much appreciated.


    Andy D
  11. Monkfest

    Monkfest New Member

    Oct 22, 2004
    When I download an "HD" Tivo show into iTivo I get an error message when I open the mp4 file?

    Am I not able to use iTivo with HD programming?
  12. hurricane

    hurricane Let Us Take Higher

    Feb 27, 2002
    It does, but I think it leaves a little bit of resolution on the table. Does anyone know if I'm right about that?

    Is there any way of setting up custom transcoding options in iTivo?
  13. KevQuebb

    KevQuebb New Member

    Dec 20, 2001
    Greenwood, IN
    I have been using iTivo to copy files from a Tivo HD and then transferring them using pyTivo to a Tivo Series 2 to watch in the bedroom. When I copy an HD program and play it on the series 2 it comes out letterboxed (resolution changed?) Both tvs are widescreen and the HD version doesn't have letterbox. Any thoughts or settings that I can use to get it to fill up the full screen on the series 2? I am using the iTivo version 1.7.6 and MPEG 2 - HD setting. Thanks!
  14. Neenahboy

    Neenahboy Statistical outlier

    Apr 7, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    I'm having an issue trying to pull a recording of Oprah using iTiVo (H.264 3Mbps). It will download 1MB, then restart the download and repeat this cycle three times before failing completely. Other shows from this channel have been pulled successfully using these same settings. Could it be an errant copy flag that's stopping me in my tracks?

    For reference, I'm running a MacBook Pro on 10.6.4 and an unmodded TiVo HD.
  15. Nov 9, 2010 #655 of 741

    EUner New Member

    Jul 5, 2008
    Everytime I try to download with iTivo I get the error message:
    "Your download location is not valid. Please select a valid download location."
    I'm using the default location. I've tried changing it to other local directories.
    Always the same result. Google search didn't bring up anything on this issue.
    Running OS 10.6.4
    Can anyone help?
  16. MT-Hand

    MT-Hand New Member

    Mar 5, 2005
    I haven't seen anyone else with this issue, but I am hoping someone else can recommend settings for my situation.

    I haven't shelled out for a HD TiVo yet, but I could part with $99 for a new AppleTV. I had been using Galleon to move programs between my Humax TiVo and my Mac, but now I want to transcode to H.264 in iTunes so I can stream them through the AppleTV (or copy to my iPhone 4).

    So all my source material is SD, but much of it is letterboxed widescreen. The standard "AppleTV" (mencoder) setting in iTiVo does a great job -- fast, small file size, deinterlaced, great image quality (ironically BETTER than the source material). BUT... it doesn't crop the letterboxing.

    I experimented with the HandBrake and FFmpeg encoder settings to get the auto-cropping, but HandBrake took over 3-hrs to encode a one hour program and had horrible interlacing artifacts.

    Can anyone recommend what settings I should use for:
    * SD -> H.264 (at good quality [for SD])
    * Deinterlaced
    * Auto-cropped IF letterboxed
    * and reasonable transfer/encoding times (~ 1-2 hrs for a 1 hr program)?

    PS: I should note that the Mac and TiVo are connected via WiFi-g.

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions,

  17. RangerOne

    RangerOne The Hub

    Dec 30, 2006
    Interesting, I have been having a similar issue but it's with using ffmpeg; it gets no more than 3 MB downloaded and then resets. I am able to consistently download shows with H.264. The problem I have with H.264 is that the audio is a little out of sync; hence why I have been trying ffmpeg. Thoughts anyone?
  18. Dec 3, 2010 #658 of 741

    pb732 New Member

    May 28, 2010
    Had been using itivo 1.176 (tried also with 1.177b3) for a while no problem but suddenly my downloads take very, very long, like 6 hours for a 1 hour hd download. All i can think is that i updated my utorrent and restarted my computer. Also tried restarting my tivo but no help. Router is airport extreme. Thanks.
  19. UncaAndoo

    UncaAndoo New Member

    Jan 21, 2002
    Looks like yoav dropped the project. Too bad, I hope someone can pick it up. I'd love to see a version with the latest Handbrake (x64).
  20. noone001

    noone001 New Member

    Sep 7, 2002
    I am having the same problem of interminable downloads. It used to work fine, and on some shorter programs seems to be OK, but I have been trying to download a 2 hr movie that is taking upwards of 28 hours! I turned off comskip, but it didn't help.

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