New Orb Add-On: TiVoAnywhere

Discussion in 'TiVo Home Media Features & TiVoToGo' started by aircrewguy, Aug 14, 2005.

  1. raven27

    raven27 New Member

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    Thanks guys I really like this forum. :up:
     
  2. jpdst22

    jpdst22 ;-)

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    No, I didn't have to wait for the whole show to be transfered. Although the problem I'm running into now is that I only seem to be able to watch a max of 5 minutes of the show and then it stops. For some reason the whole show doesn't seem to be transfered to my pc to stream it. I haven't tried the new version of tivoanywhere so that's what I'm going to try next. Has anyone had this problem?
     
  3. bluetex

    bluetex Wha?

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    jpdst22: the problem you describe is a known issue with Orb + TivoAnywhere. There's a new version of both as of this past weekend.

    Issue has been resolved as best I can tell.
     
  4. jpdst22

    jpdst22 ;-)

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    Well I just downloaded the new version and I've been playing with it and it seems to have fixed my problem with the whole show being transferred to my pc and also it seems to be a lot more stable. Although I have noticed that the streaming does work, but the transfer from my tivo to my pc isn't fast enough to transfer a file and immediately start watching it. However if I play a file I already transferred it works great. This is freaking awesome!
     
  5. jpdst22

    jpdst22 ;-)

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    Well I'm actually talking about both. I have had a similar problem with streaming, but it's more like 5 minutes or so before it dies on me. I think the problem is that the show's not being transferred from my tivo to my pc fast enough to handle streaming it live. I think if I start the transfer and wait a little while before starting to watch it it'll work. Also you could just start the transfer and then log out and then login at a later time that show will be there for you to watch. Make sense?
     
  6. greg_burns

    greg_burns Now in HD

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    Sorry that I deleted my post, but I am beginning to see how this works. :)

    I thought it was simply streaming the video to me. I did not realize it was actually copying the file to My Tivo Recordings folder on my home pc. Yes, this is making sense now. Thanks.

    Everything seems OK on my Windows XP machine. I just tried running it on my Windows MCE machine and I'm having problems. I get an error that tells me to go here:

    http://support.orb.com/support/solution.jsp?sol=144

    I installed Dscaler5 per the recommendation, but not sure why I had to since I have a working MPEG2 codec. :confused: Still messing around with this new problem. :rolleyes:
     
  7. jhwpbm

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    This is great - I travel four days / week and now I can watch "my" shows (from my own TiVo) over my broadband connection at my hotel. Performance is good and picture quality is excellent. Too cool.
     
  8. Todd

    Todd Gee thanks Jeremy...

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    Anyone have issues with the video playback? When I play it on a remote computer, the bottom third of the screen is green, and the top part is filled with 3 copies of the video and a bunch of lines going across it. Bizarre. Have any ideas what the deal with that is?
     
  9. ashu

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    Try changing your video encoders in the advanced settings. Either in the app or online - I forget where.

    Mine played WMV files flawlessly on remote PCs, and RealMedia on my Cell Phone.
     
  10. henriksonj

    henriksonj New Member

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    So you have to install tivo anywhere on your home pc? and also on the pc you want to access your tivo recordings with?
    I was thinking I just installed tivo anywhere on the pc i wanted to use to remotely view the recordings on..

    thanks!
     
  11. ashu

    ashu User title defunct

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    The remote PC only needs a Web Browser and Media PLayer - your home PC becomes the streaming server that sends images/video/sound files across, depending on the interlink and respective bandwidths of the home and remote PC.

    My cable connection allows for 512kbps (capped) upstream - just adequate for full-screen PC monitor video remotely.
     
  12. Bsteenson

    Bsteenson TiVo is no BS

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    I can't say enough about the Orb service. With it I can access every video, audio and photo file on my computer, plus everything that is stored on one of my TiVos (I suppose I could set up multiple Orb accounts to get the other TiVos as well). With a tuner card in my home computer, I can watch any channel from my home cable system over the Internet, anywhere in the world. I can schedule TiVo recordings, as well as Orb recordings for when I run out of TiVo tuners.

    And best of all, it's completely free. I'd sure like to know Orb's business model. Maybe it's simply to get us hooked (I am already) then start charging a monthly fee.

    Orb combined with TiVo, a multi-media computer and a home network means total access. The picture quality isn't perfect. It depends on your upload speed at home and your download speed where you're viewing from. Broadband at both ends is essential. I'd hate to watch the steaming video on anything larger than a laptop, but for that it's perfectly acceptible.

    BS
     
  13. ashu

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    The ORB forums have a discussion about this. Involves copying/renaming some dll's, duplicating some files and some entries in an ini file. I can no longer find it.

    Multiple ORB accounts wouldn't work as I doubt you can run multiple ORB servers on your home PC. One ORB account (and running server/services) per PC (if you have more 'n 1) should work, though ;)
     
  14. tivoaustin

    tivoaustin New Member

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    Hi,

    I have the latest version of TivoAnywhere installed, and I'm running a Tivo Series2.

    On my local (private) home network, I'm successfully able to use Tivo Desktop and TivoToGo to publish photos and music and transfer video.

    I'm now on my work laptop and *not* connected to my private home network.

    I've installed Tivo Desktop on my work laptop in addition to TivoAnywhere.

    The problem I'm having is TivoAnywhere (and Tivo Desktop) on my work laptop can not find my Tivo!

    I've opened ports 2190 and 8080-8089 on my router and pointed them to my Tivo's IP address on my internal network (192.168.x.x).

    What else do I need to do?

    Thanks!
     
  15. ashu

    ashu User title defunct

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    The Orb server runs on your PC - IIRC you have to open those ports externally, right? Or, waidaminit - that isn't on your home router firewall - instead you have to allow Orb (the PC application) permission (in your PC firewall) to use a plethora of parts and run a bunch of listening servers.

    I VNCed home when I set mine up, and lost count of the number of popups I saw from ZoneAlarm to allow new EXEs (all Orb-related) access - the WMV encoder, the RealEncoder, the 3GPEncoder etc. Etc. Etc. Etc.
     
  16. stevejoe

    stevejoe New Member

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    TivoAnywhere doesn't get installed on your laptop. It gets installed on the same machine that has your Orb client installed. Also, since you have an Orb client that talks to the Orb server, you don't need to open any ports for Orb and TivoAnywhere to work.
     
  17. amessina

    amessina New Member

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    I have the latest version of Orb and TivoAnywhere installed on my home PC. When I log into m Orb account on my laptop at work, I see my now playing list with no problem. The issue I am having is when I try to play a program that is already on my computer, my laptop processes the asf file, but my windows media player does not open.

    Any ideas on how I can fix this?
     
  18. davevt98

    davevt98 New Member

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    I am having the same problems. Please help. Thanks
     
  19. headroll

    headroll Let em' Roll

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    Not true ...

    It actually interfaces with TCO to schedule recordings, no TiVoWeb needed.

    The only catch (currently) is that if you have multiple TiVos, the request will always be made to the 'FIRST' TiVo on your TCO list.

    -Roll
     
  20. erd211

    erd211 New Member

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    I set up my Orb / TiVo Anywhere account to run through my laptop, but realized it made a lot more sense to use my desktop as my "home PC" so that I could stream to both my laptop and PDA. I'm having trouble getting my PC to communicate with my TiVo, however; do I have to somehow disassociate my laptop from my TiVo before running Orb through my desktop?

    Thanks!
     

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