Discussion in 'TiVo Home Media Features & TiVoToGo' started by Yoav, Dec 10, 2008.

  1. ba2991

    ba2991 New Member

    Feb 28, 2011


    Thanks again
  2. ba2991

    ba2991 New Member

    Feb 28, 2011
    Hello Phantom Gremlin.
    Was chatting to the kid next door about networking and the issue I am having with pyTiVo and the smart arse said, sounds like a fire wall issue. It is the fire wall that has been blocking the transfer, sorry but I wasn't aware I had a fire wall on this computer didn't think a apple computer needed one.
    But I am still getting an error message, as follows

    -Music - Photos - Showcase
    Then I press the Select button on the remote and get the following message:
    ERROR: Oxffff
    and thats as fare as I can get

    Again sorry about the OS/10 firewall but really didn't think I had one. If I get this program up and running the next question I will be asking someone for help with is how to keep the firewall looked but allowing pyTiVo to transmit without any hassles.


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  3. Fofer

    Fofer Bo55man69

    Oct 29, 2000
    If you didn't think you needed a firewall, then why'd you turn it on? (It's off my default.)

    And why would you want to turn it back on?
  4. ba2991

    ba2991 New Member

    Feb 28, 2011
    The firewall must of been turned on when I purchased the computer. The reason why I purchased this machine was purely for security reasons.

  5. Rdian06

    Rdian06 New Member

    Apr 12, 2008


    How is your Mac connected to your network? Wired or wireless? Do you have VMware Fusion or Parallels installed to run Windows virtual machines?

    It sounds like you might be having a multiple IP address problem where the Tivo is announcing itself on an IP address that the Tivo isn't capable of reaching. This assumes you switched off the firewall correctly (though I thought pyTivoX took care of adding an exception rule to the firewall to allow it to function correctly.)

    From another computer on your network, try to connect to pyTivoX using a web browser by entering:

    http://<pyTivoX Mac IP address>:9032

    Replace <pyTivoX Mac IP address> with your Mac's IP address. Probably something like or
  6. ba2991

    ba2991 New Member

    Feb 28, 2011
    Hi and thanks for you're reply.
    Well, after wasting many hours of my time with this program. I have been informed that I need to purchase a $99 subscription to activate something so I can view my media files on my TV. When I purchased the unit nothing was said about this and from memory didn't see anything about it when setting it up. I have decided to wait for a promotion's offer to be announced because I real don't what to part with more money on this devise, no guarantee that it will work anyway.
    Thanks guy's for your help.
  7. Fofer

    Fofer Bo55man69

    Oct 29, 2000
    $99 for what? Huh?

    That's not true at all.

    I use PyTiVoX to transfer (or stream) content from my Mac to my TiVo, all the time. Haven't paid "$99" extra for anything in order to do this.

    You're getting wrong info.
  8. Ladd Morse

    Ladd Morse Member

    Feb 21, 2002

    Far be it from me to presume I know more than anyone else, but if you have any modern TiVo and you have some sort of subscription for it (monthly to lifetime and everything in between), you should easily be able to transfer files from your Mac to your TiVo and back again (assuming they are on the same network).

    Clearly the "easy" part isn't working yet, but it's not for lack of any parts, paid or otherwise.

    the answer will be simple; we just have to figure out what you are doing wrong. :)
  9. Fofer

    Fofer Bo55man69

    Oct 29, 2000
    Let's start from the beginning. ba2991, is your TiVo subscribed, set up as a working TIVo... with a current TiVo subscription?

    My gut tells me it's not, and what you're labeling "$99 extra" is not "extra" at all, but a required component of getting that TiVo working *at all.* The streaming of media files from your computer to the TiVo is something you can do after all the other required ingredients are in place.

    Now, if ALL you want to do is stream media from your computer to the TV, then you bought the wrong device. And looking for help with pyTiVoX, with regards to a computer you're not very savvy working with, is kind of a waste of time.
  10. Rdian06

    Rdian06 New Member

    Apr 12, 2008
    Ah. I take it you live in Australia ba2991?

    And you're talking about the $99 fee to activate the Home Networking Package (including Tivo Desktop Plus) for AUS Tivos. See:

    In the US, the Home Networking features are included with the Tivo service. Tivo does charge us $25 for the Tivo Desktop Plus Windows software, but streaming to and from the computer is of course usable without that software.

    Lighten up guys.
  11. ba2991

    ba2991 New Member

    Feb 28, 2011
    Thanks for you're reply I am on a second forum also trying to get my TiVo to work. Have a look at the there message I received and make up your own decision

    and thanks again for all of your help

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  12. Phantom Gremlin

    Phantom Gremlin Active Member

    Jun 20, 2002
    Sorry it took so long for me to get back to looking at pyTiVoX.

    I just ran it from a 10.6.6 system. I didn't even install. I just copied over DMG and then double clicked. This opens the image in Finder. Then I just double clicked the pyTiVoX app and it started.

    It works for me.

    Here are a few observations. Since you have been playing with this, what I say might seem simplistic. But it may help other people:

    1) I ran as an unprivileged user. When the app started it asked if Java could accept connections thru the firewall. I said yes. I needed to authenticate as a privileged user to allow that.

    2) Later on, as I created shares, I was asked if Python could accept connections. I said yes again, I needed to authenticate again. Perhaps you didn't allow some of this activity.

    3) I made sure to click "Apply". Could you be skipping this step?

    4) My Mac's directory appears on my TiVo at the bottom of the Now Playing section. In my case I simply shared my Desktop directory. I don't know why your shared directory doesn't appear there. I can't see how you can make any more progress until the directory shows up there! I highly suspect some sort of firewall issue. Just to be clear (I'm too lazy to cut/paste graphics) the name on the Mac is /Users/xxx/Desktop and I accepted the default share name of My Share, which is the name that is visible to the TiVo.

    5) On the TiVo, I browsed to My Share and it found exactly one program, the M4V I put in the shared directory of my Mac. This was a purchased music video from iTunes. I know that Apple doesn't protect those videos (I have never purchased any DRMed stuff from Apple). I transferred it to my TiVo, and it played just fine. There could be any number of files in the shared directory, but if they're not compatible the file names won't show up in the TiVo. But, even with no compatible files, the My Share directory still appears on the TiVo in Now Playing.

    6) During the transfer to the TiVo, I used the Network tab of Activity Monitor to see if network traffic was happening. One easy way to start that app is to search for that name in spotlight.

    7) I was also able to browse to Music, Photos, & Showcases and there I also saw my Mac. It was, however, identified by its name in DNS. Something like this:
    pyTivoX -
    Within that appears a My Share directory, and within that appears my music video. The title at top of the directory is Desktop. So the TiVo knows both names, the name Desktop which is on my Mac, and the name My Share which I told pyTivoX to use.

    8) I was able to select the music video from the Desktop (aka My Share) directory. There is even a "Quality" selection. I was able to select 512 kb/s, 1260 kb/s, and the "same" quality of 1837 kb/s. When I selected 512 I could see much more noticeable artifacts.

    Sorry to not be of more help. The 1.3 version of the software does work for me. I didn't bother trying the newer beta, since it wasn't immediately obvious what was added in that version.

    Edit: I want to make clear that I did everything above without purchasing any $99 software from TiVo or any third party. I'm using:
    1) a subscribed TiVo HD in the USA
    2) a Macbook running 10.6.6
    3) pyTivoX 1.3 from the same Google Code repository that you used
  13. ba2991

    ba2991 New Member

    Feb 28, 2011
    Hi and thanks for the reply.
    I must admit I haven't played around with this for a few weeks because I was informed by a guy on the community that I have to purchase a $99.00 token to lunch the Home Network Package but as you didn't pay for yours I'm interested again.

    It Still doesn't work.

    I uninstalled the program and downloaded it again and started with a fresh copy.
    When I installed the old and new version nothing was mentioned about the firewall but after not seeing my (my files) on the Tivo Box I turned off the firewall on the mac and then I could see the files.
    To cut a long story short I can see my desktop on the TV and all the files are there I scroll through the screen until I find the movie (Back Soon.mpeg) click play on the last screen and still getting the same message.

    Error: Oxffff
    Back Soon.mpeg

    On the desktop I have the following file extensions, avi - mpeg - mov - m4a with all the same error message

    Note that I have never seen any files / folders from my Mac in the Now Play List but only in the Music, Photo and Showcase dir.

    Below is how I found the movie Back Soon

    Music, Photo & Showcase
    PyTiVoX - ColinScarfeComputer.local
    My Share - the blue screen opens up and the heading of the folder is Desktop
    - scroll till I find the movie Back Soon.mpeg
    - click play

    - Error: Oxffff
    - Back Soon

    This is the same error on all media fils I try to play.
    Note that in preferences I have ticked Enable Tivo.

    You mentioned in the reply to me that you subscribe to - TiVo HD in the USA would that include the Home Network Package that I have to play for in Australia.


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  14. Rdian06

    Rdian06 New Member

    Apr 12, 2008
    In the US, the Tivo monthly or lifetime subscription includes Home Networking. So we don't pay any additional fee for it beyond the standard subscription.

    In Australia, Home Networking is a separate feature which you have to pay the $99 to activate. So until you pay that fee, it's not going to work for you.
  15. Jul 7, 2011 #1115 of 1455

    plazman30 Member

    Jan 22, 2005
    Anyone know if the latest pyTiVoX beta will work in OS X Lion?
  16. aristoBrat

    aristoBrat Well-Known Member

    Dec 30, 2002
    Va Beach, VA
    I'm new to pyTiVoX. I'm running 1.3 on Lion and have only used the pyTiVo feature so that my TiVo can pull stuff from my computer, but it's working.

    My TiVo is a Premiere and I'm having an issue where HD shows pulled are coming across at 480p instead of a higher resolution, but that looks like a non-Lion issue.

    Update: Just installed the beta version on Lion and using pyTiVo to pull files, they now come across as HD on my Premiere (instead of 480). Sweet!
  17. captaingrapes

    captaingrapes New Member

    Feb 17, 2011
    Ive tried running 1.3 and 1.4b on Lion and am having no luck streaming videos.

    The server won't show up under 'Music, Photos, & Showcases' menu. It is there under 'My Shows' and I am able to transfer the file. Everything was working perfectly until the upgrade yesterday. What am i doing wrong?
  18. atsang

    atsang New Member

    Jun 25, 2004
    austin, tx
    Same here. Lion, 1.4b and Streambaby does not appear on the TiVo. Pytivo works fine.
  19. seattlewendell

    seattlewendell New Member

    Jan 11, 2006
    I tried to install the Java patch, etc. Nothing. I cannot get content to stream or transfer.
  20. TheWGP

    TheWGP Hmmm...

    Oct 26, 2007
    Same here. I'd be fine with transferring if there were a way to do subtitles!

    Can't seem to get Streambaby working (in the Pytivox implementation) with OS X 10.7 Lion and the latest PyTivoX beta.

    Anyone figured out any ways to get subtitles working with the pytivo side of things, perchance?

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