Using a TiVo as a media center, without cable?

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by stevejking, Aug 21, 2011.

  1. stevejking

    stevejking New Member

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    Hi all,

    If I wanted to cancel my cable subscription, and just use the TiVo Desktop software to watch previously stored & downloaded content on my Series 2, do I still need the monthly TiVo subscription for this?

    Thanks!
     
  2. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    Yes, or everything will get disabled, but you can watch recordings already on the tivo.
     
  3. stevejking

    stevejking New Member

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    Ok, thanks ThAbtO!
     
  4. lillevig

    lillevig Cold in East Iowa

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    Not sure I understood the answer. Are you saying that you can watch what is in the Now Playing list on the Tivo but Tivo Desktop will no longer be able to transfer items off of the Tivo? If that is the case, my recommendation would be to transfer the files from the Tivo using the free program "kmttg" (Tivo To Go) prior to letting the subscription lapse. This program will let you convert the Tivo video file format to something more computer friendly.
     
  5. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    Correct, transfers will be disabled, even guide data. Only things you can do without subscription is watch live TV or a pre-recorded video.
     
  6. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

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    Personally, I would recommend not using a TiVo as a media client at all, let alone subscribing to the TiVo service just for that.

    Get a Boxee Box or the like. It will cost a year and a bit of TiVo subscription fees, plus is more flexible.
     
  7. stevejking

    stevejking New Member

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    I checked out Boxee, and Apple TV.. all things considered, I'm still quite happy with my Tivo, even for use as a media center. All I really want to do is be able to watch media files from my PC on my tv, since it has a much bigger screen, and a comfy couch in front of it. :)
     

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