Why doesn't tivo work with a Mac?

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  1. cappy

    cappy New Member

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    I'd like to be able to view JPGs that are on my Mac, using my big screen & Tivo, but it doesn't work. I can access jpgs from my PCs just fine.

    What is the technical reason why this is?

    I can't imagine the engineers at Tivo couldn't make this work.
     
  2. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Do you have TiVo Desktop on your Mac? You need TiVo Desktop to see photos or listen to music. You need Roxio Toast to use TivoToGo on a Mac.

    Dan
     
  3. cappy

    cappy New Member

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    Yep, I *had* Tivo Desktop. I'm not interested in downloading videos from tivo to Mac, but I sure would like to be able to watch my pictures.

    Have you tried accessing images on a Mac from your tivo?
     
  4. magnus

    magnus Tivo User

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    I've used it several years ago and it worked for pictures and music. Also, if you ever wanted video then you could take a look at Roxio's Popcorn (it's a little cheaper).
     
  5. RangerOne

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    It can also stream music too!
     
  6. cappy

    cappy New Member

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    Cheaper than what? Tivo desktop is free.
     
  7. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Cheaper then Toast. Only needed if you want to use TiVoToGo.

    I think I read a thread somewhere complaining that TiVo Desktop does not work in the newest version of Mac OS. (Lion?) Perhaps that's your problem?

    Dan
     
  8. Turtleboy

    Turtleboy Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    Works for me.

    You have to import the pictures into iPhoto first.
     
  9. jsmeeker

    jsmeeker Notable Member TCF Club

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    i don't even have TiVo desktop on my Mac. I do have iTiVo, though. I thought iTiVo was the only way to send video from my TiVo to my Mac. it works fine. For the stuff Ican actually send. Problem is Time Warner marks almost every thing with the copy restrcition byte.
     
  10. lrhorer

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    Oh, not even. Indeed, there are quite a few ways, and TDT is pretty much the poorest one. Galleon and kmttg are both vastly superior, and pyTivo works well enough, despite the fact it is not it's primary function.

    If you have a Premier, you're stuck. If not, and you want to investigate other options, visit the "other" TiVo discussion website.
     
  11. cappy

    cappy New Member

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    The thread isn't about videos, it's about jpgs.
     
  12. cappy

    cappy New Member

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    I'm still using Snow Leopard, until it's safe to go back into the water.
    Thanks
     
  13. cappy

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    Do you mean that iPhoto has to be running at the same time TD is, or do I just need to create the galleries directory structure with iPhoto, then exit?

    This must be the issue, I don't like iPhoto so I dont use it.

    On the PC, I can browse images from Tivo, just by having Tivo Desktop
    running, and pointed to the image directory.

    When I tried the same approach on the Mac, Tivo couldn't find the pictures.
     
  14. Turtleboy

    Turtleboy Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    iPhoto doesn't need to be running.

    You do have to create the libraries in iPhoto.
     
  15. jsmeeker

    jsmeeker Notable Member TCF Club

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    I do havea premiere.

    Well, really, the topic claims "macs don't work with TiVo". I just replied to say that was not true.
     
  16. magnus

    magnus Tivo User

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    Please try to keep up. :) cheaper than Toast.
     
  17. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Well-Known Mumbler

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    pyTivo will work on a Mac and serve pictures from any folder, with no iPhoto dependency.
     
  18. lrhorer

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    Then I am afraid you are pretty much stuck, at least for the time being. This is why I cannot recommend a Premier.

    One possibility would be to get a capture device that can convert HD Component Video to a file. Hauppage makes at least one, maybe two of these devices. It's a kludge, and you might occasionally get some artifacts in the video, but it will work.
     
  19. Turtleboy

    Turtleboy Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    I've transferred video to my Premiere. What's the issue?
     
  20. lrhorer

    lrhorer Active Member

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    There isn't one for trasnferring to the TiVo. If your CATV company copy protects everything except the locals - like TW Cable does, then a person with a premier cannot transfer shows recorded on any channel but a local channel to any external device.
     

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