Why even use TiVo To Go?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by Jon1, Dec 21, 2005.

  1. mike3775

    mike3775 Active Member

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    set it to allow connection from the Tivo. Thats what I had to do on my Norton firewall. And if you use Galleon and not the Tivo software, you have to allow that as well.
     
  2. daThomas

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    You can use a third party app with TTG and automatically download shows and also automatically convert them to portable size with the commercials ripped.

    Try TVHarmony.
     
  3. gonzotek

    gonzotek tivo_xml developer

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    Outside...
    http://customersupport.tivo.com/knowbase/root/public/tv2161.htm
     
  4. sroney

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    I have a G router and G pci card through out the house. I have tried to locate a G adapter but no one can ever figure out what the version number is. So i thought i would go with a B and you can find them for 35.00 with feee shipping. So if i understand you can record a show onto your PC hard drive? From there you can burn it to the DVD player. I also understand that you can move shows from your hard drive back up to your Tivo? This is all done through what program? I don't want to buy a dvd recorder and have to watch the show while its burning.
     
  5. jkalnin

    jkalnin Baad Spellor

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    If I understand your questions correctly you want basic info on Tivo-to-go.

    YES you can move shows from your Tivo to your PC using Tivo Desktop software.

    YES you can take your PC media files, convert them to a format Tivo understands using a number of free programs available on the web, and move them back to your Tivo.

    YES you can burn your Tivo files from your PC to a DVD using Nero or Sonic's MyDVD

    Not sure about your last comment, but you don't watch the show while its burning to DVD. Burning a DVD is a long process that you can set up then let the computer do it while you do other things.
     
  6. mrjam2jab

    mrjam2jab Still Learning

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    Cool....i just installed this one.

    Now if i can just figure out Bittorrent....but is that a question that i can ask here???

    If not, i wont.
     
  7. jkalnin

    jkalnin Baad Spellor

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    mrjam2jab - this is not the place to talk about that stuff. check your PM's
     
  8. rainwater

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    I currently have about 10 DVD movies stored on my TiVo. I find it much easier to watch to put them on my TiVo where I don't have to deal with the dvd menus and stupid features. Plus, its easy for my family members to watch a dvd movie from the TiVo and not have to worry about putting the cd in and changing the TV input, etc.
     
  9. Jon1

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    Sounds good, but the drawback is all the memory you have to use...especially if you have a wife like mine who has to TiVo several soaps every day..... :(
     
  10. Justin Thyme

    Justin Thyme Contra sceleris

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    My TivoBack folder currently has about 120 movies in it.

    I just delete the movie on the Tivo after watching it.

    Although these are all were movies recorded by Tivo rather than ripped, I could use this mechanism for my DVDs. It would be much nicer to have all the DVDs on the server, because it is a pain trying to find the correct DVD. But it would also be a pain to rip them all to my server, so I haven't done that (yet).

    If Tivo transfer rates get faster, or Tivo ability to play Mpeg4 comes along, or hard drive costs suddenly nosedive, I will probably get motivated enough to do it.
     
  11. Jon1

    Jon1 New Member

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    120 movies! Where do you find all that space? My TiVo unit only holds 40 hours!
     
  12. gonzotek

    gonzotek tivo_xml developer

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    They're on his PC. I use the same method, I have two TiVos with movies and regular shows(a 40hr Series2.5 and an upgraded 300+hr Series2). I also have several computers running on the network sharing a combined 500GBs total. I'm shooting for a terabyte by early '06 :). And I totally agree with Justin, if it were just a little more advanced (faster/mpeg4/etc.), I'd use it all the more.
     
  13. Jon1

    Jon1 New Member

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    My PC only has a capacity of 80GB so I guess it won't hold too many, although I have no idea how may GBs the average movie is. How long does it take to transfer a movie from your PC back to TiVo, anyway?
     
  14. MickeS

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    Short answer: If you are primarily interested in doing a lot of DVD-burning, TTG is not the solution for you. A standalone DVD-recorder (with TiVo, but even without it) will be easier and faster.

    TTG is great for all the other purposes mentioned in the thread, and for occasional DVD burning.
     
  15. rainwater

    rainwater Active Member

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    Find a huge hard drive. They are cheap these days. My TiVo holds more than 300 hours.
     
  16. Justin Thyme

    Justin Thyme Contra sceleris

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    A 300GB drive you can get at Outpost.com when they are on special for $79. That will store from 80 to 120 films, depending on if they had commercials in them, depending on their content. Here is an idea: For Best Recordings stored at higher resolutions than typical Tivos, I get the following:

    What's Up Doc 2.1GB
    Jingle all the Way 3.8GB
    Yours Mine and ours 2.9GB
    Pretty Woman 4.1GB

    If I was using Cable not Satellite, storage would probably be about 20% less.

    As you can see, it varies widely. What's up Doc was without commercial interuption, while Pretty Woman had frequent commerical breaks. You can use VideoRedo to chop out the commercials- takes about 10 minutes, but if you are like me, you will do a few dozen then get lazy and just use FF. Generally I am seeing high 2 gigs to mid 3GB. If you used lower settings. like Tivo High, you will see lbeter storage numbers.

    As for transfer time- it is real time. You start the movie playing- I usually go and get the popcorn or my juice then come back and FF past the credits or commercials. It is always fast enough that it is ahead when I get to the commercials so I can FF past them. If I wanted to Jump ahead to some middle part of the movie, I can't do that until it has transfered that much. Since that is not my or my wife's dominant mode, we don't care much about that limitation. But it would be nice if the transfer was much much faster and usage would be more fluid.
     
  17. pdhenry

    pdhenry Recumbent

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    Ballpark is about a gig an hour for either question.
     
  18. samo

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    Yes, it did to me. I have been using SA DVD recorder with my SA TiVo, DishPVR and now with R10 and R15. Works great except for SA TiVo, but even with SA TiVo quality is quite acceptable. Never figured why would anybody want to use TTG compare to DVD recorder that you can get now days for under $100. Your time to transfer show is about the same or faster and after you got it on DVD (that cost you under 50 cents now days) you can do whatever you want with it. If your recorder is +RW you can even edit out commercials right on DVD recorder or if you want to do fancier editing you can do it right on disk with something like Ullead software. Or just transfer whole thing to PC if you like. Watch it on big screen or laptop from DVD, dump it to any other device, whatever. One of my TiVos is series 1 and video transfer method not allowed to be discussed on this board was available for years, but I never bothered with it - it is so easy and convenient to just record to SA that alternative didn't make any sense to me. On my series 2 I never activated network or HMO feature because for a life of me I can't figure out why would I want to listen to the music on my TV or what is wrong to have all of my photos on DVD and use DVD player to watch them on TV if I wanted to do that.
     
  19. Jon1

    Jon1 New Member

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    I think I will get one. Are hard drives difficult to install? I have installed sound cards before and it's easy.
     
  20. nhaigh

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    But now that you have read all this thread have you have realized that TTG is in fact more than simply DVD recording and that many people consider that to be the least important feature available to it. If all you could do was DVD record then maybe people wouldn't use TTG.

    Also don't forget there ar no DVD recorders less than $100 that allow you to edit the source before burning the disk.
     

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