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No, unsubscribed TiVos have no network capabilities. Pretty much all you can do with them is play back existing recordings, or (in some cases) buffer live TV.

If you want to transfer shows off a TiVo, do it before you drop the subscription.
Bummer, I was afraid of that. I had dropped service from my Series 2 a few years ago. I just fired her up to see what recordings I had on it and there are a few hard to find shows I was hoping to transfer to my PC or my new Bolt. I know TiVo isn't reactivating Series 2 DVR's so I couldn't even subscribe for a month and get them transferred I guess. Oh well.
 

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Just a word of thanks (and a few questions) for this wonderful install! :) Download the program file, install it in a minute or 2, and there it just is. Kudos!

A few questions with respect to the downloading of shows to one's PC, as I get my feet wet:

If the tivo-libre decrypt option is checked on, does the program retain both the original .tivo file and the decrypted version, or is the .tivo file deleted? Could be handy having an option for both--one for transferring to a TiVo box later and the other for easy PC use. (Of course, if the .tivo file is deleted, one instead simply could run the program without decrypting and decrypt later, as desired.) Also, if one has queued up a number of shows for download, does having the decrypt option turned on delay downloading, or does the decrypting process occur simultaneously with the downloading of the next show? And is the decrypting a lengthy process (I haven't used that option yet)?

When the save metadata to text file option is checked on, where is the text file created (or am I misunderstanding this option)? And does this otherwise affect the downloaded file, such as stripping out metadata (I assume not)?
 

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I guess that's the difference that 12-14 years of hardware makes! Getting a transfer rate of 300-500Mbps and calling it decent, vs you blowing my mind with that kind of speed :) I'm getting roughly 3Mbs and 5-6Mbps from my different Series 2s.
I feel your pain, with similar over wireless. :( I swear, my router just wants a nice, slow, good life . . . .
 

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Just a word of thanks (and a few questions) for this wonderful install! :) Download the program file, install it in a minute or 2, and there it just is. Kudos!

A few questions with respect to the downloading of shows to one's PC, as I get my feet wet:

If the tivo-libre decrypt option is checked on, does the program retain both the original .tivo file and the decrypted version, or is the .tivo file deleted? Could be handy having an option for both--one for transferring to a TiVo box later and the other for easy PC use. (Of course, if the .tivo file is deleted, one instead simply could run the program without decrypting and decrypt later, as desired.) Also, if one has queued up a number of shows for download, does having the decrypt option turned on delay downloading, or does the decrypting process occur simultaneously with the downloading of the next show? And is the decrypting a lengthy process (I haven't used that option yet)?

When the save metadata to text file option is checked on, where is the text file created (or am I misunderstanding this option)? And does this otherwise affect the downloaded file, such as stripping out metadata (I assume not)?
The decryption happens on the fly now, so there is no .tivo file to save.

Yes it creates a .txt file with the metadata in the format that pyTivo uses for return. So if you check this option and the decrypt option you'll still have all the info you need to return the file back to your TiVo.
 

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Thank you. When using 1.5.5, selecting my storage location in Win7, I clicked on the "..." button, and the only drives that appeared in the list on the left were my local drives. I couldn't select a mapped network drive.
I'll have to look at that. Because the program is basically a webpage I do not have access to the actual file system. So I'm actually feeding the file system data from the pyTivo server over to the desktop UI app. The way I'm parsing the drives in the python code must not be picking up the mapped drives. I'll have to check into that.
 

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What's the current version? and how does one see/load updates?
The current version (just uploaded) is 1.5.8. I don't currently have any sort of auto update feature in place. I should probably look into doing that though. I didn't originally expect to be updating this so frequently.
 

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I just uploaded a new version. This one includes two main changes...

1) I've included the TiVo DirectShow filter in the package along with a small app that allows me to set the MAK in the registry so that it functions. This makes pyTivo Desktop a complete replacement for TiVo Desktop. (as long as TiVo doesn't sue me for distributing their filter :eek:)

2) I've added a section to the installer so you can set your MAK and recordings folder in the installer instead of setting them the first time Desktop runs.
 

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Dan, I installed 1.5.7 last night. Thank you for the transfer-folder and transfer-all buttons, those make bulk transfers much easier to start!

I don't have much history with 1.5.5 to compare with, but I recall the 1.5.5 transfer queue showing things correctly. Last night I uninstalled 1.5.5 and installed 1.5.7.

With 1.5.7, I told it to transfer a folder of 5 shows. The queue number in the corner originally showed "5". Then when I clicked on it to view the list, it showed nothing, or maybe 1 item. Tried again, showed nothing. Tried again, then it showed 1 item, and the queue # in the corner changed from 5 to 1 at one point. Then back to 5, but the actual list wasn't showing 5 items.

I let it run overnight, I'm pretty sure I didn't manually try to cancel any transfers. But this morning there were 3 shows in the folder, not 5. I have it running again at the moment, transferring those 5 again, to see how it does this time, I'll check tonight when I get home.

This may just be something with my computer, but it seemed worth mentioning.
 

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I was able to get this working, thanks so much Dan203, this is awesome!!

I tried adding metadata to the files I sent to my TiVo by adding a *.txt file with the same name as the movie in the same folder and details included but nothing came over. Does this version of pyTiVo not work with metadata? And is there a place where we users can search for metadata to match up movies we have?
 

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I was able to get this working, thanks so much Dan203, this is awesome!!

I tried adding metadata to the files I sent to my TiVo by adding a *.txt file with the same name as the movie in the same folder and details included but nothing came over. Does this version of pyTiVo not work with metadata? And is there a place where we users can search for metadata to match up movies we have?
The metadata file name needs to include the extension of the video file. For example, if the video is "Some Movie.mpg", the metadata file name needs to be "Some Movie.mpg.txt".

Edit: You might consider using Metagenerator 3
 

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Thanks again for the tip, I just have been using it but what I noticed is that the programID is blank for everything I look up. And if I understand how this works properly, embedding that programID in the *.txt file is what will make the TiVo pull in the image when browsing through movies correct?
Yes. Do you have an example of something you are looking up?
 

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Yes. Do you have an example of something you are looking up?
Any movie so far. I get all of the details of actors, director, summary, year, etc. but the programID is blank. After looking through some notes in the MG3 install folder, it seems to be that I need python installed and then enter in my TiVo user name and password for MG3 to make a call to TiVo to get the programID as this info is not available to MG3 otherwise. Have you set this up before? I've seen mention of Python on this forum before but not sure what I need to do to get it running.
 

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The decryption happens on the fly now, so there is no .tivo file to save.

Yes it creates a .txt file with the metadata in the format that pyTivo uses for return. So if you check this option and the decrypt option you'll still have all the info you need to return the file back to your TiVo.
Thanks, Dan. For some reason, in my first use of the program on a folder of 4 shows, only 1 metadata file was created. This may have been a result of my laptop having gone to sleep in the course of the downloads (I'm now using a small utility to keep the laptop live, when using the program) and my re-queueing the shows for download--the downloading of a separate folder without interruption has gone smoothly, with all the metadata files being created.

A question about decrypting (which I've done but am not very familiar with): does the process affect the quality of the underlying video, such that it would be better to transfer back to a TiVo box a .tivo file rather than a decrypted file + metadata file? Any other differences between the 2 alternatives?
 
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