TiVo adds Apple iPod support to TiVoToGo

TiVo Inc. is expanding its video recording service so users will be able to transfer recorded TV shows onto Apple Computer’s iPods, according to an Associated Press report. By adding support for the MPEG-4 video format, TiVo hopes to capitalize on the immense popularity of Apple iPods.

When TiVO launched TiVoToGo in January 2005, TiVO Series2 broadband subscribers gained the ability to transfer recorded shows to Windows PCs and Windows Mobile-based Portable Media Center devices such as the Creative Zen, Samsung Yepp YH-999, and iriver PMC-120. The new TiVOToGo servise will also support Sony’s PlayStation Portable. There is no information available at this time regarding support for transferring recorded shows to Apple Mac OS X personal computers, although one might infer that supporting MPEG-4 video will allow Macs to play such content.

Tivo’s TiVOToGo webpages do not currently mention support for the Apple iPod. The new service feature will be available “today” for current TiVo subscribers as a beta test and for others early next year, according to the Associated Press report.

“The ability to transfer shows between a TiVo and Apple’s market-leading iPod or Sony Corp.’s popular PSP ‘may help cement the idea that a TiVo is better than a generic DVR,’ said Stephen Baker, an analyst with NPD Group. ‘Their route to success is to differentiate themselves from generic DVRs,'” Julie Tamaki reports for The Los Angeles Times. “TiVo subscribers will need to purchase special software to tap the features, said Jim Denney, TiVo’s vice president of product marketing. The TiVo box would need to be connected to a home network and the program would first have to be transferred to a PC… Restricted content includes video-on-demand and pay-per-view, Denney added. TiVo also plans to make files traceable to discourage ‘people from distributing the content beyond their personal use.'”

Full article here.

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21 Comments

  1. I really hope this will finally allow Mac users the ability to use TiVoToGo on OS X. This is one piece of software I have been desperately wanting for about a year (when it was released on Windows).

  2. theloniousMac,

    How do you figure that? As the article says, right now you do it buy owning a Tivo2, a Windows PC, and an iPod video (they work on PCs)… they don’t ‘got to go through OS X’.

    They should though…… dammit.

  3. “The Journal said that using TiVo’s software to transfer a one-hour television program to an iPod could take more than two hours from the time users finish recording that program.”

    That sounds a bit scary!

  4. After all this time Tivo has what? 3.5 million users? Tivo desparately gives their hardware away in hopes of someday making a profit from their expensive service agreements. It’s a screwed up business model doomed to fail on its own.

    It’s a smart move for Tivo to try and piggyback onto the iPods success without having to create another piece of hardware to sell.

    Tivo needs to move fast and make their machines record native iPod-ready video. Long waits for software transcoding to iPod is not going to work in the long run.

  5. Boring Boring Boring.
    Like winmacguy says, it takes two hours to rip a one hour tv show to an iPod. That’s longer than it takes to write some of these lame-a** tv shows. It’ll get boring REALLY fast.

    … Oh look, people already don’t care. That was quick.

  6. Tivo on a Mac is a lot more advanced than most think. The Tivo Desktop application that is supposed to not work on Tiger, is working fine on my 10.4.3 desktop. Not only that, but I can download the .tivo files right off my Tivo to my computer. The only issue we face right now is converting a .tivo file to an understandable and usable file. Anyone with a networked Tivo can access the Now Playing menu from a web browser like so:

    Replace the WXYZ with the last four digits of your Tivo’s Service Number
    It will ask for a username and pass. The username is “tivo” and the password is the Tivo’s MAK. It can be found in the settings and account info page.
    http://dvr-WXYZ.local./nowplaying/index.html

    I am currently looking for a way to convert the .tivo files to mpeg on my PC, but I do not want to purchase a codec like tivo suggests. I hope to be able to convert on my Mac very soon (Not using Virtual PC)

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