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Topic # 62967 18-Jun-2010 09:08 Send private message

With yesterday's survey hinting at video chatting etc. I had an idea which seems to me to be completely doable provided they ever impliment the use of a webcam.

I thought about a security feature where motion triggered images are taken and uploaded to either a provided storage space connected to your MyTiVo account, your own FTP account, and/or emailed to a specific address. Motion recording can of course be stored on the TiVo itself.

I currently do all this with my laptop and external webcam, but thought it would be easier just be able to select "security" from the TiVo menu before going out or have it set to come on at pre-set times. Without having to boot up the laptop, run the software and then manually start the monitoring software every day.

Just a thought I had. Anyone else think TiVo might be missing a trick?


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  Reply # 342923 18-Jun-2010 10:51 Send private message

I think that this was possible on the earlier models of Tivo, where you could load up images to the Tivo via a special ftp app. This implied that you already had the images handy on a PC to be uploaded, and not using any external host. Though there may have been external hosts providing the ftp service.

I had read about, thought it may be interesting to implement at some stage, but haven't pursued it any further.

It may still be do-able on the current gen Tivo's - perhaps a bit of googling may shed some light.

BTW, images recorded by Tivo may not be submissable as evidence - there is no watermarking or security identification embedded within the video file.

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  Reply # 342939 18-Jun-2010 11:14 Send private message

BTW, images recorded by Tivo may not be submissable as evidence - there is no watermarking or security identification embedded within the video file.

Maybe not in court but at least it gives you a heads up if you get emailed a picture of someone in or around your property and you happen to see it come in.
I have seen cases in the paper where the image provided enough to the police to identify the culprit as a known offender and they have paid him a visit and recovered stolen goods. i would be happy enough with that.

I was thinking about CAPSA's big plans and wondered if Telecom would be happy with them introducing anything loang the lines of VOIP given that they are a Telecoms company at the end of the day.  But then i guess they are only a retail partner and it is out of their hands what Hybrid and CASPA do with the box.

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  Reply # 343137 18-Jun-2010 21:32 Send private message

I would have liked to suggest that they add pay per view content such as sports or other live shows, but there was no place for a suggestion like that in the survey.

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Reply # 343664 21-Jun-2010 10:04 Send private message

I'd definitely be keen for the securty camera idea. The only reason I haven't set up a security ccamera is because I don't want to leave my PC running 24/7 on the off-chance it might record something.
As previously mentioned I could use a Series1 TiVo to record from a camera, but it wouldn't be motion activated etc.
Only problem I can see is that a shiney TiVoHD is proabbly one of the first things a thief would steal, however as you suggest the video or stills could be uploaded to your 'mytivo' account.
Great for catching the drunkards who come up the driveway on Friday and Saturday nights and take stuff out of the car if I forget to lock it.

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  Reply # 347802 4-Jul-2010 22:05 Send private message

Be nice if Tivo could just add Prime Programming. Its getting tiresome missing all the Dr Who and other Sci Fi because Prime changed the time of program between weeks.
Have a Tivo at Home and got a Magic TV for parents as they have no broadband. Have to say the guide for selecting recording content is heaps better on Magic. You can also still see the current program on screen so you don't miss the action.

Magic 1 - Tivo 0

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  Reply # 347932 5-Jul-2010 10:49 Send private message

As I've mentioned in other posts, if you want guide data for Prime, Maori and other channels missing from Freeview|HD, get a Series 1 TiVo. They are really cheap these days.

On any TiVo you can view the program guide overlaid on live TV, and select a program to be recorded. Also, if you don't want to "miss the action" while using the more advance 'find shows' interface, why don't you just hit pause or rewind once you are done choosing shows? We haven't watched live TV for over a year, since we got a second TiVo. I'd recommend changing the way you view TV, it's so much better.

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