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Topic # 95523 6-Jan-2012 20:27 Send private message

If I wanted to use XBMC on my laptop, and I want to be able to view some media on my Tivo through the network IP config linking up to my laptop over the air (wireless), what should I do?




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  Reply # 565569 6-Jan-2012 22:50 Send private message

So you want to use the TiVo to view content stored on the laptop? The only way I know is to install TiVo Desktop on the laptop and add the relevant folder to the 'library'. The laptop should then show up in 'now playing'.

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  Reply # 565572 6-Jan-2012 22:54 Send private message

Skolink: So you want to use the TiVo to view content stored on the laptop? The only way I know is to install TiVo Desktop on the laptop and add the relevant folder to the 'library'. The laptop should then show up in 'now playing'.


Would it not need to be a compatible format their eg. .tivo? , or will it play apple tvs m4v files, or can it transcode on the fly like tvosicty. I hadn't thought of using a tivo for that. I am using an xbox with tvsoity on the computer streaming the files.

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  Reply # 565585 6-Jan-2012 23:11 Send private message

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Skolink: So you want to use the TiVo to view content stored on the laptop? The only way I know is to install TiVo Desktop on the laptop and add the relevant folder to the 'library'. The laptop should then show up in 'now playing'.


Would it not need to be a compatible format their eg. .tivo? , or will it play apple tvs m4v files, or can it transcode on the fly like tvosicty. I hadn't thought of using a tivo for that. I am using an xbox with tvsoity on the computer streaming the files.


It plays some mp4 file formats, but not xvid from memory. We stopped using it and went back to the xbox because of that, and needed to enable subtitles on some files, and because PC needed to be on and running TiVo Desktop (rather than just my NAS). Pretty good though, and cool seeing the blue LED light up. I think it (TiVo Desktop) does transcode the files, so not sure why it won't play some files. Perhaps it couldn't transcode them.

Only problem now is xbox doesn't seem to handle HD video files. Might test on the TiVo.



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  Reply # 565588 6-Jan-2012 23:18 Send private message

is it fast transferring media over to the Tivo? or is it just streaming? if streaming, does it use up your monthly GBs?




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  Reply # 565589 6-Jan-2012 23:23 Send private message

sonyxperiageek: is it fast transferring media over to the Tivo? or is it just streaming? if streaming, does it use up your monthly GBs?


Reasonably fast. It's not streaming, it stores it on your TiVo, so you can finish watching it later without turning your PC on again.

Why would it use up your internet quota? The files go direct from your PC to the TiVo. Are you talking about CASPA?



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  Reply # 565592 6-Jan-2012 23:40 Send private message

yes, but when transferring media over to the Tivo device it would do that over WiFi, which is why i was wondering if it uses up my quota. no, not Caspa - nothing good to watch on that these days...




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  Reply # 565634 7-Jan-2012 07:17 Send private message

wireless or wired networking, it's not going out on the internet.

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  Reply # 565639 7-Jan-2012 08:04 Send private message

Whatever is inside your LAN is not counted, regardless of being ethernet or WiFi.

You will find WiFi is not fast or reliable enough to transfer large files. You should use an ethernet connection.






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  Reply # 565724 7-Jan-2012 12:19 Send private message

ok. thanks!




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  Reply # 568354 13-Jan-2012 12:45 Send private message

sonyxperiageek: If I wanted to use XBMC on my laptop, and I want to be able to view some media on my Tivo through the network IP config linking up to my laptop over the air (wireless), what should I do?

For movie media I save .avi file onto a stick which plugs into a USB port on my DVD player. Easy, fast and reliable!


If I wanted to view photos I'd do the same thing


For music media I use Galleon. Not so easy to set up, fast, and pretty reliable. I haven't tried to set up a photo directory yet - job for the weekend!

I gave up on Tivo desktop - just couldn't get the thing to work. If you want to transfer video I think you need a Home network Liscence for around $90. I got a second DVD player with USB for $50 so can't see the point.

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  Reply # 568366 13-Jan-2012 13:12 Send private message

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sonyxperiageek: If I wanted to use XBMC on my laptop, and I want to be able to view some media on my Tivo through the network IP config linking up to my laptop over the air (wireless), what should I do?

For movie media I save .avi file onto a stick which plugs into a USB port on my DVD player. Easy, fast and reliable!


If I wanted to view photos I'd do the same thing


For music media I use Galleon. Not so easy to set up, fast, and pretty reliable. I haven't tried to set up a photo directory yet - job for the weekend!

I gave up on Tivo desktop - just couldn't get the thing to work. If you want to transfer video I think you need a Home network Liscence for around $90. I got a second DVD player with USB for $50 so can't see the point.


You need the home networking package to get the key to enable tivo desktop. 

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