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Topic # 53855 14-Dec-2009 16:13
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As I have had little success with the included software, which never seems to show up in my Now Playing list or takes ages to load if at all.  I was wondering if anyone else had been using any alternative software to connect your PC to your TiVo that they would recommend.

Mainly software for putting video onto the player, rather than from the player

I have been using Vuze [Formerly Azureus] which is a P2P torrent client but it includes a useful option to drag and drop video files into a TiVo section. It then converts the file so the TiVo can play it. These files can be accessed through the Now Playing page.  The software also acts as a server.

The 2 downsides of this software for me:
It creates another, much larger copy of the file in a special transcode folder. Ok, you can delete this after you have transferred it to the TiVo but if you are doing a few, you can eat into HDD space.

Also the audio can be hit and miss. Some files have sounded a bit burbley


Also works well with the PS3.

There must be others out there, ideally one that would work with different media devices. eg PS3 and TiVo

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  Reply # 282519 15-Dec-2009 06:12
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pyTivo works well for me. It only does PC -> Tivo (not vice versa).

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  Reply # 282537 15-Dec-2009 08:10
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Another vote for pyTivo. Works very well. The PC it's running on is only an old P4 1.8GHz with 1GB RAM.




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  Reply # 282543 15-Dec-2009 08:32
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Thanks for the info, I will give it a try. I tried to run the TiVo bundled software again today and it was useless. Wouldn't even see the unit.

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  Reply # 282548 15-Dec-2009 08:56
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The only problems I've had with TiVo Desktop are speed (transferring TO the Tivo is very slow) and the apparent limited formats supported.




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  Reply # 283023 16-Dec-2009 08:43
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BigHammer: The only problems I've had with TiVo Desktop are speed (transferring TO the Tivo is very slow) and the apparent limited formats supported.

Tivo Desktop should work with most formats (including mkv), but you must also install the appropriate codecs onto your PC.  If you have a file that wont transfer, a simple test is to try to play it using Windows Media Player 11 on the PC - if it doesn't work on the PC then you dont have the correct codec installed.

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  Reply # 283044 16-Dec-2009 09:51
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Been there, tried that. On the ol' WHS, installing WMP 11 is a mission in itself. Even with all the mucking around, TiVo Desktop is still very slow. With pyTivo using ffmpeg everything works like a charm.




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Anyone had a play with Galleon?

http://galleon.sourceforge.net/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1

Looks pretty comprehensive. However unsure about compatibility with NZ version and whether it is all PC or you have to install something on the TiVo itself.

I think I will have a play over the break.

PyTivo performing well, a few frustrations however

 

 




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  Reply # 284773 23-Dec-2009 09:00
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I am not happy with pytivo, all of the video I have transferred ends up lower quality than playing it through xbmc on the old xbox.



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  Reply # 284774 23-Dec-2009 09:08
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I couldn't even get PyTivo to work. It confused the hell out of me and it required other bits of software to run, python, ffmpeg I think it was. I got them and still I couldn't get any sort of GUI to display so i have given up on it for now. But it sounds like it has the same issue that Vuze has, in that the quality suffers. I will stick with the PS3 for downloaded shows as it is excellent for this.

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  Reply # 284779 23-Dec-2009 09:29
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There is an easy method to get pyTivo going, I just can't remember where I found it. I'll post as link when I find it again! I've had no quality issues so far. Most importantly the wife is happy because it just works and it's fast.

Edit: Pretty sure this is what I followed.




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