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#54581 18-Dec-2009 15:12
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HI I have a NAS that contains avi, h.264, divx files. Can Tivo connect to the NAs and play these files on the tv? Or can TV only connect to a PC.

Effectively I am lookign for a Freeview PVR which can also do netwrok playback of video. I know the new WD network HDD player can play files on the netwrok but doesn't do a PVR function.

The Tivo site is not very clear on whether it can connect to a NAS.

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  #283807 18-Dec-2009 15:21
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You could google pyTivo and the model NAS you have. Seems pyTivo works with some NAS devices.




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  #283841 18-Dec-2009 17:29
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From what I understand, TiVo can't connect to any network devices other than PCs with their software installed on it. It's the main reason I put together a Windows 7 Media Center PC, the cost difference was minimal for me (I had some of the parts already) and there are far more options for expansion.

I highly recommend putting together a HTPC if you have the funds and enough free time for the initial setup (the EPG takes a bit to get working at first).

 
 
 
 


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  #283931 19-Dec-2009 01:48
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Like I said mailmarshall. Try google. It all depends on what NAS device you have. "TiVo Desktop" is not needed, there are other options available. pyTivo runs on some NAS devices.

Alternatively, give us some more details on your NAS device and we may be able to answer the question further.




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  #284090 19-Dec-2009 22:22
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Thanks guys - I am looking into the pyTivo.

My NAS is the QNAP-409

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  #284092 19-Dec-2009 22:25
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"streaming" is broken for NZ/AUS Tivo's at the moment due to Tivo changing a few things.. until someone works out streaming from pytivo (or anything third party) is not working.

but if someone wants to donate me a Tivo for a While I can look into it :-)


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  #284098 19-Dec-2009 22:42
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Hope it works out. I'm not up on Linux (I believe the QNAP-409 uses an embedded Linux OS? I might be wrong), but I'm sure someone will be able to help if required. I have pyTivo running on a lowly old P4 1.8 with 1GB RAM running Windows Home Server and it runs smoothly and much quicker than TiVo Desktop.




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