TiVo Desktop allows you to access your music and photos located on a PC over the network using a TiVo. Only a TiVo Series2 is required to make use of this functionality.
- NOTE: TiVo will stop providing the free version of its Windows Desktop PC software, which lets users transfer recordings from their TiVo DVR to their PCs, on June 5th
- DIRECTV customers can publish their personal music and photo libraries to their TiVo HD DVR from DIRECTV
Reviewing 2.4 Preview Release 1 (Feb 26, 2007)
Does not yet support Divx/Xvid (AVI) format, only the following formats:
Windows Media Video (.wmv)
QuickTime Movie (.mov)
Also, does not install onto Vista, if you are looking to run TiVo Desktop on Vista, check out the earlier version, 2.3a.
When running, a notification Icon is always displayed in the Notification area - in windows, you may set this icon to "always hide", but when you reboot windows, that setting will be lost and it will re-appear again (TiVo desktop bug.)
File transfers from TiVo S2 to PC's 80211.g are 2Mb/s (to TiVo) and 4Mb/s (from TiVo) at +80% wireless connection status, while downloads from my internet provider (TimeWarner) are usually 8Mb/s & 12Mb/s. Which means that TiVo to PC takes about 45min for 1hr program - and PC to TiVo takes about 1.5hr for 1hr program... on 802.11g using TiVo Wireless G USB Network Adapter to Linksys Wireless G WRT54G v3.2 w/Tomato 1.04 firmware and Intel Gigabit 10/100 PCI card on fresh install of WinXP. Fastest transfer times obtained when TiVo S2 is paused in a pre-recorded program.
Reviewing 1.2 (Oct 21, 2004)
(Note, Version 1.2 has been taken down from the Tivo servers to fix a few small issues. Expect version 1.3 soon.)
A pretty simple, easy to use program. It shares your photos and music from your computer to any Tivo in the house. You can also select which Tivo's you want to have access if you don't want to share your personal photos with your son downstairs.
It's a pretty neat feature overall. There are only two real downsides. The fact that it does use up a bit of your computers resources while the program runs, and it has to be running to access anything on your Tivo. And the rather limited features.
While it doesn't take complete use of the Tivo's abilities, it does offer some great basic features. A wonderful feature for the average user that has a Tivo connected to your home network. If you're looking for more advanced features, try JavaHMO.
Reviewing 1.1 (Sep 18, 2004)
Allows you to wirelessly stream music from your networked computer. Somewhat of a resource hog, so I don't have the program starting on reboot. Otherwise, works very well and is very useful for sending music (and photos) to my entertainment system.