TiVo For Your Computer

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News Posted: Mon, Sep 29 2008 10:28 AM
For the last few years, vendors have been trying to convince us that computers will become our digital media hubs and we'll extend that experience to our living room TVs. Microsoft's Windows Media Center and its "ten-foot experience" is perhaps the best-known example of this idea. The recent explosion of readily available online media is starting to at least prove the part about the PC being the media hub true; but transferring the computer interface to the living room TV has proven to be rather stubbornly stagnant. So why not instead move the living room TV experience to the computer?

 
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That is exactly what Nero is doing with its new LiquidTV | TiVo PC package--which brings the TiVo experience to Windows (XP and Vista) computers. Liquid TV doesn't just bring a TiVo-like experience to your computer; it offers the actual TiVo service on your PC--through a partnership between Nero and TiVo. The LiquidTV package includes a (USB-based) high Definition ATSC digital/analog TV tuner, antenna, remote control, IR blaster, the Nero LiquidTV software, and a 12-month subscription to the TiVo service, for $199.99 (U.S.). If you already have a compatible TV tuner, you can purchase the software and one-year TiVo subscription without the hardware for $99.99.

LiquidTV is by no means the first or only TV tuner package available for PCs, but it marks the first time that the very popular TiVo service is directly available on computers. This means that features such as the intuitive TiVo interface, TiVo KidZone, Season Pass, and WishList are now available on your Windows PC. Other DVR features include pausing live TV and time shifting. With an additional tuner, you can even record two shows simultaneously. And as long you leave your computer on and connected to the Internet, you can even schedule recordings remotely from any Internet connection.

 
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Note that high-definition shows can only be watched or recorded from over-the-air ATSC digital broadcasts. While the included IR blaster allows you to control a satellite or digital cable set-top box, the video signal is passed to the LiquidTV TV tuner via S-Video, which only supports standard definition video. Also note that high-definition recordings take up a lot more hard disk space than standard definition recordings--but how much video your can record is only limited by how much free hard disk space you have. Nero estimates that you'll need about 8GB for each hour of high-definition video recorded.

LiquidTV also lets you burn your TV recordings to DVD, which can be played back on any regular DVD player. You can also transfer the video recording files to be viewed on other computers, or export them for viewing on iPods, PSPs, "or other mobile devices." LiquidTV will be available "approximately mid October 2008." Check back with us in a few weeks for a review of Nero LiquidTV / TiVo PC.
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3vi1 replied on Mon, Sep 29 2008 12:39 PM

>> While the included IR blaster allows you to control a satellite or digital cable set-top box, the video signal is passed to the LiquidTV TV tuner via S-Video <<

And we all know why:  To avoid HDCP.

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I see nothing here that I can't already do with my ati 550 tuner and windows media player. Without the yearly fee. $50 tuner and im set.

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Marco C replied on Mon, Sep 29 2008 2:08 PM

That's true, Bob. But you're more computer savvy than Joe Sixpack. I can see this being popular becuase you get the ease of TiVo with the flexibility of the PC.

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 Hmm so there's no modding the STB with the firewire port to work with HD content then huh? seems a bit pricey compared to other similar products that have been around for awhile. I guess you pay for the name though(TIVO)

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Witsued replied on Mon, Sep 29 2008 4:36 PM

Windows Media Center does not play nice with finding and scheduling the sub-channels, even my DTV box for my analog TV finds the channels and shows the schedule. Also It won't convert files to play on other devices.

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Witsued:

 Also It won't convert files to play on other devices.

 

neather will the tivo. You are locked in worse. Welcome to HH!

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I did all that this thing does for $50 with linux and an old pc. Absolutely nothing new here.

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aristotle jones:

I did all that this thing does for $50 with linux and an old pc. Absolutely nothing new here.

Thats what my thoughs were, but like marco said people that don't know about mythtv or how to set it up might still get it just because they know tivo. Welcome to HH!

 

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ice91785 replied on Mon, Sep 29 2008 9:48 PM

Wheres the love for us existing tivo members?? I should get something shouldn't i? :-p

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The era of the living room TV's is almost over. The computer will replace all the classic media devices we now have in our homes and it will provide all the services needed, from music to news and movies. The interfaces are being developed as i speak and I just can't wait to see what innovations they will bring.

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