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September 2006

Project TiVo
It looks as though TiVo is getting in on the whole “viral marketing” bandwagon.  Done with a pretty obvious nod to Lost‘s “Dharma Initiative” films, the Project Bluemoon video talks about where TiVo came from.  You can grab a much higher quality version at  …
Wednesday Sep 6, 2006 | 0 Comments

February 2006

Split Divx AVI on OS X
What do you do when a DIVX AVI is over the limit of the CD-RW capacity, and you don’t have any DVD-RW’s? I found a free, open-source Cocoa app, released under GPL that does just that: Explicit.  It’s very straight-forward, very fast, and even gives …
Wednesday Feb 22, 2006 | 0 Comments

January 2006

Encoding?  More like BEENcoding
That title’s funnier if you pronounce it like Strong Bad.  Anyway. Methods: Old (total time 45min. - 2hrs. 35min.):Transcode DivX file to MPEG-2 video and AC3 audio streams: 30 min. - 2 hrs.Multiplex MPEG-2 video and AC3 streams into DVD track data: 10-20min.Burn DVD: 5-15min.New …
Friday Jan 13, 2006 | 0 Comments
TiVo Series3: HDTV, Baby!
This makes me excited.  Oh yes, it definitely does.  On display at CES this week is the forthcoming (mid-to-late 2006, apparently) TiVo Series3 box.  MegaZone has the full post with info, but here are some highlights: HTDV support.  CableCARD support.  Dual tuners (actually, 6 tuners …
Friday Jan 6, 2006 | 1 Comment

February 2005

TiVoToGo Primer
What the heck, I seem to be on a roll so I’ll just keep going.  PVRblog also points us to a great primer on TiVo’s new TiVoToGo feature.  It contains information on what TTG is, how to use it, how to “free the MPEG”, how …
Thursday Feb 10, 2005 | 1 Comment
Why to Love TiVo
PVRblog points us toward this wonderfully humorous (yet disturbingly accurate) question and answer session about TiVo entitled “Questions Frequently Asked About TiVo, Answered by Someone Who Loves TiVo Too Much”. Q: Will TiVo change my life? A: No, TiVo will not change your life so …
Thursday Feb 10, 2005 | 0 Comments

January 2005

TiVoToGo MPEG2 Decrypting
Boing Boing linked to a site detailing how to be able to decrypt your TiVoToGo files so that you can do something such as remove the commercials before you archive them.  I got excited when I saw the post and immediately went to the instructions. …
Saturday Jan 22, 2005 | 1 Comment
TiVoToGo Information
The much-anticipated TiVoToGo feature has been released.  A lot of people are still waiting for the service update for their TiVo box, but I happened to get mine a few days ago.  I immediately went and downloaded the “TiVo Desktop 2.0” (a requirement) and started …
Thursday Jan 20, 2005 | 0 Comments

October 2004

TiVo Talk on Wired
Wired Magazine (well, website) has a short interview with TiVo general counsel Matthew Zinn.  Basically, it talks about some upcoming content restrictions that will exist for pay-per-view and video-on-demand recordings.  Specifically, the fact that they’ll be automatically deleted after a certain time. Does this signal …
Wednesday Oct 27, 2004 | 0 Comments
Netflix and TiVo are Go!
The partnership between Netflix and TiVo looks like it’s really going to happen.  The companies officially announced earlier this week that they were going forward with the plan. I wrote about this possibility a couple of weeks ago and I’m still really excited by it.  …
Sunday Oct 3, 2004 | 1 Comment

September 2004

Netflix and TiVo: Download your Movies!
PVRBlog points out that there’s an article in Newsweek (which I haven’t seen since it hasn’t arrived since my move…) that’s discussing TiVo and NetFlix teaming up to offer downloadable movies. Details are thin, but the idea is that people who have both a TiVo …
Saturday Sep 11, 2004 | 0 Comments

August 2004

TiVoToGo is… um, Go!
Woohoo!  I just saw over on PVRBlog that the FCC gave TiVo approval for TiVoToGo.  As I’ve mentioned before, I’m really, really interested in TiVoToGo, which is a feature that would allow TiVo users to download content off their DVR and use it on their …
Sunday Aug 8, 2004 | 1 Comment

February 2004

TiVoToGo… Just What I Want!
One of my TiVo-using friends forwarded on a link to me today to a TiVo survey regarding the forthcoming TiVoToGo feature.  TiVoToGo is a feature that would allow users to transfer recorded shows/movies from their TiVo unit to their computer.  Once there they could take …
Monday Feb 23, 2004 | 8 Comments
The TiVo Remote: Design Nirvana?
Have I mentioned recently just how much I freakin’ love having a Tivo?  Well, I do.  So, whenever I see an article about Tivo, I just have to go read it right away.  In this case, the article is a New York Times (free registration) …
Thursday Feb 19, 2004 | 0 Comments

October 2003

TV (and TiVo) on my Computer
I finally got around to installing the video capture card that I bought: a Hauppauge PVR250.  Installation was a breeze and everything worked fine right away (which is always nice when dealing with anything computer-related).  It was very cool to just jump into watching TV …
Monday Oct 20, 2003 | 6 Comments

June 2003

Build your Own “TiVo”
I saw some references recently to the Linux-based MythTV software.  It’s the software and UI behind a computer-based PVR similar to TiVo or ReplayTV.  Wired now has an article up about how people are building their own PVR using the software. Now, I’m a huge …
Wednesday Jun 4, 2003 | 2 Comments

May 2003

TyStudio: Grab TiVo Streams
Yet again, Mark Pilgrim shares a great link.  TyStudio “is a Tivo Video Recording Format framework”.  Basically, it allows you to transform your TiVo recording into other formats such as standard MPEG so that you can use it for other purposes (archiving your shows, perhaps?). …
Monday May 12, 2003 | 0 Comments

January 2003

TiVo’s 30-second Skip
I’m one of those people who’s been sucked in by TiVo.  Even though it’s a marketing gimmick, it really does revolutionize the way you watch television.  Anyway, there’s apparently an “easter egg” that will allow you to turn on a 30-second Skip feature — something …
Friday Jan 3, 2003 | 3 Comments
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