Tivo's HMO for Mac is here!

Discussion in 'New Mac Application Announcements' started by Fat Tony, Apr 7, 2003.

  1. macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2001
    Home Media Option for Tivo was released today. The Tivo Home Media Option lets you use your Tivo networked to your Mac to stream iTunes audio and iPhoto pictures to your TV.

    You'll need to purchase the HMO in order to use the desktop software they've released here:

  2. macrumors 68010


    Jul 19, 2002
    down the road, that's where i'll always be

    you don't know whether i have to pay two subscription charges if i buy a second tivo do you?? i hope not
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 15, 2001
    One time fees that are tied to your TiVos:
    $99 for the first unit
    $49 for each additional unit on your account

    I'll be buying this as soon as they lower the price a bit. I'd rather put $99 towards something like a GameCube. But still, it looks very cool and I'm glad that they're supporting the Mac.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2003
  5. macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2003
    I have never used a Tivo, but the concept looks pretty cool. Dont like the subscription kind of thing, and I have heard that if the company goes out of business, you are left with just a useless paperweight (and a big one at that). Wouldn't mind a new ipod though......:)
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 19, 2002
    That is just awesome. I've always wanted tivo, this just makes it that much more of an attractive product.
  7. macrumors 65816


    Nov 9, 2002
    East Bay, CA
    Edit: I got to thinking... I'm already doing all of this with my iBook and my AirPort network. I run movies, TV shows and slide shows on my television, so I guess I got excited for nothing.

  8. macrumors regular

    May 9, 2002
    Requires Tivo2

    Unfortunately, this requires a Tivo Series 2 receiver. I have a slightly older model (late 2001) combined with a DirecTV receiver. It's absolutely wonderful. It has a dual tuner, so you can watch one thing and record another. Last I checked the Series 2 receivers only have one satellite tuner - a huge downgrade.

    As cool as the iTunes/iPhoto thing would be, I couldn't imagine giving up the second tuner.

    One interesting thing I noticed: The Windows download is 7MB; the Mac download only 177K. Definitely looks like this takes advantage of Mac innards. Cool.

    [Edited later: Ah, it looks like there ARE now dual-tuner SatTivo's. Nifty. More toys to buy!]
  9. macrumors newbie

    Apr 23, 2001
    Emo, Ontario
    And TIVO in Canada?

    Please, for the love of God.....
  10. macrumors 68020

    Jan 7, 2003
    Washington, DC
    What about a mac version of this?

    I like the Tivo concept. I';d also like HP (or someone) to make a mac version of their media receiver, which appears to do the same thing, without Tivo:

    HP Media Receiver

    If nothing else, it avoids the Tivo subscription issues . . .

    Any thoughts on a mac version of this?
  11. macrumors member

    Sep 18, 2001
    pictures and music, um, what's the big deal? i want something like that hp thing that can also play moves, not even divx movies, but like mpeg4, dvd, everything, say i went and bought a dvd player on my pc/mac, and don't see why i should spend the money to get a standalone, well, a box that i could just connect to that would play divx, mpeg4, xvid, mp3, ogg, images, dvds and everything would be awesome, but not for like $450 like that kiss dvd that will not play cds, only dvd-r, and you can't connect to it by ethernet, the tivo thing is neat,b ut just for photo and music is worthless. i can wirelessly connect to my stereo for free, and i can just go straight out of my pc or powerbook for images, though i don't see why i would. i can do this for movies, however i have to have the laptop in the same room or run a wicked long wire, i'd like to just have my machine online and just be at the tv and have a list of media files on my mac, and just be able to play them.
  12. macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2002
    two things:
    1) Replaytv has done pretty much all of this for a while now with DVArchive.

    2) Replaytv will hopefully be bought up my D&M a company with deep pockets for R&D.

    I would wait until after April 15th for the chapter 11 announcement from SONICBlue and then decide on either TIVO or ReplayTV.

    IMO TIVO sucks compared to ReplayTV.
  13. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 4, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Re: TiVo in Canada

    You'll get TiVo in Canada as soon as the Ministry of Censorship figures out how to filter content that they unilaterally deem inappropriate for your unwashed minds to absorb. It's for your own good, after all.
  14. macrumors regular


    Nov 12, 2002
    it rocks


    my tivo just keeps getting better and better...
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 16, 2002
  16. macrumors regular


    Nov 12, 2002
    oh, and as for "rumored to use rendezvous"...

    It does use rendezvous. it found 4 of my macs (with the tivo prefpane installed) without doing a thing.
  17. macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2003
    Re: And TIVO in Canada?

    I'll second that.

    Come on Tivo, come and get my money.

    Oh, I just found this petition for Tivo in Canada...maybe it will help

  18. macrumors 6502a


    May 7, 2001
    This is about the coolest thing I have ever seen. I am ready to sign up! Thanks for the link, FatTony
  19. macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2002
  20. macrumors 68010


    Jul 19, 2002
    down the road, that's where i'll always be
    hmm, now i can get rid of all the rca cables running through my apartment, linking my iMac with my stereos, fantastic
  21. macrumors member

    Feb 8, 2003
    Montreal, QC
    Re: Re: TiVo in Canada

    i think that you would have a very hard time making the argument that canadian television is more censored than american television. while excessive violence is deemed ok for general viewing in the states, you have to watch specialty cable channels to avoid having all sex and swearing 'sanitized'. on canadian tv there tend just to be warnings about content and then things are broadcast uncut.

    the real reason that services like tivo are blocked by the CRTC (canadian radio-television telecommunications commision) is because they fear losing control of the tv market to american distributors resulting in the loss of the ability to regulate 'canadian content'. there have been ongoing fights about satellite tv and where signals originate, and a channel like muchmusic (the canadian version of MTV) has to show a certain percentage of videos that are by canadian artists (i think it's somewhere around 25%). most of our entertainment comes from the states already anyway, but they sort of constantly worry the the canadian market will be completely obliterated by the american one. it's possibly to have endless debates on what exactly the differences are between canadian and american culture, but bodies like the CRTC worry that the latter will dominate...maybe they're worried that we'll all go and get crew cuts or something...:p
  22. macrumors regular

    Mar 10, 2002
    The O.C.
    Tivo software Version 4.0

    Has anyone who has tivo sucessfully upgraded their tivo software to version 4.0 I guess it requires 4.0 for wireless conection, buit I dialed in to update it and it is still only version 3.2
    Any takers??
  23. macrumors 68020


    Sep 18, 2001
    Denver, CO
    Hmm... I was really hoping that the Rendezvous support would work in the other direction. Like my Powerbook would be able to use Rendezvous to detect a TiVo unit in order to both control it and stream video through QuickTime Player. That way I could carry my Powerbook to any room and continue watching stuff.

    That being the case, the ReplayTV + DVArchive seems to do what I want better than a TiVo + HMO does. I just don't get to say it uses Rendezvous to do it.
  24. macrumors 65816


    Jul 15, 2001
    might not be a good investment. lots of the big high street electronics shops here in the UK are stopping selling the Game Cube as it's so poor in the competition, and people haven't been satisfied with their purchase.

    The TiVo however is great!
  25. macrumors regular


    Mar 25, 2003
    Memphis, TN
    BTW, if you have a Playstation 2 with the Ethernet module installed this company: http://www.broadq.com/ has software to allow you to play mp3's and various video formats INCLUDING DivX! Software is $50.00 not too shabby.

    And yes, it is OS X compatible!

    Here is all the file formats it supports:

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