TiVo adding video downloading to account settings

Spotted by Dave Zatz, TiVo has added a new setting to Manage My Account – “Enable Video Downloads”

Enable Video Downloads

Use this setting to enable a DVR to download TV shows, movies, and other video content from the TiVo service over your broadband Internet connection. Specific program offerings will vary from time to time and may not be available to all subscribers. You can turn this setting on or off at any time without charge. Changes to this setting take up to 24 hours to take effect. Your TiVo DVR must be connected to the Internet via broadband in order to download video.

Looks like broadband video is getting closer, perhaps the NetFlix deal?

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  • kirylyn

    Netflix deal??

    and for the stupid question of the year….

    I have a Samsung Series 2 DirecTv TiVo, system 6.2 with a USB port.

    I bought the USB wireless adapter that is supposed to work in the TiVo so I could view the shows on my computer.

    Only problem is that I can’t seem to get the Tivo to realize that it has the wireless adapter plugged in.

    Am I missing something or do I need to wait for another software upgrade??

    Thanks in advance

  • megazone

    A while back TiVo and NetFlix announced they would be working together to bring broadband video rental to TiVo.

    As for the DirecTiVo, I’m sorry to have to tell you that the problem is DirecTV. DirecTV has, so far, decided NOT to enable the USB ports and networking on their units. They license the software from TiVo and retain complete control over the features on their boxes, and they have, in their infinite wisdom, decided to screw over their users by denying them all of the network features of TiVo.

    There are hacks to enable the networking on the DirecTiVo, but there is no officially supported way to use the USB ports or put a DirecTiVo on a network. I can only recommend complaining to DirecTV, but they seem happy to ignore the requests for the features.

    My pet theory is that they know their forthcoming NDS DVR lacks those kind of advanced features, so they’re deliberately crippling the TiVo units so the NDS units don’t look as bad in comparison when they ship. This way they can act like the NDS units do as much, or more, when the truth is the TiVo units could do WAY more – but they don’t allow it.