Hack the Neuros OSD and TiVo, make up to $3500

DVRUpgrade and Neuros are co-sponsoring two bounties for hackers. The goal is to get the Neuros OSD to inter-operate with TiVo so that the Neuros would record the same content as the TiVo, so you’d have ready-to-run copies for mobile devices without TiVoToGo and transcoding to contend with.

There are two bounties – the first is $1000 for interoperability with the Series2, Series2DT, Series3, or TiVo HD standalone units. The second is $2500 for interoperability with the Series1 standalone or any DirecTiVo unit. The intro to the bounties:

People love the TiVo DVR for its robust program guide and related features, and people love the OSD for the portability of its recordings. So, we’ve come up with a bounty for a project that combines the best of both devices. Namely for the OSD to piggyback on the TiVo’s recording schedule and make portable MPEG-4 recordings of those shows that you choose. It’s essentially like having TiVo simultaneously record onto a portable device at the same time that its recording to it’s hard drive. With no file transfer or conversion, you could have all your favorite shows automatically on your laptop, iPod, iPhone, Blackberry or whatever portable device you prefer. Ultimately, this functionality would be perfect for commuters, road-warriors or anyone that spends their days on the go.

See the thread in the DVRupgrade TiVo forums.

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    Besides missing some zeroes in the bounty offer, this OSD looks like it is just a playback dubbing unit.

    I’d consider having the thing keep a small buffer and use the unofficial web interface on the TiVo poll NPL every few minutes. When something new appears, record (dub) the whole thing; and use the xml data to create the OSD menu entry.