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OT - Virgin Media Tivo



 
 
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Old April 2nd 15, 07:34 PM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
David[_13_]
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Default OT - Virgin Media Tivo

Well, really probably on topic but not in line with most of the current
posting ;-)

Now the Virgin Media web site is so user aggressive (or I am so slow on
the uptake) that I can't really work out what I can do with the Tivo and a
home network.

I have got as far as managing the Tivo from my Windows PC as long as I use
Firefox and not Chrome (FFS why??). Not even a mention of IE.

I think I can view recorded programmes and live TV on various devices -
Windows PCs (Apple but don't have one) and Android tablets and phones.

There is a matrix of rules limiting what you can do where - you can do
some stuff away from home, other bits only from home, some from mobile
devices and some from PCs. You also limited to a small number of devices
at any one time.

However it is all very confusing - it would be nice if there was a simple
table showing what you could do with/from what.

Cutting to the chase, I would like to be able to play programmes recorded
on the Tivo through a TV elsewhere in the house.

To do this I assume I need a computer of some sort (I include phones and
tablets here) with an HDMI cable and some software.

I have:

Pi B
Pi B+
Pi B2 (or is it 2B?)
Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4
Sony Xperia Z tablet
A mixed bag of PC hardware, some of which has HDMI, and which can run
Windows and/or Linux.

Three active TVs (one of which is hooked up to the Tivo) - so ideally I
need two more play back devices.

I am looking for a solution different from the long term financial drain
of having multiple Tivo boxes.

Gold standard is something I can run on the Pis which are intended as
streaming media players with a W7 media server.

[An alternative would be to transcribe the recordings over HDMI to the
media server for long term storage but I assume that this is prevented.]

Any advice/experience welcome.

Cheers

Dave R


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  #2  
Old April 2nd 15, 11:41 PM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
Woody[_5_]
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Default OT - Virgin Media Tivo


"David" wrote in message
...
Well, really probably on topic but not in line with most of the
current
posting ;-)

Now the Virgin Media web site is so user aggressive (or I am so slow
on
the uptake) that I can't really work out what I can do with the Tivo
and a
home network.

I have got as far as managing the Tivo from my Windows PC as long as
I use
Firefox and not Chrome (FFS why??). Not even a mention of IE.

I think I can view recorded programmes and live TV on various
devices -
Windows PCs (Apple but don't have one) and Android tablets and
phones.

There is a matrix of rules limiting what you can do where - you can
do
some stuff away from home, other bits only from home, some from
mobile
devices and some from PCs. You also limited to a small number of
devices
at any one time.

However it is all very confusing - it would be nice if there was a
simple
table showing what you could do with/from what.

Cutting to the chase, I would like to be able to play programmes
recorded
on the Tivo through a TV elsewhere in the house.

To do this I assume I need a computer of some sort (I include phones
and
tablets here) with an HDMI cable and some software.

I have:

Pi B
Pi B+
Pi B2 (or is it 2B?)
Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4
Sony Xperia Z tablet
A mixed bag of PC hardware, some of which has HDMI, and which can
run
Windows and/or Linux.

Three active TVs (one of which is hooked up to the Tivo) - so
ideally I
need two more play back devices.

I am looking for a solution different from the long term financial
drain
of having multiple Tivo boxes.

Gold standard is something I can run on the Pis which are intended
as
streaming media players with a W7 media server.

[An alternative would be to transcribe the recordings over HDMI to
the
media server for long term storage but I assume that this is
prevented.]

Any advice/experience welcome.



Maybe something like this?

http://uk.startech.com/AV/Extenders/...udio~IPUSB2HD2


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  #3  
Old April 3rd 15, 07:46 AM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
David[_13_]
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Default OT - Virgin Media Tivo

On Thu, 02 Apr 2015 23:41:11 +0100, Woody wrote:

"David" wrote in message
...
Well, really probably on topic but not in line with most of the current
posting ;-)

Now the Virgin Media web site is so user aggressive (or I am so slow on
the uptake) that I can't really work out what I can do with the Tivo
and a home network.

I have got as far as managing the Tivo from my Windows PC as long as I
use Firefox and not Chrome (FFS why??). Not even a mention of IE.

I think I can view recorded programmes and live TV on various devices -
Windows PCs (Apple but don't have one) and Android tablets and phones.

There is a matrix of rules limiting what you can do where - you can do
some stuff away from home, other bits only from home, some from mobile
devices and some from PCs. You also limited to a small number of
devices at any one time.

However it is all very confusing - it would be nice if there was a
simple table showing what you could do with/from what.

Cutting to the chase, I would like to be able to play programmes
recorded on the Tivo through a TV elsewhere in the house.

To do this I assume I need a computer of some sort (I include phones
and tablets here) with an HDMI cable and some software.

I have:

Pi B Pi B+
Pi B2 (or is it 2B?)
Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4 Sony Xperia Z tablet A mixed bag of PC
hardware, some of which has HDMI, and which can run Windows and/or
Linux.

Three active TVs (one of which is hooked up to the Tivo) - so ideally I
need two more play back devices.

I am looking for a solution different from the long term financial
drain of having multiple Tivo boxes.

Gold standard is something I can run on the Pis which are intended as
streaming media players with a W7 media server.

[An alternative would be to transcribe the recordings over HDMI to the
media server for long term storage but I assume that this is
prevented.]

Any advice/experience welcome.



Maybe something like this?

http://uk.startech.com/AV/Extenders/...Extender-with-

Audio~IPUSB2HD2

As far as I can see this allows me to use the Tivo for one TV at a time.


I want to be able to play recordings whilst using the TV connected to the
Tivo, if possible. As you would with a media server.

Cheers


Dave R


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Windows 8.1 on PCSpecialist box
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Old April 4th 15, 07:04 PM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
Lobster
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Default OT - Virgin Media Tivo

On 02 Apr 2015, David grunted:

There is a matrix of rules limiting what you can do where - you can do
some stuff away from home, other bits only from home, some from mobile
devices and some from PCs. You also limited to a small number of
devices at any one time.


I agree, it's a lot of ********. We actually do have two Tivos at home,
both hooked up to my ethernet, and I'm nearly driven insane that you are
not allowed to stream the vast majority of content recorded on one box to
view on the TV attached to the second box. You're allowed to for some
channels, but not the ones which most people actually watch. It means that
if you want the flexibility of watching a recording on either system, you
have to record it on both Tivos separately. Virgin say it's down to the
broadcaster's rules. But really?

Cutting to the chase, I would like to be able to play programmes
recorded on the Tivo through a TV elsewhere in the house.


I have a quick and dirty way of doing this (ie, on a third TV in our
house). We have a small TV in the spare room which I watch while using my
rowing machine, and I wanted to be able to view Tivo recordings on it. The
Tivo is locked down so you can't copy material off it. My solution was to
use one of these gizmos: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/191253782331 to connect
the Tivo's SCART output into an existing run of coax cable which goes
upstairs to the spare-room TV, which is switched to analogue input.

Not a brilliant picture, but adequate for the purpose in hand. I have full
control of the Tivo from the rowing machine seat via the iPad app; but you
can't view anything else on the Tivo while I'm watching stuff upstairs.


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