Both new features had to be enabled via TiVo.com by logging into our account and enabling transfers, and we've detailed the process below:
- Log into TiVo.com and under Manage My Account, enable transfers on each of your TiVos.
- Wait 24 hours for the TiVo to phone home or force a call
- Check System Information page on your TiVo and verify that TiVoToGo has a value of a,a,a and not i,i,i.
- If all else fails, force another call and reboot.
While TiVoToGo is more useful, Multi-Room Viewing is sweet for those lucky enough to have two TiVos. Not only can you transfer shows if one of your TiVos is running out of space, but you can also pick up where you left off and watch the rest of a show in bed.
It's really simple to use, a new item shows up on the bottom of the Now Playing List with the name we gave our DVR on TiVo.com. Once we select the TiVo in the other room, we were able to browse its Now Playing List as if it were local -- but slower. Once we select a show, we can choose to transfer it from the beginning or from the point in which the show was paused; this proves quite handy for finishing a show up in the another room, as you won't have to fight off sleep while waiting for the entire show to transfer.
We have both our Series3s connected via a wired network and were able to watch a show with no delay; in fact, it transferred fast enough to even skip commercials without waiting for it to re-buffer, and TiVoToGo transfers didn't seem to slow it down either. We didn't get to test out a TiVo HD ourselves, but reports at TiVo Community indicate that transfers are almost half as fast as those conducted on the Series3. Notably, we didn't get to try out transferring content to a Series2, but we haven't heard of any problems when sharing SD shows between the two (HD is out of the question, obviously). When a program is transferring, it shows up in the Now Playing List with a green dot next to it, and you can also check the progress by viewing the show's info.
We love having the ability to grab content from our TiVo and take it on the road. TiVo provides TiVo Desktop for free on Windows which enables you to take advantage of those TiVoToGo amenities. No matter what software you use, you'll need to grab your Media Access Key from your Manage My Account page on TiVo.com.
Mac fans are supposed to use third party commercial software like Roxio's Toast ($79) or Popcorn ($49), but we preferred to go the free route and use TiVoDecode Manager. It doesn't include all of the same features, but it's provided gratis and does create DRM-free files.
You can also point your web browser to https://<Your_Tivo_IP>/ and use tivo as the username and your Media Key as the password.
- Key specs
- Type High def DVR
- HD recording capacity 20 hours
- SD recording capacity 180 hours
- Number of digital tuners 2
- Video outputs Component, HDMI, RCA / composite, S-Video
- Video services Netflix, Amazon
- Dimensions 3.38 x 16.5 x 12.63 in