It looks like this year's big announcement from TiVo is the new TiVo Desktop 2.6 software, with a few upgrades in connecting your favorite DVR and your PC. According to our good friend Dave Zatz, this latest version allows for folder monitoring on the PC, with automatic transcoding and transfer to a connected TiVo. You could use this to monitor video podcasts -- or those BitTorrent RSS feeds you didn't think we knew about -- and play them on your TV more easily than any device this side of an AppleTV. No word on what res's are supported, but expect to pony up $24.95 when this update comes in March, unless you've got TiVo Desktop Plus in which case its no extra cost.

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TiVo Desktop 2.6 adds video transcoding, folder monitoring in March