We recently stumbled upon a beta copy of TiVo's new Desktop 2.1 software (which you use with TiVoToGo, among other things), and we figured it'd be a mighty fine idea to ask Engadget pal Dave Zatz, the guy behind, TiVo To Go Unleashed, to kick the tires for us. The most frustrating new "feature" is that they're making it more difficult to remove the DRM by converting .tivo video files to other formats (it was a fun few weeks, wasn't it?). Dave covers that, as well as TiVo's new software player, in his initial report:
First off, the software is a beta of 2.1 released mid-March. Most tweaks appear to be under the hood, such as moving
closer to fully supporting sync and play back on
Portable Media Center
(PMC) devices, preparing for a wider release of HME (speculation on my part), and the phasing out of the TiVo Playback
First the good news. TiVo is now bundling a software player to view TiVo-recorded shows on WindowsXP. It offers the familiar green status bar, Tivo functions such as replay, and TiVo sound effects. The software makes it pretty easy to see which codecs and filters are being used and to make changes if needed.