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Escaping the high price of Tivo

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 in Technical Articles (Views: 4987)
Tivo is a pretty good product, and I've been a fan for a few years. Unfortunately, the price can be a bit high for lifetime service.

So how do you get around the cost of a second Tivo, yet still provide programming around your house?

Consider the scenario of my house:

I have a downstairs TV, and one in my bedroom upstairs. I want to get Tivo in both places, but the price of the Tivo + Service (for what I want, I'm looking at about $600). Of course, there could be other TV's in the house also I may want to attach to.

Here's a proposed scenario that would work, and saves a lot of money (assuming you have a few of these things)...

- If you have a flatscreen TV, and it has a VGA input, you're already somewhat set.

- Take a computer that you have that may be extra, it only needs to be able to run Windows XP Service Pack 2.

- If you don't have one, buy a cable that connects your TV to your computer. A male-to-male 15 pin VGA would work.

- Download Tivo Desktop (also known as Tico to Go). The current version is 2.7. More on this later.

- If you don't have one, get a network card for the computer and the Tivo. You can go wireless on both if you need to.

- You can then on the computer download a program called Tivo Desktop, another name for it is Tivo to Go. This program allows transfers from your Tivo to a PC. I would also encourage you if you want to take your shows mobile to upgrade to the Plus version. I bought this about 3 years ago and the key was good for all future upgrades so far.

This has turned out to be a pretty good solution for me, and I hope this blog has been helpful to you as well.


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