As you can probably tell, I'm pretty fired up about the iPod video lately. It went from having little or no video content available for it to a glut in less than a month. I previously blogged about how to convert your own content and DVDs to the iPod's 320*240 screen, and about a new service (Guba) that has transcoded 25,000 videos from usenet into files easily transferred to the iPod video.As a returning TiVo customer (I previously had a Comcast DVR) I was excited to learn about TiVo's plans to expand its TiVoToGo (TTG) service to the iPod. TTG is TTG is a service which allows you to extract television recordings from a networked stand-alone TiVo device to a PC for personal, noncommercial use. It's a real shame that the service is incompatible with the Mac.
The Associated Press and the San Francisco Chronicle are reporting that TiVoToGo will soon be able to transcode your recorded TV programs to the iPod video and Sony's PSP. This is a boon to iPod video owners because instead of having to pay US$2 per episode of Lost from the iTMS, you can instead just TiVo it (and any program you want) and copy it to your iPod for watching while you commute. This is the type of functionality that TTG needs to make it a success. Apple wins at the same time because there's more content for their device and, after all, content is king.
I just hope that TiVo's vice president of product marketing, Jim Denney, keeps his word and releases a Mac-compatible version before "Mid-2006."