New Nero software turns PC into TiVo TV recorder

New Nero software turns PC into TiVo TV recorder

Summary: TiVo and Nero have announced today that they will be launching a package that turns a Windows PC into a TV recorder, much like the TiVo sitting on top of your living room television, called Nero LiquidTV/TiVo PC.Like TiVo's existing TiVo Desktop software, LiquidTV will allow you to transfer shows recorded on other TiVo devices in the home to your PC's hard drive or on an iPod or PSP.

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TiVoTiVo and Nero have announced today that they will be launching a package that turns a Windows PC into a TV recorder, much like the TiVo sitting on top of your living room television, called Nero LiquidTV/TiVo PC.

Like TiVo's existing TiVo Desktop software, LiquidTV will allow you to transfer shows recorded on other TiVo devices in the home to your PC's hard drive or on an iPod or PSP. It also allows you to burn shows onto DVDs if your computer has a DVD burner.

The interface on the computer screen resembles the one on a TV equipped with a TiVo box. The kit will cost $199 when it goes on sale Oct. 15, and includes a remote and a TV tuner that plugs into the PC.

Now before there's a deluge of comments, it's true that this is not the first software that allows TV recording on the PC. However, it will be the first time that the TiVo interface and functions have been replicated on a PC.

The kit will go on sale initially in the U.S., Mexico and Canada, but it may make its way into some markets where TiVo does not yet sell its set-top boxes. Europe will get a launch next year (The U.K. is the only European country where TiVo currently has subscribers).

If you've already got a tuner-equipped PC, Nero will happily sell you the software separately, for $99. Either way, you get a one-year subscription to TiVo's program guide updates, which will set you back $99 per year to renew, a cost that sets it apart from the DVR capabilities of Windows Vista, which comes with a free program guide.

Clearly, Nero and TiVo are counting on brand-name recognition.

Topics: Software, Hardware, Mobility

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  • Does this include HD?

    Does anyone know if this offering will provide an HD tuner that will work on Vista PCs?

    at the beginning of t2008 I wanted to do this same thing with Windows Media Player but I couldn't get the HD tuner to work with my Acer PC. I kept getting the message that my computer was not digital cable ready.
    chuckroy
  • RE: There are other choices

    www.snapstream.com for BeyondTV. No annual fees.
    Excellent guide. Strong user community. Automatic
    recoding for portable media devices (i.e., iPhone
    Nano).
    Catalina588
  • RE: New Nero software turns PC into TiVo TV recorder

    Most people that have tv tuners don't use TIVO anyway (no need to). Name recognition is fine unless your name is Nero and the recognition is that you're known for buggy, bloated software that never works properly with new versions and you have no customer service whatsoever. I wouldn't touch any Nero product until it's been on the market for a while and has had a hundred or so revisions. Also, anything with Nero requires a lot of horsepower.
    lsilvest
  • RE: New Nero software turns PC into TiVo TV recorder

    No linux version?
    kevin@...
    • mythbuntu - different user interface

      From the website and magazines, Mythbuntu has similar functionality but a different interface.
      Both Mythbuntu and the Nero/TiVo software have hardware requirements. (My info is from the Myth TV website and Linux format Magazine.)
      Mythbuntu, being Linux based and free / open source software (well, there are arguments about proprietary drivers for the NVidia cards) is not costing the consumers upfront or in program guide fees. And has the advantages of being open.

      I don't think Nero wants to compete in that part of the market.
      homemade@...
      • Mythbuntu is an excellent distro ...

        I currently use Mythbuntu 8.04 and have no problems at all running it on an IBM Netvista 1.8 Mhz desktop with 768MB of ram. The machine is good enough for a frontend/backend unit with analog video, but once I make the jump to digital it's going to be a frontend only.

        One thing that Nero can't do is have one server backend for the DVR and multiple frontends for streaming video and audio. MythTV frontend clients are available for Linux, Windows, OSX, Maemo (Nokia), even the iPhone has one. I have MythTV frontends on all of the computers in our household, even my eeepc 701 has one.

        Mythbuntu includes additional step by step installation dialogs, integrated control menus and there's even a installation guidebook available on their website. The only additional cost is a $20 a year subscription to Schedules Direct for the program guide information and that's only for those here in the United States and Canada.

        I'm very satisfied with Mythbuntu and MythTV in general. It's become so indispensable in our household that I couldn't trade it in for another DVR. ;)
        MisterMiester
  • HDTV for Mac's

    I got a HDTV tuner from Elgato called the "eyetv hybrid tuner" for my iMac a couple of years ago. I receive 44 HDTV stations in LA OTA, plus analog cable.

    Tuner is about the size of a Bic lighter and inputs via USB port.

    Software that comes with tuner allows computer to function like a TiVo and enables editing of recorded programs. Software includes free program guide that is automatically updated. Software also allows you to schedule your programs and will boot you computer, record program and turn off computer.

    The .eyetv format can be burned to disc if you wish to retain original broadcast quality, or imported to Toast for conversion to DVD or other format. Software also allows you to export recordings to iPhone or iPod Touch.

    Since iMac has a native resolution of 1920x1080 on a 24" screen the OTA quality is fantastic when transmission is 720P or 1080i.

    See http://elgato.com/elgato/na/mainmenu/home.en.html for details. Tuner is for Mac's only
    dicka@...
  • Check out Linux MCE.....

    here.

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2176025602905109829&hl=en
    cheesyone
  • RE: New Nero software turns PC into TiVo TV recorder

    I like the Tivo interface but the hardware just can't keep pace with all the sofware updates they keep shoving down. So maybe if I run it on my own hardware I can build a strong enough machine to keep up with Tivo's bloated software pushes.
    konowal@...