TiVo News

Yet another reason to network your TiVo….

Ok, we’re in a networking mood. And our excitement over our new networking stuff is growing daily. Today, TiVo announced a new “TiVoCast” enhancement to its Series 2 Standalone DVRs.

With TiVoCast, TiVos connected to the Internet via a home network will have access to a huge amount of new content! You will be able to get shows and programs that are not available through your cable or satellite provider, and it will appear right on your Now Playing list. We’ve got a lot to do this afternoon (if you’re on our email list, you’ll soon see why), so I’m going to copy from TiVo’s press release. These are the first bits of content that you’ll be able to access from your TiVo when the TiVoCast software update is automatically downloaded:

* NBA and WNBA — As the first professional sports leagues to team up with TiVo, fans will have access to NBA and WNBA video showcases during the season that will be available to all TiVo subscribers. During The Finals, which tip off on Thursday, June 8 on ABC, a special “Finals Showcase” video package highlighting the greatest Finals moments in NBA History will be available for fans to view on TiVo.

* The New York Times — The New York Times will offer a selection of original video segments on a variety of topics including A.O. Scott’s signature Movie Minute film reviews, news analysis from the Times’ Washington DC bureau, David Pogue’s technology product reviews and many more.

* — is the Number 1 digital entertainment brand for 18 – 34 year old guys with more than 12 million unique viewers monthly (Nielsen) and a viral reach of 65 million taste-challenged pop culture junkies. Its programming staples include “Behind the Music that Sucks,” “American Suck Countdown” and “The Massive Mating Game.”

* iVillage — Featuring original video clips from one of the strongest and most widely recognized brands on the Internet for women. Informative and entertaining segments will include real stories and how-to advice covering beauty, parenting, fashion, home & food and relationships, among other topics.

* CNET — the place consumers go to understand and compare consumer electronics, computers, and software to find the right choice and a property of CNET Networks, Inc., will provide viewers buying advice and how-to segments that help them get the most out of their technology products. Content will include video from CNET TV’s popular franchises such as Insider Secrets, Weekend Project, and First Look from the Labs, and feature popular CNET editorial personalities Brian Cooley, Molly Wood, and Tom Merritt.

* Danger Rangers — These animated characters will deliver exciting, action-adventure series that empowers children to make smart safety decisions. Content will be premium, quality entertainment to improve children’s safety awareness, making them less likely to be injured, disabled or even killed in a preventable accident.

* H2O: HipHop on Demand — Provided content will focus on delivering viewers’ world and television premieres of HipHop/Urban themed programming targeting the large and growing multiracial Urban TV consumer market.

* Union on Demand — USA’s first on demand action sports film network will provide premium Surf, Snow, Skate, BMX and Motocross content to the consumers and enthusiasts.

* Rocketboom — Currently one of the most popular videoblogs on the Internet. As early pioneers of online video, Rocketboom brings creative news and political commentary in 3 to 4 minute bites of internet culture, daily.

* Here!: Offers a wide variety of original movies and series appealing to the broad based and diverse gay and lesbian audience.

TiVo News

TiVo Networking made Easy!

New technology makes it a breeze to connect your TiVo to your computer!
Network your standalone* Series 2 TiVo DVR, and take advantage of these great features:

  • Program your TiVo from any computer on the Internet
  • Copy shows to your laptop or PC, and then burn them to DVD (or just
    watch them from your hard drive)—great for travel!
  • Copy shows from your PC to your TiVo
  • Watch recordings from one TiVo on another
  • Stream MP3s from a Mac or PC through your TiVo (albums, playlists
    from iTunes, etc.)
  • View Photos from a Mac or PC through your TiVo on your TV
  • Download movies, video blogs and other special shows from the Internet
    to your TiVo
  • Do much, much more… the list continues to grow!

Connecting TiVo to your computer is easy, especially with new products designed
to make networking a snap. There are two basic steps:

1) Connect your computer to a router
2) Connect your TiVo to the router

Let us show you how easy this truly is:


Connect your Computer to a Router

Many people already have a router or a home network, so if you do, skip this

First, purchase a router. We recommend a NETGEAR
or Linksys router, because they are widely available and in the unlikely event
you need it, phone support is quite good. WeaKnees carries TiVo-compatible routers;
please feel free to contact us if we can help. For other router options, see

Next, follow the router’s instructions to connect it to your PC. This
is typically VERY easy. Simply install the included software, then remove your
Internet cable from the PC and connect it to the router. Then connect the router
to the PC. Software from Netgear and Linksys routers almost always automatically
configure the router to your computer and setup!

Connect your TiVo to the Router

Most people cannot run a wire from the TiVo to the router because they are
in different rooms of the same home. This is no longer a problem! There are
two options:

1) Connect your TiVo to your router using your home’s electric (power)
2) Use a wireless adapter to connect the TiVo to the router

Although it is a more-expensive option, we highly recommend option #1. With
the new PowerLine 85Mbps adapter,
you can create a turbo-fast connection between the TiVo and your router with
absolutely no programming required. Simply plug one adapter into an electrical
outlet in the room with your TiVo. Then run an ethernet cable from the TiVo
to the adapter. In the room with the router, plug another adapter into an electrical
outlet, and run a cable from the adapter to the router. When we first installed
this product at our warehouse and in our homes, we were stunned at how simple
and fool-proof this product is. (To add security settings, run the software
included with the adapters.)

NOTE: If you do not have one of the new dual-tuner standalone TiVo DVRs, you
will also need a USB to Ethernet adapter.

To summarize the connections from your TiVo to the router using the new PowerLine
adapters: (1) Plug a PowerLine adapter directly into an electrical outlet; (2)
Connect a USB to Ethernet adapter to the USB port on your TiVo. (3) Connect
the PowerLine to the USB adapter using an Ethernet cable (included with the
PowerLine adapters).

If you’d rather go wireless, we recommend the TiVo-branded
G-wireless adapter
. Using this product requires a wireless router (which
we carry). It also requires a bit of configuration, especially if you want your
network to be secure. You’ll just need to set a password on the router
and then enter that password in the TiVo’s setup screens.

Finally, you’ll need the TiVo Desktop software on your PC or Mac to get
many of the features listed above.


Networking your TiVo using a new PowerLine HomePlug Adapter is extremely easy.
To make things even easier, weaKnees has a complete networking package, which
includes a set of PowerLine adapters AND a wireless G router. To add additional
TiVos and additional rooms, simply purchase additional adapters. You may also
need USB to Ethernet adapters, sold separately from the networking package.

*“Standalone” TiVo DVRs do not have built-in DIRECTV
receivers. DIRECTV has not activated the networking ports on its boxes.

Product Information

HomePlug 85Mbps Adapters Now Available

Rarely do we get a new, non-TiVo product that we consider to be worthy of a litany of superlatives. The new HomePlug adapters we just received are definitely amazing, fantastic and all of that.

What is this thing? Basically, these adapters enable you to network two rooms in your house without wires and without a wireless adapter. These adapters use your existing electrical lines to connect the two rooms, and get this: They are plug-and-play. They work as though you have strung a long cable from one room to another, but instead of using a long cable, you are using the same wires that carry your electricity.


To be honest, the HomePlug technology has been around for a bit, but these adapters are incredibly fast compared to the earlier products. The new adapters are a turbo-fast 85Mbps, while the older generation is a mere 14Mbps. This may not mean much, but when you’re streaming audio and video from TiVo to TiVo, or if you are trying to move content from your TiVo to a PC (or back), speed is everything.

For more info about these amazing adapters, see here.


Controlling your TiVo without a Line of Sight

The vast majority of remote-controlled consumer electronics devices these days, including all TiVos, are controlled using infrared (IR) technology. While useful and convenient for most uses, IR suffers from one primary drawback: It requires a line of sight from the remote control to the unit that is being controlled.

Increasingly, though, many of our customers are looking for radio frequency (RF) remote controls for their TiVos and other equipment. If you are not using RF now, or if you have not thought about moving from infrared to RF, here are some reasons to do so:

1) Using an RF remote, you can put your TiVo in a closet, drawer or other cabinet (which is often quieter than on top of or next the TV), and run wires from there to the TV. If your TiVo is in your bedroom and are bothered by the drive or fan noise, this can be a marriage-saver!

2) With RF, you can control your TiVo, radio, etc., from any room in your house (presuming it’s not the White House or some other monstrosity—RF does have a limited range). This will help if you want to watch a TiVo on multiple TVs, if you have audio playing throughout your house from a central location, etc.

3) You can use RF to drive people in the house crazy…sitting safely in your bedroom while the person in the living room is trying to watch TV

…and the list goes on.

If you have a device that has an infrared remote (such as a TiVo), but prefer RF, you have a couple of options. One of the easiest and least expensive is this device, the RF Remote Extender, which replaces a battery in the remote with a smaller battery (same voltage) and a special transmitter that sends the remote’s keypresses via RF to a receiver that sits near the TiVo (or other device(s)) that you are controlling. It’s range is up to 150 ft, depending on the type of material the signal has to penetrate.


Alternatively, a number of RF universal remotes will convert IR into RF, although they can be quite expensive, and we are still searching for one that we are happy enough with to stock.

As RF becomes more popular, more consumer-electronics devices have the functionality built-in. DIRECTV is incorporating RF functionality into its more of its higher-end receivers and remotes. The H20 high definition receiver (which is not a DVR, not a TiVo) includes an RF remote control.


Reasons to get a Second TiVo

Ok—we’re hugely biased. We live, breathe and pay for the kids’ educations with TiVo. But honestly, if you love TiVo and have multiple TVs in your house, it really is cost-effective to purchase a second box.

If you have DIRECTV, you might already know that DIRECTV does NOT charge an additional TiVo service fee for two (or more) units. You do pay $5/mo for the “mirroring charge” (adding an additional access card), but unlike with standalone units, you don’t pay an additional TiVo service fee.

If you have cable, DISH network or a run-of-the-mill antenna, TiVo charges only $6.95/month for additional units in your home, as compared with $12.95/mo or $299/lifetime for the first unit.

There are currently some big rebates in effect (up to $200 for DIRECTV, expiring 2/28/06 and $150 for standalone TiVos, expiring 2/28/06), which make it particularly reasonable to purchase a second unit. Also, if you have DIRECTV and love your DIRECTV DVR with TiVo, the TiVo/DIRECTV receivers are quite scarce and are moving very fast…so if you wait, you may not see one again.

Finally, if you have DIRECTV, until 2/28/06 DIRECTV will install the new unit, AND relocate an existing receiver (including a DIRECTV DVR) for only $99, including the hardware that you need to make it happen! Hard to beat that.