Posted: Sat Jan 02, 2010 3:07 pm Post subject: Streaming movies to Tivo
I was using Tivo Desktop to stream my music and photos to my two Tivo boxes, but didn't want to pay to for the Plus to get the movies. I then found pyTivo and realized I can do it with this tool. I love this tool. I have pyTivo installed on my server and have published a few shares. One for my music, one for my photos and one for my videos. My music works great as well as my photos, but when I browse the video share I have to select and move those videos over to the Tivo box before playing them. I wanted to know if there was a way to just select a video from the share and start playing it without pulling it to the tivo first?
Posted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 5:33 pm Post subject: Re: Streaming movies to Tivo
I wanted to know if there was a way to just select a video from the share and start playing it without pulling it to the tivo first?
If your network is faster than your transcoder you should be able to play your movies immediately after starting the transfer. I am using these settings in my pytivo.conf to send movies to a Series 2 tiVo with a 27" SDTV:
With these settings it takes about 10 minutes or so to transfer a 2 hour divx/xvid movie with an AMD Phenom X4 9550 (2.2GHz/core) processor and send it across an 802.11g link.
These settings probably won't look to great on a large HDTV, but for my purposes they look just fine and I am sure I have room to increase the quality and still transfer faster than realtime. Play with your settings and maybe you can get faster than realtime transcoding working on your setup.
In this scenario you will still have to delete the file from your TiVo afterwards, but other than that it's as good as streaming.
There is no way to watch the video directly from the PC: MY VIDEOS folder on your tivo. It must be transfered for the Tivo to be able to play it. With the previous post. you mgiht be able to watch it while it transfers but neverltheless you need to transfer it.
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