Announcing Aldo on TiVo

by Michael Alderete on 11/15/2007 · 5 comments

Instead of working on updated versions of my instructions for importing audiobooks into iTunes, I have instead branched out, adding a new section covering a new topic. Announcing Aldo on TiVo!

Currently there is only one article in the section, Playing BitTorrent Downloads on a TiVo Series 3, reflecting a new trick that I figured out for my TiVo, namely downloading video from the Internet and playing it back, in high-definition (HD). It’s not nearly as easy-to-use as iTunes and an Apple TV, but it does work, and with the much wider variety of video content available on the Internet, something that iTunes can’t handle.

Playing BitTorrent Downloads on a TiVo Series 3

The article covers installing and configuring TiVo Desktop software on your computer, downloading video from the Internet using Miro, converting it to a TiVo-compatible format with VisualHub, and transferring it to your TiVo for playback.

Currently the instructions are Mac-only, but a reasonably savvy person could easily figure out how to use them on a PC, with slightly different software (pointers are given in the article).

Rochelle November 15, 2007 at 4:01 pm

But, of course, don’t be downloading from the internet until the writers are paid for it.

Support the Strike!

My favorite strike slogan: WHAT DO WE WANT? RESIDUALS! WHEN DO WE WANT ‘EM? LATER!

Alderete November 15, 2007 at 5:22 pm

@Rochelle: Agreed, of course. It’s the writers who makes TV worth watching. I still think David Hyde Pierce’s acceptance speech for one of his Emmy Awards, thanking the writers, was one of the best awards show speeches of all time. I’ll repeat what I wrote in the (longish) article:

bq. “Puppies?” Yes, Puppies. I would never illegally download commercial videos, and neither should you.

Scot Hacker November 18, 2007 at 12:59 am

Don’t forget that the writers are generally already making well into the six figures! It’s one thing to appreciate them… another to figure how much we appreciate them.

Is this “equal work for equal pay” or a bunch of already-rich, greedy whiners? A friend who’s recently done a stint working as a producer close to the scene thinks it’s the latter.


Scot Hacker November 26, 2007 at 8:54 am

Just following up … I got curious and decided to learn more about what’s behind the writers’ strike. Took a while to find anything substantial, but eventually found this, which was a real eye-opener. I’m now on the writers’ side.

Alderete November 26, 2007 at 12:29 pm

@Scot: Indeed, the “United Hollywood”: page is a really good summary. Just to relate it to your first comment, the FAQ explains that that most writers do not make six figures, that indeed a more fair assessment of writers’ wages comes out to more like $30K/year. A living wage in some places, but hard to live on almost anywhere in California.

More to the point, writers should be paid commensurate with the value that is produced by their work. Right now the big six media corporations don’t want to pay them at all for their work, when it’s used on the Internet. That’s — frankly — stealing.

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