Registered: Jun 2000
I've got a full hard drive full of stuff I want to keep. So I just pop the drive out and stick it on the shelf.
I grab another drive, put my old faithful backup on it, and I’m ready to go! No, wait. It wants to get some guide data. ..It already did that today… I guess it’s ok… Ok, off it goes...
The next week, I want to see that Babalyon5 episode on the other disk. Ok, I’ll just power down and stick it in the tivo to watch it. All is well until I remember that StargateSG1 I’ve been waiting for is coming on in 10 minutes! Oh, well. So much for Babalyon5 tonight...
Three months, a new software update and 2 more disks later, I want to watch that Babalyon5 episode again.(I really like that show!) Ok, I grab the disk and stick it in. This time it says it's got to call home NOW! (it thinks it hasn’t called in for 3 months!) Ok, no problem. ...wait a minute, it's updating the software!!! It's already done that with the other disk! (in the underground, this makes me "A Moron" (tm)!!!!) Now I’m stuck letting this thing download and go through it all again!
WHEW! You can see where this is going......
Wouldn’t it be a lot easier to just go to your computer, connect to your "net aware" tivo, select the show you want to archive, start the transfer and still be able to use your tivo to do other things at the same time?
btw, all of the above are perfectly legal with a standalone (originally an "analog signal", and by that fact, legal under the dmca), and is quite possible today.....
Hmmmm, maybe the folks who could code up the ability to do this stuff on a tivo just don’t want to put up with the possible reaction -“Your Killing the Tivo Company!” “If Tivo wanted us to do this they would put the functionally in themselves! …since they haven’t, it must be “A Bad Thing”™!!” “Isn’t this illegal?” – that even the mention of this functionality usually brings.
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