Tivo just gave me even more of a reason to build my own media center to replace the tivo I have. Not to make this available to the ex487 just is stupid. I will not but a new server just for this. But I was thinking about a new Tivo. This helps make my mind up toward a win 7 media center when the new ceton tv tuners cards come out this month.
HP today unveiled the all new HP MediaSmart Expander for TiVo, which allows TiVo owners to use a MediaSmart Server EX490 or EX495 to store TiVo recordings, transfer them back, play them on a PC using TiVo Desktop, as well as view what recordings are on the TiVo right from the home server console.
UPDATED: It turns out the TiVo Expander should also work fine for EX48x and EX47x customers who've purchased and installed the MediaSmart 3.0 Software Upgrade. However, this configuration is unsupported by HP, so if you have questions or issues with it, you'll need to use the forums and ask the community.
Full details in the press release below after the break. Plus, don't miss our interview with HP's Charlie Shilling, Future Product Manager for the MediaSmart Server, about the new MediaSmart Expander for TiVo.
Consumers Can Now Manage TiVo Content from HP MediaSmart Servers
PALO ALTO, Calif., March 10, 2010 - HP today made available HP MediaSmart Expander for TiVo®, a new software application that lets TiVo DVR(1) owners manage video content from an HP MediaSmart Server.(2)
With a high-definition (HD) DVR from TiVo, consumers can record and pause live TV, and access the world's largest on-demand video store to watch hit movies, TV shows, music videos and cool web videos.
With the new software application, which is offered at no charge to MediaSmart server owners, TiVo customers can:
- transfer shows from a TiVo DVR to a HP MediaSmart Server and back to a TiVo DVR
- manage TiVo recordings stored on a HP MediaSmart Server
- watch TiVo DVR recordings that are stored on the HP MediaSmart Server on any PC in the home
Based on the Microsoft Windows® Home Server platform, the HP MediaSmart Server is a central repository for automatically backing up and accessing digital music, videos, photos and documents from multiple computers on a home network.(3)
The HP MediaSmart Server automatically organizes files across all Windows and Mac computers, streams media across a home network and the Internet,(4) and publishes photos to popular social networking and photo sharing sites.
"The HP MediaSmart Server is the ideal companion for TiVo users. With the HP MediaSmart Expander for TiVo, consumers can record more high-definition programs and not worry about filling their DVR since they can transfer their movies and shows on the HP MediaSmart Server and watch them on their PC,” said Jason Zajac, vice president of Attach, Personal Systems Group, HP. “Plus, consumers will benefit from all of the additional features the HP MediaSmart Server provides, such as backing up all Windows and Mac computers.”
Pricing and availability
The free HP MediaSmart Expander for TiVo application can be accessed through the Windows Home Server Console of the HP MediaSmart Server EX90/EX495 and HP Data Vault.
Manufacturer's suggested retail price for the HP MediaSmart Server EX490 with 1 terabyte of hard disk storage is $549, while the HP MediaSmart Server EX495 with 1.5 terabytes is $699.(5)
More information is available at www.hp.com/go/mediasmartserver.
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(1) Requires TiVo DVR Series II, Series III, TiVo Premier and TiVo desktop software.
(2) Compatible with HP MediaSmart Servers EX490/EX495. HP MediaSmart Server, PCs and TiVo DVR must be on the same network.
(3) Wired or wireless home network required.
(4) Internet access required and sold separately.
(5) Estimated U.S. retail prices. Actual prices may vary.
TiVo and the TiVo logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of TiVo Inc. or its subsidiaries worldwide. Microsoft is a U.S. registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
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First they decided to charge $ for the v3 software upgrade, now they won't make this plugin available to older generations of MSS. I'll look elsewhere the next time I buy a WHS box.
If 3rd party tivo plugins work perfectly with the 485/487, why wouldn't this? They did so well at offering 3.0 to "older" models (The 48x's are still sold retail), then botch it by dropping 485/487 support?? WHY?
Does it work like a true drive expander for the TiVo, with the ability copy any of the content? Or does it have the same limitations as TiVo's own TiVo ToGo software, where it wont copy any content protected by the CCI flag? Most content from my cable provider (Time Warner of Albany, NY) is restricted by the CCI to "copy once". If the TivoExpander respects that flag, then it's only marginally useful.
Was almost so happy... Now so depressed... Ah well shite happens when you buy HP...
Are we sure this doesn't work with EX47x and EX48x servers when running the updated MSS 3.0 software,.....?
HP EX490 9TB / Core i5 2500k, ASUS P8P67 Pro, 8800GTS, 4GB DDR3, 3x64GB SSD RAID 0 / Core i7 920, ASUS P6T Deluxe, GTX260, 6GB DDR3 / Core i7 860, ASUS P7P55D Pro, 8800GT, 6GB DDR3 / Core 2 Quad Q6600, Gigabyte GA-P35C-DS3R, 8800GTS DDR2 3GB
It works just fine on my EX470 with the new Software.
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Do you know if this add-in is still being updated? On the new Premier it only shows one screen worth of shows (the 16 most recently recorded shows) in the list. No I don't just need to scroll down to see more, there simply are no more showing. I have un-installed and re-installed several times. Rebooting the EX495, the TiVo, my desktop and nothing changes.
Also, the shows that are on the TiVo do not report correctly if they are in a sub-directory (something that TiVo Desktop has supported for several versions)