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Anonymous
March 10, 2005 7:38:22 PM

Archived from groups: alt.video.ptv.tivo (More info?)

After reading the recent commentary on the new -Tivo To Go --feature ( which
was recently installed on my set).... being.....
1. slow
2. it seems that the technology that Tivo supports is somewhat behind the
currently fastest available hardware and software.

I'm willing to wait around until Tivo decides to support the more current
hardware/software solutions.

But, in the meantime..

I'm wondering if I couldn't just run a coax ( what kind? ) cable from my
Tivo's VCR output directly to my computer. The physical distance is
probably 50 feet. I assume that I would have to buy some sort of "input
card" ( what kind?) and some software (what kind?). I already have Nero to
burn DVDs and CDs.

Does this make any sense as a low cost and easier (for a computer novice )
process to simply get some golf lesson etc. off of Tivo and onto my computer
and thence onto a DVD?? I know I can put the Golf lessons onto a VHS tape,
but I HATE --VHS -- for all of the reasons that many people hate VHS tapes.

As a further thought..I guess I could simply, once a month, pick up my Tivo
and move it right next to my computer to download the accumulated golf
lessons...( I need a LOT of help with my golf game..it seems )..

Help.. please... and thank you...
--
RichG manager, Carolina Skiff Owners Group on MSN
http://groups.msn.com/CarolinaSkiffOwners
..
Anonymous
March 10, 2005 7:38:23 PM

Archived from groups: alt.video.ptv.tivo (More info?)

I would go SVideo + audio out instead. Much better picture quality.
Or you could hack the box and use USB2.0 drivers to get about 1.5 meg
per second transfers.

Does your box have an SVideo out? (there might be some distance issues
- I've heard that with good cable 50 feet shouldn't be a problem. If
it is, use 3 standard RCA cables (video, audio L, audio R) and you can
run them as far as you like.)
Anonymous
March 10, 2005 11:35:14 PM

Archived from groups: alt.video.ptv.tivo (More info?)

In article <2K_Xd.5860$WK2.2779@newssvr30.news.prodigy.com>,
"RichG" <rich99sue@sbcxxxglobal.net> wrote:

> After reading the recent commentary on the new -Tivo To Go --feature ( which
> was recently installed on my set).... being.....
> 1. slow
> 2. it seems that the technology that Tivo supports is somewhat behind the
> currently fastest available hardware and software.
>
> I'm willing to wait around until Tivo decides to support the more current
> hardware/software solutions.
>
> But, in the meantime..
>
> I'm wondering if I couldn't just run a coax ( what kind? ) cable from my
> Tivo's VCR output directly to my computer. The physical distance is
> probably 50 feet. I assume that I would have to buy some sort of "input
> card" ( what kind?) and some software (what kind?). I already have Nero to
> burn DVDs and CDs.

Yes you can certainly do that but the quality suffers. Fr best quality
you want to be able to extract the files from the TiVo.
Related resources
March 10, 2005 11:35:15 PM

Archived from groups: alt.video.ptv.tivo (More info?)

On Thu, 10 Mar 2005 20:35:14 GMT, Jack Zwick <jzwick3@mindspring.com>
wrote:

>In article <2K_Xd.5860$WK2.2779@newssvr30.news.prodigy.com>,
> "RichG" <rich99sue@sbcxxxglobal.net> wrote:
>
>> After reading the recent commentary on the new -Tivo To Go --feature ( which
>> was recently installed on my set).... being.....
>> 1. slow
>> 2. it seems that the technology that Tivo supports is somewhat behind the
>> currently fastest available hardware and software.
>>
>> I'm willing to wait around until Tivo decides to support the more current
>> hardware/software solutions.
>>
>> But, in the meantime..
>>
>> I'm wondering if I couldn't just run a coax ( what kind? ) cable from my
>> Tivo's VCR output directly to my computer. The physical distance is
>> probably 50 feet. I assume that I would have to buy some sort of "input
>> card" ( what kind?) and some software (what kind?). I already have Nero to
>> burn DVDs and CDs.
>
>Yes you can certainly do that but the quality suffers. Fr best quality
>you want to be able to extract the files from the TiVo.


Quality is obviously not a big concern for him.

After all, he bought a TIVO.

Sean
Anonymous
March 12, 2005 11:27:19 AM

Archived from groups: alt.video.ptv.tivo (More info?)

<relaxification@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:1110483129.606744.134320@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com...
>I would go SVideo + audio out instead. Much better picture quality.
> Or you could hack the box and use USB2.0 drivers to get about 1.5 meg
> per second transfers.
>
> Does your box have an SVideo out? (there might be some distance issues
> - I've heard that with good cable 50 feet shouldn't be a problem. If
> it is, use 3 standard RCA cables (video, audio L, audio R) and you can
> run them as far as you like.)
>

I use two RG6 Coax (Way over kill, but easy to find.) and S-Video
to two RCA adapter then RCA to F Connector adapters for the
video. Another two RG6 Coax with RCA to F Connector for the
"Red and White" audio. This is an over 50' run through a noisy
environment and there is no loss.

If you hate VHS you might want to pick up a DVD Recorder,
that way you could record directly to a DVD. I use a
reconditioned RCA unit that I got for <$150 to convert VHS to
DVD. I use a RW disk to bring the DVD over to my PC for
proper authoring and to make a neat graphic label using an Epson
R-200 printer.

Luck;
Ken



Luck;
Ken
!