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DirecTv Tivo R10 hacking

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July 29, 2005 12:44:38 PM

Archived from groups: alt.video.ptv.tivo,rec.video.satellite.dbs (More info?)

hi,

i would like to record some of these shows that i have recorded to my
pc. according to what I have read through some of the news groups that
the r10 CAN'T be networked and my wife will NOT let me crack the case
to hack at it that way! Can it be done and what version of Linux is it
running, filesystem, etc...?

A summary of my questions:
1.) What version of Linux is it running?
2.) Is there a way to record multi shows without interaction?
3.) Is there a Tivo system that I can network to get the show off it?
July 29, 2005 8:04:05 PM

Archived from groups: alt.video.ptv.tivo,rec.video.satellite.dbs (More info?)

"Michael" <mbw4359@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:1122651877.968915.194340@g47g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
>
> i would like to record some of these shows that i have recorded to my
> pc. according to what I have read through some of the news groups that
> the r10 CAN'T be networked and my wife will NOT let me crack the case
> to hack at it that way! Can it be done and what version of Linux is it
> running, filesystem, etc...?
>
> A summary of my questions:
> 1.) What version of Linux is it running?
> 2.) Is there a way to record multi shows without interaction?
> 3.) Is there a Tivo system that I can network to get the show off it?

You can not do it with a DirecTiVo without cracking the case. You can use a
video capture card to capture the analog output on your PC, but take a
quality hit.

Only the StandAlones currently support exporting the video natively. But
there, you're taking the same analog hit (cause they get their signal from
the analogs outputs, in your case, from a regular DirecTV receiver). And it
would be cheaper to buy another R10 to hack than it would to get a
StandAlone with subscription.
Anonymous
July 29, 2005 11:14:21 PM

Archived from groups: alt.video.ptv.tivo,rec.video.satellite.dbs (More info?)

In article <1122651877.968915.194340@g47g2000cwa.googlegroups.com>,
"Michael" <mbw4359@yahoo.com> wrote:

> hi,
>
> i would like to record some of these shows that i have recorded to my
> pc. according to what I have read through some of the news groups that
> the r10 CAN'T be networked and my wife will NOT let me crack the case
> to hack at it that way! Can it be done and what version of Linux is it
> running, filesystem, etc...?
>
> A summary of my questions:
> 1.) What version of Linux is it running?
> 2.) Is there a way to record multi shows without interaction?
> 3.) Is there a Tivo system that I can network to get the show off it?

http://www.dellanave.com/projects/tivo/62slices.html
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Anonymous
July 30, 2005 6:53:24 PM

Archived from groups: alt.video.ptv.tivo,rec.video.satellite.dbs (More info?)

Jack Zwick <jackzwick@yahoo.com> wrote in news:jackzwick-
FCC823.14142329072005@newssvr11-ext.news.prodigy.com:

> In article <1122651877.968915.194340@g47g2000cwa.googlegroups.com>,
> "Michael" <mbw4359@yahoo.com> wrote:
>
>> hi,
>>
>> i would like to record some of these shows that i have recorded to my
>> pc. according to what I have read through some of the news groups
that
>> the r10 CAN'T be networked and my wife will NOT let me crack the case
>> to hack at it that way! Can it be done and what version of Linux is
it
>> running, filesystem, etc...?
>>
>> A summary of my questions:
>> 1.) What version of Linux is it running?

TiVo's own version (which itself isn't known publically by versions,
just the system software installation as a whold is known by a version
number, 6.1 in the case of an R-10), nothing like a PC distro, as the
TiVo is not a PC.
Not relavent since you don't want to open the case.

>> 2.) Is there a way to record multi shows without interaction?

Not without hacking.

>> 3.) Is there a Tivo system that I can network to get the show off it?
>

Yes, Standalone Series 2s that are not DVD recorders ( the DVD recroders
units will get the software allowing transfer to PCs later this year.)

> http://www.dellanave.com/projects/tivo/62slices.html
>

That applies only to pre-R10 DirecTV DVRs.
Anonymous
July 31, 2005 2:04:02 AM

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

Michael wrote:

> When I said version I meant Kernel distr ( Slackware, Red Hat, etc....)

None of the above. You don't have to use any distribution at all, you
know. Just grab the sources off of an FTP server and build your own.
That is the sort of thing that the programmers at TiVo have done.

> what will the file names be named and is there some type of conversion
> to get them to mpeg?

There are no *.mpg files. On the big disk partition, there are no files
period.

Recordings are stored as one or more large objects in a proprietary
database. For example:

Recording 3271780/10 {
Version = 81
BitRate = 0
ExpirationTime = 66600
ProgramSource = 2875218/-1
RecordQuality = 75
RecordingBehavior = 3271780/12
Score = 0
Showing = 3271780/11
UsedBy = 1
SubPriority = 39
StartDate = 12832
StartTime = 66598
ActualShowing = 3271780/14
Part = 3271780/13 3271780/15 3271780/16 3271780/17
3271780/18 3271780/19 3271780/20
StopDate = 12832
StopTime = 78000
State = 4
DeletionDate = 24855
StreamFileSize = 3588096
NSecondsWatched = 42
NVisit = 1
ExpirationDate = 12948
SelectionType = 3
IndexUsed = 3271780/11 3271780/12
IndexPath = /Recording/Active/1:12832:66598:3271780
/Recording/SeasonPass/02875218/87167:33399:3271780
/Recording/TmsId/MV0039790000:87167:33401:3271780
/Recording/NowShowingByClassic/2:87167:33401:3271780
/Recording/NowShowingByExpiration/2:12948:66600:3271780
{/Recording/NowShowingByTitle/1:NICHOLAS AND
ALEXANDRA TOM BAKER:87167:33401:3271780}
/Recording/DiskUsed/10/3271780:3588096
}


See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tivo#External_links

-Joe
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