Lots of reports on all kinds of sources about TiVo2Go launching today. You can read reports here on Engadget and here at Wired. The idea of TiVo2Go is that it allows you to free recorded content from your TiVo device and view it on your PC. Unfortunately, there are some drawbacks:
- The service software only works on Windows 2000 or XP. If you have Linux, Macintosh, or any other version of Windows you are, for now, out of luck. Yes, you do still need special software.
- TiVo2Go only works on TiVo boxes. That means, according to this post by Om Malik, that DirecTiVo boxes currently do not support the functionality. Umm, I believe that DirecTiVo subscribers are a huge portion of the TiVo customer base and the fastest growing TiVo subscriber base.
- There is currently no way to transfer content to your smartphone or handheld device, even devices running Windows Mobile or Smartphone. Om Malik thinks it's never going to happen.
This seems like a pretty lame release for what TiVo2Go is should be able to do. Certainly this is not going to get me to become a new subscriber, but I guess maybe it's cool functionality for existing subscribers. It is hard for me to believe that DirecTiVo is not supported; if I were a DirecTiVo customer, I would jump ship to the DirecTV DVR solution as soon as it was released.
With so many forthcoming solutions that do not require TiVo, but can use TiVo if you've already got it, notably the Sling Box by Sling Media. Also check out Orb Networks software and subscription package that works with Windows Media Center.
Seems like TiVo2Go is too little too late, especially if they are trying to use this to justify the subscription cost while they run advertising when you fast forward through commercials.