Consumer Electronics

TiVo Extraction Distraction

bq.The operator of a Web forum devoted to and sponsored by digital video recorder maker TiVo has asked people to stop posting information about how to copy video off the device onto another machine, fearing he could be held liable for violating a controversial digital copyright law. – “Lisa M. Bowman(TiVo: Web video extraction discussion silenced)”:
bq.Video extraction on the TiVo is now almost impossible. There is a program out there to enable extraction in the old series 1 devices, but it does require some serious hacking involving scripts on the TiVo and a hacked ethernet connection. With the series 2 box, they’ve encrypted the stored movies and made shell access to the device difficult, so the box is essentially locked up. The series 2 TiVo is now essentially a VCR with a giant blank tape that you can record anyting you want to, but you can never eject the tape. – “Matt Haughey(Video extraction and TiVo)”:
bq.Yes, I cover video extraction (and insertion), for Series1 standalones only. Series1 DirecTiVos scramble video by default, and though there is a simple hack out there to disable this scrambling, I’m prohibited legally from talking about it in the book. I don’t cover Series2 extraction either. – “Jeff Keegan(Book Review: Hacking TiVo)”:
bq.Tivo already takes a lot of heat from the networks who think of all Tivo users as commercial-skipping thieves. If Tivo supported (directly or indirectly) extraction of video for burning to DVDs, the networks would think that Tivo and all Tivo users are nothing but thieves and they’d hassle Tivo half to death. – “Jerry L Bell(DVD Writer)”:
bq.Record your favorite shows onto long-lasting DVDs and take them along for the ride. – “DVD recorders with TiVo(Pioneer Electronics)”: I think most of you know that I am a longtime TiVo supporter. All I want to do is occasionally back something up that I want to watch but haven’t gotten around to yet and probably won’t for a while. It seems somehow unfair to me that the answer is to spend an extra $1000 dollars.

By Michael K Pate

Michael K. Pate tends to spend a great deal time of time around computers. He has been a Librarian since 1997.

Michael was born in Avon Park, Florida in 1966. Except for a couple of brief periods in his life (once in Tampa and once in Winter Haven/Haines City), he has been a life-long resident.

Originally, he planned on a career as a Computer Programmer and therefore graduate from Webber College with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems in 1988. However, unhappy with career opportunities at the time, he soon returned to school and received a BS in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida.

He began his career in education at Avon Elementary and later Avon Park Middle working as a Computer Lab Coordinator. While technological challenges were interesting, he found himself more and more interested in becoming a Media Specialist. He began work on his MLS in 1995.

However, a summer internship at the Sebring Public Library in 1996 soon made him reconsider just what his career should be. Upon graduation in 1997, he secured a position as a Media Specialist at Eastside Elementary in Haines City. Eventually, the position he was looking for opened up and he returned to SPL as Reference Librarian in 1999.

In 2003, he became Assistant Director of the Highlands County Library System, serving in that role until the position was eliminated during a late round of budget cuts in 2010. Since then, he has been the Computer Support Specialist for the Heartland Library Cooperative. In 2011, he began serving on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium.