TiVoToGo and CableLabs

Many people have been wondering what exactly happened to TiVoToGo in the new Series3 models.
bq.In the “Plug and Play” proceedings, the FCC required all cable companies to make available CableCARDs, which enable anyone to offer an alternative to set-top boxes. The CableCARD is slotted into a compatible device like a TV or a DVR, and then that device acts as a set-top box. Inter-industry agreements force anyone who wants to create a CableCARD-compatible device to get licensed through a private organization jointly run by cable companies called CableLabs. Unfortunately, Hollywood intruded into the FCC’s proceedings in order to ensure that CableCARD-compatible devices incorporated DRM. With the FCC’s blessings, CableLabs’ license can require DRM. And that’s how TiVoToGo for Series 3 HD met its maker. As TiVo’s website suggests,18 CableLabs has yet to permit TiVo to implement TiVoToGo in the CableCARD-compatible Series 3 HD. – “Electronic Frontier Foundation(Who Killed TiVoToGo?)”:http://www.eff.org/IP/pnp/cablewp.php Unchecked big business can be bad for everyone. Unchecked government can be bad for everyone. But the absolute worst thing is when big business and government work together. The thing is, I haven’t even used TiVoToGo very often. It is slow and clunky and a hassle to work with the files once you got them transferred. But it was nice to have the possibility of doing something with them. I guess this means that TiVo owners will just have to stick with downloading copies of their favorite shows from BitTorrent sites. And wondering exactly what benefit they get from paying the cable company each month?

Posted 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.