The long-awaited service feature called TiVoToGo, set to launch Monday, will give users their first taste of TiVo untethered.
No longer confined to TiVo digital video recorders in the living room or bedroom, subscribers will be able to transfer their recorded shows to PCs or laptops and take them on the road — as long as the shows are not specially tagged with copy restrictions. That’s also the case for pay-per-view or on-demand movies, and some premium paid programming.
Users also will be able to copy shows onto a DVD — soon after but not immediately at the service launch, company officials said.
The mobile feature is a key step in TiVo’s long-term vision of giving consumers more freedom with how and where they enjoy their favorite TV. TiVo plans to extend TiVoToGo so it will work on other portable media gadgets, as well.
[…] The recorded shows are transferred to PCs or laptops via a home computer network. Users would have to download free desktop software from the TiVo website onto the computers. A media access code and password is assigned to each user’s account, essentially restricting the transferring and playback of shows to household members with the same access code.