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TiVo To Go DRM Cracked

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The digital rights management (DRM) that locks up the TiVo To Go video you might want to transfer between your TiVo and PC has been cracked. Now you won't even need to use the TiVo Desktop software if you want to play back something you've recorded on your TiVo on a PC. Plus, you can do all that file transferrage on a Mac and Linux now. Neat.


So far, it's a crude command line interface, but expect it to spread far and wide with an easy to use graphical user interface before too long. Unfortunately, for those of us who've been waiting for this TiVo To Go functionality for our Series 3 HD TiVos, this could have a chilling effect. Well, maybe that will be cracked for us, too.

Ti Vo To Go [Tivo Wiki, via Zatz Not Funny]

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This is huge news for Mac/TiVo owners. TiVo completely dropped the ball on getting a Mac TiVoToGo client out, after initially saying it was "coming soon" after the release of PC TTG. Which, as I recall, was almost two years ago. They showed an alpha of Mac TTG at CES, but almost another full year and no beta? That's sad.

I (though not a ton of other angry folk over at TiVo Community) would have been willing to say, OK, whatever, if they'd just come out and said "we don't have the resources to commit to putting out a proper mac client." But to repeatedly make and break promises about this stuff to the point where the entire Mac/TiVo community believes that Mac TTG is vaporware? Bad TiVo.

Unless you had either Virtual PC or Parallels (if you sprang for an Intel mac) you were pretty much boned in terms of being able to use TiVo To Go, which is a huge, huge feature advantage TiVo has over cable company provided DVR's.

The DRM crack lets Mac users get their promised functionality, and even lets Linux users, who were never promised any of these features in on the party as well.

I, for one, welcome our new DRM-Cracking overlords.