Amazon's got a nifty little FAQ up about the TiVo and Amazon Unboxed love fest. Here's what they're starting us off with, but since we're starved for information on the subject, it's better than nothing. What do you want to know about this holy union?
When will I be able to use the Amazon Unbox on TiVo service?
We are currently beta testing our new service with a select group of TiVo subscribers. If you'd like to be notified when the service becomes available, sign up at TiVo.com.
Which TiVos will be able to play videos from Amazon Unbox?
Any broadband connected TiVo Series2 and Series3 DVR will be able to download and play Unbox videos. Sorry, the service won't be available for DirecTV TiVo subscribers or TiVo subscribers who use a telephone phone line to access the service.
How will the Amazon Unbox on TiVo service work? What will I have to do to set it up? Do I have to somehow connect my TiVo to my PC?
You will go to www.amazon.com/gp/video/tivo and do a one-time linking of your TiVo to your Amazon.com account. From that point on, when you buy or rent Unbox videos from Amazon Unbox you will have the option of downloading them directly to your broadband-connected TiVo. Your TiVo communicates directly to the Unbox service through your home network, so there is no computer in between.
Where on my TiVo will my downloaded videos appear?
Your videos will appear in your Now Playing list with the rest of your TiVo content, just where you would expect it to be!
How will the quality of Unbox videos compare to the quality of shows recorded by my TiVo?
Unbox videos watched on a TiVo will be of better quality than videos recorded at the Best Quality setting on a TiVo Series2 DVR.
How long will it take to download Unbox videos to my TiVo?
Download times will vary depending on your actual Internet connection speed and the length of the video. With a fast broadband connection (5 Mbps), a movie can download in about an hour, while a 1-hour TV episode can download in about 30 minutes. However, on a slower broadband connection (less than 1 Mbps), a movie could take up to 5 hours.
Luckily, the Unbox RemoteLoad feature allows you to order from Amazon.com and download anywhere. So, you can order your video during your lunch break and itll be ready to watch when you get home from work.
Will I be able to use TiVos Home Media features with my Unbox videos?
Unfortunately, you won't be able to use the TiVoToGo or Multi-Room Viewing features with Unbox videos. However, using the Unbox RemoteLoad feature you can download your videos to multiple PCs or TiVos.
How many copies of my Unbox videos can I have downloaded at one time?
Your videos from Amazon Unbox can be downloaded on up to 2 PCs or TiVos and 2 portable devices at any one time.
If I delete my Unbox video from my TiVo is it gone forever?
Amazon Unbox stores all of your purchased videos in Your Media Library for re-download, so your videos don't have to take up all the space on your TiVo.