In order to take advantage of the TiVo2Go capabilities of your TiVo and Pocket PC, you'll need a few things. As far as your TiVo, you'll need a Series2 TiVo with wireless or wired networking enabled. Go here for a list of compatible TiVo 802.11x Wi-Fi adapters. Also, be sure that you have the latest version of the TiVo software installed.
You must also have a Pocket PC with Windows Media Player 10 Mobile installed. There are some Windows Mobile 2003 SE Pocket PCs with Windows Media Player 10 Mobile, but all Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PCs come with WMP10 Mobile pre-installed (If your Pocket PC does not have WMP10 Mobile, it cannot be downloaded; it must be pre-installed or installed through a ROM upgrade). It's also important to have a flash memory card with enough space to store the recordings on your Pocket PC. We recommend at least a 512MB Secure Digital or CompactFlash card, but the higher capacity card, the more you'll be able to store.
Finally, you'll need Windows Media Player 10 installed on your Windows XP desktop or laptop PC.
Step 1: Install the TiVo Desktop Software
In order to get the recordings from your TiVo Series2 DVR to your Windows PC, you'll need to install a software application called TiVo Desktop. The software is free and can be downloaded here. Once the software is installed, you'll need to get the "Media Access Key" from your TiVo and input that code in your TiVo Desktop software. This allows your TiVo and PC to talk to one another.
Step 2: Transfer Recorded TV to Your PC
Once your TiVo and TiVo Desktop software are shaking hands, you can view a list of recorded programs ready for transfer to your PC.
Select the program(s) you'd like to transfer by checking the box next to the title ( In this example, the TiVo has only one recording, the Lost episode "The Other 48 Days."). After selecting the desired programs, click the Start Transfer button at the bottom of the window.
Depending on the speed of your home network, the transfer of a one-hour program could take as much as two hours. As you can see, the transfer from our Series2 TiVo to our Windows XP desktop over an 802.11b wireless network will take about 1.5 hours.
TIP: TiVo Transfers are best done overnight so that the network is free and not being used by other applications.
When the transfer completes, the files you want to move to your Pocket PC are stored on your PC's hard drive in the TiVo format. Part 1 of this tutorial is complete. Part 2 walks you through reformatting the video and moving it to the Pocket PC.
Part 2 - Video Processing & Pocket PC Transfer
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