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TiVo recorders to tap PC content

San Jose, CA TiVo Inc. says its new Home Media Option will transform TiVo from a digital video recording device to an entertainment center that allows entertainment lovers to effortlessly enjoy video, digital music and photos throughout the home.

"Home Media Option is a natural extension of the TiVo service, providing TiVo Series2 subscribers with an easy way to enjoy their digital media throughout the home without interfering with their ability to record and watch their favorite shows," said Brodie Keast, senior vice-president and general manager, TiVo Service. "Our approach recognizes that the PC or Mac may be the best place to store, organize, manage and protect your digital media, but the living room is the best place to enjoy it."

Home Media Option can be purchased for a one-time fee of $99 by TiVo's U.S. subscribers with Series2 DVRs. Activating the package on additional Series2 DVRs within the home will require a one-time fee of $49 per unit. Home Media Option is a basic software download, sent by broadband or phone line to any TiVo Series2, and can be purchased online at

Once Home Media Option has been downloaded to the DVR and activated at the TiVo website, the DVR will be capable of linking over a network with either Apple or Windows PCs. Applications necessary for completing this network link to the Mac or PC can be downloaded from the TiVo website once a subscriber has completed the TiVo activation process.

Home Media Option will fit into virtually any home network, making it easy to incorporate into new or existing, wired or wireless networks (802.11b).

With a broadband-connected Series2 DVR and Home Media Option, subscribers are now able to remotely schedule same-day recordings of their favorite shows from wherever they have access to an Internet connection. TiVo subscribers can now schedule recordings from and these changes will be relayed to their specified TiVo DVR in less than an hour, allowing for same day recordings.

Enjoy the entertainment you want, anywhere in your home Home Media Option allows subscribers to stream digital music and photos from their computer to their Series2 DVR, without requiring users to give up or partition the recording space on their DVR. With the TiVo remote, subscribers can relax in the living room and view digital photos and listen to digital music that is stored on the Mac or PC. And with multi-room viewing, programs recorded on one Series2 DVR can be securely transferred to another in the same household.

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