TiVo Hacks: 100 Industrial-Strength Tips & Tools [NOOK Book]


TiVo Hacks helps you get the most out of your TiVo personal video recorder. Armed with just a screwdriver and basic understanding of PC hardware (or willingness to learn), preeminent hackability awaits. This book includes hacks for changing the order of recorded programs, activating the 30-second skip to blaze through commercials, upgrading TiVo's hard drive for more hours of recording, use of TiVo's Home Media Option to remotely schedule a recording via the Web, log in to the serial port for command-line access...

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TiVo Hacks helps you get the most out of your TiVo personal video recorder. Armed with just a screwdriver and basic understanding of PC hardware (or willingness to learn), preeminent hackability awaits. This book includes hacks for changing the order of recorded programs, activating the 30-second skip to blaze through commercials, upgrading TiVo's hard drive for more hours of recording, use of TiVo's Home Media Option to remotely schedule a recording via the Web, log in to the serial port for command-line access to programming data, log files, closed-captioning data, display graphics on the TiVo screen, and even play MP3s.

Readers who use advanced hacks to put TiVo on their home network via the serial port, Ethernet, USB, or wireless (with 802.11b WiFi) will watch a whole new world open up. By installing various open source software packages, you can use TiVo for mail, instant messaging, caller-ID, and more. It's also easy to run a web server on TiVo to schedule recordings, access lists of recorded shows, and even display them on a web site. While TiVo gives viewers personalized control of their TVs, TiVo Hacks gives users personalized control of TiVo.

Note: Not all TiVos are the same. The original TiVo, the Series 1, is the most hackable TiVo out there; it's a box thrown together with commodity parts and the TiVo code is running on open hardware. The Series 2 TiVo, the most commonly sold TiVo today, is not open. You won't see hacks in this book that involve modifying Series 2 software.

Krikorian offers 100 "industrial strength" tips and tools for using Tivo in this ultimate guide to the digital personal video recorder that's reinventing the way people view TV.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596552411
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/22/2003
  • Series: Hacks
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Raffi Krikorian is an unapologetic TIVo lover and a digital plumber. If you look hard enough, you can usually find him putting together a hack for some random stray idea that got him sidetracked from his last project. He is currently a graduate student at the MIT Media Lab where he is both studying systems of "organic scale" and constructing very small IP-nodes that self organise into larger systems. He does freely admits, however, that his serious television addiction is probably getting between him and his goal to finally graduate MIT for the second time. When he's not studying or watching TV, you can find him wandering about or trying something new. And finally, in whatever time is left, he tends to his wasted bits on his weblog.

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Table of Contents



Chapter 1. TiVo Remote Control Hacks
      1. Swinging TiVo
      2. Must-Skim TV
      3. Navigation Shortcuts
      4. The 30-Second Skip
      5. An Onscreen Clock
      6. Making the Play Bar Disappear Faster
      7. What's Your TiVo Doing?
      8. Opening the Backdoor
      9. Italicizing Everything
      10. Sorting the Now Playing List
      11. Turning Off Overshoot Protection
      12. Controlling Overshoot Protection
      13. Pushing Fast Forward to Eleven
      14. Viewing Suggestions in the To Do List
      15. Viewing "Hidden" Recordings
      16. Activating the Node Navigator
      17. Enabling Advanced WishLists
      18. Turning Off the TiVo Software
      19. Applaud the TiVo Team

Chapter 2. Adding More Hours
      20. Opening the Box
      21. Removing TiVo's Hard Drive or Drives
      22. Installing TiVo's Hard Drive in Your PC
      23. Using MFS Tools for Backup and Restore
      24. Backing Up Your TiVo Software
      25. Restoring from Backup
      26. Adding a Second Drive the Quick-n-Dirty Way
      27. Putting TiVo's Drives Back
      28. Testing Your TiVo's New Capacity

Chapter 3. The TiVo Shell
      29. Mounting and Working with TiVo's Drive Partitions
      30. Enabling Bash over the Serial Port
      31. Copying Unix Binaries to TiVo
      32. Clean Up and Shut Down
      33. Connecting to TiVo Serially
      34. Installing Unix Binaries on TiVo
      35. Poking Around
      36. Moving Stuff to and from Your TiVo
      37. Installing the less Pager on Your TiVo
      38. Text Editing with vi on Your TiVo
      39. Text Editing with Emacs on Your TiVo
      40. Displaying Images on Your TV
      41. Putting Text on the Screen
      42. Capturing Closed Captioning
      43. Caller ID on Your TV
      44. Running the Same Thing Over and Over-
      45. Save Multiple Shows at a Time to Your VCR
      46. Playing MP3s on your TiVo

Chapter 4. Bring the Internet to TiVo
      47. Running PPP over TiVo's Serial Port
      48. Accept a PPP Connection from TiVo on Your PC
      49. Getting Your TiVo Series 1 Online
      50. Getting Your TiVo Series 2 Online
      51. Figuring Out Your TiVo's IP Address
      52. Getting Telnet to Your Ethernet-Enabled TiVo
      53. Fetching Files from the Web
      54. wget Things from the Web
      55. Setting Up an FTP server
      56. Using the Same Filesystem
      57. Reading Email on Your TiVo
      58. Using the TiVo Control Station
      59. Turning Your TV into a Virtual Window
      60. Streaming Internet Audio Broadcasts to TiVo
      61. Watching Your Email
      62. Listen to Your Email

Chapter 5. TiVo and the Web
      63. Signing Up for the Home Media Option
      64. Remotely Scheduling a Recording Through the HMO
      65. TiVoWeb, a Web Interface to Your TiVo
      66. Scheduling a Recording with TiVoWeb
      67. What's on and beyond the To Do List?
      68. Deleting Scheduled Recordings
      69. Undeleting Recordings
      70. Renaming Recordings
      71. Editing Season Passes
      72. Emulating the TiVo Remote
      73. Emulating TiVo's Screens
      74. Using TiVo Mail
      75. Changing Channel Logos
      76. Automatically Assigning All Logos
      77. Creating Your Own Custom Logos
      78. Dropping New Extensions into TiVoWeb
      79. Starting TiVoWeb with TiVo
      80. Putting Your TiVo on the Web

Chapter 6. Working with Videos
      81. Pulling Video from Your TiVo over FTP
      82. Pulling Video from Your TiVo via Web Interface
      83. Playing Extracted Video
      84. Streaming Video Directly from TiVo
      85. Converting Extracted Video
      86. Putting Videos Back into TiVo
      87. Moving Shows Between TiVo Units

Chapter 7. Writing Code
      88. Navigating the Media Filesystem
      89. Inspecting MFS Objects
      90. Extracting Your Now Showing List
      91. Discovering Your Favorite Actors
      92. Discovering Your Favorite Writers, Producers, and Directors
      93. Turning Favorites Lists into JavaScript
      94. How Do You Watch TV?
      95. Browsing Through TiVo's Resources
      96. Making Recordings Start Late and End Early
      97. Editing Resources with a Point and a Click
      98. Catching TiVo Events
      99. Disabling the Live TV button
      100. Cross-Compiling C Code for TiVo


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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2003

    An Open, Extensible Tivo for the Tinkerer

    Did you see the September 2003 Forbes magazine, with a Tivo on the cover? The folks at Tivo must have been pleased! So too might you, if you have a Tivo or are thinking of getting one. The article said that in the field of Digital Video Recorders, Tivo is the dominant one. [Though the article also said that the competition is increasing.] As far as this book is concerned, that article is reassuring. It says a Tivo is your safest choice of DVR; independent validation of the book's topic. Now considering the book itself, it is easily readable. Much more so than your typical instruction manual that comes with a software package, and usually feels like it was written as an afterthought. (As it probably was.) The copious diagrams in the book of the screen captures of software, and of the hardware, greatly help the understandability. Essentially, the book appeals to the tinkerer of either software or hardware. It gives you an appreciation of how open the product is, either explicitly by its manufacturer, or, perhaps more importantly, by the vast user community that has arisen around it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2003

    Best Tivo Hack Source!

    This is an awesome book, plain and simple. I have read many articles on hacking the Tivo, but this book is by far the best written on the topic. Just by flipping through the book, you are able to pick something out and do it with minimal effort and mental taxation. It is very nicely laid out, and very easy to understand. On thing that TiVo Hacks does a great job doing is explaining 100 cool things that you can do with your TiVo both outside the box and under the cover. Some of the things can even be done just by using your remote control! I have found many of the hacks on the Internet, but there were many more items in the book than I had found in my online searches. For instance, the book explains how to do the 30 second skip, add more space to your TiVo for longer recording, create a web interface, and activate on-screen caller ID! However, there is one thing I wish this book had incorporated. In case you didn¿t know, there are two different series of TiVo¿s in existence: Series 1 and Series 2. I have a DirecTV TiVo, which is not a normal TiVo. I know that there are some differences between it and a normal TiVo, but I am not sure what they are. I was hoping that the writers would spend some time talking about the different variations, but there was nothing in the book touching on the subject. Taking it all in, I would recommend this book to anyone with a TiVo. The numerous hacks it describes are great at stretching the TiVo¿s abilities. The remote control hacks alone are fun, cool, and very handy to have, even if you never plan on taking the cover off. This alone makes the book valuable to even the casual TiVo user.

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