TiVo Desktop Plus Alternatives

    TiVo Desktop Plus is described as 'software gives you the ability to transfer shows, web videos, music, and photos between from your PC to your TiVo DVR. Additionally, the TiVoToGo feature lets you transfer recorded shows from your DVR to your PC'. There are six alternatives to TiVo Desktop Plus for Mac, Windows and Linux. The best alternative is TiVo Desktop (free), which is free. Other great apps like TiVo Desktop Plus are cTiVo (Free, Open Source), pyTivo (Free, Open Source), KMTTG (Free, Open Source) and iTiVo (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jul 24, 2021

    1. TiVo Desktop software works with your network-connected TiVo box, your Mac and your PC. Publish your personal music library to your TiVo box for playback through your TV and home entertainment system.

      Discontinued

      As of June 5, 2013, the free version of TiVo Desktop is discontinued. If you already have an existing copy of the free version of TiVo Desktop, it will still function normally - nothing has changed. New TiVo Desktop customers can purchase TiVo Desktop Plus to take advantage of the full set of Desktop features.

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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      cTiVo is a free Mac application to download shows from your TiVo (Roamio, Premiere, HD, S3 or S2 devices) and convert them to many popular formats and devices. Its goal is to be extremely simple to set up and use, but very flexible.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      pyTivo is both an HMO and GoBack server. Similar to TiVo Desktop, pyTivo loads many standard video compression codecs and outputs mpeg2 (or in some cases, h.264) video to the TiVo. However, pyTivo is able to load many more file types than TiVo Desktop.
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      pyTivo vs TiVo Desktop Plus opinions
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      I like py Tivo because i needed an alternate to TiVo Desktop Plus.
      Positive comment 5 months ago

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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      kmttg is a Java based program to facilitate TivoToGo (TTG) transfers that can download, create pyTivo metadata, decrypt, run comskip & comcut (commercial detection and removal), create closed captions files and re-encode multiple shows.
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      For people who are not computer/software programmers, it's the easiest to understand and use, especially now that the free version of TiVo Desktop has also been discontinued and may not work with newer builds of Windows. There is a lot of good online help/support available for KMTTG too.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      iTiVo WAS a Mac front-end to your Series 2, Series 3, and TiVoHD device. It will download shows to your Mac, and convert them to many popular formats / devices. Features include: Formats include h.264, mpeg-2, mpeg-1, decrypt-only.

      Discontinued

      No longer maintained. On the website cTiVo, which is maintained and works on newer OS releases, is suggested to replace iTiVo

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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      pyTivoX lets you play movies from your mac to your tivo. It is a free replacement for the upload feature of Tivo Desktop Plus. (Look at iTiVo for the download features). pyTiVoX only runs on OSX 10.5 (Leopard) and up.
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