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Virgin Media today announced an agreement that will bring Netflix, the world’s leading Internet TV network, onto a pay-TV platform for the first time. Using the Netflix app, Virgin Media TiVo households will be able to watch award-nominated Netflix series, documentaries, comedy and kids titles through their set-top box. Netflix will be available to 1.7 million Virgin Media TiVo homes this year, starting with a pilot launching this week.


The addition of the Netflix app to Virgin Media TiVo, the fastest growing pay-TV service in the UK, will allow viewers to discover critically acclaimed Netflix original series House of Cards, Hemlock Grove, Arrested Development and Orange is the New Black and Netflix exclusives like the hit series Breaking Bad.


The Netflix app complements Virgin Media’s ever-expanding collection of over 6,000 hours of On Demand entertainment, all ready to watch instantly. Virgin Media TiVo customers will be able to easily search and browse titles across Virgin TV’s entire collection of films and TV programmes as well as from Netflix and other content apps including BBC iPlayer.

Netflix coming to Virgin Media 

  • Virgin Media TiVo customers to access Netflix app via      their set-top box
  • Broad variety of great series and films,      including Breaking BadHouse of Cards and Arrested      Development, to be available instantly

Pilot to 40,000 Virgin Media TiVo homes begins this week with full launch later this year

Dana Strong, Virgin Media’s chief operating officer, said: “We’re delighted to be bringing yet another groundbreaking service onto TV screens in millions of Virgin Media homes. Netflix is a fabulous addition to Virgin Media TiVo, enabling our customers to enjoy even more of their favourite shows and movies simply and easily – all through their TV set-top box and at outstanding value.

“Virgin Media TiVo offers different ways to watch, either subscription or pay per view, all seamlessly integrated for simple, intuitive viewing so there’s a world of great entertainment at your fingertips and everyone can be sure of the perfect TV moment.”

Bill Holmes, global head of business development, Netflix, said: “The UK has given Netflix a fantastic welcome and we’re excited to be partnering with Virgin Media to bring an amazing Netflix experience to Virgin Media customers.”

The pilot begins this week with around 40,000 Virgin Media TiVo households already selected to use the Netflix app. For the pilot, the Netflix application will be available in the Apps & Games section of Virgin Media TiVo with Netflix members able to log-in using their existing Netflix credentials and new members able to sign up for Netflix via the app. Netflix will be rolled out to all Virgin Media TiVo customers following the successful completion of the pilot later this year.

Through a dedicated broadband connection built into each Virgin Media TiVo set-top box, viewers will be able to experience a brilliant, HD big screen TV Netflix experience. Virgin Media TiVo households with Virgin Media broadband can also make full use of their superfast 30Mb, 60Mb or 120Mb broadband speeds in addition to the dedicated TiVo connection.

The Netflix roll-out coincides with the latest updates to Virgin Media TiVo for all customers

The TiVo app for the iPhone and the iPad has been updated to version 1.9, bringing with it new features and fixes.


TiVo DVR and non-TiVo DVR customers can get the TiVo experience in the palm of their hands with the FREE TiVo app – including Suddenlink and RCN Premiere DVRs. Turn your iPad or iPhone into command central for your TiVo DVR. Now you can search, browse, discover and share without ever interrupting the show you’re watching. Quickly surface new content, view guides, schedule and manage recordings, get recommendations, or dig deeper into a particular actor’s entire resume—all using intuitive, gesture-based interaction.

What’s New in Version 1.9

New features for iPad:
-Graphical full-screen Browse experience that makes it much faster and easier to find new shows and movies
-Collapsible folders

New features for iPhone:
-Added new retina images for iPhone displays
Other new features for both iPad and iPhone:
-Added “Keep Until I Delete” option for shows in My Shows
-Added recording options for shows set to record in the To Do List
-Create WishList for shows that aren’t airing right now
-Added My Shows, To Do List, Season Pass manager capability in Away mode for Series4 DVRs
-Added To Do List/Season Pass manager capability for Series3 DVRs
-Make Away mode more resilient to network drops
-Can use app while Season Pass recordings are reprioritizing
-Added new icons to My Shows
-Add live TV padding notification when recording a live event on TV
-Added Facebook single sign-on for easier Facebook login
Multiple performance enhancements and bug fixes including:
-Guide scrolling ahead by days bug fixed
-Allow background music to continue playing while using the app

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Virgin and the BBC have joined forces to bring Red Button services to Virgin’s Tivo customers starting next year.


The apps will be BBC Sport and BBC News.

Jane Weedon, BBC Future Media controller of business development said: “With its pioneering BBC iPlayer service now available on more than 300 different internet-connected TV devices, the BBC has successfully taken catch-up TV beyond the PC and into the living room.

“Having partnered with Virgin Media to bring BBC iPlayer to TV back in 2008, we have since brought a vastly-improved, fully-integrated experience of BBC iPlayer to Virgin Media’s TiVo Service. With the addition of the BBC News app and enhanced BBC Sport services – all accessible via the Red Button – we plan to build on this partnership and continue to innovate in connected TV through 2012.”

TiVo have just announced a Remote app for the Apple iPad for use with the TiVo Premiere.

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Here is how TiVo describe the TiVo App for iPad:


The TiVo® App for iPad is a fun and FREE new companion for your TiVo box that lets you search, browse, discover and share without ever interrupting what you’re watching.

Now you can quickly surface new content, view guides, schedule and manage recordings, get recommendations, or investigate a particular actor’s entire resume—all using intuitive, gesture-based iPad interaction. It even enables you to post comments about a specific show or movie on your Twitter or Facebook page. It’s an innovative new way of interacting with your TiVo while you’re kicking back on the couch, or on the road.

It’s command central for your Premiere
  • Browse full-screen program guide without interrupting playback
  • Schedule one-time recordings and Season Pass® recordings
  • Start watching a show with the flick of a finger
  • Browse your recorded shows and quickly launch a video on your TiVo Premiere
  • Search across broadcast TV and TiVo’s premium broadband providers—like Netflix and Amazon Video On Demand—and see integrated results
  • Explore cast and crew while watching a show
  • Post about what you’re watching on your Facebook page or Twitter account
  • Intuitive-gesture based remote control or classic TiVo remote interface
  • Manage Season Pass recordings and the To-Do List
  • Schedule, Search and Browse for shows while you’re out of the house

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Below is a video showing the TiVo App for iPad in action:

TiVo iPad Remote App demo

Unfortunately we don’t have TiVo in the UK so this is once again for our US friends only.

To learn more, visit the TiVo website.

Back in March, HP released the HP MediaSmart Expander for TiVo add-in for Windows Home Server – today they release an update.

I have not used the original add-in as I don’t have a TiVo, but you can read all about the add-in here: http://connecteddigitalworld.com/2010/03/10/hp-mediasmart-expander-for-tivo-add-in-for-windows-home-server/

Here is what HP said about the add-in:

With a high-definition (HD) DVR from TiVo, consumers can record and pause live TV, and access the world’s largest on-demand video store to watch hit movies, TV shows, music videos and cool web videos.

With the new software application, which is offered at no charge to MediaSmart server owners, TiVo customers can:

— transfer shows from TiVo to a HP MediaSmart Server and back to TiVo

— view TiVo recordings stored on a HP MediaSmart Server

— watch TiVo recordings that are stored on the HP MediaSmart Server on any PC in the home using Windows Media Player

This update will allow customers to schedule series recordings of their favourite programs and have them automatically copied over to their MediaSmart Server.


Once you have downloaded the add-in, just copy it to your add-ins folder and install in the usual way.

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You will notice that it installs a new entry on the Data Vault list.

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You have to accept the EULA:

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As you can see, in my case no TiVo was found – that’s because I don’t have one. If you did, information would be here and you could use it.

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And there is also a configuration screen.

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As I mentioned, I don’t have a TiVO that I could test this on, here in the UK we just don’t have them.

Do you use this add-in? If so, tell us what you think of it?

As before, this add-in is free.

The add-in can be found here: http://www.hp.com/united-states/consumer/everyday-computing/mediasmartserver/us/en/index.html

HP have today announced the release of two free add-ins for Windows Home Server. Ok, one new add-in and one update.



The first is an update to our previously released TiVo add-in.  This update will allow customers to schedule series recordings of their favourite programs and have them automatically copied over to their MediaSmart Server or Data Vault.

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You can check out our article here: http://connecteddigitalworld.com/2010/07/13/update-to-hp-mediasmart-expander-for-tivo-add-in-for-windows-home-server/


The second is a new add-in – Easy USB Transfer.  Easy USB Transfer will allow the contents from a connected USB drive to be copied directly over to the MediaSmart Server or Data Vault.  This capability is a great benefit for customers who routinely create large amounts of data (i.e. a photo or video shoot).  Easy USB Transfer can be used as part of their normal workflow to offload the data for editing, backup, or to free up the USB drive for the next job.

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Check out our review here: http://connecteddigitalworld.com/2010/07/13/review-of-the-hp-easy-usb-transfer-add-in-for-windows-home-server/

Other things to know about both add-ins is that they will only work with HP MediaSmart Servers running the 3.0 update or later, or the HP DataVault servers.

The add-ins can be found here: http://www.hp.com/united-states/consumer/everyday-computing/mediasmartserver/us/en/index.html

It’s nice to see HP releasing more updates – I wonder if we will see anything else from them before Vail hits the streets? And no, I don’t have a release date, but you have to imagine that HP will be spending a lot of time on the new version of Windows Home Server and less time on the current release. Hopefully I will be proven wrong!

If you thought TiVo might be an alternative for recording TV and cable to your WHS you may want to take a few minutes and read this.

©1998-2010 TiVo Inc. All rights reserved. TiVo and the TiVo logo are registered trademarks of TiVo Inc. and its subsidiaries worldwide.

Understanding Copy Protection – Why?

The main “thing” to understand is that the service provider (Charter in my case) is the determining factor in selecting which shows have what is called Copy Protection. Some of you may not be aware of how this affects you.

If you use an antenna and TV tuner or a product like the HDHomeRun with your PC, then anything you record (over the air – OTA like VHF and UHF) is Copy Freely, by definition. Copy Freely is free programming you can move and copy wherever you want.  If you have a Windows Home Server you can even tell your Windows Media Center PC to move those OTA TV shows to the WHS. Once those shows are on the WHS you can then watch them from ANY PC with Windows Media Center on your network. It works the way God and Bill planned it to work.


If you have cable service and “premium channels” you need a CableCARD and a CableCARD compatible tuner to watch and record shows through Windows Media Center. The original ATI CableCARD tuner, the new Ceton card, the HDHomeRun CableCARD tuner and TiVo all work and function the same way. All these devices take their Copy Control Information (CCI) from the service provider via your CableCARD. This means that no matter which CableCARD device you use, you are pretty much stuck watching it on the PC that recorded it. If you already have a set-top-box (STB) or cable DVR, which already has a built-in CableCARD and Tuning Adapter, then you do not see any of these background tags since the programming never leaves the STB. Things only get Copy Protected once you record them with a PC or TiVo.

From Wiki at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copy_Control_Information

The two most popular flags used are Copy Freely and Copy Once. Copy Freely is essentially no flag at all, while Copy Once means that a DVR can make one copy, but no more copies can be made. The best examples of these in use are in regards to the TiVo HD and Windows Media Center. A show that is marked Copy Once can not be transferred to another TiVo via the Multi-Room Viewing feature and can not be transferred to the computer via TiVoToGo. In regards to Windows Media Center, shows marked Copy Once can only be played on the same PC in which they were recorded and the directly connected to an Extenders for Media Center like the Xbox 360 — ATI Digital Cable Tuner must be running firmware 1.19.12 or Copy Freely is treated like Copy Once.

So which channels are “Copy Freely” and which are “Copy Protected”? As a general rule of thumb anything over the air (OTA) is usually Copy Freely while channels like HBO, Discovery, HDNet, SyFy are Copy Protected. Again, your service provider makes the determination so you just have to deal with how they tag each show. Yes, Copy Protection is not just by channel, it can be by show too!

Do not be frustrated with your equipment as the PC, tuners and network all take their orders from the CableCARD!

For more information see the review of the ATI CableCARD tuner I wrote last year at:


TiVo and Copy Protection – What does this mean?

TiVo works very similar to a HTPC or Media Center PC. With TiVo you also need the CableCARD in the back of the TiVo and (possibly) a Tuning Adapter. Based on the Copy Protection as described above, your TiVo, while it functions perfectly as a set-top-box, will not give you any advantage over a CableCARD tuner connected to your PC.

©1998-2010 TiVo Inc. All rights reserved. TiVo and the TiVo logo are registered trademarks of TiVo Inc. and its subsidiaries worldwide.

So you have to pay $299 for the base TiVo unit and $12.95 per month for the TiVo service. You also need to have an existing cable connection, Tuning Adapter and a CableCARD which ranges from $2-$5 per month. In addition, if you want to record to a PC you have to pay $24.95 for the software to convert the “non-Copy Protected” files to another PC a portable format. Fortunately for HP users the WHS Add-In is free!

Here is some of the fine print:

Files with digital rights management (DRM) or other copy protection are not supported.

* CableCARD required for receipt of digital cable service. Additional fees may apply from your cable provider.

** Broadband Internet connection required for video downloads. Additional third-party fees may apply.

† TiVo Desktop or TiVo Desktop Plus required. TiVo Desktop Plus sold separately.

I just verified on the TiVo site that anything with “Copy Protection” (Charter puts it on almost every channel) will not be shared with PCs connected to TiVo. This is not really a shocker but I did have to look around to find it. The TiVo will work similar to my ATI CableCARD tuner in that only the basic OTA network stations will be free from Copy Protection. Any other channels, like SyFy, HDNet, HBO etc. will not be able to be shared, viewable on other PCs or even encoded for portable devices.

Directly from the TiVo website I found: http://www.tivo.com/mytivo/product-features/dvr-to-go/index.html

Not all programs may be transferred using the Multi-Room Viewing or TiVoToGo features due to the use of copy protection mechanisms permitted under the FCC’s encoding rules. Some shows cannot be transferred due to the copy protection assigned them by the program provider. These shows usually are marked with a red circle-slash icon. (47 C.F.R. 76.1904)

Get used to the Red Circles. They are everywhere!

©1998-2010 TiVo Inc. All rights reserved. TiVo and the TiVo logo are registered trademarks of TiVo Inc. and its subsidiaries worldwide.

I am not bashing TiVo, but they do not leave me a lot to work with here. So ok, the TiVo has some good scheduling options but not much more than Windows Media Center considering the price. If there is some great part of TiVo I left out I would be glad to hear about it!

I am heading to my sisters soon to install the HP Add-In on her LX195 and see if her TiVo will record to it. If it does I will try the playback on the Dell Zino I bought her. I will write an article next month on that topic!

The TiVo Add-In only seems to be for the 3.0 Software!


©1998-2010 TiVo Inc. All rights reserved. TiVo and the TiVo logo are registered trademarks of TiVo Inc. and its subsidiaries worldwide.

Dave and the guys over at the Home Server Show have released podcast number 80!


Here’s what Dave had to say about this weeks show:

The Home Server Show 80

In today’s episode we go over all the latest news and releases for Windows Home Server.  HP and Tivo are in the news and is Avast for WHS recognizing their new 5.0 client?  Add-In updates and more.

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Avast for WHS recognizing the new 5.0 clients?

HP and Tivo

WHS Health

WHS Quicken, Quickbooks, Add-In Central

Chris’s favorite financial program, Mint.com

Microsoft Discussions on defragmenting WHS

MS Forums thread on defragmenting


I wonder if we will be mentioned this week :-)

Tim suggested we start a drinking game!


Yesterday we told you that HP had launched a new Add-In for Windows Home Server called the HP MediaSmart Expander for TiVo that enables TiVo owners to manage their content from their HP MediaSmart Windows Home Servers.

One of the questions we have been asked a few times since yesterday is how to obtain the add-in if you are a TiVo owner outside of the US. I was surprised as I didn’t think there were that many outside the US, but we have an answer.

Rather than going through the Windows Home Server Console and following the steps, you can download the add-in directly to your computer from here: http://www.hp.com/united-states/consumer/everyday-computing/mediasmartserver/add-ins/HPTivoExpanderAddin.msi

You can then install the add-in “the old fashioned way”. If you want to know how to do that, you can click here: How to install or remove an Add-in for Windows Home Server

Also, it has been confirmed that you can install this add-in on ANY HP MediaSmart EX series Windows Home Server.

HP are releasing a free Add-In for Windows Home Server called the HP MediaSmart Expander for TiVo.

This free Add-In will allow TiVo owners to manage their content from their HP MediaSmart Windows Home Servers.




Here is the full press release from HP:

PALO ALTO, Calif., March 10, 2010 – HP today made available HP MediaSmart Expander for TiVo®, a new software application that lets TiVo DVR(1) owners manage video content from an HP MediaSmart Server.(2)

With a high-definition (HD) DVR from TiVo, consumers can record and pause live TV, and access the world’s largest on-demand video store to watch hit movies, TV shows, music videos and cool web videos.

With the new software application, which is offered at no charge to MediaSmart server owners, TiVo customers can:

— transfer shows from TiVo to a HP MediaSmart Server and back to TiVo

— view TiVo recordings stored on a HP MediaSmart Server

— watch TiVo recordings that are stored on the HP MediaSmart Server on any PC in the home using Windows Media Player

Based on the Microsoft Windows® Home Server platform, the HP MediaSmart Server is a central repository for automatically backing up and accessing digital music, videos, photos and documents from multiple computers on a home network.(3)

The HP MediaSmart Server automatically organizes files across all Windows and Mac computers, streams media across a home network and the Internet,(4) and publishes photos to popular social networking and photo sharing sites.

“The HP MediaSmart Server is the ideal companion to TiVo. With the HP MediaSmart Expander for TiVo, consumers don’t have to worry about running out of high-definition storage space since they can save their movies and shows on the HP MediaSmart Server and watch them on any computer in the home,” said Jason Zajac, vice president of Attach, HP Personal Systems Group. “Plus, consumers will benefit from all of the additional features the HP MediaSmart Server provides, such as backing up all Windows and Mac computers.”

Pricing and availability

The free HP MediaSmart Expander for TiVo application can be accessed through the Windows Home Server Console of the HP MediaSmart Server EX90/EX495 and HP Data Vault.

(1) Requires TiVo DVR Series II, Series III, TiVo Premier and TiVo desktop software.

(2) Compatible with HP MediaSmart Servers EX490/EX495. HP MediaSmart Server, PCs and TiVo DVR must be on the same network.

Whilst it is really great to see HP coming out with some more Add-Ins for Windows Home Server, especially free ones, it’s just a shame they release one that pretty much does the same thing as TiVO Publisher for WHS. Also, its a bit of poor timing what with the announcement this week that TiVo’s Q4 2009 results were a loss of $10.2 million.

Still, anything that adds to Windows Home Server cannot be a bad thing!

I don’t have a TiVo here in the UK, they never really took off, so any of our US readers that have one and try this add-in, let us know what you think – and why not consider writing a review for us?

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D-Link today introduced its next-generation PowerLine adapter kit, an ideal solution for connecting computers, high-definition (HD) media players, game consoles, network attached storage (NAS), and Internet content throughout the home.

D-Link DHP-303

With the new D-Link PowerLine HD Ethernet Adapter Starter Kit (DHP-303) anyone can take advantage of existing home electrical wiring to create or extend a network. The kit includes two PowerLine wall plugs/ adapters. The DHP-303 turns every power outlet in the home into a wall-to-wall network for connecting when connected to a switch or wireless access point.

With simple plug-and-play installation, the DHP-303 is ideal for connecting an Ethernet-enabled digital media device such as TiVo or Slingbox to the home network and the Internet. It also allows users to connect gaming consoles like the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 or Nintendo Wii to the Internet. The device will automatically be displayed in Microsoft Windows Vista’s Network Map. Users also can check the DHP-303’s performance via a built-in LED.

The PowerLine Adapter, with simple push-button activation, implements Triple Data Encryption Standard (3DES) for securing connections and keeping data safe from intruders. To create a secure connection the user simply pushes a button on one adapter, then goes to another room and pushes a button on the other adapter. It also offers Quality of Service (QoS) support to help prioritize data and enable smooth video streaming and lag-free gaming.

Key Features and Benefits

· Uses home’s existing electrical wiring

· Streams HD media across the network

· Up to 200Mbps throughput

· Connects computers, game consoles and multimedia

devices to the Internet

· Plugs into existing power outlets

· QoS support helps prioritize Internet traffic

· Extends wireless LAN by connecting an access point

to achieve stronger wireless signals in remote areas

· Supports enhanced network security

· Simple plug-and-play installation

· Power-saving mode

· Simple push-button security

· LED for easy monitoring

· Microsoft Windows Vista “network map” locator 


The DHP-303 is available now and retails for $139.99 in the US and £120.00 in the UK.

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