Friday, October 21, 2005

Transfer video from your TiVo to your video iPod

The new iPod plays video. You all know that I'm sure. So what kind of video can you put on it? Apple is hoping, obviously, that you'll download TV shows and short films from the new Videos section of iTunes. (Maybe iTunes should be rebranded iMedia or something). So you pay Apple $1.99 and you have your video. TV shows will be available the day after they air on TV. Seems like a decent deal. Trouble is, they've currently only got a deal with Disney, who owns the ABC network. This means you get to download the latest episodes of "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives", but you don't get all the shows you want.

Have no fear! TiVo to the rescue! Dave Zatz from engadget has cooked up a very nice how-to for us on how to get your TiVo shows off your TiVo and onto your PC, where you can then use some free software to convert the show to MPEG-4 format. Can be a lengthy process, but your little iPod hard drive will thank you, as MPEG-4 is much more compact than the pod-busting MPEG-2 encoding used on your TiVo. When can I get a TiVo that will decode MPEG-4?? Anyone have any leads on that? Post a comment!

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