Rolling your own media center? Trying to figure out what software to use? The number of available choices went up by one today as Nero, famous for their burning software, released a TiVo kit for the desktop computer. TiVo has long been hailed as the darling of the DVR world, and people have wondered almost since its inception when, or even if, they’d be able to use the software on their desktop computers.
The package runs $199 and includes the software, a Hauppage USB digital broadcast tuner, an IR receiver, a TiVo remote control, and one year of service. If you’ve already followed our handy guides and built your own HTPC, you can snag the software only (and the one yeat TiVo subscription) for just $99.
While it does include some handy features, such as the ability to reencode recordings to be playable on an iPod or PSP, there is yet no word as to whether the software will support CableCARDs. It looks like it may not run well on low-end hardware, however, as some users have already reported trouble while testing the software on a modern laptop; Nero simply said that it was optimized for quad-core PCs. No surprise, given the video encoding required. In all, it’s not that pricey for what you get, and it’s nice to see some serious competitors start to heat up the HTPC software space.