Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Tivo boxes serve webpages...

I just noticed this for the first time the other day. I have a series 2 Tivo and it's connected to my home network. So the other night I had iStumbler running with Growl on. I noticed http://dvr-e***.local/ on my network. (*** being the number of the box). I was wondering what this is. I have my Tivo connected to my computer, but I assumed that only files were being shared. I opened up firefox and went to that address... and behold I got a welcome screen from my Tivo. It says this:
"Congratulations!
You've successfully connected your TiVo® box to your home network, enabling a number of exciting new Home Media features:"
It then lists many features that Tivo has.

I know that Tivo is basically just a linux box (and that's why you have to take the hard drive out and run a few commands from a linux box to unlock it). Why would Tivo put this web server in it if it didn't have any other features? I really hope it does have other features that aren't publicized yet.

Of course the possibility does exist that the manual tells you all this, but I don't read manuals...

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