TiVo Desktop 1.0 has been released, which lets you stream photos and music from your Mac over a network to a TiVo PVR (personal video recorder). It requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later, iTunes 3.0.1 or greater, and iPhoto 2 or later on the Mac side, and a Series2 TiVo with the $99 extra Home Media Option activated.
On January 7 TiVo announced that the company would be incorporating Apple’s Rendezvous networking. Rendezvous enables users to create an instant network of computers without having to assign individual addresses or use additional servers or other technology. Supported in Mac OS X 10.2, the technology works with a variety of networkable devices.
Jim Barton, co-founder and CTO for TiVo, said in January that TiVo’s upcoming premium service package will use Rendezvous technology to automatically discover Macs within the home network and determine which services they provide, allowing customers to listen to their shared music or view their shared photos on their TV.
TiVo Desktop 1.0 installs as a preference pane and gives you the option of publishing your entire iTunes music library or particular playlists. It also offers the option of publishing your entire iPhoto library or specific photo albums.