TiVo Desktop Software Stops Being Free Next Month

Paul Lilly

TiVo's Desktop platform is about to switch to a paid pricing model.

Ruh roh Shaggy, time is quickly running out to grab the free version of TiVo's Desktop software for PC. Starting June 5, 2013, the free version will no longer be available to download, so if you want to listen to music and view photos on your TV, or transfer shows from your TiVo DVR to your PC -- all of which the free Desktop software allows -- you'll have to download the software before the deadline. Even then you could still end up having to pay a subscription, depending on your operating system.

After June 5th, you'll still be able to use the free software, provided you're running a compatible OS earlier than Windows 8. Those who plan to use their Windows 8 box will have to upgrade to TiVo Desktop Plus for $16, which is $9 less than it used to be.

"TiVo Desktop Plus works with Microsoft Windows 8 and gives you all of the same features of the regular TiVo Desktop software for the PC. Plus it allows you to transfer shows to your portable devices and transfer web videos to your TiVo DVR," TiVo explains on its FAQ page .

For the full experience that TiVo Desktop has to offer, you'll need at least a 2.2GHz Pentium 4 processor, 1GB of RAM, and 5GB of disk space plus an additional 5GB for ever every of HD programs you transfer.

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