New software turns PC into TiVo TV recorder

TiVo Inc. and Nero AG of Germany were set to declare Monday that they will be launching a package that turns a Windows PC into a TV recorder, just like a TiVo set-top box according to the Associated Press.

The kit will cost $199 when it goes on sale Oct. 15, and includes a remote and a TV tuner that plugs into the PC. The interface on the computer screen looks just like the one on a TV equipped with a TiVo box.

It’s not the first software that allows TV recording on the PC. That’s been possible for years on computers equipped with TV tuners, and some versions of Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Vista operating system include the necessary software. But it will be the first time that both the TiVo interface and functions have been simulated on a PC.

The Nero LiquidTV/TiVo PC will go on sale primarily in the U.S., Mexico and Canada, but it could unlock some markets where TiVo does not yet sell its set-top boxes. Joshua Danovitz, vice president and general manager of international business at TiVo, said the plan is to launch it in Europe next year, including in Nero’s home country, Germany. Britain is the only European country where TiVo currently has subscribers.