Wanna Watch My TiVo?
by Erica Sadun
What I've done is this: I've hooked the output of my TiVo into my ADVC-100 video converter and from there into my Macintosh. That means whenever I video chat, you see (and hear) my TiVo instead of seeing (and hearing) me. IM me with the show you want to see and we're good to go. This may be madness, this may be unwise, but I'm curious to know how this all plays out.
Want to share shows in the other direction? I'd love to watch TV from foreign countries! To date, my longest distance iChat TV experiences have been with Japan, England and Australia.
Interested? If so, you'll need:
* A fairly recent Mac
* A semi-decent broadband connection
* iChat AV
* Some sort of video feed (preferably from your TV! but any feed will do)
Send me a brief e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let me know your iChat ID and what kind of shows or movies you'd like to see. Although I'd love to have enough time in my life to write an automatic response system in AppleScript and to hack up an IR blaster to control the TiVo, well, I don't have that time. I've got to do it all manually right now. I'm not always around, but I'll try to respond to (polite) e-mails in a timely fashion.
Watch this space. I'll report back periodically on how the experiment went...
Now Playing: "Doctor Who"
What do you think? Is a virtual visit legally the same as a physical one?