But subscribers won't be able to watch just any program on their laptops. TiVo has designed the to-go service to shun content that uses Macrovision copy protection technology, including pay-per-view and video-on-demand programming and commercial DVDs.
To transfer television programs onto a laptop, a subscriber must install the no-cost TiVo Desktop software on the portable computer. The system encrypts the program during the transfer, so subscribers must use a password to decrypt and play back the show.
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