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Reading Email on Your TiVo

What’s the point of a network connection if you can’t read your email?

For many people these days, reading email is like breathing itself. The first thing they do with a network connection is grab their email. Why should your networked TiVo [Hack #49] be any different?

It shouldn’t, or so answers Douglas Mayle with TPOP (http://www.networkhackers.com/tpop/), his POP3 email client for TiVo. TPOP queries a standard POP3 email server over your network connection, slurping new mail messages into TiVo’s built-in message queue (Messages & Setup Read New Messages), which is reasonably well-suited to repurposing in this way.

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As the name suggests, TPOP doesn’t do IMAP. That’s a pity, given that IMAP seems better suited for the task, keeping its message store on the mail server rather than locally on your TiVo.


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