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4. Bring the Internet to TiVo > 61. Watching Your Email

Watching Your Email

Is a picture indeed worth a thousand words? That depends on how many words are in the picture. Render your email as PNG images, suitable for viewing via the TiVo HMO’s photo sharing.

Series 2 users may not be able to check their email on their TiVo using TPOP [Hack #57], but this is nothing a little Perl scripting can’t fix. Tobias Hoellrich comes through again with mailrender.pl (http://www.kahunaburger.com/blog/archives/000052.html). The script runs every so often, fetches any new mail from your POP3 mail server, and renders email as PNG image files for display via TiVo’s Home Media Option (HMO) [Hack #63] on your TV.

In addition to Perl (http://www.perl.com) itself, you’ll need the following Perl modules, all freely downloadable from the Comprehensive Perl Archive Network (CPAN) at


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