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4. Bring the Internet to TiVo > 53. Fetching Files from the Web

Fetching Files from the Web

Now that TiVo has high-speed Internet access, let’s download some files from the Web.

While we now have our TiVo online [Hack #49] and can telnet to the box [Hack #52], there’s still no good way to move files to and from TiVo without doing so via the serial interface using rz/sz [Hack #36].

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While rz/sz [Hack #36] will happily move files over the serial line, they don’t play nicely with non-8-bit connections like the telnet interface.

Let’s think about this for a bit. How does TiVo itself download stuff? Those software updates, for instance. It sets up a dialup-PPP connection to TiVo, Inc. and downloads files over HTTP. Why, then, can’t we simply use the same mechanism over our higher-class permanent network connection? Well, we can.


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