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I have a Tivo series 3 and it seems that shows on some channels (like HBO) are protected and thus you can't download to your machine with Tivo Desktop. Is there anyway around this?

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They're "protected" for this exact reason. They don't want you to move them to your computer.

You'd have to look into some kind of DRM circumvention, and I'm not going into that.

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If your from the US just use Hulu or Veoh, there must be some application that intercepts their stream.

If you only want to watch them on your computer: problem solved!

If you live outside the US: though luck...

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If you use a non-digital (so, not HDMI) to output the show to a video capture device or card, you should be able to record the show just fine.

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