HP releases MediaSmart add-in for TiVo, step-by-step guide

    MediaSmart Expansion for TiVo

    Earlier today HP released an awesome new add-in for their MediaSmart Home Servers. The MediaSmart Expander for TiVo allows you to copy your favourite recordings to the MediaSmart so running out of storage should never be an issue again. Another feature is the ability to stream those shows from your PC back through your TiVo to your TV.

    This means you’ll never need to fork out for that Western Digital 1TB Expander drive, your own storage that you’ve already invested in. The only downside is the transfer is a manual one. So you’ll need to open the Home Server Console Periodically and transfer the show you wish to keep, then delete them from the TiVo. While that may seem annoying, the upside is the storage amount is only limited to the size of your Home Server array, which as you know is easily upgradable.

    This Add-in is supported on HP MediaSmart EX490/EX495 and HP DataVault X510 models, earlier models are not compatible. On the TiVo side you’ll need a Series II, Series III, TiVo Premier. Both Australian TiVo models will work. One more caveat is that both the TiVo and MediaSmart must be on the same network. In the standard home setup, this isn’t an issue.

    If you in the US, you’ll see a new Add-in available in the Settings screen of the Home Server Console. If your outside of the US, then head over to and download the Add-in manually.

    Step 1 – Setup
    Copy the HPTivoExpanderAddin.msi file into the Software/Add-ins folder on your Home Server. 

    Step 2 – Install the add-in
    Open the Windows Home Server Console, click Settings in the top-right corner.

    Home Server Console Settings - click for larger version

    Step 3 – Activate
    Select the MediaSmart Add-in and click install. Once finished installing the Home Server Console will need to restart.

    The next time you launch it, you’ll notice the addition of the HP MediaSmart Expander for TiVO© item to the left-hand side menu.

    Step 4 – Configure
    There’s very minor configuration required before the devices can talk to one another. Simply click on the Configuration button at the top-right and enter your TiVo Media Access Key, available from your account page on

    MediaSmart Expansion for TiVo

    MediaSmart Expansion for TiVo

    Step 5 – Select
    Once configured you’ll see the files stored on your TiVo. To transfer files to your MediaSmart, select each file (holding CTRL+click for multiple), when your ready to go, click the Transfer Selected Files button.

    Once the Transfer is in progress, go make yourself a coffee, or 10.. this process is not fast. When complete the files (shows) will display in the third tab Files on Server where they can be deleted if you wish, or simply browse to the folder and delete them like normal files.

    MediaSmart Expansion for TiVo

    Step 6 – Location and Playback
    After some investigation I discovered the files are actually transferred to \MEDIASMARTRecorded TVtivo. If you’d like to playback the files, you’ll need the TiVo Desktop software installed on your machine.

    MediaSmart Expansion for TiVo

    Step 7 – Watch on TV
    Another option, and probably the more common, is for playback through the TiVo to your TV. To play the files (now located on your MediaSmart, scroll right to the bottom of your Now Playing list and you’ll find a new item called HP MediaSmart Server (MEDIASMART) where MEDIASMART is the name of your server.

    MediaSmart Expansion for TiVo

    That’s it, that’s all there is.. well except for an nice little easter egg.. those guys at HP seem to love them. Discovered by the guys over at, if you double-right click on the TiVo DVRs Found section, you get a 4th tab Team Info.

    MediaSmart TiVo Easter Egg

    In other news.. while hunting around HP site today I noticed, the HP EX490 MediaSmart Servers have dropped in price. I paid A$899 for mine only a few months back, they are now A$749.

    HP EX490 MediaSmart Price Drop

    More info @

    Jason Cartwright
    Jason Cartwright
    Creator of techAU, Jason has spent the dozen+ years covering technology in Australia and around the world. Bringing a background in multimedia and passion for technology to the job, Cartwright delivers detailed product reviews, event coverage and industry news on a daily basis. Disclaimer: Tesla Shareholder from 20/01/2021

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