Summary: Windows Media Player won't play .tivo files? This article discusses an easy way to get TV shows off TiVo and get the TiVo files playable with Windows Media Player. Check
Want to transfer the TiVo recordings to your computer and play with Windows Media Player? Unfortunately, you may find that Windows Media Player won't play .tivo files. The basic reason is that TiVo is an encrypted video format, that’s why Windows Media Player can’t handle it. Well, if you convert TiVo to WMV/AVI, etc common video that Windows Media Player can support, things can be much easier. Now I will outline a method to help those guys including you play TiVo in Windows Media Player easily.
As mentioned above, TiVo is an encrypted video format. Based on its specificity, some freeware can’t handle it. To convert TiVo files to Windows Media Player effortlessly, Brorsoft TiVo Video Converter is the optimal solution for you. It enables you batch convert TiVo files to WMV, AVI for Windows Media Player without quality loss. You should then be able to open, play the new file with Windows Media Player without any hassle. If you are running on Mac, please turn to its equivalent Mac version TiVo Converter for Mac.
And the full tutorial would be divided into two parts:
Part 1. Transfer TV shows from TiVo to PC;
Part 2. Convert TiVo to Windows Media Player compatible video.
Part 1. Transfer TV shows from TiVo to PC
Launch TiVo Desktop software on your PC. Connect TiVo to your home network, and then the TiVo Desktop will provide you with a list of shows for transferring to your PC. Then please transfer the TiVo TV shows you want to PC. Once all the shows you selected have been downloaded from your TiVo, they will appear in the Now Playing list in TiVo Desktop.
Part 2. Convert TiVo to Windows Media Player compatible video
Step 1: Start up this program, and then click “Add” to import all .tivo files.
Tip: When first loading, Brorsoft TiVo Converter will ask you to input your Media Access Key. Simply enter your Media Access Key, and click "OK" to confirm.
Step 2: Click the Format menu, select Windows Media Player friendly format as your output video format. There, you can take WMV as your output video format.
Tip: To adjust video and audio parameters like codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, you could click on "Settings" button.
Step 3: Click Convert button to start TiVo to WMV conversion for Windows Media Player. The conversion process will take a while, and you’ll see an encoding progress bar.
Once finished, click the Open button in the main interface and you can locate the encoded TiVo files effortlessly. And then you are able to transfer and play in Windows Media Player with ease.
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