Summary: This tutorial will explain how you can play TiVo files via Plex without issues.
I have had some MP4 files shown up in Plex with no problem. However, when I got some TiVo recordings, I found Plex doesn't seem to recognize TiVo format. Any fix to play TiVo recordings via Plex without issue? Actually, solution is never far behind. Google turns up several results. Now I will share the best way to make Plex to play TiVo files perfectly.
TiVo is an encrypted video format, that’s why few media players can play it well and some freeware can’t handle it. In order to scan and play TiVo files with Plex, workable solution is to encode TiVo to Plex Media Server with a video app like Brorsoft Video Converter.
Overall, the program can be used as a utility to convert TiVo to Plex friendly MP4 videos and more regular file format like mkv, avi, mpg, mov, .wmv, flv, etc with high quality and fast encoding speed. Besides TiVo shows, it can also help you encode/re-encode almost all videos including AVI, MKV, VOB, MPG, MOV, MTS etc. for playback on PC, Android/Windows 8/iOS based tablet/phone to meet your different needs. It has an equivalent Mac version Video Converter for Mac to aid you to solve TiVo to Plex incompatible issues on Mac OS X. Download it below and follow the tips below to convert TiVo to Plex Media Server easily.
Guide: Convert TiVo recordings to Plex friendly video
1. Load TiVo files > Launch the ideal TiVo to Plex Converter. Click "Add" button on the main interface to load your TiVo files to the program. (Drag&Drop function is included.)
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.
2. Select output format > Click "Format" and choose MP4 from "Common Video" as output format, the most compatible video format for Plex.
Tip: Simply click Settings bar and you can tweak the settings to your satisfaction. With the right settings you can retain the quality of the original videos while also saving space. This is particularly helpful when streaming over your network, depending on your network quality.
3. Start converting TiVo to Plex > Finally, hit the "Convert" button at the bottom of the main interface to start the conversion. It will automatically convert TiVo files to Plex Media Server compatible video files with the best quality.
After the conversion, click "Open" to quickly find the converted movies. Then, Plex Media Server will recognize, play and stream the TiVo files beautifully.
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