Best Way to Stream Blu-ray Movies to Tivo Bolt via Plex Media Server

Diana Joan

Dec 23, 2015 08:22 am / Posted by Diana Joan

With the Plex app on Tivo Bolt, you can now enjoy media stored on your computer or network-attached storage device right on the big screen. If you have invested large amount of money on your expensive Blu-ray disc and don't want to leave them there for fouling, it would be a good option for you to stream your favorite Blu-ray movies to Tivo Bolt via Plex Media Server.

Tivo Bolt

The problem here is can the Tivo Bolt play commercial Blu-ray disc, from Tivo' official web page, we can see that Tivo Bolt supported file formats include:
Windows Media Video(.wmv)
QuickTime Movie(*.mov)
MPEG-4/H.264(.mp4, .m4v, .mp4v)
MPEG-2(.mpg, .mpeg, .mp2, .mp2v, .mpv2)
Divx and Xvid (.avi, .divx)

From above lists, we can see you will be out of luck to directly watch Blu-ray movies on Tivo Bolt via Plex Media Server. To fix the problem, you will need to unlock and convert Blu-ray to Tivo Bolt supported file formats. If your Blu-ray movies are home made without copy protection, you can use Handbrake to get Tivo Bolt compatible MP4 format. However, if your Blu-ray disc movies are equipped with copy & region protection, you will need a specialist tool to assist to finish the task. One combo solution in handle called Pavtube BDMagic (Top 5 Blu-ray Rippers Review), which not only facilitates you to strip off the complicated region and copy protection from your Blu-ray disc, but also helps you to convert Blu-ray to Tivo Bolt best playable formats listed above.

If you are going to stream the Blu-ray movies with Tivo Bolt via Plex Media Server for watching your large screen TV, the program also gives you the chance to directly output Samsung/Sony/Panasonic/LG TV preset profile format so that you don't need to do any extra complicated profile settings.

Watch Blu-ray on Tivo Bolt with Dolby Digital 5.1

As the Tivo Bolt support Dobly Digital 5.1, however, a commercial Blu-ray may not only contain Dobly Digital, but also other audio streams such as LPCM as well as Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Lossless, DTS digital surround and DTS-HD audio formats which not be recognized by your Tivo Bolt AV receiver. To address that, you can use our program to transcode unsupported Blu-ray audio streams to Dolby Digital AC3 audio codec that can be recognized by Tivo Bolt.

Besides Tivo Bolt, you can also use our program to stream Blu-ray movies to other TV box such as Apple TV 4, Amazon Fire TV, Roku,, Navidia Shield TV, Nexus Player, Chromecast, etc via Plex Media Server.

For Mac users, navigate to download Pavtube BDMagic for Mac to get Tivo Bolt best playable formats on Mac OS X El Capitan.

How to convert commercial Blu-ray movies to Tivo Bolt?

Step 1: Load Blu-ray disc.

Insert your Blu-ray disc into an external Blu-ray drive, launch the program on your computer, click "File" > "Load from disc" to load Blu-ray disc to the program.

Load Blu-ray disc

Step 2: Set output format

Click the "Format bar", choose Tivo Bolt best playable format such as ""H.264 HD Video(*.mp4)" under "HD Video" main category. You can also choose to select other output file format.

Choose Tivo Bolt readable file format

Choose TV preset file format

To watch movies on TV via Plex Media Server interface on Tivo Bolt, you will need to choose TV customized file format according to your TV brand.

Pick TV optimized file format

Step 3: Carry out the conversion.

One click on the "Convert" on bottom right of the main UI to start Blu-ray to Tivo Bolt conversion process.

When the conversion is completed, click "Open Output Folder" to locate the folder where the converted files located. Then, you can set up and install your Plex Media Server on your Tivo Bolt, them add converted movies to Plex Media Server for streaming and watching on TV.

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