Watch Television Programs(.tivo) files using Windows Media Player

Diana Joan

Feb 27, 2015 08:43 am / Posted by Diana Joan

"I recorded a lot of television programs from Tivo Roamio DVR and I want to convert them to mp4 files so I could send them to my daughter who does not have a television. Then she will watch the MP4 files using Windows Media Player. I may also input the MP4 files to my video editing software, Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD. I am searching for such a TiVo converter, help me."

Play TiVo in Windows Media Player

As you know, the problem with TiVo files is that they are not always compatible with other multimedia programs and editing software you may want to use. As a result, it is required to convert the TiVo files to a decent format you need on your computer. Here we will quickly walk you through how to convert TiVo files to MP4 without quality loss and for free playback in Windows Media Player.

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It allows you to manually adjust output settings to customize the output video quality and file size.

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Part One. Transfer TiVo TV Programs to PC

If you haven't got TiVo recordings on your PC, you need to transfer TiVo to your PC first.

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 transfer the TiVo programs you like to your PC. Once all the TiVo files you selected have been downloaded from your TiVo, they will appear in the Now Playing list in TiVo Desktop. Download TiVo Desktop Plus and how to install and use.

Transfer Tivo To PC

Part Two. Convert TiVo files to MP4 for Playing in Windows Media Player

Step 1. Enter the Media Access Key and Import TiVo Recorded Videos

After launching this TiVo Converter, press "Option"icon first and enter TiVo Media Access Key to "Tivo" tab. Then hit the "Load file(s)"icon to import TiVo recorded videos to this TiVo converter.

Enter TiVo Media Access Key

How to find your Media Access Key on TiVo: Go to "TiVo Central" menu >> "Messages and Set Up" >> "Account and System Information", and you will see your Media Access Key there.

Step 2. Choose MP4 as the Output Format

Windows Media accepts many formats, here we just take MP4 for example. Click the "Format" bar to select MP4 as the output format. As you can see you can also choose depending on what device you will play in, like for Android and Apple products.

Choose MP4 for the TiVo Converter

Step 3. Start the Conversion from TiVo Files to MP4

Click the "Convert" button down to start Tivo to Windows Media Player conversion. It will take you a while. Once the process finished, you can find the output files easily by clicking "Open".

And then you are able to watch the MP4 files in Windows Media Player. Or other media players, portable devices, PC, Mac or video editing programs.

Read here to know how to add videos to Windows Media Player.


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