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Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by mm2margaret, Dec 11, 2013.

  1. mm2margaret

    mm2margaret Meagan

    Dec 7, 2010
    My new Roamio, the "device to rule them all" as in play anything and everything does not seem to know how to play MP4 files. The only way I can play them is convert them to MPEG2 files.

    Am I doing something wrong, or is Tivo just full of it with their advertising? Because if the Roamio can't play MP4 files, it's abilities to handle lots of different file types like you would see with Internet and streaming TV is, well, nothing.

    Anybody know anything about this?
  2. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

    Apr 17, 2000
    For now the only way to do this is to either purchase TiVo Desktop Plus or use pyTiVo. TD+ costs $15 and honestly doesn't work all that great, but it should work with most of your files. pyTiVo works a lot better, but can be a serious PITA to install and get running. Especially for someone who's not computer savvy.

    Once TiVo opens the Opera store we may have access to a DLNA app which can play these files more directly.
  3. takeagabu

    takeagabu New Member

    Oct 7, 2007
    I use vuze, which is really easy to set up and use.

    It's a torrent client, but you can drag and drop any files from your computer into the listings for your tivo under the "device manager," and it transcodes them and they immediately show up in a folder on your now playing list so you can transfer them to the tivo.

    But beware, you need to do an advanced installation and decline to install tons of crapware.
  4. jcthorne

    jcthorne Well-Known Member

    Jan 28, 2002

    push mp4 files to the TiVo all the time.
  5. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

    Jul 6, 2006
    Dayton OH
    True, but almost anyone with a little patience can get enough help to get it done, either on this forum, or preferably on the pyTivo forum:
    For Windows a good starting point is the Windows Install instructions on the pyTivo Wiki:
    AFAIK these instructions are reasonably up to date. And if you have problems, get help on the pyTivo forum.

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