Your video looks like a standard DVD format mpeg2 except the audio is mp2 instead of ac3 -- but that should not bother your Tivo. My hunch is your 540 may not like the 720x480 format -- See this post. To test this we need to force pyTivo to transcode to 544x480 (with ffmpeg). To do that edit transcode.py (save the distributed original first) at line #211, which now reads: Code: suportedModes = [[720, 480], [704, 480], [544, 480], [480, 480], [352, 480]] Remove the [720,480] pair (and the ',' following it). There may still be issues with aspect ratio, letterboxing etc., which can be worked out later, but this should get something at 544x480 over to your 540.