Can you copy movies on your TiVo to your computer?

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by rasmasyean, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. rasmasyean

    rasmasyean New Member

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    What format would it be in? Would you be able to play it in WMP or iTunes?
     
  2. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

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    Where did you record them from? If from premium channels, e.g. HBO, then likely not (copy protected).

    If you're on Windows, there is official free Tivo software to do transfers.

    If you're on a Mac, the official solution is to buy Toast, but AFAIK, that only allows transfer-and-recompression in one step.. Can't just transfer it raw.

    If you're on ANY of the platforms, including Linux, you can use kmttg or other third party software.
     
  3. aadam101

    aadam101 Tell me a joke

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    NOTHING is copy protected where I live on Verizon FIOS. Admittedly I didn't even really understand what it was until recently because I had never experienced it.
     
  4. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    You can transfer recordings to/from PC or another Tivo, unless its copy-protected by the cable co.'s cable card.

    If you never have transferred before, you need to go to your tivo.com and login to your account, under DVR Preferences, check on TRANSFERS and DOWNLOADS. Then in your Tivo menu, go to your network/phone screen and make a Tivo connection.

    You can use Tivo Desktop (free), the Plus version is $25 and that just adds mobile devices and a few file extensions, such as .avi.

    You can also get PyTivo which does more, pull (download), push (sends to Tivo), or you can pull from the Tivo. it also can be set for multiple folders, where as Desktop is limited to 1. PyTivo is more for the advanced users and Desktop for the novice.
     
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    tomhorsley Well-Known Member

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  6. rasmasyean

    rasmasyean New Member

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    Is there a way to push videos to the Desktop (from the TiVo)? Sort of so the Desktop acts like a "media storage"?
     
  7. aadam101

    aadam101 Tell me a joke

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    No, but the desktop software has an option to auto transfer an entire series.
     
  8. vurbano

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    I have no problem transferring any premium channel. If fact that is about all I transfer for backup, usually HBO series to Bluray using FIOS
     
  9. rasmasyean

    rasmasyean New Member

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    Ha, lucky you! I just did my first HBO recording and it says "This recording is copy protected and cannot be transferred." :( I have RCN.
     
  10. danjw1

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    This is decided by the Cable company, most likely in consultation with the content providers. I use Comcast and they are now blocking both Encore and HBO, which are the two movie channels I get. I can transfer regular cable shows (ie. USA network) and the broadcast channels.
     
  11. Dr_Diablo

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    what's a shame is movies you've bought from a provider/Amazon are still copyprotected, thus can't be moved to your PC for storage
     
  12. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    You can safely delete the Amazon purchased videos and remove them from the Recently Deleted Folder as well. You can go to the amazon.com site and have the videos re-downloaded back to the TiVo at a later date.
     
  13. rasmasyean

    rasmasyean New Member

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    Can you download it to "another device" though...assuming you're not going a TiVo forever.
     
  14. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    You can download to any of you devices that are listed on your Amazon account.
     
  15. myblubu

    myblubu New Member

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    I have Time Warner & don't have any premium channels (like HBO, etc.), but whenever I record any of the HD channels (like TBS, TNT, etc.) , I can't transfer them to another Tivo box, they are copy protected - is that normal?
     
  16. dwit

    dwit Active Member

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    Time Warner, as a cable system, and as a content provider(owns TBS, TNT, and others), is very diligent in "protecting" their copywritten properties. Any way or time that they can legally prevent the copying of their material, they will do so.
     
  17. myblubu

    myblubu New Member

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    Interesting.

    the Non-HD channels (including TBS, TNT, etc.) are not copy protected, only the HD ones. I can transfer the non-HD shows between my Tivos.

    I was going to complain to TWC about not being able to transfer the HD shows, but I guess that wouldn't go anywhere. I guess they wouldn't be interested in helping a Tivo customer not using their equipment.
     
  18. windracer

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    Most likely because those are analog channels. I can transfer anything from channels 1-99 with MRV, but anything higher than 100 (except for the local stations) is copy-protected.
     

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