how to watch Tivo recordings downloaded to PC, With Fast forward,etc

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by BigOldArt, Feb 17, 2018.

  1. BigOldArt

    BigOldArt New Member

    Jun 12, 2014


    I purchased Tivo Desktop Plus a few years ago and recently used it for the first time to move a recording fro my Roamio to my PC.

    However, windows Media Player seems to only have <play> and <Pause>. Is there a free program to watch Tivo recordings on PCs that has controls like those on a Tivo? e.g. fast forward, fast forward at different speed, slow motion, back up, back up at different speed, etc.

    I tried converting to MP4. the video is about 1 tenth the size of the original but very indistinct.
  2. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

    Nov 25, 2003
  3. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

    Apr 6, 2000
    SF Bay Area
    When you have "Faster Transfer" enabled in Tivo Desktop, it will only download in TS format, not PS format. Everything TS will be in MPEG4 format while PS is MPEG2. However, if the show was recorded from a h.264 channel, you must use TS format. Usually this only happens with cable.

    You can decode .TiVo files with TivoDecode, which is included in KMTTG.
  4. jastavoss

    jastavoss Member

    Sep 15, 2012
    Will VLC work with Tivo files?
  5. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Well-Known Member

    May 6, 2002


    That is not true. While H.264/MPEG4 can only be downloaded in TS, an MPEG2 TiVo recording can be downloaded in TS and it will still be MPEG2, just in a TS container.
  6. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

    Jul 6, 2006
    Dayton OH
    Not the last time I checked. You would have to remove the .tivo wrapper to expose the mpeg2 or h.264 (.mp4) file. VideoReDo can do that or tivodecode or tivolibre. kmttg does it with tivolibre, I think. Of course you can load the .Tivo file into VideoReDo and play it there.
  7. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

    Apr 6, 2000
    SF Bay Area
    KMTTG originally used TivoDecode, then TivoLibre was added.

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