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Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by natsilber, Oct 4, 2018.

  1. Oct 4, 2018 #1 of 11
    natsilber

    natsilber New Member

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    I downloaded the desktop from a thread in a Mar 2017 forum. I can download all my programs to my laptop, and even select one to watch and it will play. Problem is I can only hear it. There's no video. Any suggestions?
     
  2. Oct 4, 2018 #2 of 11
    Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    I don't know if this is related, but the certificates contained in TiVo Desktop expired earlier this year. Nicely, though, a forum member "updated" them, and you can use his updates to replace the originals. Perhaps that might fix your issue.

    "Now Playing List Not Available"

    Otherwise, a nice alternative to TiVo Desktop, that installs and works well: pyTivo Desktop. Easier to use pyTivo
     
  3. Oct 4, 2018 #3 of 11
    natsilber

    natsilber New Member

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    Thanks, Mikeguy. I appreciate the response. I'll try the pyTivo when I get back home on Monday. (I'm not near my home network now). I don't know how the certificates would work.
     
  4. Oct 4, 2018 #4 of 11
    Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    Easy enough to try the replacement certificates, when you have a chance--it's just a matter of putting the new files in the Tivo Desktop folder. One way or the other, though, hopefully you'll be set. :)
     
  5. Oct 5, 2018 #5 of 11
    HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    Are you cable or OTA and if cable who is your vendor?

    Scott
     
  6. Oct 7, 2018 #6 of 11
    LarryAtHome

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    It appears you do not have a mpg decoder on you PC you are playing the downloaded files on linked to your media player. I have found that the built in media player in Windows 10 does this. If you load another media player, such as Media Player Classic or VLC, you will get video as well as audio.
     
  7. Oct 7, 2018 #7 of 11
    wmcbrine

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    Most likely, the recordings in question use H.264 ("MPEG-4") video, and you transferred them as program streams, which don't support that. (Audio-only streams are exactly what you get in that case.) You need to download them as transport streams. TiVo Desktop labels this as "fast transfer mode", IIRC.
     
  8. Oct 7, 2018 #8 of 11
    waynomo

    waynomo My One Time TCF Club

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    Have tried downloading with kmttg and using the decrypt option. That should give you normal mpeg2 files.

    (it's real easy to use)
     
  9. Sbmocp

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    Am I correct in thinking that pyTivo won't work with Series 3 units...?
     
  10. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    I would think it should--it works with my Series 2 box.
     
  11. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Ziphead

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    It worked fine, last I tried it. (My own Series 3 units died long ago.) Why did you think it wouldn't?
     

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