Q: “I am looking for a program to convert some .tivo HD files to a non-protected format, and hopefully retain some of the good quality. they are excellent, if I play them from my laptop that has the tivo to go software on it, but I want to get them unprotected and then play them from a hard drive and watch on my 55″ HD TV.”
Guys are discussing how to remove protection from TiVo videos over and over again. As far as I know, the TiVo has its unique copy protection which forbid you to playback them smoothly on other devices. If you want to stream your TiVo recordings to devices like a tablet, smart phone, or HDTV for playing freely, a good suggestion is to remove TiVo protection first. Below is how.
Actually, it’s easy to transfer TiVo recordings to your computer with TiVo Desktop; however, TiVo recordings marked with a red circle slash can usually not be transferred due to the copy protection. There are some free programs can assist you to remove commercials from TiVo recordings, one of them is the Perl program KMTTG, but you may find the process is too complicated or operate.
A better suggestion is Brorsoft Video Converter, which is an all-in-one professional TiVo converter, player, editor for you. With it, you can effortlessly remove protection automatically while converting TiVo files into a more common-used file format like MP4, MKV, AVI, WMV, MOV, etc. with fast encoding speed and zero quality loss. Besides, the program’s “Trim” function lets you simply remove commercials from TiVo recordings. For Mac users, Brorsoft Video Converter Mac is the right app for you to get rid of protections from TiVo shows on Mac OS X(El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks included) for further usage.
Guide: How to Remove TiVo Recordings Copy Protection
Step 1: Enter Media Access Key
First launch the best TiVo converter. The copy protected TiVo recordings usually have a Media Access Key, you can find it by logging into your TiVo account at TiVo and clicking the “Media Access Key” link on the right side of the screen. Then hit the Options button on the program’s main interface, in the pop out window, click TiVo and then enter the Media Access Key for the TiVo files, then press the “OK” button to confirm.
Step 2: Import TiVo files
After entering the Media Access Key, you can successfully import TiVo files by clicking “File” > “Load Video/Audio” or “Load from Folder” to the program.
Step 3: Choose output format
Go to “Format” drop-down bar, select on of your desired format to output like AVI, WMV, MPEG, MP4, MOV, etc.
Step 4: Remove commercials from TiVo shows(optional)
The recorded TV shows and movies tend to have commercials, and you can use the video converter’s Trim feature to get rid of these.
Step 5: Start TiVo recordings copy protection removing process
After all necessary steps, press the right-bottom “Convert” button to carry out the conversion process. When the conversion is over, hit the “Open” folder on the main interface to find and locate the converted files. Now it would be easy to use these files as you want for your portable devices, PC, HDTV, media player or video editing programs.
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