How to convert TiVo files to play on Android

Published on by Chris King

Want to play TiVo video files on Android device? This article shows you how to convert TiVo to Android phone/tablet with the best TiVo to Android converter app.

How to convert TiVo files to play on Android

I’m looking for a TiVo file converter that can help me convert TiVo video files to a format that can be played on Android phones. A litter seraching turns out the solution. I’ve found out the best TiVo to Android converter yet. Now I will share the step-by-step guide on how to convert TiVo to Andoird for easier playback.

Well, the best TiVo to Android converter I tried yet is Brorsoft Video Converter. Overall, it does a great job reducing the file size while maintaining sufficient video quality – you can hardly notice the difference between the source and output files. Moreover, the TiVo Video Converter features various format templates for you to convert TiVo to MP4 video that suit best for your Android device. Supported Android tablets include Samsung Galaxy Tablets(7.0/10.1), Kindle Fire HD, Xoom, Iconia Tab, Transformer Prime, Nook tablets, Nexus 7/10, etc to meet users different needs. If you are Mac users, please turn to Mac Video Converter. Just download and install the Tivo app for Android and start the TiVo to Android conversion.

Step 1: Enter TiVo Media Access Key

Launch the TiVo to Android Converter and press "Option" button. Switch to "TiVo" tab in Option window, and enter TiVo Media Access Key.

Tip: How to find your Media Access Key on TiVo: Go to “TiVo Central” menu >> “Messages and Set Up” “Account and System Information”, and your Media Access Key would be there.

Step 2: Add TiVo video files

Click the Add button Import TiVo shows to the TiVo convert tool for converting. You can check the “Merge into one” box to join some TiVo files together.

Step 3: Select output format

Click “Format” and select an output profile for your Android device. Basically the Common Video >> H.264 Video (*.mp4) is a universal format for Android tablets and smartphones. Plus, there are optimized presets for Samsung, Motorola, Acer, Asus, Sony, Toshiba, HTC, etc branded Android devices; choose a proper one as you need. Or depends on your device, you can choose a suitable video format from "Android" catalogue.

Tip: Profile Settings (Optional)

The default settings may not satisfy you, and you can click the settings button to change the settings by yourself including video resolution, bit rate, audio sample rate, audio channel etc. for full screen playback smoothly or select the corresponding device as the output format.

Step 4: Start the conversion

Press “Convert” button to begin encoding TiVo shows to Android tablet or phone. After conversion completes you can click “Open” to find converted and copy TV shows to your Android tablet or smartphone for carrying along with.

Additional Tips: How to Transfer TV shows from TiVo to PC

It takes a while depending on length of TV program you are transferring. Make sure your TiVo and computer are in the same home network, and follow this guide to proceed TiVo file transfer:

1. On your PC, launch TiVo Desktop for PC, the freeware that transfers shows from your networked TiVo box to your computer.

2. Click "Pick Recordings to Transfer." A window showing your TiVo box's "Now Playing" or "My Shows" list appears.

3. Highlight any title in the list to see more information about the show. Check the box next to the title of the show (or shows) you want to transfer.

4. Click "Start Transfer." Transfer times vary, but may take as long as the show’s duration to complete the transfer.

Related guides:
Convert TiVo to QuickTime MOV on Mac(Yosemite)
A lossless way to convert TiVo to MP4 video
Playing TiVo files on Apple TV 3/2

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