This weekend I bought myself a WD TV Live…the main idea was, since I have the TiVo Premiere and can record the shows I love, I would like to watch them in my Mac, also can stream Tivo shows with WD TV Live to my TV from NAS in my lazy weekend. Besides, even wish I can burn the recordings to DVD to send to my son and daughter. I’m a complete newbie when it comes to this stuff so please forgive my lack of understanding how this works.
The .tivo files from TiVo box is a protected format that few streaming media player can handle. If you have WD TV Live, the best solution is to convert TiVo recordings and add them onto a NAS so that you can stream Tivo shows to WD TV via NAS easily. Here we will show you a detailed guide to copy TiVo recordings to WD TV Live through NAS. The solution is not very straight, we will talk about this job in two parts:
- Part One: Save TiVo shows from TiVo box to Your Mac
- Part Two: Transfer TiVo to NAS for streaming to WD TV Live
Part One: Save TiVo shows from TiVo box to Your Mac
For Mac user, to stream TiVo to WD TV Live via NAS, you have to save TiVo files to your Mac first. You need to get TivoDecode Manager to help you store TiVo recordings to Mac.
1. Run the app, and enter your TiVo’s IP address in the TiVo IP Address box.
2. Click the Prefs button in the lower-right corner.
3. Fill in the Media Access Key to get the TiVo files to the download Queue list.
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Once the TiVo files are saved in your Mac, then we need to convert TiVo to WD TV on Mac. Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac (review) can do the task for you. It can help you quickly and easily not only convert TiVo to WD TV/NAS compatible format, but also transcode Tivo to any format like MKV, AVI, WMV, MOV, MPG, M4V, MP4, etc with high quality and fast speed. What’s more, it can backup BD/DVD with original structure, convert 2D/3D Blu-ray, DVD, SD/HD video with ease, 2D/3D BD to 3D video conversion providing native codec for iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer and much more. Let’s see how to use this tool in part two.
Part Two: Transfer TiVo to NAS for streaming to WD TV Live
Step 1. Launch TiVo Converter for Mac
Run this Mac Tivo to WD TV Converter and click “Option” button to switch to “Options” window. Click on “Tivo” tab and enter the Media Access Key.
Step 2. Import TiVo recordings
Click “Add video” icon to import recorded Tivo videos.
Step 3. Convert TiVo to MP4 or other formats
Choose an output format according to the device you own. MP4 is quite common and suitable for almost all devices. But you can still select other outputs as the target video format. As Galaxy S6/S6 Edge/Note 4 has been released, you can view recorded HD TiVo videos on it.
Step 4. Start converting TiVo recordings to WD TV on Mac
Click on “Convert” button in bottom right corner to start the Tivo to WD TV MP4 conversion. Then you can store the converted TiVo files in your NAS easily and stream to WD TV Live to enjoy freely in weekends, just lay down on sofa to watch your loved shows only without annoying ads.
If you also wish to burn the TiVo recorded shows to DVD and send to your family to share with them, it will not not be a big problem. You just need a DVD burning software to burn the converted TiVo files to DVD on Mac. And you are so lucky today that now we have a cheaper bundled product offer – iMedia Converter for Mac + DVD Creator for Mac, which cost even little than iMedia Converter for Mac.
Please refer to Part Two of this article, your wish will come true in 5 minutes. Hope your family can receive your work soon!