TiVo has been the most widely used tool to record TV shows, movies or stream videos on TV for enjoy. As a matter of fact, it is quite hard to load Tivo to Windows Media Player for playback since the TiVo has its unique copy protection which forbid you to playback them smoothly. This article discusses an easy way to get TV shows off TiVo and converting them to WMV format videos for playback with Windows Media Player. 

To play TiVo files in Windows Media Player, the easy solution is to convert TiVo shows to WMV, the best format for Windows Media Player. 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.

If you want to find a more simple to use video converter application, you can try Dimo Video Converter Ultimate. The program can help you effortlessly remove DRM protection automatically while converting TiVo files into WMV for Windows Media Player with fast encoding speed and zero quality loss. You could get wonderful output files and never worry about out of audio/video sync. Besides, the program’s “Trim” function lets you simply remove commercials from TiVo recordings. 

Not only Tivo files, this all-in-one software can rip Blu-ray/DVD to WMP for playback. If you’re using a Mac, please turn to the Mac version. Now, download the right program and follow the step-by-step guide to learn how to remove protection/commercials from TiVo Recordings and get them playback on Windows Media Player.

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How to convert TiVo to WMP easily and quickly

Step 1. Install the TiVo converter program and run it. Drag and drop the TiVo files to the software. Or you can also click “Add file” button on the top of the main interface to import video to the app.

Tip: When first loading, this software will ask you to input your Media Access Key. Simply enter your Media Access Key, and click “OK” to confirm.

Step 2. Click “Select Format” bar and select “HD WMV” as target format from “Format > HD Video”. Or choose a common used MP4 format for playing on all players and devices.


a. To adjust video and audio parameters like codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, you could click on “Settings” button.

b. The smart TiVo file converter additionally offers some useful edit functions to enhance your video. For example, you can click the Edit button to enter the Video Editor Window and then trim the video. 

From the Trim workspace, you can create a custom clip from a larger scene. To adjust the duration of your clip, move the sliders below the screen to the start and end points you want.

Step 3. Click “Start” button to start transcoding TiVo to WMV for WMP. Once the conversion finished, click the Open button and you can locate the output files effortlessly. And then you can add and play the converted TiVo shows with Windows Meia Player with ease. Hopefully it helps. There you go, that’s how you can play TiVo files using Windows Media Player!

Editor’s Notes: If you haven’t got TiVo files ready on your Mac, and have no idea how to transfer TiVo files to Mac, just follow the steps:

1.Connect TiVo to Network
2. Make your Mac is on your network and launch TiVoDecode Manager.
3. Check your TiVo on network.
4. Transfer TiVo files to Mac

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