Transferring MKV files to TiVo from PC

The article provides an easy way to do MKV to TiVo conversion and upload MKV files to your TiVo. 2 parts will be included.

“The avi files will transfer on their own about 60% of the time. The other times I have to do it manually, which almost always works. The mkv files transfer maybe 10% of the time, if that often. They won’t transfer manually at all. “

You might have a TiVo in your living room and want to watch some interesting MKV movies from your PC. Or you have a big TV and prefer to watch movies on it. However, MKV can hold a variety of video and audio codecs and it’s not that compatible with TiVo. To upload MKV videos to your TiVo, you need to convert it a TiVo format MPEG-2 first. The article here shares an easy way to change MKV to TiVo to get a TiVo compatible format and then upload the videos to your TiVo.

In this case, a professional Video file conversion tool becomes a must, here I recommend Brorsoft Video Converter, which is an all-in-one video converter tool that lets you effortlessly convert your video and audio files from one format to another at ultra-fast speed. It supports a wide range of formats like AVI, VOB, MXF, AVCHD (.mts/.m2ts/.m2t), TiVo, MPEG, WMV, MP4, FLV, 3GP, MKV, AVCHD, etc., and includes presets for popular devices like iPhone, iPad, iPod, Samsung Galaxy Tab, HTC, Nook Tablets, Amazon Kindle Fire HD, Google Nexus 7/10, etc. What’s more, the built-in editor lets you personalize your videos before the conversion.

If you’re using a Mac, simply turn to Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, which allows you to transfer MKV files to TiVo on Mac OS X (including 10.10 Yosemite and 10.9 Mavericks). Now download the right version and follow the tips below to finish your task.

Part I: How to convert MKV to TiVo format

Step 1: Download, install the MKV to TiVo converter. As long as you launch it, the following main interface will pop up. Now you can click on “Add” button to import MKV files which you want to convert into this program. It supports batch conversion, so that you can convert several MKV files at a time!

Tip: If you want to join all the MKV files you loaded as a single file, you can tick checkbox “Merge into one file”.

Step 2: Hit the drop-down list of “Format” to choose “Common Video -> MPEG-2 Video(*.mpg) as the best format.

Tip: Set advanced settings (Optional)
By clicking the Settings icon, you can adjust video and audio parameters like codec, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, etc., in that way, you can take charge of the size and quality of the output files. In principle, the larger input values, the better output quality, but the corresponding larger file size.

Step 3: As soon as all the above settings are completed, you can press “Convert” button to start MKV to MPEG-2 conversion. If you are busy, you can set “shut down my computer after the video conversion”.

After conversion is done, simply click “Completed” to back to main interface, and click “Open” button to find generated output videos and then transfer it from your PC to Tivo flawlessly.

Part II: How to transfer home videos from your PC to TiVo

To transfer home videos from your PC on your home network to your TiVo media device, you must have purchased the Home Networking Package, and downloaded and installed the TiVo Desktop 2.8 software (which comes as part of the Home Networking Package).

To make sure you’re using TiVo Desktop 2.8, launch TiVo Desktop and go to Help > About TiVo Desktop.

Step 1. On your PC, open My Documents > My TiVo Recordings.

NOTE: You can change the location of this folder under File > Preferences.

Step 2. Copy the home videos you wish to transfer to your TiVo into the My TiVo Recordings folder.

Supported files include:

Windows Media Video (.wmv)
QuickTime Movie (.mov)
MPEG-4/H.264 (.mp4, .m4v, .mp4v)
MPEG-2 (.mpg, .mpeg, .mpe, .mp2, .mp2v, .mpv2)
DivX and Xvid (.avi, .divx)

Step 3. These will now display in your TiVo Desktop’s Now Playing List.

Step 4. On your TiVo, navigate to TiVo Central > Now Playing List.

Step 5. Scroll down to the bottom of the list and select your “Now Playing on [YOUR PC]”.

Step 6. Select the video you wish to transfer and follow the screen prompts to begin the transfer.

Step 7. While the video is transferring, a blue light will be lit on your TiVo media device.

Step 8. Once the blue light turns off, the video has finished transferring. You can find the transferred video in your TiVo Now Playing List.

NOTE: Video can be played whilst transferring but network speed limitations may cause video to pause.

NOTE: Your TiVo media device will only transfer one file at a time; additional files will be queued for transfer later.

If you not only wanna convert videos, but also intend to convert Blu-ray/DVD movies, the all-in-one tool, Brorsoft’s Video Converter Ultimate (or iMedia Converter for Mac) will be your first and best choice.

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