Tivo Transfer Alternative-Watch Tivo TV shows on Apple TV3

Summary: This guide helps you transfer TiVo TV shows to Apple TV 3 by converting TiVo files to iTunes h.264-compliant 1080p videos so that you can stream TiVo recordings to Apple TV 3 for playback with best HD video quality.



I had a number of TV programs recorded in TiVo format and wanted to convert them to something I could watch on my Apple TV. I once used TiVo transfer from Roxio, but it no longer supported. So I use Aunsoft Video Converter for Mac, version 2.3.0.5326. It helps me converting TiVo shows to iTunes h.264-compliant videos for Apple TV 3.  I found the quality to be excellet, and see no difference when compared to playing the TiVo shows themselves. It works very well and I haven’t really had any problems. Conversion speed seems fine. It’s much better TiVo’s converter. TiVo’s converters for Apple TV 3 are terrible. Below is a brief guide for you.

Part I: The way Transferring TiVo recordings to Mac

Transferring TiVo TV shows to Mac is not that easy and straight-forward as to PC. The TiVo Desktop software for the Mac (supplied by TiVo) does not allow user to transfer TiVo recordings to Mac, here I take some help from the freeware TiVoDecode Manager. Run the app, enter your TiVo’s IP address in the TiVo IP Address box. Next click the Prefs button in the lower-right corner. Fill in the Media Access Key. A list of shows on your TiVo will appear in the Now Playing list. Select the show and click Add Show To Queue. The selected show now appears in the Download Queue list. Click Download Location to select where you want to save it.



Part 2: Convert/Transfer TiVo TV shows to Apple TV 3 compatible video format

Step 1: Import TiVo files

For Mac users, you can follow how to sync TiVo files to Mac iTunes for Apple TV 3 streaming to finish your work on Mac OS X 10.9, Mac OS X Snow Leopard, Mac OS X Mountain Lion(10.8) etc. 

The program needs you to type accurately Media Access Key. Then you can easily import TiVo TV shows into the program by clicking "add video" or "add folder". You can also drag & drop directly.


Step 2: Click on the pull down menu of “Format” and then tap “Appele TV“, the preset “Apple TV H.264 1920×1080(*.mp4)” is recommended to you. The profile is speically designed for Apple TV 3 with full-hd 1080p effect.

Step 3: Convert TiVo to Apple TV 3 H.264 MP4 on Mac.

So there you have it. After the conversion completes, you can transfer the result TiVo videos to Mac iTunes Movie Library. Now you start enjoy and stream TiVo shows to play with Apple TV 3 as you want.

How to get back your TiVo Key

TiVo MAK is the unique as well as pain. Forgetting the key, you can follow below steps:

Simply turn to your TiVo main menu. From there you'll key down to Messages & Settings > Account & System Information. 
Scroll down and press your OK key. On this menu you'll see a selection for "Media Access Key". That's it! 

As an alternative, you can also find your Key by logging into account at official website and clicking the "Media Access Key" link on the right side of the screen. 

 

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