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MP4 to TiVo Converter - Convert MP4 to TiVo Video Format


Sometime we may encounter TiVo fail to import MP4 files? Why TiVo won't import some MP4 video files? The following article will explain why can't import MP4 to TiVo as well as the solution on how to solve MP4 TiVo issues.

Why can't Import MP4 to TiVo?

The basic function of TiVo is worked as a DVR to record programming for later viewing, but if you connect the TiVo to a computer network, the TiVo can also download film, TV series, music, etc from the internet. And further if you have purchased and installed the TiVo Desktop Plus software, TiVo can also allow you to import videos downloaded from internet, stored on your computer or hard disk to TiVo for playing on your TV. When importing videos to TiVo the following video formats are supported:

  • 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)

So if you want to import videos to TiVo, you must ensure your video file is included in the above supported list. But for some container formats, like MP4, MOV, AVI, etc, besides the video formats, you must ensure the video codec compressed the video format is also the supported video codec. We will take MP4 container format as the example to explain to you clearly. From the above list we can clearly see that TiVo can only import MP4 with codec MPEG-4/H.264, so if you tend to import MP4 compressed with H.265, VP8, VP9, DivX, etc to TiVo you will fail.

How to Import the Unsupported MP4 to TiVo?

It is very easy to solve. We only need to convert the unsupported MP4 to TiVo supported MP4 MPEG-4/H.264, MPEG-2 or other supported video formats. To get perfectly converting MP4 to TiVo supported one you need to choose a professional MP4 to TiVo converter, like iDealshare VideoGo.

MP4 to TiVo Converter - iDealshare VideoGo

  • iDealshare VideoGo works as the professional MP4 to TiVo converter to convert all MP4 compressed with all unsupported video codecs to TiVo supported MP4 MPEG-4/H.264, MPEG-2.
  • Besides convert the unsupported MP4 iDealshare VideoGo can also work to convert other unsupported FLV, AVI, MOV, ASF, MKV, etc to TiVo supported one.
  • In Fact iDealshare VideoGo has so powerful conversion function that can convert between any two video formats or convert video format to audio format.
  • Further more this iDealshare VideoGo also features to edit video formats to create your personal video file.

Convert MP4 to TiVo Supported Video Format Guide

The following step by step guide will take converting the unsupported MP4 toTiVo supported MPEG-2 as the example. Also this guide can also work to convert the unsupported MP4 to TiVo supported other video formats or convert other unsupported video formats to TiVo supported one.

Make Preparation: Free download MP4 to TiVo Converter

Free download the professional MP4 to TiVo Converter - iDealshare VideoGo (for Windows, for Mac), install and run it, the following interface will pop up.

MP4 to TiVo Converter - iDealshare VideoGoc

Step 1 Import MP4 files

Click "Add file" button to add the unsupported MP4 to iDealshare VideoGo.

Convert MP4 to TiVo

Step 2 Select the exporting format

Click "Profile" button to set TiVo MPEG-2 as the final output format.

Step 3 Convert MP4 to TiVo

Finally click "Convert" button to start and finish the converting MP4 to TiVo process.

How to Transfer MP4 Videos to TiVo?

  • Directly move or save video to My TiVo Recordings folder within the My Documents folder.
  • Open TiVo DVR's Now Playing List and then choose your computer.
  • Select the MP4 video you want to transfer and then click 'Watch on this TV' button to start the transfer.
  • Wait a while and after the transfer is finished you can find the transferred video in your TiVo Now Playing List.