Transfer MKV files to TiVo for Playback
Do you wann see MKV files from your TiVo? How can you transfer MKV files to TiVo for playback on the big screen? In this article, we will offer the possible solutions for you. Check them now to get your work done.
Solution 1: Install 3rd party software to play MKV on TiVo desktop
The specs page for the TiVo Desktop Plus software, which gives you the ability to transfer shows, web videos, music, and photos between from your PC to your TiVo DVR, says "Desktop can also recognize additional types of video, such as .mkv, based on other software installed on your system." Searching further, we know that if you add Haali Matroska Splitter you should be fine. TiVo added it to Desktop Plus 2.7 but took it back out in later versions.
Note: Remember that Matroska is a just an envelope or container format like AVI, not a video or audio compression format. If your MKV files use codecs that aren't supported in Plus, you won't play MKV files via TiVo desktop.
Solution 2: Convert MKV to TiVo format before transferring MKV files to TiVo
To transfer MKV files to TiVo, a quick workaround is to convert MKV to a TiVo compatible format MPEG-2 first. Here you're highly recommended to use, Brosoft Video Converter Ultimate. The program 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. With it you can change your MKV, AVI, VOB, WMV, FLV, etc. videos to TiVo format without any quality loss. Besides, it can be used as TiVo HD Converter so that you can transfer your TiVo recordings to your portable devices for enjoyment anywhere anytime. If you want to transfer MKV files TiVo from Mac, you can turn to iMedia Converter for Mac.
Guide: How to convert MKV to TiVo format
Step 1: As long as you launch the MKV to TiVo converter, 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 for playback flawlessly.