I have a PLEX server in the house. Download some TV shows from my TiVo and I want to stream them via Plex for playback. As far as I know, Plex can’t handle TiVo format. Native video support is typically (but not always) limited to the MP4 container, H.264 video encoding, and AAC audio. So I am looking for a software program that will convert TiVo shows to Plex Media Server compatible file type.
TiVo is an encrypted video format, that’s why few media players can play it well and some freeware can’t handle it. To get the work done, I found more than one people recommend Brorsoft Video Converter to encode TiVo to Plex.
Overall, this video app works as the best software to change TiVo into Plex preferred MP4 video with least quality loss. Besides converting TiVo, it can also help you encode/re-encode almost all 1080p/720p HD videos including AVI, MKV, VOB, MPG, MOV MTS etc. to Plex Media Server for streaming to meet your different needs. If you are running on Mac, please turn to its equivalent Mac version Video Converter for Mac. Download it now and follow the tips below to convert TiVo to Plex Media Server easily.
How to play TiVo files via Plex Media Server
Step 1. Load TiVo shows
Launch the ideal TiVo to Plex Converter. Click “Add” button on the main interface to load your TiVo files to the program. (Drag&Drop function is included.)
Tip: When first loading, Brorsoft TiVo Converter will ask you to input your Media Access Key. Simply enter your Media Access Key, and click “OK” to confirm.
Step 2. Select output format
Click “Format” and choose MP4 from “Common Video” as output format, the most compatible video format for Plex.
Tip: Simply click Settings bar and you can tweak the settings to your satisfaction. With the right settings you can retain the quality of the original videos while also saving space. This is particularly helpful when streaming over your network, depending on your network quality.
Step 3. Start converting TiVo to Plex
Finally, hit the “Convert” button at the bottom of the main interface to start the conversion. It will automatically convert TiVo files to Plex Media Server compatible video files with the best quality.
After the conversion, click “Open” to quickly find the converted movies. Then, Plex Media Server will recognize, play and stream these TiVo recordings beautifully.
Additional Tips: If you haven’t got TiVo files ready on your PC, follow the steps: Launch TiVo Desktop software on your PC. Connect TiVo to your home network, and then the TiVo Desktop will provide you with a list of shows for transferring to your PC. Then please transfer the TiVo TV shows you want to PC. Once all the shows you selected have been downloaded from your TiVo, they will appear in the Now Playing list in TiVo Desktop.