TiVo is a digital video recorder (DVR) developed and marketed by TiVo, Inc. That way we could record what we was already paying for and watch shows when we had the time to watch them. Yeah Tivo has a monthly fee but it’s the principle of the thing! Besides, a new toy is cool and fun to play with. The biggest problem with Tivo was working out how to get the shows from the Tivo box to Apple TV 3 where I could watch them the way I wanted to.
The standard application for moving recordings from the Tivo box to the Mac is Roxio Toast. It’s what Tivo recommends and it’s what Hollywood has blessed. The problem with Toast is that DRM Tivo attaches to all recorded shows doesn’t allow any editing or transcoding of your recorded Tivo file. That’s when I started looking around for another way. What I found that worked best was an application called Pavtube Video Converter, a top Mac TiVo Converter for Apple TV 3.
The program packs perfect support for TiVo recordings as well as HD footages, Flash videos, General Video, QuickTime video(*.mov), etc. With the application, you can easily convert TiVo HD shows to iTunes compatible formats without quality loss for smoothly streaming with Apple TV 3, iPad/iPad 3, new iPad 3, iPhone 4S and other iOS devices. Follow the steps below to transfer TiVo recordings to Apple TV 3 with original HD quality under Mac.
Before sync TiVo files to Apple TV 3 via Mac, you may have to do some work in advance, I mean you’ll need to fix tow things:
1. Transfer shows from TiVo box to your Mac
2. Convert TiVo to iTunes/Apple TV 3 friendly format (e.g. H.264 MP4)
Part I: The way Transferring TiVo recordings to Mac
Transferring TiVo recordings 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.
Party II: Convert TiVo to Apple TV 3 without quality loss under Mac OS X
Step 1: Launch the best TiVo Converter for Mac, Click on the “Option” button, switch to TiVo tab, and enter your Media Access Key. Click “OK” to confirm.
Step 2: Drag and drop the *.tivo files to the software.
Step 3: 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.
Tips: For streaming TiVo with new iPad 3, you can choose “iPad 3 (New iPad) Full HD Video(*.mp4)” from “iPad” category.
Step 4: Start the process by converting 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.