In this How-To guide, I will whip up a guide to getting TV shows off TiVo and onto iPhone 5C so that you can freely play your favorite TV shows when travelling.The iPhone 5C was one of the hottest stories of the week in tech. Apple's widely-rumoured budget iPhone was revealed once again in an unboxing video, showing the handset in five colours. It has been described as the “budget” model despite a starting price of $A739 and has the same screen size as the current iPhone 5 and is also a great media player which supports a lot of media formats including files with MP4, MOV and M4V as video format and AAC, MP3, Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV as audio format.
When you have captured TV shows and would like to enjoy them on iPhone 5C, you will find it difficult to put them to iPhone 5C as the Tivo files are saved by digital video recorders with copyright protection. If you also have this problem to figure out how to play Tivo videos on iPhone 5C, this article is right here to help you out.
At first, you are suggested to transcode Tivo into MP4 format for that it's well accepted by iPhone 5C for steaming directly. To accomplish this, Tivo Video Converter Ultimate is highly recommended for its easy interface, efficient workflow and reliable video quality.
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Now get it installed and let's start to quick convert Tivo to proper video formats on PC with perfect videoaudio sync technology
Part 1: Transfer TV shows from TiVo to PC
It takes a while depending on length of TV program you are transferring. Make sure your TiVo and computer are in the same home network, and follow this guide to proceed TiVo file transfer:
1. On your PC, launch TiVo Desktop for PC (click to download), the freeware that transfers shows from your networked TiVo box to your computer.
2. Click "Pick Recordings to Transfer." A window showing your TiVo box's "Now Playing" or "My Shows" list appears.
3. Highlight any title in the list to see more information about the show. Check the box next to the title of the show (or shows) you want to transfer.
4. Click "Start Transfer." Transfer times vary, but may take as long as the show's duration to complete the transfer.
Part 2: Convert TiVo shows to iPhone 5C friendly MP4 video
After transferring to computer the TV shows are saved as .tivo files. See below how to convert TiVo shows to iPhone 5C playable videos.
Step 1. Download and install Pavtube Tivo to iPhone 5C Converter to your PC.
Launch it and press "Option" button. Switch to "TiVo" tab in Option window, and enter TiVo Media Access Key.
Tip: How to find your Media Access Key on TiVo: Go to "TiVo Central" menu >> "Messages and Set Up" "Account and System Information", and your Media Access Key would be there.
Step 2. Drag and drop TiVo shows to the main interface for converting.
Step 3. Click "Format" and select an output profile for your iPhone 5C.
Click the drop-down list on the bottom, select "iPhone" on the left, and then we will find all the presets for different models of iPhone.
To get best video quality on iPhone 5C, you are suggested to choose "iPhone 5S/5C H.264 Full HD 1080P (*.mp4)" or "iPhone 5S/5C H.264 HD 720P(*.mp4)" as the target video format at your needs.
Tips: If you want to convert videos to iPhone 5S/5C with best settings, you need to download profile patch for the software at first.
Optimize the settings – The default settings may not satisfy you, and you can click the settings button to change the settings by yourself. Keep in mind that the file size and conversion quality is based more on bitrate than resolution (bitrate higher results in big file size, and lower visible quality loss, and vice versa). According to my experience, for watching videos on iPhone 5C, 720p with 1500~3000kbps is just all right.
Step 4. If you're happy with the output videos, just press the "Convert" button to begin encoding TiVo shows to MP4 for iPhone 5C.
Once the encoding task completes, you can transfer the converted videos to your iPhone 5C for viewing on the move when travelling.
P.S Don't know how to transfer converted video to iPhone 5C? Read this: How to sync converted video to iPhone 5C?
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