The PC-to-TiVo connection

The PC-to-TiVo connection

People are always interested in taking video files from their TiVo or other DVR box and sending them to a desktop or laptop computer. We never really thought about going the other way--sending video files from a PC hard drive to a TiVo, but apparently someone finds it useful, because TiVo has posted a support article showing you how to do just that.

If your TiVo is part of a home computer network, this trick lets you watch PC-based files through your television, using the TiVo as a sort of digital media receiver. If you're so inclined, it's a little tricky to pull off but not impossible. Just make sure you have your TiVo box upgraded to software version 7.2.

You probably already have the TiVo Desktop 2.1 app on your PC, so just convert your video files to the MPEG-2 format, using a program such as Premiere or Nero, and stick them in the TiVo folder on your hard drive--usually in My Documents > My TiVo Recordings. After that, an entry for your PC-based files should be available through your TiVo. See, that wasn't very hard at all, was it?

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Dan Ackerman leads CNET's coverage of laptops, desktops, and Windows tablets, while also writing about games, gadgets, and other topics. A former radio DJ and member of Mensa, he's written about music and technology for more than 15 years, appearing in publications including Spin, Blender, and Men's Journal.


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