Originally posted by Argelius
I have TivoToGo running on a PC and would like to be able to play the .tivo files on my Mac. I couldn't find any previous posts about this...
Is there any way to play the .tivo files on a Mac?
The last I heard, you can transfer the files to the Mac, and you can change a default preference in the Tivo Desktop Preference Pane so that the "Video" option is visible, but the files are still encrypted as they sit on the Mac.
defaults read com.tivo.desktop
the items to change is FileVideo/VideoUIEnabled. When you do this and close and reopen the Tivo Desktop pane, you will see a "Video" tab.
That doesn't do anything, except tell you that the video part is definitely coming "real soon now".
To download the files to your Mac,
- Turn on Bonjour in Safari.
- Load the bookmark that will appear under Bonjour that represents the Tivo.
- Note the Bonjour name in the URL (mine is "http://dvr-e567.local./index.html
", so the Tivo name is "dvr-e567.local")
- make a URL with that Tivo name like so:https://dvr-e567.local/nowplaying/index.html
Enter that in Safari and it will display the Now Playing screen.
Or you can use the Now Playing Dashboard widget from Apple's Dashboard site. It now has a download arrow beside each recorded show.
Ignore Safari's "can't recognize the security certificate" dialog, and you can download the files to your Mac. I haven't figured out a way to play them, but you can use this to archive .tivo files and free up space on the Tivo.