How can I get my TiVo shows remotely with iPad Mini? Currently there’s not yet a good solution for wirelessly play TiVo shows remotely, but here’s a way to get your TiVo recordings to download onto the iPad mini, so that you can take favorite TV shows when away from home.
The process sounds easy - first transfers TV shows from TiVo to PC, and then converts the .tivo files to iPad mini.
Part 1. Transfers 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:
How to download TiVo shows to your computer
Part 2. Convert TiVo shows to iPad Mini friendly MP4 video
After transferring to computer the TV shows are saved as .tivo files. The .tivo format, however, is kind of protected MPEG-2 video. The iPad Mini, however, plays neither protected shows nor MPEG-2 video. In fact only MP4, MOV and M4V play well on iPad Mini. That’s why you need to encode TiVo to MP4 video (720p or 1080p). See below how to convert TiVo shows to iPad Mini playable videos.
Step 1. On your PC, launch Pavtube Video Converter and press “Option” button. Switch to “TiVo” tab in Option window, and enter TiVo Media Access Key.
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 on the “Format” bar to select output format. In order to convert TiVo to play on iPad Mini tablet, follow “iPad” tab and choose a preset for your iPad Mini. Basically 720p HD video fits best on the iPad mini’s 1024x768 retina display – you don’t really need 1080p on a 7.9-inch screen.
Step 4. Press “Convert” to compress TiVo shows to iPad Mini supported videos.
After conversion press “Open” to find converted shows. Add the TV shows to iTunes and then you can sync TiVo shows to iPad mini via iTunes.
Comparing with other free tools, it converts TiVo 3 to 5 times faster with GPU acceleration and comes with full presets for iPad Mini, new iPad, iPad 2 and all the iPhone models. The Pavtube Video Converter also converts MKV/WMV/MPEG/VOB/TS to iPad Mini. If you would further convert DVDs and protected Blu-rays and ISO images to iPad supported video, take a look at the all-in-one discount bundle Blu-ray Video Converter Ultimate.