The MKV format (Matroska video) is an open free Container format. It is intended to serve as a universal format for storing common multimedia content, like movies or TV shows. MKV files can play with almost every Media Player in Windows based on DirectShow (TM) if you have the proper codec (CCCP) installed. If you've recorded many TV shows with TiVo, you may want to convert them to MKV format for more convenient playback or sharing. This article discusses an easy way to get TV shows off TiVo and converting them to MKV videos on your Windows PC.

After fetching TiVo recovered shows and transfers them to your PC, you need a video converter that supports DRM to convert TiVo file to MOV because all TiVo files are DRM protected. To convert TiVo videos to MKV on Windows (Windows 8 included), you can use this professional and easy-to-use TiVo to MKV video converter for Windows. It will remove DRM automatically while converting TiVo files to MKV and all other popular video formats like MP4, MOV, FLV, AVI, WMV, MPG, etc with fast encoding speed and least quality loss. If you are using a Mac, you can turn to Video Converter for Mac. Now free try the TiVo HD Video Converter and follow the guide to accomplish the conversion.

It's easy to transfer recorded TV shows from your TiVo box to your PC so you can watch your favorites wherever you go. Follow the Instructions to Transfer TV shows from TiVo to PC.

How to Convert TiVo Recorded Shows to MKV Videos

For Windows (including Windows 10) users, just follow the detailed guide to complete your conversion. The way to transcode TiVo to MKV format on Mac OS X(macOS Mojave included) is the same. Just make sure you've downloaded the right version.

Step 1. Load TiVo videos

Start up this program, Drag & drop TiVo videos to the program. Or click "Add Videos" to import all .tivo files.


When first loading, The TiVo HD Video Converter will ask you to input your Media Access Key. Simply enter your Media Access Key, and click "OK" to confirm.


Step 2. Select MKV as output format

Choose "MKV" as the output video format from "Profile" > "Common Video". If you want to get HD videos, just choose "MKV-HD" from "HD Video" category. To adjust video and audio parameters like codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, you could click on "Settings" button.


Tip: If you want to convert TiVo shows for playback on your Galaxy Note, iPad, iPhone or Kindle Fire HDX, Nexus 9, etc with best settings, please choose the specific profiles the software has preset as output format and get the suitable settings.

Step 3. Start converting TiVo to MKV format

Click Convert button to start TiVo to MKV conversion. The conversion process will take a while, and you'll see an encoding progress bar.