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TiVo File Decoder

TiVo File Decoder software converts a .TiVo file (produced by the TiVoToGo functionality on recent TiVo software releases) to a normal MPEG file. This has the same functionality as using TiVo's supplied DirectShow DLL on Windows with a tool such as DirectShowDump, but is portable to different architectures and operating systems, and runs on the command line using files or pipes. The conversion still requires the valid MAK of the TiVo which recorded the file, so it cannot be used to circumvent their protection, simply to provide the same level of access as is already available on Windows.

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Recent releases

  •  02 Apr 2007 17:57

    Release Notes: This release fixes an error in a header file that resulted in broken executables.

    •  02 Apr 2007 17:28

      Release Notes: The build system has been switched over to autoconf/automake from a custom makefile. Now make install will work, among other autoconf features. The code has been reorganized to build a static library, which can be used to decrypt TiVo file MPEG frames. This can be used to build filters in media players that can decode TiVo files on the fly (there is a rough version of one for mplayer in this project's CVS repository).

      •  07 Dec 2006 23:47

        Release Notes: This release adds support for reading the MAK from a config file in the user's home directory, ~/.tivodecode_mak. It also fixes a small issue in the large file support of the file reading code which, due to the usage pattern of the program, should never be encountered.

        •  05 Dec 2006 08:10

          Release Notes: An issue where AC3 audio for Humax DVD-burning TiVos was not being decoded was fixed.

          •  02 Dec 2006 00:49

            Release Notes: This release fixes a bug that caused the program to improperly decode TiVo files. Previous releases were non-functional.


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