Q1: I am thinking about buying the new MS Surface with WIN 8 RT for watching TV shows on the road (currently do it with a netbook in full HD glory).
Does anyone out there know if this is possible on the RT version of Windows with the native MS load on Surface?
I know I will have to copy the shows to my main PC and massage them some before the copy to the Surface but I want this process to be a easy as possible. I currently use TiVo desktop to copy to the netbook and watch them in full HD.
Thanks for your help. Any suggestions following the K.I.S.S principle (Keep It Super Simple) would be great because I am not a videophile.
Problem Source: http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=495500
Q2: I am thinking of getting one of the new MS Surface devices. I currently use TiVo desktop to transfer shows to my WIN 7 netbook and watch them in thier full HD glory. If I switch to Surface with WIN 8 RT it does not run WIN programs (like TiVo desktop), so I will use my desktop to get the TV shows to my main PC and then transfer them to the Surface. I know the shows in TiVo desktop are in .TIVO extension and probably will not be able to be played by WIN 8 RT and need to be converted to a “standard format”.
QUESTION – is there the capability in the “PLUS” version of TiVo desktop to get these videos in the best quality on the new surface in as few steps as possible? (I sure do not want to wait for the full WIN 8 version on Surface due to extra $ and later delivery).
The Best Solution for transferring Tivo to Microsoft Surface RT & Pro for playing:
As I know, Tivo, the popular TV recording device officially released its App for tablets or smartphone. If you want transfer recorded TV shows (*.tivo) from your TiVo box so as to backup and play the TiVo recordings on the Microsoft Surface RT & Pro tablet. First, you need to convert TiVo files to MP4 videos with professional Tivo Video Converter or Tivo Video Converter for Mac.
For Microsoft Surface RT & Pro users, when you transfer your recorded TiVo shows from your PC to your Microsoft Surface RT & Pro, only to find these TiVo files are not so easy to playback. How to do? Here is an easy way to fix it, you can follow the brief guide below:
Tip: Tivo Video Converter is an all-in-one video converter and editor tool based on NVIDIA CUDA and ATI Stream (AMD APP) acceleration technologies. It can also help you convert any other 1080p, 720p HD videos and movies like AVI, MKV, WMV, FLV, MOV, MOD, MTS, M2TS, 3GP, MPEG, MXF, VRO etc. to Microsoft Surface RT & Pro.
Part One: Transfer TV recordings from TiVo box to your PC.
* Install the TiVo Desktop for PC, launch it.
* Click “Pick Recordings to Transfer”. A window showing your TiVo box’s “Now Playing” or “My Shows” list appears.
* Highlight any title in the list to see more information about the show. Check the box next to the title of the show (or shows) you want to transfer.
* Click “Start Transfer”. Transfer times vary, but may take as long as the show’s duration to complete the transfer.
Part Two: Transcode Tivo videos to Microsoft Surface RT & Pro playable video format.
Step 1. Add Media Access Key
Run Tivo to Microsoft Surface Converter, please also install the Patch. At present, only windows version has the patch file, If you are Mac user, customize a suitable profile for your Surface RT Tablet with Pavtube Mac software.
Click the “Option” icon and in the interface, click “TiVo” icon, here you need to enter Media Access Key, and click “OK” to confirm.
Tip: 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. Add Tivo to the program
You can drag and drop TiVo shows to the main interface for converting TiVo to MP4. You can add multiple files at a time thanks to the batch conversion. Loaded files can be previewed on the right.
Step 3. Choose friendly format for Microsoft Surface RT/Pro Tablet.
Click “Format” bar, follow “Windows > Microsoft Surface Windows RT/Pro H.264 Video (*.mp4)”. You can click “Settings” to change the video encoder, resolution, frame rate, etc. as you wish (Remember: bitrate higher results in big file size, and lower visible quality loss).
Step 4. Start the Tivo to Microsoft Surface conversion
Once everything is done, click “Convert” butto to start converting Tivo video to H.264 MP4 for Microsoft Surface Windows RT/Pro playback smoothly.
Once the process finishes, getting the converted files and transfer video files to your Surface RT Tablet. Now you can view Tivo videos on Microsoft Surface in HD quality with ease. Enjoy!
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