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TiVo Decoder is an AppleScript droplet which uses the open source TiVoDecode program to convert video files from your Series 2 TiVo into MPEG-2 videos.

Just drag and drop your .tivo files on it and get an MPEG-2 video out. You can then use other tools to convert that MPEG-2 into something else.

What's New

Version 1.3:
  • Now includes tivodecode 1.4
  • Fixes timeout problems


Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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CDavey Member IconReview+0

Works great.

PRO: It made a 30 min (600mb) file viewable in VLC in about 5 minutes. Makes a complex orocess, for me anyway, simple (I don't know how to CD into a directory in Terminal)

CON: No progress information.Seems like it took ver my Mac completely.

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Version 1.1
nothingistrue Member IconComment+2

Try "Burn," a free disc burning app available here:
It will convert video files for you to DVD compatible format MPG.

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Version 1.0
Floogee Member IconComment+0

i assume i can't just drag the converted file into iDVD to archive a collection of videos and i'm not sure if purchasing the apple mpeg-2 decoder will allow the above either.

anyone have an idea of how we can begin to archive these as viewable files (like a dvd).

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Version 1.0
Floogee Member IconComment+0

i use galleon (do a search on mac update). it's a java program that, in addition to moving tivo files, does a lot of the same things that tivo desktop does, but a whole lot more.

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Version 1.0
Maury-McCown Member IconComment+2

How do you get the Tivo video to the Mac to begin with?

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Version 1.0

with bonjour in safari bookmarks

Jeff Edsell

Remember to change the http:// to https:// to view your Tivo's listings.

Also, to get to your Tivo through a web browser, you'll need to login with "tivo" as your username and the 10-digit Media Access Key (MAK) as your password.

You need the MAK to use the Decoder anyway--poke around your Tivo's menus and you'll find it.

(If you're not a Safari fan, you can also find your Tivo's IP address and type that into your browser address window -- remember to use https:// though.)

Maury-McCown (developer)

Awesome, thanks!


Thanks for all the info. I had no idea I could access my Tivo with Safari.

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Current Version (1.x)


Downloads 7,489
Version Downloads 6,394
License Free
Date 13 Dec 2006
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
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