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Backup/Play Recorded TV Shows (*.tivo) on Samsung Galaxy S2 in HD Quality

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If you record a TV show on your TiVo box, it is easy to transfer the recorded TV shows from your TiVo box to your PC or Mac so that you could watch your favorite TV shows where you go. And it is also a good way to backup lots of your TV recordings so that you could save much space of your TiVo box for recording other TV shows.


Here it mainly provides an easy solution to transfer recorded TV shows (*.tivo) from your TiVo box so as to backup and play them on the Samsung Galaxy S2. Just follow the 3 parts as below:

Part One: Transfer TV recordings from TiVo box to your PC
Part Two: Convert TiVo TV shows to Galaxy S2 supported video format
Part Three: Copy and play TV shows on Galaxy S2


Part One: Transfer TV recordings from TiVo box to your PC
To start, please make sure you have installed TiVo Desktop Software on your computer, and your TiVo box is connected to your home network.

1. Launch TiVo Desktop on your computer.

2. Click "Pick Recordings to Transfer" A window showing your TiVo box's "Now Playing" or "My Shows" list appears. If you have more than one TiVo box in your home network, their names appear in a pull-down list. Select the box that has the show you want to transfer.


Note: Shows that cannot be transferred due to copy protection restrictions are marked with a red circle slash.


3. Highlight any title in the list to see more information about the show—the same show information you have on your TiVo box.


4. Check the box next to the title of the show (or shows) you want to transfer.


5. Click "Start Transfer" While transferring shows, TiVo Desktop displays the status and the time remaining. Click "Transfer Status" to view details of transfers in progress. Transfer times vary, but may take as long as the show's duration (i.e., up to one hour for a one hour show) to complete the transfer.


Note: If the show is part of a series, the "Auto-Transfer this Series" button


6. Shows you transfer to your computer are listed in TiVo Desktop's "Now Playing List". To reach the "Now Playing List" click "TiVo Recordings"


7. To watch a show, select any title from the list (even one that's still transferring) and click "Play" Your computer's default media player (in most cases, Windows Media Player) starts automatically. Refer to your media player's instructions for more about playing recordings.
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Part Two: Convert TiVo TV shows to Galaxy S2 supported video format
As you know, TV shows in TiVo format can not be played on the Galaxy S2. In order to play them on your Galaxy S2, you have to convert TiVo videos to H.264/MPEG-4 MP4, WMV or other Galaxy S supported videos. Foxreal Galaxy S2 Video Converter will do the conversion job for you.

Step 1: Run Foxreal Video Converter as the perfect TiVo to Galaxy S2 Converter on your PC, and then add your transferred TV shows into it.

(Notice: Enter the Media Access Key of your TiVo recordings into the "Open < TiVo" of the program to quickly import your TiVo recordings.)


Step 2: Choose Galaxy S2 supported video format by clicking on “Format < Android < Motorola Droid (x) H.264 Video” to quickly get output format for Droid that can also be played on the Samsung Galaxy S2 with high quality.

If you want to adjust parameters that affect video quality and file size for the video you prefer, just click on “Settings” to open a profile setting window where you could easily set bitrate, frame rate, codec, channels, sample rate, etc.

For instance, you can set bitrate as 1500 kbps, resolution as 800x480 and frame rate as 30 fps to help you get Galaxy S2 supported video in a good balance between video quality and file size. (Please remember the higher bitrate, the better video quality while the larger file size.)


Step 3: Convert TiVo to H.264 MP4 for Galaxy S2 by clicking on “Convert” on the top Galaxy S2 Video Converter's main interface.


Part Three: Copy and play TV shows on Galaxy S2
Once getting the converted TiVo files from the default output folder, you can quickly copy them on your Galaxy S2 by using a USB cable. Before you begin, please make sure you have installed a driver for your Samsung Galaxy S2.

The tutorials:
How to put video/movie files on Galaxy S2?
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After the three parts, you could enjoy recorded TV shows (*.tivo) on PC and Galaxy S2 as you wish.


See also:
Watch Blu-ray Movies on Galaxy S2 | Put/Play DVD Movies on Galaxy S2
Convert MOV/MKV/AVI/MPG to Galaxy S2 | Convert MOV to Galaxy S2 for Mac
Play VOB on Galaxy S2 | Play MKV Movies on Galaxy S2
Transfer Films from Computer to Galaxy S2 | Play AVI Videos on Galaxy S2
Put Music on Galaxy S2 | Convert AVCHD MTS/M2TS for Galaxy S2

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