Simply dubbed the Samsung Galaxy S3, this beast of a phone packs a whopping 4.8-inch 720p-resolution display, quad-core processor and boasts a slick new design. Its big screen and long battery life make it a perfect gadget for watching HD even Full-HD videos. If you have backed up lots of TV shows from TiVo box to your Hard Drive, you may want to play these TiVo recordings on Samsung Galaxy S3. In order to help those who wanna transfer TV shows from TiVo to Samsung Galaxy S3, below, we will throw a quick toturial up.
To achieve your goal to sync TiVo videos to Samsung Galaxy S3 smoothly, you may have to fix two things:
1. Transfer TV recordings from TiVo box to your PC
2. Convert TiVo TV shows to Samsung Galaxy S3 playable videos
Transfer TiVo recordings to PC (or laptop) -- Transferring TiVo recordings to PC is easy and straight-forward. All you need is a freeware by TiVo— the TiVo Desktop Software(click to download). Connect the TiVo box with your home network, and run TiVo Desktop. Click on "Pick Recordings to Transfer". Check the box next to the title of the show (or shows) you want to transfer and click on "Start Transfer". Transfer times vary, but may be as long as the show's duration to complete the transfer. For details, you can access the instructions on how to transfer TiVo file to PC from their website.
Convert TiVo recordings to Samsung Galaxy S3 compatible formats
As you see, TV shows formatted in TiVo format can not be played on the Samsung Galaxy S3. In order to enable Samsung Galaxy S3 to play them, you'll need to transcode TiVo Videos to Samsung Galaxy S3 H.264 or MPEG-4 first. Pavtube's Video Converter (or Video Converter for Mac) is highly reommended here casue it packs perfect support for TiVo recordings as well as almost all HD videos in .avi, .wmv or .vob, mkv etc.. Just Free download it and follow the step-by-step guide below to learn how to convert TiVo TV shows to Samsung Galaxy S3
Step 1. Asumming you have downloaded the excellent TiVo Converter for Samsung Galaxy S3 to your PC, the first step is to Click on the "Option" button, switch to TiVo tab, and enter your Media Access Key. Click "OK" to confirm.
Step 2. Drag and drop transferred TV shows into it.
Step 3. Choose output profile for Samsung Galaxy S3. Click on the "Samsung" bar to and select "Samsung Galaxy S II (I9100)(*.mp4)" which is a format specially designed for Galaxy S2 but also works for the S3.
PS: The supported resolution of the Samsung Galaxy S3 goes up to 1080p, though video playback and most apps never break out of 720p. For watching videos on the Android-based phone, 720p with 1500~2000kbps is just all right. I find that bitrate higher results in big file size, and lower visible quality loss.
Below is the best format settings per my experience (Click "Settings" button to set the video/audio parameters for the best Galaxy S3 Video format):
Resolution- 1280×720 (HD)
Sampling rate- 44.1khz
Step 4. After the steps above, you can start converting TiVo to H.264 MP4 for Samsung Galaxy S3.
When the conversion finishes, you can click "Open" to locate the converted MP4 video files. And then you can simply use the Samsung Desktop Software to transfer the TiVo videos to Samsung Galaxy S3 for playing back as you want.