Convert Tivo file for playback on Computer without ads

Q:”If I record a television show, will it have the commercials on it with Tivo? How can I skip them?”

TiVo DVRs do not offer a commercial skip feature. It’s totally understandable as the commercial is a part of the source signal; but it troubles me a lot when playback the recorded TV plays: I have to pause and skip the ads manually. I used to be fine with that but now my daughter grows up and she’s fond of this: every time when it comes to ads she will cry. I’m totally not computer-savvy but have to look for a good solution.

It’s widely accepted that TV recordings from Tivo box are protected; we cannot edit/change it nor remove the ads within that context. After spending several days browsing the websites, finally I get this Pavtube Tivo Converter to work. It’s very easy to use and you don’t need to change any specs; also the ads trimming is quite simple. Follow this guide and I’ll share the steps in details.

Required tool:
Windows:Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate

Mac: Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac

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How to Decrypt and remove commercials from Tivo recordings for different purposes?

1. Install and launch this Tivo Converter; drag and drop Tivo recordings to it. Or you can click the small “plus” icon to load Tivo recordings. Pls note the first disc-like icon is to load discs – yes this tool also support converting Blu-rays and DVDs.

2. Submit Tivo Key.

This Tivo Converter requires your Tivo key to play the recordings. (Tips: How To Find Tivo Media Access Key)

Right after you drag the media files to this program, it will pop up a window asking for the key; see this screenshot:

Enter it and import the media files again; it will remember your key automatically so that we don’t need to set it any more.

3. Remove commercials from Tivo recordings.

Now back to the main interface; hit the pencil-like icon on the top to enter the video editor. It’s on “Trim” mode by default. Drag the two small triangles on the progress bar, you can customize the start/end point.

Or you can submit the start and end timing on the below.

Hit “OK”.

4. Choose format and convert.

Find the “Format” drop-down list, there’re many presets for different using. As my only need is to watch on computer, the MP4 format is most common so I chose it.

Then hit the big “Convert” to start converting Tivo recording to MP4 for playback on computer. After it completed, click “Open output folder” to get converted videos and save it to your drive for playback.

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