What codecs are supported to play TiVoToGo™ files on my PC?

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TiVo Desktop includes the TiVoToGo™ feature, allowing you to transfer TiVo recordings to your PC. Because TiVo recordings are compressed using a format called MPEG-2, your computer needs a compatible MPEG-2 codec to use these files. Depending on how you plan to use TiVoToGo, you may need to purchase software that includes a compatible MPEG-2 decoder.

I want to watch my transfers on my PC and convert shows for my iPod, PSP, Treo, or other MPEG-4 compatible device.

You need to purchase TiVo Desktop Plus, which includes a set of codecs including an MPEG-2 codec At this time, TiVo Desktop Plus does not support conversion to Microsoft Portable Media Center devices such as Creative Zen Vision or Toshiba Gigabeat. See the section below for compatible MPEG-2 codecs for those devices.

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I want to watch my TiVoToGo transfers on a Microsoft Portable Media Center device such as Creative Zen Vision or Toshiba Gigabeat.

You may already have an MPEG-2 codec on your computer (DVDs use the same format, so if you play DVDs on your computer, you have an MPEG-2 codec). However, not all MPEG-2 codecs will play TiVo recordings properly.

If you are using Windows XP, Microsoft has a program available that will show you all MPEG-2 codecs installed on your PC. Download Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility now.

If you don't have a compatible MPEG-2 decoder, you will need to purchase the TiVo Desktop Plus key.

I want to transfer shows to my PC or laptop and watch them in a video player.

You may already have an MPEG-2 codec on your computer (DVDs use the same format, so if you play DVDs on your computer, you have an MPEG-2 codec). However, not all MPEG-2 codecs will play TiVo recordings properly.

If you are using Windows XP, Microsoft has a program available that will show you all MPEG-2 codecs installed on your PC. Download Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility now.

If you don't have a compatible MPEG-2 codec, you can purchase TiVo Desktop Plus, which includes one.

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