extracting video from a tivo series 1 with mac os x

extracting video from a tivo series 1 with mac os x

a few people have sent in a lot of kind words about putting all the tivo hacks  in one spot on the web, here in our tivo.hackaday.com section. one request someone had was for the mac peeps and how to get the shows off a series 1 tivo under mac os x, so here ya go!


  1. Robert says:

    A nice getting started article.

    There are some other great tools that run on the tivo that will work well with the mac. The one that stands out for me is mfs_ftp – a process that runs on the tivo and lets you donwload content via ftp. Click for more info.

    You can then use a standard FTP client like curl to get the list of programs and download them as a ty file – then go back to the instructions in the article on how to convert to mpeg. Mfs_ftp is A LOT FASTER than nc.


  2. Robert says:

    oops, the link for info on mfs_ftp is


  3. Tenaya says:

    There seem to be several “Extract Video From TiVo” hacks out there. What seems to be missing is a “Place Video ON TiVo” hack. What I want to do is put my digital home movies (MPEG) onto my TiVo and see them in Now Showing.


  4. Christopher says:

    I want to know how to get them off my tivo and play them on my pc any links???

  5. Al says:

    for adding video to the tivo from the mac, try this solution. it worked for me


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