Can I get recorded TV programs off my TIVO?

Michael from Kansas City, MO

Episode 1470 (56:14)


Michael wants to know if he can get the programs off his TIVO. Leo says it was possible with the Series 1 TIVO. But now the data is encrypted, so it's almost impossible to decrypt it and copy it off. TiVo does have a feature called TIVO to Go, but the only way he could really do it is to exploit the analog hole. That will lower the quality a bit, but he can use the analog connections that would go to his TV and connect them to a recorder. Then he could play the content back and record it in real time. It can be complicated though, because of HDCP. He can bypass it, but technically and legally, it's piracy. It's also fair use because it's a personal backup copy, though.

Michael can get a so-called HDCP Stripper, which will bypass that copy protection.