How to play WTV on Vista?

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Dana Cline, Feb 21, 2010.

  1. Dana Cline

    Dana Cline Guest

    My Media Center is Windows 7, and it records in .WTV format. I'd like to
    play those files on a Vista laptop. There was originally a Vista add-on
    from Microsoft called TV Pack, which can play those files. However, I
    cannot find this add-on anywhere on Microsoft's web site, only updates
    for it.

    My video files are not locked, just standard analog cable. Is there any
    way to play them on a 64-bit Vista Home Premium?

    Dana Cline
    Dana Cline, Feb 21, 2010
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    Barb Bowman Guest

    The TV Pack isn't available as a download. However, you should be able to right
    click the WTV file in Windows 7 in Windows Explorer and select convert to

    Barb Bowman
    Barb Bowman, Feb 21, 2010
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  3. Dana Cline

    Dana Cline Guest

    Barb, thanks, but that doesn't help. She doesn't want Win 7 because it
    doesn't work right with World of Warcraft (yet). So Microsoft never made
    the TV Pack available? I seem to remember beta testing it...

    Dana Cline
    Dana Cline, Feb 21, 2010
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    Barb Bowman Guest

    The TV Pack was OEM only.

    You said you had W7 and wanted to play on a Vista laptop. You need to convert
    them as I described. Then she can play on Vista. Am I missing something here
    other than there is no way to do this without converting?

    Barb Bowman
    Barb Bowman, Feb 21, 2010
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    S.Sengupta Guest

    It is only for OEM installers, so it won't be on available on Microsoft


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    rak Guest

    rak, Feb 21, 2010
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    Dana Cline Guest

    I guess I got hit with the stupid didn't register that I
    should convert to dvr-ms on the Media Center box before copying to
    Vista...I was not thinking correctly. Thanks!

    And to think I went out and bought a WTV->MPG converter program an hour
    ago. Sigh. Maybe I should just go upstairs and go back to bed...

    Dana Cline
    Dana Cline, Feb 21, 2010
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    Jun 1, 2011
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    have you tried to convert wtv to other more compatible video format like avi, wmv, mp4 and more
    i often convert my wtv to other video formats so as to play it anywhere
    just google search "Easy Method to Convert HD WTV to Other Video Formats and Compress WTV to Smaller File Size"
    you will find a nice way to do that

    hope it also helps for you
    niceemily, Jun 1, 2011
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    growingemily Guest

    growingemily had written this in response to
    Windows Media Center does have the advantage for recording live
    television, while the recorded video format is WTV which is only playable
    on Media Center PC with Windows Media Center installed. Unfortunately, it
    is impossible to play WTV files on Mac, Windows XP; let alone play WTV
    files on portable devices like iPad, iPhone, iPod, PS3, Android phones,

    The following will introduce a powerful WTV Converter and a step by step
    guide on how to convert WTV so as to play WTV on Android, iPhone, iPad,
    iPod, PS3, BlackBlerry or play WTV on XP, Mac, and more.
    growingemily, Jun 3, 2011
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    JEDIDIAH Guest

    ....which really blows because there's no reason a lot of these devices
    can't generate some sort of bog standard MPEG stream. Sure, the stuff
    that forces encryption on the system needs to be locked down (CableCard)
    but for everything else, the special file format is entirely gratuitous.

    JEDIDIAH, Jun 3, 2011
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