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February 25, 2005

.tivo file format

Filed under: Multimedia,Reverse Engineering — kees @ 1:35 am

After I found some details on the .tivo file format, and cooked up some code to produce the same output. So far, there isn’t a lot of detail. It’s mostly just strange stuff. mpegcat finds the MPEG2 stream right where it should be, but supposedly the non-I-frames appear to be encoded.

All the files I’ve downloaded from my TiVo have the same “fingerprint” listed in the XML header, and a different “salt”. The interface for downloading recordings is very simple. Connect to https://[tivo IP]/ and it’ll prompt you for your username and password, which is “tivo” and your “Media Access Key”. After that, you’re all set; browse away. Download speed is rather slow: 500kB/s. Better than 2400 baud. :)

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  1. […] So, frequently, I’m faced with streams of bytes of unknown origin/purpose. (For example, the .TiVo file format, RTMP streams, and most recently, Outlook “NK2″ address autocompletion cache files.) I’ve had experience finding patterns, but it’s always so time-consuming. Usually I’m compiling some little C program over and over, slowly tweaking some guessed-at structure. This is basically the advice I got from Andrew Tridgell when I asked how he went about reverse engineering protocols. His methods deal more with sending/receiving, so it’s much more interactive. Most of what I’ve mucked with are just unknown file formats. […]

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