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.WTV File Extension

File TypeWindows Recorded TV Show File

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CategoryVideo Files


This file is saved in a binary format, which requires a specific program to read its contents.

What is a WTV file?

Video file recorded by Windows Media Center, a program used to play multimedia content and record TV shows; encodes video using MPEG-2 compression and audio using MPEG-1 Layer II or Dolby Digital AC-3 compression; may also include descriptive metadata and digital rights management (DRM) information.

More Information

WTV files are created by the Stream Buffer Engine (SBE) when Windows Media Center records a television show. They are saved in the \Users\public\Recorded TV\ directory by default. Recorded shows can be opened and played back within Windows Media Center.

The WTV file format replaced the previous .DVR-MS file format in the Windows 7 version of Windows Media Center. WTV files can be converted back into DVR-MS files by right clicking them in Windows Media Center and selecting the "Convert to .dvr-ms Format" option.

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Programs that open WTV files
File Viewer Plus
Microsoft Windows Media Center
CyberLink PowerDVD 16
CyberLink PowerDirector 15 Ultra
Nero 2017
Bigasoft WTV Converter
DRD Systems VideoReDo
DVRSoft WTV to AVI Converter
VideoLAN VLC media player
VideoLAN VLC media player
VideoLAN VLC media player
Updated 12/17/2015

About the file extension wtv

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