.WTV File Extension

There is only one file type that uses the .WTV extension:

Windows Recorded TV Show File

Windows Recorded TV Show 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.

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.

Software's name License Platforms
Bigasoft WTV Converter Bigasoft WTV Converter Paid Windows
CyberLink PowerDirector CyberLink PowerDirector Commercial AndroidiOSMacWindows
CyberLink PowerDVD CyberLink PowerDVD Commercial Windows
DRD Systems VideoReDo DRD Systems VideoReDo Free Trial Windows
DVRSoft WTV to AVI Converter DVRSoft WTV to AVI Converter Free Trial Windows
File Viewer Plus File Viewer Plus Free Trial Windows
Microsoft Windows Media Center Microsoft Windows Media Center Included Windows
Nero Nero Commercial Windows
VideoLAN VLC media player VideoLAN VLC media player Open Source AndroidChrome OSiOSLinuxMacWindows

Updated: December 9, 2015

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