How do you get .ts files from LG TV recording from a USB HDD to a PC

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I recently recorded something from digial TV using the LG 55LW6500 Smart TV. The recorded file is on a USB HDD (I believe the file type is .ts). I believe that the HDD is formatted specifically for LG and it is not able to be accessed on a PC.
I would like to get the recorded video file from the HDD to my PC. I tried to connect the HDD to my PC but the disk format what not recognised.
LG Customer care have told me that it cannot be done. Does anyone have a solution for this?
I am fairly new to this

Thanks Val reply

This can be due to many different reasons:

1- The method of extracting the file from your TV after recording can cause errors if the program used is not compatible to handle the file being transferred(ex: .ts).

2- The speed of your USB can affect file transfer(s).

3- The size of the file can affect the reading of the file by lengthening the time it takes to decode for your computer.

4- The computer and/or Media Player does not have the correct codec needed to play the file.

5- There is an encryption on the file by DRM (Digital Rights Management) technology. DRM is a class of access control technologies that are used by hardware manufacturers, publishers, copyright holders and individuals with the intent to limit the use of digital content and devices after sale.

The file extention ".ts” is encrypted with a password and cannot be shared on any device other than the original source.

You can read more on DRM here:

/wiki/Digital_rights_management reply

It’s not a codec issue. The disk initialisation creates a JFS (large) and an EXT2 (tiny) partitions. So, first thing you need a live cd or some kind of driver to access the disk. Then, inside the JFS partition, you’ll see a directory (folder) for each and any recording you’ve made. Each folder contains multiple files, as video is split into chunks around 50 Mb in size. In my case (2014 model) the problem is that video is encrypted :-( reply


Is there a crack out yet? If I knew that the LG Smart TVs did this, I would of never bought it. We know now that LG smart tvs are cunts. reply


Probably epk2extract tool can decrypt these DVR recordings. Visit forum for details. Recordings can be easily copied using linux but are encrypted using AES128-CBC algorithm. 128bit key is stored in TV’s internal memory and can be accessed for some TV models. We’re looking for a method to decrypt them because first tests with epk2extract weren’t successful. reply


Just found out that LG does use constant IV when encrypting.
And by the way, the last 8 Bytes are 1:1. I.e. not encrypted.
Encryption is done in 16 Bytes Blocks (AES_128_CBC most likely, so no DVB CSA)
Next: known-plaintext-attack... to find IV (maybe 00...00?) and key... well...


Smart Tv LG 43 model 2017 reply


well, seems we’re not have to throw our TVs into bin!
would you more explain how can I decode recorded videos? reply


I had a fault with my original TV, it was replaced but now I cannot playback any of the prior recordings. That is just not right, DRM has gone way too far with this restriction. I think I will avoid LG TV’s in future and research more carefully next time. reply


All equipment vendors are obliged to encode the recordings, so, even if you will choose other brand next time the problem will still be the same, unfortunately. You can buy a tv tuner for PC and find an appropriate software to record the shows unencrypted. reply

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One method is to convert .ts files to a more popular video format like mp4 with the help of iDelashare VideoGo. reply


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