DVR File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a DVR file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .DVR files.

What is a DVR file?

Files that contain the .dvr file extension are most commonly used by the Microsoft Windows Media Center Edition. Also known as the DVR-MS file format, these DVR files store recorded television content.

The DVR files are created by Digital Video Recording Devices. This DVR file format is similar to the ASF file format and is a container file format, but the DVR file format allows for added features and functionality such as simultaneous record and playback, time-shifting and live pause.

A variety of device driver files and program overlay files have also been known to use the DVR file suffix.

How to open DVR files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension DVR for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different DVR openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension DVR

While we know of one file format using the .DVR file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .DVR file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of DVR files. Remember, different programs may use DVR files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Final Media PlayerFinal Media PlayerUser submitted
PlayerLite ApplicationPlayerLite ApplicationUser submitted
Adobe OnLocationAdobe OnLocationUser submitted
VideoPlayer ApplicationVideoPlayer ApplicationUser submitted
Divar Series ArchivePlayerDivar Series ArchivePlayerUser submitted
Microsoft Windows Media PlayerMicrosoft Windows Media PlayerUser submitted
S-NET proS-NET proUser submitted
Alone playerAlone playerUser submitted
DVR ApplicationDVR ApplicationUser submitted
TLPlayer_1ChTLPlayer_1ChUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with DVR-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with DVR-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!