DVR File

What are DVR files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a DVR file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.

What is a DVR file?

DVR files have multiple uses, and Windows Media Center Recording is one of them. Read more about the other uses further down the page.

Windows Media Center Recording

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

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.

How to open DVR files

Important: Different programs may use files with the DVR file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your DVR file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

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

Last updated: December 5, 2022

All known file formats using extension .DVR

While Windows Media Center Recording is a popular type of DVR-file, we know of 3 different uses of the .DVR file extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.

DVR-Studio Video Stream

DVR-Studio is a software program for editing and demultiplexing recordings of several hard disk satellite receivers on PCs.

More file formats using the DVR extension

Through our research of DVR files, we know that the following formats exist. However, we have not yet analyzed them in detail.

  • WaveStar V1.x Driver

Various apps that use files with this extension

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.

Divar Series ArchivePlayerDivar Series ArchivePlayerDiscontinued
PlayerLite ApplicationPlayerLite ApplicationUser submitted
Adobe OnLocationAdobe OnLocationDiscontinued
VideoPlayer ApplicationVideoPlayer ApplicationUser 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
FPL16PlayerFPL16PlayerUser submitted

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