Opening HDTV files

Have a problem opening a .HDTV file? We collect information about file formats and can explain what HDTV files are. Additionally we recommend software suitable for opening or converting such files.

What is the .HDTV file type?

When appearing as a filename extension, the ".hdtv" character string refers to the generic HDTV Multimedia Recording file type. HDTV (High-Definition Television) is a digital TV standard widely adopted in the world as a substitute for the conventional analog TV. HDTV broadcasts typically have the vertical resolution at 720 or 1080 lines (720p and 1080i/p, respectively). HDTV content is served by DVB (Digital Video Broadcast) providers worldwide.

Since most HDTV devices (set-top boxes, PVR's, etc.) provide the recording function, HDTV programs are often recorded and saved as files. The ".hdtv" string is commonly used in filenames of such HDTV recordings to point out to their source and generic format (e.g., ".hdtv.H264.avi"). Occasionally, this ".hdtv" string may take the extension's place, if the original extension is missing or concealed (esp. on Microsoft Windows).

An .hdtv file is most likely a digital multimedia file representing an HDTV recording. The .hdtv extension is neither standard nor common, and its use should generally be avoided while naming HDTV files. Most HDTV recordings use the MPEG-2 or MPEG-4/AVC (H.264) container formats and are assigned the extensions .avi, .ts, .tts, .mpg, etc.

Software to open or convert HDTV files

You can open HDTV files with the following programs:
VLC media player
VLC media player by VideoLAN
Adobe Photoshop Elements
Adobe Photoshop Elements by Adobe Systems, Inc.
ALLPlayer V7.X
ALLPlayer V7.X by ALLPlayer Group, Ltd.

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