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Amazon Streaming / Amazon Prime

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by s10023, Nov 13, 2013.

  1. Nov 13, 2013 #1 of 223

    s10023 New Member

    Nov 12, 2013
    Does anyone know when/if Amazon streaming is coming to the roamio? i suspect that once streaming is implemented it will support amazon prime (free) streaming.
  2. Nov 13, 2013 #2 of 223

    BigJimOutlaw Well-Known Member

    Mar 21, 2004
    We continue to hope, pray, but mostly wait. They haven't really said a peep yet.
  3. Nov 13, 2013 #3 of 223

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    At least they have Netflix. And netflix accounts for twenty times the Internet download bandwidth than Amazon.
  4. Nov 13, 2013 #4 of 223

    anthonymoody New Member

    Apr 29, 2008
    Little comfort to those who watch shows on amazon.
  5. Nov 14, 2013 #5 of 223

    pautler Member

    Oct 10, 2013
    I recently opened a support ticket with both Amazon and TiVo regarding this question, and the answer that I got back from both sides was along the lines of "we're always looking to improve services and offer additional support. Be sure to watch for our future press releases!"

    I'd suggest that anyone & everyone who is interested in this functionality should consider opening a ticket and/or submitting a 'feature request' for it. Perhaps more demand might move it up on the priority list. Or not. :)

    TiVo feature request form:

    TiVo support ticket submission:

    Amazon streaming support:

  6. Nov 14, 2013 #6 of 223

    zubinh Member

    Jun 7, 2004
    Long Island, NY
    I don't get it. Why two of my most used platforms - TiVo and Apple TV dont have have Prime Streaming. I'm hoping now that Airplay is enabled for Amzon Prime Streaming on iOS devices that an Amazon Prime Apple TV app is not too far away.
  7. Nov 14, 2013 #7 of 223

    BiloxiGeek Reality Challenged

    Nov 18, 2001
    The response I got from Amazon:
  8. Nov 14, 2013 #8 of 223

    bayern_fan Member

    Aug 11, 2013
    Sounds like Amazon is experiencing the same issue that many of us encounter when dealing with TiVo support. :p
  9. Nov 15, 2013 #9 of 223

    BiloxiGeek Reality Challenged

    Nov 18, 2001
    Sent Amazon's response to TiVo and got this back:

  10. Dec 2, 2013 #10 of 223

    s10023 New Member

    Nov 12, 2013
    Can someone from TiVo who monitors these boards please respond as to whether Amazon Prime streaming is on the near-term horizon?
  11. Dec 2, 2013 #11 of 223

    rainwater Active Member

    Sep 21, 2004
    They would never release that info here before any official announcement.
  12. Dec 2, 2013 #12 of 223

    monkeydust New Member

    Dec 12, 2004
    The only comment I've seen TiVo make on that was that they can't comment on that. :)
  13. Dec 2, 2013 #13 of 223

    keenanSR Active Member TCF Club

    Oct 12, 2004
    Santa Rosa CA
    The last survey TiVo sent out to me seemed to focus on extra features and touched on streaming video, I kept driving home the need for for Amazon Prime streaming every opportunity the survey gave me.
  14. Dec 2, 2013 #14 of 223

    PLargent New Member

    Nov 13, 2013
    I have a new (less than two weeks old) TiVo Roamio and it has Amazon working on it. I was asked to provide my amazon account ID, amazon password, then had to read an email sent to me, then register the Roamio as one of my devices and finally required to create a 5 digit pin to authorize charges. That all worked.

    I am an Amazon Prime member so I expected all videos to be free. I found out there are two categories of videos on Amazon. Some are eligible for Prime and those are free while others are non-Prime and cost to download. I was looking to download some CBS TV shows and it wanted $2.99 each for the HD versions.

    I picked a free video and it was downloaded into the Roamio and appeared on the list with all the other videos that I had recorded from live TV. I did not try to stream (watch it while it was downloading) but I was able to watch the video and it used the normal buttons (pause, play, jump forward etc) that I have when watching other recorded videos. It was not like Netflix that has me use a slightly different user interface.

    The search engine does find videos available from Amazon. They get put on the to-do list and get downloaded. They showed up by the next morning so I don't know exactly how soon/fast they got downloaded. I do get asked to pay for the non-Prime shows and enter that 5 digit PIN code. I assume these costs will be charged by amazon to the credit card I have on file. I am cheap, so I haven't tried purchasing a video yet.
  15. Dec 2, 2013 #15 of 223
    nws alpine

    nws alpine New Member

    Nov 7, 2013
    Amazon videos are supported for download but Prime instant streaming isn't yet. No word from Amazon if they will update their app or not.
  16. Dec 2, 2013 #16 of 223

    keenanSR Active Member TCF Club

    Oct 12, 2004
    Santa Rosa CA
    The lack of Prime instant streaming is becoming even more of an annoyance as Amazon expands their original content such as Alphas and Betas, I had to hookup and use my PS3 to view Alphas, it would have been so much more convenient just to use the Roamio.
  17. Dec 2, 2013 #17 of 223

    Drmunk New Member

    Mar 8, 2007
    I would be happy with a simple update.... especially when compared to Netflix.
  18. Dec 9, 2013 #18 of 223

    bhinners New Member

    Mar 3, 2010
    After being a Tivo early adopter with a series 1 many years ago followed by a DirecTV model, I departed the fold by cutting the cord and using an HTPC. I rejoined the Tivo community this past weekend with a new Roamio Basic. As a cord-cutter, the biggest issue I have with my new Roamio is the lack of Amazon Prime.

    Over the past several weeks, Amazon Prime has been winning an increasing share of eyeball time in our house. It's effectively free since we were paying for Prime before it included videos and it makes a great complement to the Netflix DVD plan (which has a much different movie selection than streaming plans do). The combination of Netflix DVD plus Amazon Prime has been delivering an acceptable content selection.

    It's especially frustrating that Amazon Prime doesn't work on the Roamio because it works so well on the much cheaper Roku I bought years ago. It's puzzling to me that Tivo could release the Roamio with such a step backward relative to one of their major competitors. Do I now need to buy another Roku to sit beside the Tivo just for Amazon Prime?

    I'll try submitting a feature request or support request as others have suggested, but I wanted to voice my concerns here, too, on the off chance that Tivo monitors this forum.

    Thanks for listening,
  19. Dec 10, 2013 #19 of 223
    Old Hickory

    Old Hickory Member

    Jan 13, 2011
    So what makes streaming better than downloading?
  20. Dec 10, 2013 #20 of 223

    dlfl Cranky old novice

    Jul 6, 2006
    Dayton OH
    It's the only way that Amazon serves Prime videos. (?)

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