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Amazon Streaming / Amazon Prime

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

  1. Dec 12, 2013 #41 of 223

    keenanSR Active Member TCF Club

    Oct 12, 2004
    Santa Rosa CA
    Yes, I suppose it is useful for that, I hadn't considered that as I don't currently have a 1080p/24 display, something I hope to rectify come Feb/Mar when the prices drop in front of the new models being released. :)
  2. Dec 12, 2013 #42 of 223

    dlfl Cranky old novice

    Jul 6, 2006
    Dayton OH
    Yes PlayOn now offers HD options, at extra cost, for both PlayOn and PlayLater. Cost depends on what subscription terms you have but if you buy a lifetime sub to PO and PL, the cost for HD is $14.99. Max res is 720p.

    Unfortunately there are limitations intrinsic to the pyTivo PlayOn plugin that limit it to SD quality -- 16:9 aspect ratio but not HD. I don't see this changing soon or ever.

    If you're interested in PlayOn HD in general you should look at this thread on the PlayOn forum:
    where the question of what video sources can provide HD via PlayOn is discussed. So far the sources identified are Amazon, Netflix and Hulu Plus. At this time the Netflix HD streams are not working with PlayOn HD but they are working on the problem. Unless other HD sources are identified, the current ones may not impress the many people who already have ways to stream them. However PlayLater HD does provide a way to record them in HD for later playback (but not on your Tivo).
  3. Dec 24, 2013 #43 of 223

    jk5598224 New Member

    Jan 28, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    I want to download but not stream in my case since my Comcast Internet Service sucks.

    It appears the Tivo Amazon App does not recognize the Amazon Prime Account? Does sending the ''Prime Eligible' movie to a Tivo Device work without charges?

    Amazon's movies search in Amazon.com is not the easiest to use.
  4. Dec 24, 2013 #44 of 223

    Marc Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Jun 26, 1999
    McMurray, PA
    Amazon's Prime streaming is available only via streaming. If you want to download content, even if it's available for Prime to stream, you have to pay to rent or buy it. Since TiVo doesn't include any streaming support, it doesn't work with the Prime streaming benefit.
  5. Dec 24, 2013 #45 of 223

    rainwater Active Member

    Sep 21, 2004
    Google already supports HBO Go, Hulu Plus, and Netflix (all paid video services). The reason it is not on the Chromecast is not because of Google. Amazon has never added their Amazon Prime Video app to Android (except on their own App Store). The reason is because of Amazon not Google.
  6. Dec 26, 2013 #46 of 223

    Hot4Bo Finally an Avatar! TCF Club

    Apr 3, 2003
    South Florida
    I wish I could stream the first season of Chicago Fire in HD. My brother hasn't seen it and I'd love to show it to him but I don't really want to pay to do it. The second season is available on nbc.com. I have no idea why they don't have them all but I wish Amazon had it.
  7. Dec 31, 2013 #47 of 223

    etherknight New Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    Just wanted to chime in here to say that the absence of Prime streaming on TiVo is not due to audience size or the age of your TiVo hardware.

    I have a Vizio TV with embedded VIA "Internet Apps". These TV's are awesome but never really took off (hasn't been a new app developed for over a year). The user based for this app-enabled TV is likely well below TiVo's. Yet, one of the apps available is from Amazon and it allows Prime streaming.

    I also have an XBox360 purchased in 2007 that offers Amazon Prime streaming. Incidentally, it also allows Comcast On-Demand -- not really sure how it does that since no CableCard is involved.

    And it doesn't help that Amazon continues to imply that the TiVo does offer Prime streaming. This image (attached) is a screenshot of the Amazon app on my Android phone. Oddly, it only mentions TiVo on the HD version of this screen. If you click 'Standard Definition' the TiVo reference disappears completely.

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  8. Dec 31, 2013 #48 of 223

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Vizio TVs use the Yahoo! apps platform, which is used by several other devices as well. So the market is likely bigger then you think.

    The comcast app on the XBox is different then the one TiVo uses. The system TiVo uses actually contacts the VOD servers over the internet, but the actual video playback happens via a tuner just like a real cable box. The app on the XBox is pure IP meaning the video is streamed over the internet just like Netflix. However the XBox version onyl has access to a subset of the VOD content available via TiVo or a real cable box, so it's not as robust.
  9. Jan 3, 2014 #49 of 223

    TivoQueensDad New Member

    Jan 24, 2005
    Interestingly, my response from Amazon put the lack of Prime videos totally in Tivo's camp:

    I understand that you would like to stream Prime Instant Videos on " TiVo Roamio boxes".

    Device manufacturers has exclusive rights to the hardware and software that would make it possible for Amazon.com to provide Amazon Prime Instant Videos for these devices.

    Because of these restrictions, we are unable to offer compatible video content at this time.
  10. Jan 3, 2014 #50 of 223

    djwilso Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    Phoenix, AZ
    Perhaps if they continue to point the finger back and forth at each other, Roku will have one of their boxes in every TiVo household eventually.
  11. Jan 3, 2014 #51 of 223

    CloudAtlas New Member

    Oct 29, 2013
    Might want to reply back and ask "Amazon" how it is that Netflix has no problem with these "restrictions"! Or Hulu Plus. Or YouTube.
  12. Jan 3, 2014 #52 of 223

    bradleys It'll be fine....

    Oct 31, 2007
    CES starts next week. Rumor has it we may hear something about a new Amazon streaming app!

    Time will tell!
  13. Jan 3, 2014 #53 of 223

    gweempose Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2003
    Northbrook, IL
    It sure would be nice if I could access ALL my streaming and on demand via a single device. As it stands, I have a TiVo, Roku, Apple TV and cable box all hooked up to the main TV in my home theater. I bought the Roku primarily for Amazon Prime and Vudu, and the Apple TV primarily for HBO GO. The cable box is used almost exclusively for Showtime VOD.
  14. Jan 4, 2014 #54 of 223

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    Not likely. I think you mean Apple. Roku has fewer boxes in the home than Apple has Apple TV boxes. In one year Apple sold more ATV boxes than Roku has in their entire existence. Not that I'm a fan of apple, quite the opposite, but there really aren't a ton of roku boxes out there. Roku is nowhere close to having boxes in every household.
  15. Jan 8, 2014 #55 of 223

    b_scott TiVo Fan

    Nov 27, 2006
    chicago, il
    You login into your account in a browser and confirm the code.
  16. Jan 8, 2014 #56 of 223

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Comcast On-Demand via XBox is not the same as you'd get through a regular cable box or a TiVo. It is pure IP, meaning everything comes in over the internet, and it only offers a subset of the content available via real VOD.

    Although eventually we'll probably see it come to parity with real VOD and eventually we'll see the entire VOD system shift to an IP based solution like this.
  17. Jan 8, 2014 #57 of 223

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    I just wish Verizon FiOS would offer VOD on XBOX. instead they offer live streaming of a bunch of channels so people can watch Tv similar to forty years ago. With no way to pause, rew, ff, etc.
  18. Jan 8, 2014 #58 of 223

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

    Apr 17, 2000
    Most of what they can and can not offer depends on deals they make with the content providers. Unfortunately the content providers have complete control over their content and can micro manage how the providers use it.
  19. Jan 9, 2014 #59 of 223

    jcthorne Active Member

    Jan 28, 2002
    We are running out of CES it Tivo is going to announce much of anything.
  20. Jan 9, 2014 #60 of 223

    bradleys It'll be fine....

    Oct 31, 2007

    Looks like TiVo kept all the real information behind closed doors and only had a booth for this silly TV Binge.

    Business as usual for TiVo. They do not want to promise anything, because then they would have to commit to a delivery calendar. It doesn't mean it isn't coming, it just means TiVo isn't talking.


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