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Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by TiVoStephen, Sep 6, 2012.
While I like the idea of Tivo Stream, the $130 price point is the deal breaker for me. Pass.
No Android == FAIL
Why does the Tivo Stream require a wired network connection? I thought wireless (especially Wireless N) had enough bandwidth to stream, even in HD.
Perhaps a pre-configured plug-in wireless adapter (such as Tivo's own adapter that I use with my Premiere) can be used? Or maybe I could connect the Stream into a second wireless router that talks to my main wireless router?
It will work if you connect it to a wireless bridge. And if your WiFi network is setup properly it shouldn't have an issue. The problem is that most WiFi networks are not setup properly so people aren't able to achieve optimum bandwidth.
Which will cause issues especially when streaming HD.
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Will this work on the iPad Mini?
What percentage of Android devices are running 4.0+ right now? Not many.
4.0 was the first version to support DRM I think. I doubt Streaming will be enabled on anything less than 4.0. So I think the addressable Android user base is probably pretty small right now.
So TiVo has 2 options: simply say the Android version is not available yet. Or release it now but have it not work on the overwhelming majority of devices and take heat from their users. I think they chose the former.
And I'm still waiting for my original Droid to get updated to Jelly Bean, like my Galaxy S3 runs.
Oh wait, it won't.
Enough already with the "I need to vent...". It ain't gonna happen. They're not screwing you, they're providing NEW functionality to newer devices. Just like every other electronic manuf in the world.
Remember, they aren't removing any functionality from your older devices. Simply not putting the latest apps on them.
Get over it.
I have a wireless N adapter that is going into my Tivo Premiere - using the ethernet connection opening. How will I use this if I need that port for the Tivo Stream device?
I already have a Slingbox so I don't need this.
But is there a way to transfer shows I download to my PC (Mac) into the newly updated App? Or do I have to transfer the shows the traditional way via iTunes, to the iOS default Video app?
Mine arrived a few hours ago. I plugged it into the network and went to look at my router's DHCP table to make sure it had grabbed an IP address. The MAC address on both the product box and actual device DOES NOT MATCH what grabbed an IP address. I hope there was not a major labeling fiasco at the factory.
You don't plug the TiVo Stream into your TiVo, you plug it into your wireless router.
I had this happen when I first setup mine too. Then I rebooted it and the mac address did match and I never saw the other mac address again. I wonder if it uses some sort of trickery when you're first setting it up and it's communicating with the TiVos?
Plug the stream directly into your router. The TiVo will stream to it via wifi and then it will stream to the iPad via wifi. It's entirely network based so it does not need a physical connection to the TiVo itself. Although with that setup you'll be taxing your wifi network quite a bit so you may only be able to stream one thing at a time rather then the maximum 3.
I just went through setup on my iPhone and it applied software updates and it rebooted... and the MAC address now shows correct on my router. I'm glad I am not the only one who noticed something strange there!
I kind of wish I had written it down. It may be something we can exploit to get at the stream via a computer.
It seems a little excessive to need a separate box for this. Really this sort of functionality should be built into the Tivo - maybe the next generation will do it.
In any case, I don't intend to incorporate a limited unitask box like this into my home setup. The thing costs more than a Roku box or an Apple TV!
Yeah it is too much $. It does allow you to dl a show for offline play though
Man, TiVo just can't win with some people. Yes, stream is likely to be incorporated into the next generation. Could you imagine the uproar if they added it to the Series4 and required a new box to get that feature?
"Sorry, we know you just bought your XL4/Elite a couple months ago, but if you want to use the Stream feature you'll need a new box". There'd be pitchforks. Even people with 2 year old Premieres would be complaining.
The Stream Box makes perfect sense, and I expect the price to drop at some point in the usual TiVo fashion.
Anyone that thinks the box is overpriced simply does not understand what the device does. It is not a Roku or apple tv. It has FAR more processing power under the hood to accomplish .h264 for 4 HD streams simultainiously. This may be the first consumer grade device to have anywhere near that level of processing on board. Heck, my quad core i7 laptop cannot do this.