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Announcing: TiVo Stream! Now available

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by TiVoStephen, Sep 6, 2012.

  1. tomm1079

    tomm1079 New Member

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    its funny you say that. I only bought this so i can play video games and watch tv at same time.

    or on sunday to stream red zone to the ipad
     
  2. Johncv

    Johncv Active Member

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    Who have a TV in the Bathroom? You people have too much money, I am currently accepting donations. :)
     
  3. jfh3

    jfh3 New Member

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    In fairness, he said he had a Premiere in the master bathroom, not a TV. :D
     
  4. Finalrinse

    Finalrinse New Member

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    I ordered a "Vulkano Flow" for $98 from Amazon and will get it today. The app is $12.99 for iPad/iPod/iPhone. I know it is not a direct replacement for the Stream, but I'm looking to gain access to my TiVo away from home so hope this will serve dual purpose. I will report back with how well it works if anyone is interested.
     
  5. dugbug

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    How does the vulkano know whats on the tivo or are you just going to use it as a remote control looking at the live display streamed?

    The tivo stream box has several advantages and one disadvangate that pisses me off:
    1. It is like random access streaming: integrated into the tivo app browsing in-app the contents of your tivos.
    2. Does not take over your tivo

    And the thing that irks me
    3. No airplay (according to reports). You HAVE to watch the tivo show on the device. No external display via airplay.

    Since the tivo mini (according to reports) won't support my 2-tuner premier the stream looked to be a good way to make up for watching tivo content in an adjacent room sans another tivo and more cable card crap, etc. Maybe 2 tuner premiers will drop in price and Ill just get one as analog cable/multi-room viewer (wonder about subscription costs too).

    -d
     
  6. Finalrinse

    Finalrinse New Member

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    The component output of the TiVo is plugged into the Flow, you tell the Flow what type of STB you have and in my case a Premier TiVo. The Flow even has a look alike onscreen TiVo remote for the PC software application. I only have a few hours of use. First use was with my PC, and it worked very good, I could go full screen on my 30" Dell 2550 x 1600 and what ever scaling it was doing it looked very good with no hickups or stutters. Next use was with my iPad 3 in my home, it also looked very good with no problems, even full screen. Then I took my wife to Kohl's shopping, I sat in the car and watched live TV, changed channels etc... It worked well on the normal video setting which produced a smaller window on the iPad. If I went full screen it looked not so good. There's a bit of a lag going through the TiVo menu and changing channels using remotely but I think that is expected. I was able to access all the TiVo menu items, My Shows, etc... They also have their own TV Guide that is downloaded so that works quicker if you choose to use that. So far quite pleased. If you want to watch the Flow on another TV, say in a vacation home you need to buy another Vulkano box, either a Lava or Blast. Again, not a direct replacement for the Stream just something different.
     
  7. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    You realize you can stream anything right? Even protected content. You just can't side load the protected stuff.

    Also the advantage to the Stream, compared to the Slingbox or Vulkano is that it does not tie up the TiVo. So someone can be watching a show on the TiVo via the TV and you can watch a different show on the iPad.

    Dan
     
  8. tomhorsley

    tomhorsley Active Member

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    I don't suppose there are any plans for a Windows streaming client?
     
  9. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    That would be nice. I'd like to see an updated TiVo Desktop that can talk to the Stream. Or at the very least a Windows 8 metro app.

    Dan
     
  10. Finalrinse

    Finalrinse New Member

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    Dan- If I rent a movie from Amazon Prime on one of my Premiers can I stream it from the Stream. I know I can't from my other Premier, it has the red circle and line through it only allowing to watch it from the Premier it was rented on. If you can stream it from the Stream this is great?

    I am not worried about tying up one of my Tivos with a Vulkano as I have my own, but I know this is not the case for most people.

    Thanks,
    Tom
     
  11. ShayL

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    I would like to add to what Dan is saying which I completely agree with. You are not relying on the IR blaster and the imho quirky slingplayer controls.
     
  12. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    No Amazon movies can not be streamed, but you can get those directly on your iPad using the Amazon app so why would you need to?

    However all recorded content can be streamed. That includes movies from HBO, etc... that are normally protected from transferring.

    Dan
     
  13. Finalrinse

    Finalrinse New Member

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    Well, my wife rents movies on the premier 4 in the main living room and sometimes it would be nice to watch them on the other Premier or the iPad without renting them again.

    The other part is good though.

    Thanks,
    Tom
     
  14. Finalrinse

    Finalrinse New Member

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    I agree about the Slingplayer, the Vulkano seems to work really nice though. I will probably buy a Stream too, I like all this stuff!
     
  15. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    I don't think you'd have to rent them again. I think you can go to you Amazon account and just tell it to download to another TiVo. And for the iPad I think it's streamed, not downloaded, so that should be instant.

    That being said it would be nice if they'd allow streaming of Amazon downloads.

    Dan
     
  16. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    If it's a rental, you only get a short viewing period. If it's a purchase(like a TV episode since I think all TV episodes are still purchases). Then you can always go back and have it downloaded to another TiVo. As long as you haven't reached your limit of the types of devices it can be on. Then you need to delete a copy of a device to be able to put it on another one.
    And of course those titles that are purchased can be streamed to the devices that are capable of streaming. At least it seems like all my TV episode purchases over the last four years show up to stream on my Kindle Fire HD and other Amazon streaming devices.
     
  17. b_scott

    b_scott TiVo Fan

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    I don't understand why you need a new box to stream - Tivo is already networked, and I can stream data off my NAS without a different box.

    I thought this was going to be like the streaming only Moxi boxes, the smaller ones you'd buy for each room to stream off the original box. This just seems like a money grab to me.
     
  18. innocentfreak

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    As it has already been covered multiple times, iPads don't support Mpeg2 so it has to be transcoded into a format that the iPad supports.

    The TiVo's version of the Moxi box is called the Mini and is coming soon.
     
  19. ShayL

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    The TiVo equivalent to moxi mate will the TiVo Mini. The stream is just to stream to iphone or iPad currently. It also supports downloading directly to the ios app if the content is not marked copy protected so you take the content outside of your home.
     
  20. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    TiVos record in MPEG-2 and iPads, and most portable devices, can only play MPEG-4 video. The Stream sits in the middle and transcodes.

    Dan
     

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