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Tivo Stream just a gimmick

Discussion in 'TiVo Stream' started by flashedbios, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. flashedbios

    flashedbios New Member

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    Why do we need to pay $130 to stream our shows? Is this just another money making gimmick like the "Home Media Option" for $99? in other words, why do we need to purchase what in essence is an overpriced "dongle" that tells the Tivo its okay to stream its shows? Why couldn't they just enable this feature in a software update like they did with the roamio plus? Its because they like to nickel and dime you to death. "Oh, you need to buy a 'license' to use this feature," and "You need to subscribe to the 'service' for your DVR to work." Believe me people, as much as I LOVE the TiVo interface, Im not stupid. The hardware is capible of doing this all on its own. Today, its a hardware dongle to "enable streaming" But tomorrow, its going to be something else. Maybe they will take away outputs for normal TV's, leaving only HDMI for the rich people and make us normal folks buy "adapters" to hook up the new units. So once again, anybody at TiVo wanna share what the scheme is this time?
     
  2. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

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    It's not just a software update that's needed. It requires actual hardware to do on the fly transcoding to H.264 (with capability to do several at a time) that the Roamio Pro and Plus models have built in. Roamio basic and series 4 and earlier units don't have the hardware to be able to do it.
     
  3. dianebrat

    dianebrat I refuse to accept your reality TCF Club

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    The desire to be profitable...
     
  4. tre74

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    "Believe me people, as much as I LOVE the TiVo interface, Im not stupid."

    "Maybe they will take away outputs for normal TV's, leaving only HDMI for the rich people and make us normal folks buy "adapters" to hook up the new units."

    You simply cannot expect us to believe the first sentence when including the second one in your rant.:D
     
  5. jrtroo

    jrtroo User

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    Your rant is unclear, and in error.

    But, for giggles, which hardware are you claiming is able to handle ios streaming with a software update? The Premiere line? The base Roamio? Something even older?
     
  6. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    I thought I read even a high end PC would have difficulty doing this? The chips in the stream are capable of doing four streams in faster than realtime. There is no way it would be possible for a TiVo to do this in software. Well maybe if it had several weeks or months.
     
  7. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    You have a fundamental misunderstanding how this actually works. Most TV in the US is broadcast in a format called MPEG-2. iPads, and most mobile devices, have special decoder chips that only support a format called H.264. So for TiVo to stream a show to an iPad it first has to be converted from MPEG-2 to H.264. This process requires a LOT of horsepower. A TiVo does not have enough horsepower to do this in software. So to accomplish this they built a box with a special transcoder chip that can not only convert one show faster then realtime, but can actually do 4 simultaneously. That's where the money is going. To that chip and the software inside that little box required to use that chip to pull a show from your TiVo in MPEG-2 format, convert it to H.264, then stream that to your iPad all in realtime. Is it a little overpriced? Maybe. But nothing about TiVo has ever been cheap.
     
  8. NotVeryWitty

    NotVeryWitty Too Big to Fail

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    Both sentences are wrong.
     
  9. Austin Bike

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    I had also heard that Tivo stream has the ability to run your car on water but that Tivo was leaned on by detroit not to let that technology out...

    Clearly this poster does not understand the hardware component involved.

    And, Tivo trying to be profitable? Well, as we all rely on their technology, profit is a good thing. Having them be unprofitable would not be helpful.
     
  10. TexasGrillChef

    TexasGrillChef New Member

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    It's the AMERICAN way!!!! (Makeing a a profit) Otherwise you can go socialist in North Korea! See what TiVo features you can get there!
     
  11. NashvilleKat

    NashvilleKat Retired Old Fart

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  12. gamo62

    gamo62 New Member

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    If it's converted to H.264, why won't it play content that is ALREADY H.264?
     
  13. gamo62

    gamo62 New Member

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    That doesn't explain why I cannot view content that is ALREADY H.264?
     
  14. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Not all h.264 is the same. iOS devices have very strict rules about what resolution, bitrate, profile/level, etc... they will play. So even an H.264 source would need to be recoded to insure that it would play properly. As to why TiVo hasn't enabled that ability... I have no idea. As far as I can tell the chip they're using supports H.264 transcoding so I don't think it's a hardware problem. Maybe it's just low priority because so few H.264 channels actually exist in the wild.
     
  15. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

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    Not mention audio restrictions for iOS playback as well - audio needs to be transcoded from AC3 to 2 channel AAC for playback on iOS devices.
     
  16. BigJimOutlaw

    BigJimOutlaw Active Member

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    Pretty sure streaming h.264 recordings is on the map, but who knows when.

    See: every Android complaint for 1.5 years.
     
  17. Austin Bike

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    Last night I couldn't sleep. My choice was 50 channels in swedish or streaming things from home.

    I'll gladly take my gimmick.
     
  18. Scottie99

    Scottie99 New Member

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    TiVo Stream having a straight up price and no monthly service fee made it completely worth it.

    We are a three person one TV household - TiVo stream was just the option I needed to now have a TV and 3 additional devices as viewing options at home.
     
  19. tamooreindy

    tamooreindy New Member

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    I wouldn't pay the money to buy the streaming hardware. I'm not able to stream any shows out of home. All the shows say, "Copyright holder doesn't allow streaming". Save your money. Put it toward buying content you can actually watch when away from home.
     
  20. tamooreindy

    tamooreindy New Member

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    I'm curious how much time you've spent in North Korea. :)
     

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